Raja’s Doggy Dinner Cookbook: Sneak Preview for YOU!

Posted by Raja on March 7th, 2011 — Posted in Book, Health, Pet Nutrition

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Carolyn's Originals aprons keep you neater in the test kitchen.

Paws covered in tomatoes and olive oil, Raja’s working on his next book… an international-theme doggy gourmet cookbook for pups who love to eat and people who love to cook.  He’s taking the best doggy friendly elements from cuisines around the world and creating tasty, healthy, well-balanced cook-at-home-meals.

One fall out from the Chinese export protein contamination scares of the last several years has been that home cooking for dogs, previously discredited by some vets, has gained tremendous respect.  While there are many safe, nutritious and reputable pet food brands, dog lovers aren’t scared to home cook for their pets any more.  Supplements suggested by your vet will tweak your high quality ingredients for your own dog’s physiology, so the worry is over.

As part of his pre-launch, Raja wants to share one of his favorite recipes with you.  Today he celebrates Italy, one of his favorite travel destinations with his pottage, a sneak preview recipe for “Almost Minestrone.”


2 tbsps. olive oil

1 lb. ground beef

1 stalk celery

1 medium tomato

1 medium carrot (all three cut in slices)

1 cup cooked canelli beans

2 dashes of dried basil or six leaves fresh basil shredded

10 oz peas

1 cup chicken broth (or more if needed)

1 ½ cup whole wheat acini di pepe pasta


In a large heavy bottom pot sauté the beef in the olive oil, breaking it into bite size pieces.  As it begins to cook, add the vegetables and the broth.  Cover the pot and cook on medium, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft.  Add the pasta and continue to cook for a few minutes- acini de pepe cooks fast.  Add a little more broth if needed to cook the pasta.  You want a consistency of stew, not soup.  If the texture is too soupy, remove the lid and sauté to evaporate fluid.

This recipe will feed Raja for six days or a Great Dane for one meal.  Raja prefers the ingredients cut small.  The Great Dane might prefer larger bites.

If you try this, please comment in and tell us how it worked for you.  We would really appreciate your feedback.  The first ten people who comment in get a packet of Raja’s magic seeds, packed for 2011- this year it will be basil for your Italian cooking!


Comment by BUTTERCUP & Pat

Raja… as you know we have tried a few of your home recipes and they are yummy ..what doggie wouldn’t like your home cooked recipes !

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

Comment by Sarah Jessica Parker

Hi Raja – thanks for the recipes. Matt and I are going to make this one tonight!

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

Comment by Judi

Raja, you are always thinking of your friends! but where is your chef hat? The tiny tzus are salivating as I write. They saw me take out the homemade chicken broth out of the freezer and their ears almost went up! they know that homemade broth is the best for any of your recipes–but you know that too, I know. Yep, Abby said that canned broth has “hidden” ingredients that aren’t good for her. Judi
Hey, Raja! Aren’t we lucky that our Mom’s store that broth in the freezer? Mommy is going to make this for us! I can’t wait!! Your friends, Lexie, Angel and Abby

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

Comment by Sheryll & Critters.

Oh Raja, I will copy and print this right away! And don’t you look so very handsome in your Carolyn’s Original Apron! And I hope you and Mommy Helen are putting our very favorite cookie recipe in the book… when my mommy shares it, she calls it “Raja’s Special Cookies”, cause it is the VERY best. Also, do not forget Raja’s Chicken Dinner Comfort Food, another all time favorite of ours. And we want to try Laci’s Meatloaf sometime soon as well.

Love You Darling Raja!

Posted on March 13, 2011 at 5:57 am

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