Homemade Recipes

Nutrition is the cornerstone of health. One of the secrets to our success is that we get your pet onto a healthy diet right away. Read Whole Foods Approach to see if your pet could benefit from a diet change.

In the meantime, try these recipes and treat your pet to a healthy homemade snack. After all, nothin’ says lovin’ like a snack from the oven!

Old Dog Jing Tonic Cookies

(Adapted from Paul Pitchford’s Healing with Whole Foods “Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies”)

  • 3 cups whole rolled oats
  • 2 cups boiling water (or cranberry juice)
  • 1/2 cup flour (rice, whole wheat or unbleached white)
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (or walnuts)
  • 1 Tbsp oil (sesame, vegetable or olive) – optional 1/2 tsp sea salt – optional
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Natural Path Herb Company’s Four Gentlemen extract granules
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or almond) extract
  • Several Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup pre-soaked, rinsed Lycium Berries (Goji berries or Gou Qi Zi – available in Chinese markets and herb stores)

Preheat oven to 350 °. Dry-toast oats in oven until golden brown (about 10-15 min). Pour into a mixing bowl and scald with boiling water or juice. Let stand 5-10 minutes. Mix all of the remaining ingredients together and drizzle honey over mixture until it holds together enough to form cookies. Place tablespoon sized cookies on a preheated, greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 ° for 12-20 min. If you want crunchy cookies, turn oven off and allow cookies to dry in the oven until cool.

Organ or Meat Jerky

Your pooch or kittens will love you for this one!

  • 1 pound Organic meat (organ or skeletal)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic or ginger powder (optional)

Preheat oven to 200 ° (or lowest setting). Cut organic chicken hearts, liver, gizzards, cow hearts, liver, kidney or lung in 1/8th inch to 3/8th inch thicknesses. Cut skeletal meat with the grain 1/8th inch thick. Sauté meat with worcestershire, soy and garlic over medium heat until cooked (1-3 minutes). Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until dry or crunchy (which ever your best friend likes), about 3-5 hours. Cool and watch them disappear.

Alternatively you can remove the top rack before preheating oven and hang meat on that with a toothpick but make sure you have a cookie sheet on the bottom rack to catch extras. Hanging meat will take less time to dry but is tricky for some organs like liver or lung.

Lung and Liver Lickin’ Luxuries

  • 1 lb lung, liver or both
  • 1 cup flour (rice, wheat)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp any herbal formula

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a blender until almost liquid. Pour into a square cake pan lined with greased tin foil. Bake in oven (ideally convection) for 15-20 min. Cool and cut into snack sized bites.