Junior is a wee bit chubby. Adorable, yes, but still a little chubby.
I blame Dan for this; ever since we moved in together, Dan has fed Junior plenty of table scraps. Maybe too many scraps.
I don’t think any of this is actually affecting Junior’s life, since he is still feisty and as active as ever. We went running almost every morning this week, spent plenty of time at the dog park, went on a bunch of walks, and even went to the Seattle Pet Expo where Junior got a neat swag bag of dog stuff:
But, I’ve put him on a doggie diet to get him back to the svelte physique he used to enjoy. I’ve cut down his kibble consumption a bit and have replaced some of his dog food with green beans! As strange as it is, Junior LOVES green beans. Usually I just feed him canned (salt-free!) green beans, but periodically I go through the effort to steam him some fresh ones.
I was making up his pooch dinner the other day (here “making” just means stirring together kibble and green beans) and came up with a great idea! I should try making some green bean dog biscuits!
Even chubby dogs can enjoy a treat every once in a while, especially if they’re healthy and all-natural. These are made with green beans and whole wheat flour, along with a little cheddar cheese. They’re easy to make and this recipe makes so many treats, but you can freeze them and have treats whenever you’d like!
These biscuits definitely have Junior’s stamp of approval, and I can feel good about giving him healthy, natural treats. It’s a win-win for both me and the dog!
Cheddar Green Bean Dog Biscuits
makes about 150 individual treats
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus extra for rolling the dough
heaping 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup low sodium chicken, beef, or veggie broth
1/4 cup low fat/non fat milk
heaping 1 cup steamed or canned (salt-free) green beans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and cheese. In a blender, combine the chicken (or beef or veggie) broth, milk, and green beans. Puree until smooth. Pour the pureed mixture into the flour mixture and mix to combine. Once the mixture has come together, turn it out onto a floured board and knead until smooth, adding more flour as necessary to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes (I used a shot glass to cut out rounds). Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet about 1/4 inch apart (they won’t spread). Bake for 30 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store the biscuits in an airtight container for about 5 days, or in the freezer for 3 months.
Note: treats are intended as a supplement to (not a replacement for) your dog’s regular food.