If I gave you the short answer,which is “yes”, this would be a very short article. To clarify, we’re not talking about Jalapeno or Serrano peppers or anything spicy, but referencing the Green Bell Pepper. Bell peppers of all colors are very high in nutrients such as vitamins A and C. They contain Beta Carotene which is an antioxidant and can benefit your dog’s health in a number of ways.
How to Prepare and Feed Peppers
Bell peppers have a tough outer layer of skin that can be difficult for your dog to digest. For this reason, we recommend that you slightly cook or puree the peppers before feeding them to your dog. Since cooking any vegetable diminishes the amount of nutrients received, and the majority of nutrients in vegetables are contained in the peel, we recommend that you puree the bell peppers rather than cook them. A few quick pulses in the blender or food processor and you can render your green (red or yellow) peppers entirely edible and digestible for your dog.
Obviously you can’t simply feed liquid peppers, so mixing the puree with your dog’s regular food is a very good option for giving your dog bell peppers. As with any single food or treat, you never want to overfeed, but give the peppers as a regular part of the balanced nutritional supplements you feed your dog in addition to his regular food source.
Benefits of feeding Bell Peppers
There are many benefits of consuming bell peppers that contribute to your dog’s overall good health. The nutrients in bell peppers contribute to a healthy gastrointestinal system, and have been known to reduce flatulence. You may be surprised, but it’s true! If you have a particularly gassy dog, try feeding him bell peppers to help clear up that smelly problem.The Beta Carotene in yellow and red peppers helps your dog in the same way it does humans; by removing free-radicals from your dog’s system which boosts immunities and helps guard your dog against the effects of pollution and environmental concerns and reducing the risk of certain types of cancers that are common to canines.
Most dogs love the taste of all colors of bell peppers. The sweetness of a ripe pepper seems particularly attractive to dogs. This is a great way to treat your dog to something he really likes to eat that is also a healthful snack that you can feel great about giving.
Bell Peppers are low in calories and fat so they make a perfect snack or treat for your dog.Owners of overweight dogs are encouraged to exchange their cookies or biscuits for some fresh produce. Always a sound choice for the health and well-being of your pet. As with any kind of feed or treat, you don’t want to overfeed peppers to your dog. Overfeeding can lead to upset stomach, vomiting and / or diarrhea. Start slow when introducing your dog to any new food, to see how well your dog tolerates it. You can seed and slice peppers and keep them in the refrigerator, which gives you a ready supply of healthy , crunchy treats that are good for your dog. It’s good to know that feeding a handful of pepper slices or some pureed peppers won’t add weight or diminish your dog’s appetite for his regular dog food or have a negative impact on a diet plan for an overweight pooch.
Try this recipe for stuffed green bell peppers that is easy to prepare and tasty for your pup!
This recipe makes 4 stuffed halves. You can double the recipe and prepare them in advance. They will keep in your refrigerator for up to three weeks. Select large peppers at the peak of ripeness for the best flavor. The ingredients may seem bland to us, but your dog is going to love them! Remember, dogs cannot eat onion or garlic, and you want to keep seasonings to a minimum. You can make substitutions for the rice,using white rice (less nutritional benefit), or any kind of grain meal, but brown rice is the favorite for optimum nutrition. As a rule, we want to keep our dog’s diet grain-free, but this is a special treat, so you can splurge a bit! Be sure to watch for how your dog tolerates this, or any recipe you introduce. Some dogs can show stomach upset from eating too much at once or from the grains if they’re not used to them.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Two large Bell Peppers
- 2 Cups cooked Brown Rice(You can substitute Unseasoned Bread crumbs, Oatmeal, Whole Oats or Flax Meal)
- 1 Pound of 80/20 Ground Beef,Ground Lamb, Pork, Turkey, or Chicken
- 1 Large Tomato, diced
- 2 Carrots , diced
- 2 Stalks of Celery, diced
- 1 ½ Tsp Salt
- ½ TBSP Oregano
- 1 Large Egg, beaten
- 1 ½ Cups Shredded Cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
Prepare the Peppers:
Wash and slice the peppers in half and remove the seeds. Leave as much flesh as you want.Scrape with a spoon to make a well to add the stuffing.
- Cook the ground meat until browned and drain the grease.
- Combine the diced vegetables, ½ Cup of cheese, and rice with the meat in a large mixing bowl
- Lightly beat the egg and add to the rice/meat mixture
- Add Oregano and Salt (optional)
- Spoon into pepper halves until heaping
- Top with the remainder of the shredded cheese and bake in a shallow baking pan with ¼ cup of broth or water in the bottom at 350 degrees for 30 -45 minutes until cheese is browned and bubbly and peppers are soft
- Let cool before serving to your dog.
This is a very basic and easy recipe. You can jazz it up with adding some blueberries, or substituting carrot for sweet potato. There are countless ways you can prepare stuffed peppers for your dog. Use green red and yellow to keep it interesting. You might find that your dog shows a preference for red over green or the reverse might also be true.
Feeding peppers to your dog could be just the beginning of discovering a whole new world of dog -friendly foods from your grocery produce aisle. Dog food doesn’t have to come out of a bag or can. It’s a great feeling to know exactly what your dog is eating because you’ve prepared it yourself. Not everyone has the time or inclination to cook for their dog, but there’s no doubt that your pooch will appreciate any healthy homemade treats you take the time to prepare.