Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato & Parsley
Low-fat, plant-based protein recipe
Your dog will feel fuller for longer with this occasional Waist-Watcher high-fibre, meat-free recipe which combines black turtle beans and nutritious sweet potato.
This recipe uses plant-based protein instead of meat or fish, so it’s not the ideal way to feed your dog on a long-term basis. However it is ideal as a quick meal if you haven’t shopped or as an occasional meal (say, once a week), if your vet would like your dog to lose a little weight. It’s rich in fibre, virtually fat-free and your dog will feel full without ever thinking that wartime rationing has been reintroduced!
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Place your dog’s black turtle beans in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Add the rinsed beans to a bowl or saucepan of water and leave to soak overnight.
Next morning, rinse the beans again and add to a saucepan of cold water (approximately 3 cups of water to 1 cup of beans), ensuring that the beans are fully covered. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 hours or until the beans are soft enough to mash. If necessary, stir occasionally, and top up with extra water if required to ensure the beans are covered throughout the process. Once soft, mash or purée and set aside. (Mashing or puréeing will improve digestibility).
Bake the sweet potato in the oven for approximately 1 hour (half that for smaller sweet potatoes), at 200C/400F or gas mark 6. Once the sweet potato is cooked, cut in half and fluff up the flesh inside.
Add the mashed or puréed black beans to the inside of the sweet potato and blend gently. Top off with fresh parsley or parsley flakes and tomatoes if used.
Allow meal to cool before apportioning and/or serving.
About this Recipe
This ‘man and beast’ recipe would be just as nourishing for you as it would be for your dog, and particularly so if you want to count the calories along with your best friend. It tastes great with tomatoes (fresh tomatoes not tinned), which you can add to your dog’s portion as well, and you could spice it up even more with a knob of butter for yourself and a drizzle of olive or nut oil for both of you. If you don’t fancy the Eggshell Powder and the Novel Protein Blend, just add those to your dog’s portion.
If you want to add further variety to this recipe and bulk it up a bit without loading it up with too many extra calories, add some cooked vegetables such as carrots or courgettes, both of which your dog can eat as well. Who said calorie counting had to be boring!
Much of the goodness in the likes of carrots and courgettes is close to the surface, so wash them but don’t peel them unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Feed either 100% home cooked or add 50/50 to existing food as a dressing or topping. If used as a dressing or topping, reduce your dog’s other food accordingly so as to avoid unneccessary and unhealthy weight gain. Begin by joining our community and having our team create a Personalized Daily Feeding Guide for your dog.
Black beans have a wonderful creamy texture when cooked and mashed thoroughly.
Mashed or blended they can be used as a sandwich filling or dip with the addition of a little black pepper and some of your favourite herbs. They can also be used in chili recipes instead of kidney beans and are ideal for adding to homemade soups, stews and even salads.
Black beans have a wonderful creamy texture when cooked and mashed thoroughly. Mashed or blended they can be used as a sandwich filling or dip with the addition of a little black pepper and some of your favourite herbs. They can also be used in chili recipes instead of kidney beans and are ideal for adding to homemade soups, stews and even salads.
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