Cooking with Toddlers: Sweet Potato Dog Treats

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Fig and Mafalda, our sassy little dachshund, have always had a love-hate relationship from the beginning. The two most frequent things heard ( read: yelled)  in our house by me are “Mafalda, stop humping Fig!” and “Fig, no pulling Mafalda’s ears!”. Yes, my dog’s favorite activity aside from eating is hands-down humping Fig. Meanwhile, Fig just can’t resist a good old tug on Mafalda’s long and floppy ears. I’m continually finding myself refereeing wrestling matches between the two of them, making sure Fig doesn’t steal Mafalda’s bones and eat them ( he’s done it before) and of course, trying to keep the humping and ear pulling to a minimum.

But deep down inside, I know their best friends. Mafalda will attempt to dismember anybody who comes too close to Fig on our walks ( I’ve actually considered putting a muzzle on her for this very reason) and Fig will vehemently protect Mafalda should some poor unsuspecting 3 year old ask to pet her.

So, in honor of their friendship we decided to whip up some Sweet Potato Cookies for our furry pal. Despite some initial trepidation on Mafalda’s part she soon decided they were amazing and proceeded, for the next 5 hours, to beg and whine for more. Even little Fig took a few bites and decided they were pretty good indeed.

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Mafalda

Are those treats ready yet?!?

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

  • Two cooked  and cooled sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 coconut oil
  • A dash of maple syrup

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Combine all ingredients in bowl
  • Form a 1 inch cookie and place on an oiled baking sheet
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes
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hmm..smells healthy…I don’t know about this.

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Oh yeah baby….this is the good stuff!

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Belly full of treats..resting on her neck "pillow" ( she has a paw chewing problem we are trying to solve)

Life is good..belly full of treats, resting on her neck “pillow” ( she has a paw chewing problem we are trying to solve)

Cooking with Toddlers: Smashed Potatoes

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I have yet to come across a toddler who doesn’t enjoy mashing, smashing, banging or otherwise attempting to destroy things. Unfortunately for me, Fig has a tendency to deconstruct items of value. Furthermore, I usually make it to the crime scene after the damage has been done and there’s no possibility of thwarting the the tiny act of vandalism.

So making smashed potatoes with a toddler is multifunctional; they can smash and mash to their little hearts desire and make a tasty side dish at the same time. There is one drawback to this dish; every time Fig now sees a potato he tries to smash the crap out of it. A recent side dish of whole roasted rosemary potatoes was destroyed in under 30 seconds the other day while we were not looking. You’ve been warned!

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Potatoes with a side of plane please!

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Also note to add a few extra potatoes to the batch as several will most likely get eaten during the smashing process.

Ingredients:

  • Baby Red Potatoes ( we cooked about 10 for three people)
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  • Bring potatoes to boil. Once boiling, turn down heat to low and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
  • Let potatoes completely cool.
  • Once cool, invite an eager toddler to smash them onto a baking sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 415 fahrenheit.
  • Drizzle smashed potatoes with olive oil and salt; bake for 20-25 minutes or until crispy and brown.
  • We serve our potatoes with Sage Aioli but they are just as delicious with a bit of butter.
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Having a toddler do the smashing makes for some interesting shaped potatoes but the taste is still amazing!