Dog-Gone Good Cuisine: More Healthy, Fast, and Easy Recipes for You and Your Pooch

Dog-Gone Good Cuisine: More Healthy, Fast, and Easy Recipes for You and Your Pooch

by Gayle Pruitt

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Dog-Gone Good Cuisine is a fun, healthy recipe book for humans and their canine kids. While there are other, successful doggie cookbooks in the marketplace, Pruitt's second offering is unique in that the homemade dishes are intended to be enjoyed by chef and puppy together. It includes more than 100 balanced, delicious dog food and human food recipes that

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Dog-Gone Good Cuisine is a fun, healthy recipe book for humans and their canine kids. While there are other, successful doggie cookbooks in the marketplace, Pruitt's second offering is unique in that the homemade dishes are intended to be enjoyed by chef and puppy together. It includes more than 100 balanced, delicious dog food and human food recipes that are corn, sugar, soy, and gluten free and is sprinkled with gorgeous, full color images of absolutely adorable rescue dogs. The recipes are human, canine, and kid friendly and are easy - even for the beginner cook. The book will include a chapter on holiday dishes, as well as special recipes to address illnesses.

Sample recipes include:

- Individual Spinach Kale Lasagna

- Spiced Stuffed Peppers

- Twice Baked Broccoli Asparagus Soufflé

- Pears w/ Raspberry Sauce

- Cream of Cinderella Pumpkin Soup

- Chicken Pot Pie cooked in Sweet Pepper

- Tomato Carrot Soup

- Curried Beef Sliders

- Manicotti

- Salmon Florentine

And many more!

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The movement to feed dogs the ancestral, raw diet, or to provide them with home-cooked meals began in the 1990s with Richard Pitcairn's The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, and Ian Billinghurst's Give Your Dog a Bone. It was fueled recently by massive recalls of commercially prepared pet foods. To address the demand for easy-to-cook meals using simple ingredients and basic techniques, the author, a certified nutritionist and chef, has created more than 100 mouthwatering recipes with the bonus that over 70 of these recipes are intended for human as well as canine consumption. Additionally, Pruitt includes a discussion of essential vitamins and minerals and their role in preventing or addressing various conditions, as well as a chapter on supplements. However, she does not provide a nutritional analysis, e.g., percentages of protein, fat, etc., or any guidance on how to combine the recipes to create complete and balanced meals. Enhancing the text are endearing photographs of rescue dogs. VERDICT For dog owners who eschew commercially processed diets.—Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY

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Dog-Gone Good Cuisine

More Healthy, Fast, and Easy Recipes for You and Your Pooch

By Gayle Pruitt, Joe Grisham

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2014 Gayle Pruitt
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-03714-5


Why Cook (for Your Family and Your Dog)?

Of course your dog is part of your family, or at least I hope you feel that way. Dogs give us so much pleasure, love, and companionship and they help us in so many ways, if we allow them to do so. They can protect us, warn us of danger, make us smile, comfort us when we're lonely, and make us get up and exercise. I could go on and on. Dogs have been a part of the human culture for at least 25,000 years and probably much longer.

Good food is basic to good health. You can love your children and your dogs, but if the kids are eating at fast-food restaurants 70 percent of the time, and your dog is eating cheap, grain-filled, moldy food, then the instances of illnesses for both of them can increase threefold or more.

Research shows that children who have regular home-cooked meals and regularly eat with their families are healthier, fewer suffer from obesity, and they are less likely to get in trouble with the law. Likewise, a balanced, homemade varied diet for your dog keeps your dog healthy, happy, and out of the veterinarian's office. Besides, your dog deserves it.

So make time to prepare homemade meals for your family and for Fido, too.

It's good for everyone's health!


Waste Not Want Not

My grandmother — we called her Mama — would always say "Don't throw those peelings away; we can use them." She showed me how to keep vegetable peelings and cuttings to make stock and how to make soup from leftovers that I was about to throw away. When I would cut the fat off the meat before I cooked it, she would say, "Don't throw the fat away; I'm going to use it."

I have had many lean years in my life and have put Mama's advice to practice, thankfully, so I always had enough food to make a healthy dinner for my family. Now that I cook for my dogs, some of my neighbors and their dogs, my brother who shows up for care packages, and for my son, I'm still glad Mama taught me to be frugal with food.

Below are a few general tips that have kept my family and my dogs eating well throughout the years:

• When buying meat in bulk, divide meats into smaller meal-size portions as soon as you get home from shopping. Store what you will be cooking first in the refrigerator and freeze the rest.

• When peeling or preparing vegetables on the "Good Veggie List" for dogs, save all the peelings and cuttings like carrot peels, celery tops, bell pepper tops, squash ends, and so forth and freeze them. Pull them out when making bulk dog food or a broth for either a soup for the family or maybe a gelatin for the dogs.

• When cooking a chicken, turkey, or some other meat that has bones, save the carcasses and the bones and freeze them. Do the same with the meat drippings. This makes a delicious healthy broth.

• When cutting fat from roasts, chicken, duck, or turkey, freeze the fat to render later. Rendered meat fat makes great flavoring for vegetables.

