Dinner & Dessert for you and your Pet

On this lovely day off (for most), and as we expect more snow, maybe you have a little extra time on your hands and would like to cook a nice dinner for you and your dog or cat! Below you will find some tried and true delicious recipes.

Stuffed zucchini with beef

2 large zucchini, lightly steamed (about 3-4 minutes)

½ tablespoon coconut oil

½ pound ground beef

½ bell pepper, chopped

1 large egg

½ cup tomato sauce

1 slice dry gluten-free break, processed into bread crumbs

½ teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon thyme

Sea salt, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut steamed zucchini in half lengthwise, then cut a thin slice along the bottom of each to allow the zucchini to lay flat. Scoop out the pulp to make a boat. Place pulp in cheesecloth and squeeze out excess moisture. Place zucchini boats in a glass or ceramic 1 ½ -quart dish.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; cook beef and peppers together until beef is no longer pink. Remove from heat and drain. Add the zucchini pulp, egg, tomato sauce, bread crumbs and herbs to the meat. Fill the zucchini boats with the mixture. Bake uncovered in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Serves 2

Brussels sprouts with braised fennel

1 pound Brussels sprouts, stemmed and sliced thinly

1 fennel bulb, cut in quarters

½ cup chicken broth (onion free)

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon fennel seeds (helps with digestion)

Add all the ingredients to a skillet; cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes

Serves 4

Pumpkin cookies

3/4 cup quick oats

1/2 cup oat flour

1/4 cup sugar, unrefined if desired

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, or additional cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup canned pumpkin, or mashed sweet potato

1/3 cup almond butter, or regular butter spread

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

*The cookies can be baked or no-bake – it’s your choice!

If baking, preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients (soften nut butter to a stir-able consistency first if needed), and stir to form a batter. Form balls, then place on a cookie tray and flatten a little. Either refrigerate until firm, or bake 10 minutes, then let cool an additional 10 minutes, during which time they will firm up. You could also make up the dough balls ahead of time and freeze them for a rainy day!

Enjoy! Dr. Kelly and Dr. Kari