Cooking with Chef Emoji: Super Bowl Edition

Dog-Friendly Super Bowl Snacks with Chef EmojiHi Friends! Chef Emoji here and today we’re going to make special snackies for Super Bowl LI! Our Big Sunday snackies are human and dog-friendly Super Bowl snacks This recipe is an easy 5 step recipe. So get cooking, and check out important safety tips from Lady!

Our recipe is inspired by Rachel Ray’s K-9-Ingredient Meatballs. We made double the recipe because we have to make sure Lady has enough for all our friends.

*Chat with your vet before changing your pup’s diet, but this can be a great supplement to your pup’s meals.

First things first, things you’ll need:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 carrot – Shredded
  • 1 stalk celery – Finely chopped. You’ll want to chop the celery as small as you can. 
  • 1/2 frozen chopped spinach – I measured out the chopped spinach and chopped it up smaller
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint – The original recipe called for parsley, but we swapped if out for mint because Inky has stinky breath
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric – Turmeric is great for stiff joints, but to fully absorb the turmeric, incorporate black pepper.  
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

Now the fun stuff!

Super Bowl snack - mealball before if goes into the oven
Only 15 minutes until these meatballs are ready for your game day snacking!
  • Step 1: Find a comfortable spot to supervise your human. If you’re a human, then make sure your supervisor is comfortable.
  • Step 2: Pre-heat oven to 400°F and cover a baking pan with parchment paper. Another option is greasing a muffin pan or baking sheet.
  • Step 3: Prep the veggies and place in mixing bowl. Mix up and add in spices, brown rice, and egg. Finally, add in meat and mix well. Lady used her hands.
  • Step 4: Roll out meatballs, Lady used a tablespoon to create the balls and placed them on a baking sheet. Cook for 15-18 minutes, or until they are cooked thoroughly.
  • Step 5: Let cool for 10 minutes before enjoying

*This can be a great snackie and should not replace a full meal. Talk to your vet before changing your pup’s diet.

A note from Lady on not-so Dog-Friendly Super Bowl snackies!

  • Avocado: No Sunday football party is complete without avocado or guacamole, but avocados can be dangerous for your best friend. Avocados can cause diarrhea and vomiting, and the pit can become a blockage if consumed.
  • Chicken Wings: Chicken wings are yummy, but the bones are brittle and can break off into sharp pieces. These and toothpicks can cause serious health issues because they can get lodged in your dog or cat’s digestive system and can cause life-threatening puncture wounds. Keep toothpicks and chicken wings out of reach of your pets and make sure to secure the trash.
  • Chocolate: You know the drill when it comes to chocolate. If your best friend sneaks a bite from the dessert table, contact your vet or the pet poison helpline ASAP.
  • Grapes and raisins: There’s going to be that one human who that is trying to keep the New Year’s Resolutions alive. Be careful because raisins and grapes make great snackies for hoomans, but even the smallest amount can lead to a mini stayaction at your local vet!
  • Cheesy dips and chips: Too much cheese can cause indigestion, gas, constipation, and even pancreatitis. Don’t be tricked by the puppy eyes! Limit the amount of cheese your dogs and cats eat… or prepare yourself for a gas-filled night.

Learn more about dangerous snackies and contact your vet in case of emergency.

That’s all for now! What’s your favorite Super Bowl treat? Tag @pugsquadsos and use the hashtag #ChefEmoji to share yours!