PALEO PUPPY POWER SLIDERS

Mom’s getting ready for a local CrossFit competition this weekend.  That means cooking up and packing healthy snack food for her and her teammates.  Now if you know CrossFit you know that a large majority of CrossFitters  follow the Paleo diet (or lifestyle).  Here’s wikipedia’s definition of Paleolithic Diet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet

Well, if you’ve followed my blog about our dining out adventures you know that Mom strictly follows the PaleNO lifestyle.  Meaning she has an extreme weakness for breads, cheeses, and rice…everything NOT Paleo approved.  But she also LIVES to EAT and doesn’t just EAT to LIVE, and lucky for me enjoying and savoring good food one of her top priorities from the very moment she wakes up in the mornings.

However, since we discovered my sensitivity to wheat, she’s been cooking up treats and snax for me inspired by Paleo recipes she finds.  She discovered that the basic Paleo principles are very close to a dog’s healthy diet (with some exceptions).

I suppose you could say that eating Paleo is like eating Dog Food (back off Paleo Police, don’t get your Lululemon’s in a knot, it’s just a joke)…besides, when the Dog is a lucky one like Me…and the Cook is someone like my Mom…then it’s really not as bad as it sounds!

So, back to the snax.  So the other night when she was getting things ready for this competition she made up a batch of these Thai Style Paleo-ish Pork Sliders…IMG_20131016_225337

Thai Style Paleo-ish Sliders (Recipe for peeps, NOT for pups)

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken (can also use ground turkey, beef, or pork);

2 green onions, diced;

2-3 Thai Chile Peppers, chopped;

½ C cilantro, chopped;

1 egg;

Dash fish sauce, to taste (Red Boat brand is Paleo friendly, but just use what you can get at the local Asian market);

Dash coconut aminos, to taste (or relax and just use regular low sodium soy sauce if you do not have coconut aminos);

2 tbs Coconut Oil;

1 tbs Coconut Flour (optional for helping to get the mix to stick together);

How To:

Combine all ingredients except coconut oil, in a large mixing bowl.  Refrigerate for about 30 min to let flavors blend.  Heat oil in a frying pan and place meatball sized portions of the meat mixture in the oil, flatten to a small patty/slider/nugget size and cook over med heat until patty is halfway cooked.  Turn and continue cooking other side until done or to desired browning on both sides.  Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.  Serve with an Asian style paleo dipping sauce (or any other delicious egg roll or wonton dipping sauce you can find at the Asian market).  Store in air tight container in the refrigerator.

NOTE:  Above recipe is NOT for pups!

Since it was also time for her to make up some snax for me and she was already making a huge mess in the kitchen she made up these Paleo Puppy Power Sliders for me…hope your pup enjoys them as much as I do!IMG_20131016_231733

PALEO PUPPY POWER SLIDERSIMG_20131016_232531

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef (can also use ground turkey or chicken);

2/3 C dry Sojos ® Fruit and Veggie (rehydrated according to package directions);

1 egg;

1 tbs Coconut Oil (optional, if using a good non-stick pan omit this);

How To:

Combine all ingredients except coconut oil, in a large mixing bowl.  Refrigerate for about 30 min to let flavors blend.  Heat oil in a frying pan and place meatball sized portions of the meat mixture in the oil, flatten to a small patty/slider/nugget size and cook over med heat until patty is halfway cooked.  Turn and continue cooking other side until done or to desired browning on both sides.  Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.  Serve with plain yogurt dipping sauce if desired or sandwich between baked sweet potato rounds to make a ‘burger’.  Store in air tight container in the refrigerator.IMG_20131016_232754

NOTE:  ALWAYS consult with your pet’s veterinarian regarding ingredients, serving sizes, & special dietary requirements prior to changing your pet’s diet.

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