Thursday, July 18, 2013

Heat of the Moment

I think I should make it my mission to have every blog title be an 80's song.  Anyways.  I feel like I am melting like Rob Lowe's face in Behind the Candelabra (he was totally robbed of an Emmy nom IMO).  Look at this:
App is called "Weather Puppy."  It is free, but I paid $1.99
to add my own photos.
Not Griswold biting it, but the temperature.  90 degrees at 7:47 at night?!  But it feels like 101...  I'm cool with 90 during the day, but once it hits 7:00 it should automatically reset to 75.  Yesterday I happened to check the weather around 3PM and it was 97 degrees.  Ick.  Something had to be done.  And that something just happened to be sno-cones.  For our carnival-of-a-reception last year, I made the brilliant decision to invest in a sno-cone machine (I was thisclose to buying the Snoopy Sno-Cone machine instead of a more commercial one. In fact.  I may still buy it).  It has not disappointed.  But, you can get the same effect with a blender or food processor.  The sno-cone machine does make an almost-snow-like consistency.  It's very finely shaved.  Now to determine a flavor. I thought it would be fun to do something savory (for the dogs, not me.  Although I may have to try a bacon concoction in the future).  I decided on chicken gravy after a glance in the freezer and fridge.  

That looks so gross.  Ha ha.
**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.

Chicken Gravy Sno-Bones
Makes about 2 Cups of Gravy
Ingredients:

2 cups of water
1/2 a Chicken Breast, defrosted and cubed
5 baby carrots, diced
2 tbsp fresh parsley (if you have it, I typically always have fresh but I ran out and actually sprinkled a bit of dried in there.  Just don't use 2 tbsp if you do.  I probably only used about a tsp) 
A couple green beans, diced (I probably used about 5)
1/8 cup of rice flour (this is optional.  This thickens everything up.  So if you don't mind a watery consistency, you can skip it.)

Directions:

1.  Bring all ingredients EXCEPT the flour to a boil in a small saucepan.  Reduce heat to a simmer.  Place a lid on, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Don't mind my crusty stovetop.

2.  Leaving the water in the pan and using a slotted spoon (or whatever method you prefer), transfer all the ingredients to a food processor (or in my case, a margarita machine because it was already out).  Chop the ingredients up as fine as you can.

3.  While the ingredients are chopping, bring the water back to a boil and whisk in the rice flour.  Once it is dissolved and starting to thicken, turn off the burner and remove from heat.  Add the water mixture to the chopped chicken and veggies.  Blend until you have a very smooth gravy sorta thing going on.

4.  Cool the mixture.  I put half in an old oil/vinegar bottle and the rest into an ice cube tray. I was able to get 14 ice cubes plus the bottle.

5.  Now, you could just wait for the ice cubes to freeze and chop those up, but I actually wanted my dogs to get more of the shaved ice because it was so hot and I worry about them dehydrating.  So it's your choice if you want to use this as a "syrup/dressing" over the ice or just give them the gravy ice pops.  Totally your call.  Refrigerate the gravy and it'll keep for a couple days (of course you can always drizzle this on your dog's kibble for some extra pizazz).  The ice cubes should last you the summer (about a month or two).





Fin.

Be warned, this is an outdoor treat.  Unless you want gravy on your carpets.  Or I guess you could feed it to your dog if he/she is patient.  They seemed to enjoy them and there were no brain freezes that I observed.  The great thing about this is that you can use the same basic recipe to come up with a variety of "syrups."  You could do a steak and sweet potatoes, kale and squash, or of course you can do sweet too.  I might have to experiment with some cantaloupe.  I typically just feed them some frozen or chilled fruit chunks for a treat.  I have a feeling I will be thinking of some other things that we can do to stay cool for the rest of the week.  Do you guys have anything in mind besides hanging out by the air conditioning vent and waiting for the ice cream truck (because that's so my plan rightaboutnow)?

Nutritional Info for approx. half an ounce of gravy:
Remember - Treats shouldn't account for more than 10% of your dog's total caloric intake for the day
Calories – 9.3
            Total Fat – 0.1g
                        Saturated Fat – 0.0g
                        Polyunsaturated Fat – 0.0g
                        Monounsaturated Fat – 0.0g
            Cholesterol – 2.6mg
            Sodium – 4.1mg
            Potassium – 15.3mg
            Total Carbohydrate – 0.9g
                        Dietary Fiber – 0.1g
                        Sugars – 0.0g
            Protein – 1.0g

Calculated via SparkRecipes





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