Wednesdays With Mija

Have you considered making food for your animals? I don’t mean opening the can or bag and pouring it into a dish. I’m talking about actual, honest-to-goodness cooking where you start with a list of ingredients, mix them up and, in some instances, pop them in the oven to bake.

Where you know exactly what goes into the food you’re feeding your beloveds.

Last month we got an email from a company called Vitamix with recipes for cat treats. They also sent dog and horse treat recipes, but I am choosing to ignore those. 

Today is my day on the blog. 

The Vitamix is a machine like a blender that makes a LOT of noise when it is turned on. It can pulverize anything you put in it. I like to stay well hidden when it’s running.

Here’s one of the recipes I thought had some promise. Check with the Vitamix Company, if you’re interested in seeing all of the recipes. Just follow this link if you are so inclined.

Tuna Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 six-ounce can of chunk tuna in water
  • 2 T popcorn kernels or 1/4- cup cornmeal
  • 1/2-cup wheat berries, or 3/4-cup whole-wheat flour
Instructions :
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. If using whole grains, place popcorn and wheat berries into the Vitamix container and secure the lid .
  3. Turn the machine on starting at the lowest speed and moving to the highest.
  4. Blend for 45 seconds. Pour into a mixing bowl.
  5. Place the egg and tuna (including juice) into the Vitamix container and secure the lid. Turn the machine on and quickly increase the speed from low to high.
  6. Blend for 45 seconds.
  7. Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix to form a ball of dough.
  8. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
  9. Roll out to a thickness of 1/4 inch and cut into desired shapes with cutters or a knife.
  10. Bake 10 minutes for chewy treats and 20 minutes for crunchy treats.
  11. If you don’t want to do the cutting, you can spread the mixture into an 8×8 pan and bake for 15 minutes. Then you can cut into pieces the perfect size for your cat.
I’m lobbying for these treats to be made this weekend. I’ll let you know next week how they turned out.
Happy Wednesday!

P.S. The Vitamix company had a veterinarian approve all of the recipes. You can read about it on their website.
P.P.S. The folks at Vitamix have no idea that I exist.  Sad for them!
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