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Yum-o For Canine Carrots-and-Peas Orzo!

She's done it again – another delish dish for you and a dog from Every Day with Rachael Ray! Giving pups a lil helping of this veggie-laden meal can be a healthy treat for "peas and happiness." Remember, there can be too much of a good thing so be certain to give pets an appropriate portion of this recipe, substituting it for a snack or meal portion, not in addition, to keep pooches slim and trim. To see this yum-o recipe,


Carrots-and-Peas Orzo

Carrots-and-Peas Orzo

Carrots-and-Peas Orzo from Every Day with Rachael Ray (April 2008)


  1. 1 cup orzo
  2. 1 cup frozen peas
  3. 4 carrots, sliced
  4. Drizzle of honey (optional)
  5. ½ cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  6. Salt and Pepper (for people’s portions only)


Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the orzo, and cook until just before al dente, about 7 minutes. Add the peas and cook for 1 minute; drain and return the pasta and peas to the pot.
While the pasta is cooking, in a medium saucepan, cover the carrots with water and bring to a boil. Season with salt and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain, reserving about ½ cup cooking water, then transfer the carrots to a food processor. Add the reserved cooking water and honey, if using, and process until smooth.
Stir the carrot puree into the pasta and peas. Stir in the parmigiano-reggiano. Portion out half for the dog and let cool before serving; season the people’s portion with salt and pepper.


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Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
I dont change my pup's food - it has plenty of what she needs, but on the occasion she does get a little bit of egg added in. She's healthy and thats all that matters.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
BTW I would never want to eat what Cuba eats. Yucko!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I am with you kscincotta this is horrible for your dog. She needs to stick with what she thinks she knows best. I would never feed this to Cuba. I cannot imagine feeding him orzo. He loves his raw diet, crunchies (kibble), and his raw vegies.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
kscincotta - unless your dog has an iron stomach feeding them this recipe will probably give them diarrhea. gradual food change is the rule of thumb. and, i'd love to see a book written by a vet/professional that says eating this type of recipe is good for dogs! there are healthy recipes out there for doggie cookies and i know of people who have researched raw diets and do make their dog food by hand. however, the meal they set in front of their pup looks nothing like the one they'd put on their own dinner plate.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
ksc - my vets have been telling me lately that you're actually supposed to switch their dog food brands/types often because they need more than one type of protein to be healthy. Give them a variety of proteins. As for these types of meals I have no idea! Also I could never hear "yum-o" and "de-lish" again and be happy :)
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
I have a question about all these different meals for dogs. Most dog-raising guides suggest picking a food and sticking with it because dogs can have a hard time switching around foods. If you do have to switch foods, they recommend switching gradually so as not to upset the pup's tummy. So is it actually okay to make up all these different recipes for treats and meals? Or is constantly switching up their diets ok?
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
that is SO bad for a dog! no wonder there are so many obese pups. seeing this just makes me cringe. dry food ... the best way to go. and, maybe a raw carrot for a snack but not as an ingredient to a hot meal! i can't believer she's promoting/advertising these pup dinner ideas - insane. i'd like to see what her pups would look like after eating things like this - fat, fat, fat, fat, fat!!!!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I think I'd just eat it myself!
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