Monday, May 27, 2013

Rock Out with Your Cook-Out

Happy Memorial Day!  We spent the day at my in-laws, who have the perfect party yard.  I spent the majority of the day with the camera glued to my face because this is one of the last opportunities I'll get to take pictures of the hubs for an entire year (don't remind me).  
I don't trust those shifty eyes

Uncle Neuman



Just two handsome doods.

Cousin Gizmo






The boys ended up getting their Bomb Pops before we left, but I made them some other treats -- mostly because I didn't want them to bug us while we were eating.  If you like to make your own dog treats, one of the best things you could invest in is a dehydrator.  Get one at Wal-Mart for about 30 bucks.



Chicken Jerky and Sweet Potato Chips
Makes about 8 pieces of jerky and 20 Sweet Potato Chips
Ingredients:

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 Sweet Potato (medium size)
Turmeric
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley

Directions:

1.  Peel and wash the sweet potato.  Use a mandolin slicer or a steady hand to make 1/4" slices of potatoes.  Lay the sweet potatoes out on the dehydrator tray, making sure none overlap.  You're supposed  to leave pieces with 1/2" space between.  If you look above, you see how I roll.  It still works.  May just take longer.

2.  Slice the chicken breast with the grain into strips about a 1/4"  - 1/8" thick.  Cut off any excess fat or icky stuff.  Slice up the parsley as small as you can get it.  On one side of the chicken pieces, coat with olive oil.  Very lightly sprinkle each piece sparingly with turmeric (as the piece shrinks, the flavor will intensify, so don't overdo it!).  Sprinkle with parsley, making sure that it is stuck to the chicken.  Repeat procedure for reverse side of the chicken.  Place on dehydrator tray, making sure not to overlap.

Put the chicken tray on the bottom, and sweet potatoes on top of that.  Turn on your dehydrator and let it go to work.  Mine only has one temp.  Depending on how chewy or crisp you want the sweet potatoes is how long you leave them in.  I left everything in for about 5 hours.  You can use your oven too.  Cook for at least 3 hours at 140.  To test, the meat should crack when you bend it, but not break in half.  To store, make sure you dab off excess oil and put in a ziploc bag.  For a nighttime treat, before you dehydrate the sweet potatoes, soak them in chamomile (naturally decaf) tea for an hour.  Then dehydrate as normal.

Nutritional Info for 1 piece of jerky:
Note ** Treats shouldn't account for more than 10% of your dog's total caloric intake for the day
Calories – 81.9
            Total Fat – 4.1g
                        Saturated Fat – 0.7g
                        Polyunsaturated Fat – 0.7g
                        Monounsaturated Fat – 2.3g
            Cholesterol – 29.3mg
            Sodium – 25.3mg
            Potassium – 93.1mg
            Total Carbohydrate – 0.1g
                        Dietary Fiber – 0.0g
                        Sugars – 0.0g
            Protein – 10.7g


Nutritional Info for 2 sweet potato chips:
Calories – 13.7
            Total Fat – 0.0g
                        Saturated Fat – 0.0g
                        Polyunsaturated Fat – 0.0g
                        Monounsaturated Fat – 0.0g
            Cholesterol – 0.0mg
            Sodium – 1.7mg
            Potassium – 26.5mg
            Total Carbohydrate – 3.2g
                        Dietary Fiber – 0.4g
                        Sugars – 0.0g
            Protein – 0.2g

Calculated via SparkRecipes


Chicken jerky broken out


Hope you had a wonderful holiday and beginning of summer, all drunk with meats and condiments :)

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