• Save squash and pumpkin seeds to either lightly roast for snacks or to use raw in bulk dog food.

• When juicing, save all the pulp for baking items such as high-fiber muffins, or for bulk dog food.

• If your family eats rice, quinoa, millet, or oats, cook up a large batch every two weeks and freeze in individual servings. That way all you have to do is defrost and add veggies and a protein.

These are just a few commonsense ideas, but they really help save time and money.


Equipment and Ingredients to Always Have on Hand

In the past I bought recipe books and I would often get in the middle of a great recipe and would not have the right equipment or all the right ingredients. I would have to improvise and it never came out the way the chef said it would and sometimes didn't even resemble the dish. However, I did create some different recipes (some good, some not so good). But having the correct equipment and ingredients will make your life so much easier.


• Get a juicer; you won't be sorry. Presently there are inexpensive juicers on the market — some under $100. You can juice and freeze the fiber. You never know when you might need that bulk fiber for bulk dog food or maybe some high-fiber muffins.

• A food processor; there are inexpensive food processors (I use mine every day for so many kitchen jobs).

• A 15- to 20-quart enamel pot. If you're going to make the Turkey in a Pot recipe or other bulk, high-quantity, canine-only recipes (and I highly recommend you do) you will need this. You can prepare enough bulk food to keep your furry kids happy for a while and there will also be enough to make several recipes for the human family, too. We don't want an aluminum pot, and a stainless steel pot is too expensive, so try a less expensive enamel pot. Be sure to also get a stainless steel steamer. That way you can put the steamer on the bottom of the pot so the chicken or turkey won't sit on the bottom and burn. (I found out the hard way and ruined a 20-pound turkey and we couldn't even use the broth. I cried.)

• A large nontoxic, nonstick skillet

• Mini muffin pan

• Spatula (nonscratch)

• A good chef's knife with 8- to 10-inch blade

• Nontoxic freezer containers for individual servings of bulk dog food

• A meat grinder (optional). I don't use one, but for making a large amount of bulk dog food, it would be helpful.

Ingredients and Supplies

Chia seeds
Flaxseeds (I use sprouted)
Pumpkin seeds (raw)
Sunflower seeds (shelled, raw, no salt)
Coconut oil
Coconut flour
Shredded unsweetened coconut
Frozen peas
Frozen spinach
Frozen mixed vegetables (no onions, garlic, or beans)
Multivitamins and minerals (ask your vet)
Nutritional yeast
Lecithin (granules)
Cod liver oil, for canines
Missing Link supplement
Sea vegetables (nori, wakame, other types of kelp)
Bone meal
Eggs for omelets (you can use the shells for calcium)
Goat milk kefir
"Green Tripe" (optional), always good if you have a freezer in the garage — it stinks!

Vitamins and Minerals Used in Our Recipes

The foods in the recipes in this book are rich in the vitamins and minerals listed below. This is a limited outline of the many benefits and nutrients.



• Preformed Vitamin A is found in meat, poultry, and fish. Turkey liver is among the highest for finding Preformed Vitamin A.

• A small amount of liver is wonderful for your immune system. However, overconsumption of liver can be toxic and may lead to jaundice and even liver failure.

• Provitamin A is found in fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The most common type of Provitamin A in foods is beta-carotene. The body then has to convert the beta-carotene to Vitamin A to be able to utilize the A. Find Provitamin A in paprika, bell peppers (orange and yellow), sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squashes, lettuces, and dried herbs, such as parsley and basil.


B1 (thiamine)
B2 (riboflavin)
B3 (niacin)
B5 (pantothenic acid)
B7 (biotin)
B12 and folic acid

B vitamins help your body make the energy from your foods. They help form red blood cells, reduce anemia, help prevent birth defects, help with depression, and may help reduce heart disease. We could write a whole book just on the B vitamins, but here is an overview.

Nutritional yeast is rich in all B vitamins and has all the amino acids. Millet and quinoa are also rich in B's and high in proteins. Other foods that contain the B's are:

Brussels sprouts
Butternut squash
French green beans




Vitamin C helps to form collagen, which helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C supports the body's structures and helps the formation of bones and teeth. Humans do not create their own Vitamin C; we need to consume it through foods rich in the vitamin or, in some cases, we need extra supplementation.

Dogs make their own Vitamin C, about 18mg per pound of weight. In the past it was not recommended to supplement a dog's diet with Vitamin C–rich foods or supplements. However, more and more evidence suggests that young puppies, older dogs, or dogs under stress due to lifestyle or chemicals in their environment would benefit from supplementation and eating Vitamin C–rich foods. Here are a few:

Bell peppers
Brussels sprouts
Swiss chard


Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and is best known for partnering with calcium to help build and maintain strong bones. Research has shown us the benefits of expanding Vitamin D3's role in maintaining the immune system. Though your body stores Vitamin D and can make it when your skin is exposed to sunlight, many of us just don't get out in the sun enough to make sufficient Vitamin D3 to keep us healthy.

Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to several different cancers, high blood pressure, depression, and obesity. Here are a few foods that include Vitamin D:

Goat cheese


Vitamin E helps prevent coronary heart disease, cognitive decline, age-related eye disorders, and even some cancers. Here are good sources of Vitamin E:

Butternut squash
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seed sprouts
Swiss chard


Vitamin K increases bone density and keeps calcium in the bones and away from the arteries. Vitamin K may also help protect us from certain brain diseases, and can be found in:

Brussels sprouts
Turkey (dark meat)



Calcium is beneficial for the health and growth of bones. The body also needs calcium to help the nerves carry messages between the brain and the body. Calcium helps blood vessels to move blood through the body and works with hormones and enzymes that affect most functions in the body.

A dog that has enough calcium has a healthy coat, bones, nails, and teeth. A deficit of calcium could cause bone disease, osteoporosis, and heart problems for humans and dogs. Find calcium in:

Bonemeal (more phosphorus)
Canned salmon
Canned sardines
Eggshell calcium (lower phosphorus)
Leafy green vegetables such as kale, collard greens, and broccoli
Sea vegetables


Chloride functions as an electrolyte. It literally helps keep the body from drying up, maintains the pH balance in the blood, and helps remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the body. Chloride works in conjunction with sodium. Foods high in chloride include:



Iodine is an essential trace mineral that is important for correct thyroid function. The right amount of iodine helps the thyroid to regulate the body's metabolism, growth, and development in addition to many other thyroid functions. Sources of iodine:

Kombu Wakame
Organic goat milk kefir
Organic strawberries


The health benefits of iron include carrying oxygen to human blood cells. Iron deficiency leads to anemia. Iron is also essential in the chemical reaction that helps change food into energy. Sources of iron include:



For importance, magnesium should be right up there with air and water. Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including the healthy functioning of the muscles, heart, and kidneys. It helps stabilize the heartbeat, and is given to patients with heart arrhythmia. Find magnesium in these foods:

Leafy green vegetables
Pumpkin seeds
Sea vegetables


Phosphorus improves protein formation, balances hormones, helps form healthy bones, helps with digestion and with cell repair, as well as many additional functions. Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body. Find phosphorus in these foods:

Bonemeal (more phosphorus)
Eggshell calcium (less phosphorus)


Potassium helps with blood pressure, heart rate, and the nervous system. It also helps improve oxygen intake for the brain and helps neutralize acids in the joints, which benefits arthritis sufferers. These foods are good sources of potassium:

Collard greens
Sea vegetables


Selenium is an antioxidant and plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system. It also helps with the regulation of thyroid hormones. Find selenium in these foods:

Brazil nuts (very high)
Red meat


Zinc is another mineral that has many uses including aiding proper digestion, helping control diabetes, and the proper functioning of the immune system. It helps metabolize energy.

Zinc is used for acne, eczema, weight loss, and plays a big role in helping maintain brain health. It is also necessary in the metabolism of melatonin. Find zinc in these foods:

Pumpkin seeds
Roast beef (low-fat)
Squash seeds

Superstars in the Herb and Spice World

Herbs and spices not only enhance you and your dog's enjoyment of eating; they may also help prevent disease or may even help the healing of some conditions.

There are herbs that increase immune function, lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, protect and help heal the liver, and may help prevent some forms of cancer. Wow!

And that's not all. Some herbs and spices might strengthen the heart and even help you and your little overweight furry buddy lose weight and increase energy levels. Can plants really do all that? I say "Yes they can and much more."

When I first adopted Mimi, she was very nervous and had many digestive issues including diarrhea, vomiting, and flatulence. My sweet Mimi ruined the bedroom carpet. I had to replace the carpet with a wood laminate. That's when I started adding a little fresh ginger and dried fennel seeds to her food and the improvement in her digestion was almost immediate. Plus she really liked the taste. When Casper came into our life, his skin was inflamed. The ginger and the turmeric helped alleviate a big portion of his inflammation.

I've listed a few of the top stars in the herb and spice world that I use in my recipes along with some of their possible benefits for you and your dog. Adding a little spice to your dog's food is a way to say I love you.

Herbs Safe for Both Humans and Dogs

1. Parsley has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and may help to eliminate certain toxins in the body. It is also great for the digestive system and cleans up the liver. Parsley helps relieve gas and also helps with expelling parasites.

There is a compound in parsley and celery seeds called apiol, which is used in some medications to help with certain kidney conditions. This combination may help with gout and other forms of arthritis.

2. Dill is chemoprotective and has bacteriostatic properties. In other words, it protects us against harmful chemicals and bacteria. Dill is also considered a good source of calcium. Kayla, a little prissy poodle who lives next door, loves a little dill in her food.

3. Basil is a rich source of antioxidants beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants fight against age-related diseases.

4. Fennel bulb is a good source of Vitamin C, fiber, and manganese. It is also rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and Vitamin B3. The fiber from fennel helps eliminate carcinogens and toxins.

Dried fennel seeds help both you and your dog's digestion. It also helps with stomach pains and infantile colic; however, the seeds of fennel should only be used in small amounts.


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