Welcome to Mr. Khan’s kitchen! Pull up a chair! Let’s talk about a subject near and dear to your pet’s heart: food!
We all want what’s best for our pets…the best toys, the best beds, the best blankets, the best veterinary care. However, with the recall of various pet food brands during the past year, pet owners now wonder if they are offering their beloved furry ones the best foods available. Many commercial pet foods are of poor nutritional value, and are filled with artificial ingredients and chemicals. In an effort to ensure safety and quality for our pets, some of us are turning toward our own kitchens to stir up pet cuisine.
While fun, cooking for your pet is serious business. The nutritional value of the meal is of primary importance. Before tying on your apron to whip up a delicacy for Kitty or Fido, we encourage you to educate yourself on pets’ nutritional needs. Discuss your pet’s individual needs with your veterinarian. A homemade diet should provide nutritional balance, variety, calcium, and the protein your pet requires to maintain a healthy immune system, skin, and coat.
If you’re up for the challenge, Fido or Kitty might enjoy some home-cooking now and then. And you’ll find some simple recipes right here in Mr. Khan’s Kitchen! So let’s see what’s cooking!
First up, let’s try a truly easy fried rice recipe, courtesy of television’s Rachael Ray*
1 tablespoon vegetable oil ½ cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
½ cup leftover white or brown rice 1 large egg, beaten
In a small skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the rice and cook until golden, about 4 minutes. Add the peas and carrots and toss to combine. Scoot the rice-vegetable mixture off to the side; add the egg to the pan and cook, stirring, until set, then mix into the rice. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. (Makes 1 serving.)
* recipe from Everyday With Rachael Ray, November, 2008
If you try this recipe, we’d love to hear how your pet liked it. And we love to receive any of your own personal recipes that you whip up for your furry one. If you would like to contribute a recipe for this column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give exact source of the recipe, or tell us if you created the recipe on your own.