Washington is a state that inspires you to stop and just look. With simple food and diverse scenery, even the most discerning chef will find an ingredient to create deliciousness!
Asparagus in either purple or green color is not only safe for dogs, but extremely beneficial. Why the debate on serving your dog this veggie? The asparagus FERN is very toxic to dogs. According to the ASPCA website, “asparagus fern, the inedible part of the asparagus plant, is toxic for dogs. If you are growing asparagus in your garden, you should put up a fence to make sure your dog cannot eat the toxic part of the asparagus plant. Ingesting this part of the plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and severe abdominal pain.”
So that being said, asparagus if served correctly is a wonderful treat for your dog.
Asparagus has qualities to reduce inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis. Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, folate, copper, selenium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B3, potassium, choline, vitamin A, zinc, iron, protein, and vitamin B6.
In addition, salmon is one of the most popular dishes in Washington along with delicious Washington grow apples! We have combined all of these Washington wonderfulnesses into one recipe that you and your dog can share. Of course, we have omitted salt for your dog, but add to your portion!
Ingredients (for two persons or one dog and one person)
2 pounds wild salmon planks, deboned with skin kept on bottom
1 apple cut into bite size pieces (make sure all seeds are removed) or 1 cup of organic, dried apple slices
1/2 cup organic maple syrup
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 pound, steamed asparagus, cut into bite size pieces
3 tablespoons organic olive oil
Combine maple syrup, garlic and olive oil. Marinate salmon for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Remove salmon from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray. Place salmon, skin side down. Place apples on top of salmon and asparagus on top of the apples. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until skin easily flakes with a fork.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving to your dog. Leftovers may be refrigerated for one day or frozen for up to two months.
Disclaimer: Always consult a vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet. This is meant as a treat and not a regular meal replacement.