Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  The only time I have to cook a nice breakfast spread is on the weekends or during a holiday break.  I love love love breakfast foods, especially because of the sweet and savory combination (meats AND sweets?! Heck to the yes!).  I had to use up some strawberries, so the go-to for Easter breakfast was strawberry and cream crepes.  
strawberry and cream crepes
Sidebar - Initially I was so intimidated to attempt making crepes.  Anything French is synonymous with delicate.  I crap up omelets all the time.  My amazeballs-of-a-baker grandmother told me that crepes are actually a lot easier, and she's totally right!  They just slide ride out of the pan, and even hold up when I manhandle them to squeeze in probably way too much filling (too much cream cheese and homemade whipped cream? Nawsuchthing).  Occasionally I'll fix some eggs for the dogs or a mini pancake, but they typically don't get scraps.  I put too much seasoning in things (i.e. loads and loads of butter) that wouldn't behoove their sensitive tummies.  As I looked into Griswold's puppy dog eyes during my best Beauty-and-the-Beast-eating impression, I realized that I probably could come up with an Easter treat that would be dog-friendly.   

Doggie Easter Crepes

Note that since I have small dogs, they got half of a full crepe.  Here's the recipe:

**Disclaimer** - I am not a doggie dietician or vet, so please be mindful of any allergies that your pet may have.  I use ingredients that are known to be safe for dogs to ingest, but just like humans, there is a chance that your dog could be allergic or end up with a case of killer squirts.  Please be mindful and monitor your dog(s) whenever changing or introducing new eats.

Easter Crepes

Makes about 4, six inch crepes
Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Rice Flour (All-pupose is fine, I just invest in rice flour so I'm sure I don't have to worry about gluten allergies)
1/2 Cup Water
1 Large Egg
1 Container (6 oz. - but you'll have some leftover) of Plain, Nonfat Yogurt (I used Chobani)
1 Tablespoon of Honey
Approx. 4 baby carrots or half a carrot

Directions:

1.  Whisk together the flour, water, and egg.  Make sure they're combined really well.  
2.  Heat up your pan over medium low.  I used a 6" nonstick skillet.  Use a bit of nonstick cooking spray.  At this point, your dogs will hear you in the kitchen and be tripping you while you are trying to combine your ingredients.
the nose knows
My nose is a-tingling

3. While you're waiting for your pan to heat, use another small bowl to combine the yogurt and honey.  Use a vegetable peeler and go to town on your carrots, putting the shavings in the bowl (after you get the funky first layer off and clean them, of course).  Use your judgement on how much you want to include.
4.  Use a soup ladle or spoon approximately 1/8 - 1/4 cup of batter into the pan (I just eyeball it).  Swirl it around so the bottom of the pan is coated.  These babies cook pretty fast (like, a minute on the first side, then flip it over and about 30 seconds on the second side).
5.  Have a spare plate ready to put the finished crepes. Place a damp paper towel on top (keeps em nice for when you fold them).  It's fine to stack the crepes on one another under the paper towel.
6.  Take a crepe and slather on about 2 tablespoons of filling.   Roll them up.  Watch your dog already eating them with his eyes.
they will be mine
Trying his best to jedi-mindtrick those babies

7. (Optional - for fancy schmancy-ness) Put a dollop of filling and some carrot shavings on the middle of the rolled up crepes.
8. Watch your dogs chow it all down in a nanosecond, (couldn't even get a focused picture!) then wait for more.
pretty sure there are more up there
Sorry Coop.  No more for you.


Nutritional Info for 1 crepe with filling:
Treats shouldn't account for more than 10% of your dog's total caloric intake for the day
Calories – 109.2
            Total Fat – 1.4g
                        Saturated Fat – 0.5g
                        Polyunsaturated Fat – 0.3g
                        Monounsaturated Fat – 0.5g
            Cholesterol – 46.5mg
            Sodium – 44.6mg
            Potassium – 48.1mg
            Total Carbohydrate – 17.2g
                        Dietary Fiber – 0.5g
                        Sugars – 6.1g
            Protein – 6.9g

Calculated via SparkRecipes

Hope you have a wonderful chocolate-and-peeps-induced-coma day!  If you try these out, be sure to let me know how it goes!  Complete with pictures -- if you can catch one!

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