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I love making dog friendly foods that I can enjoy and share with my two favourite pooches. This recipe for maple and herb roasted squash is simple to make and and tasty for dogs and humans alike.

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When you have a food hound dog like Kolchak, you know that most meals are going to end up shared.

He has this way of looking at me with his big brown eyes that just makes me feel so completely guilty. I mean he’s well fed, don’t get me wrong, but he gets this crazy look like he’s half starved and desperate for a bite of whatever I’m having. Even though I’m the one paying the dog food bills and I know just how well he eats, his crazy eyes are just so darn endearing that a lot of the time I can’t help but sneak him a bite, as long as what I’m eating is safe to share. Now

Cooking dog friendly foods has actually improved my diet.

I know it sounds crazy, but I used to eat a ton of junk food. When I started sharing more real, healthy foods with my dogs, I started cooking more real, healthy foods for myself. After all, you can’t cook a meal filled the sugars and fats if you’re going to share with your dogs. The foods that are healthiest for you to eat, like lean meats and fresh vegetables, are also healthy choices for your dogs to enjoy.

One of my favourite recipes is for this dog friendly maple and herb roasted squash.

For me, simplicity is key. It takes only a couple minutes to prep, about an hour to bake and It has a warm, slightly sweet earthy flavour.

Dog Friendly Maple and Herb Roasted Squash


  • 1 medium-sized acorn squash
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Chopped fresh parsley, rosemary, thyme and/or sage (to taste)


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Brush the inside of the squash with maple syrup.

Place squash in an oven safe dish and bake for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, until squash is tender and golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh herbs.

For the humans: if desired, dressed with butter and serve hot.

For the dogs: mash mash the squash and serve over their regular dog food or on its own as a treat.

© Jodi Chick

The dogs are wild over this healthy treat.

It’s something they enjoy and something I can feel good about giving them. Plus, anytime I actually get to taste something I’ve made is a real bonus, LOL. Sometimes I spoil these dogs so much I forget spoil myself.

Do you ever make foods you can share with your dogs? What is your favourite recipe?

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