Saturday, March 30, 2013

All Natural Easter Eggs

Like plenty of pampered pets the Urban Hounds get a good filled basket every year, one thing thats always in there: hard boiled eggs.  

Last years basket

Eggs are one of the easiest, cheapest, and healthiest things you can give your dog for Easter, or any other time of year. Like many concerned pet owners I feed my dogs high end grain free kibble but I still worry that my dogs are not getting the nutritional benefit they would from a fresh diet.  To help boost the nutritional value of their food I regularly add fresh foods such as yogurt, cottage cheese, cooked meat, and eggs.   

Dogs need high quality protein and eggs are just that.  In addition to protein they have plenty of vitamins and minerals, and as I mentioned before they are cheap.    Egg can be fed to dogs raw or cooked, I prefer cooked since my dogs don't regularly eat a raw diet.   However, I have fed raw eggs when I was sure of the eggs source, i.e. from a local farmers market.

Once large egg has about 70 calories which is a fine daily kibble topper for an active medium to large dog, for smaller dogs you can divide the eggs or serve every other day and reduce the kibble as needed.   In home cooked diets egg shells are often recommended as a source of calcium, but if your dog is eating kibble then you should remove the shell to avoid giving your dog too much calcium.  The shell should also be removed on any eggs that are not organic.

Of course dogs could care less if the eggs are dyed:

"Just give me an egg mom!"

but its fun for the human.  This year in keeping with the organic eggs  I decided to use natural dyes.  I made three colors: red, yellow, and blue.  The red did not get as bright as I hope and came out more of a pinky brown.

Red Dye

2 large beets grated by hand or in a food processor fitted with the grating blade
2 cups water
1 tbsp white vinegar

Combine the beets, water and vinegar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Boil for 15 minutes.

Yellow Dye

3 tbsp ground Tumeric
2 cups water
1 tbsp white vinegar

Again combine and boil for 15 minutes.

Blue Dye
8 ounces of frozen blueberries, crushed in the food processor or blender
1 cup water
1 tbsp vinegar

Again boil 15 minutes.

Dyes boiling on the stove

Cool the dyes for about 15 minutes before adding your hard boiled eggs.  If you want you can strain the dyes through a sieve or you can the  eggs right in the pot, which will produce a mottled effect.  Let the eggs sit about an hour and then remove them and blot them.

The finished eggs


  1. My dogs aren't that fond of eggs surprisingly, since they aren't too picky about what the eat. And, oh, my! They get horrible gas when they do eat them! I love eggs however and am lucky to have a source of home-grown eggs through someone at my office. It's great to know I am eating cruelty-free eggs!

  2. The dye idea is great. We use to use onion skins to get the yellow colour. Fun! Love eggs. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. I LOVE the look of the natural dyes. So pretty. Freedom, Casper & Nikki "thank you" because they're going to get an egg for Easter.

  4. I love eggs...hard-cooked, scrambled, name it! I've never had a dyed egg though. Maybe I can convince mom to try that!
    Happy Easter!

  5. oh that is cute! i should make eggs for my girls. we don't cook meat in our house, so they just get occasional beans from our plates. and they get carrots and potatoes of course. they would probably go crazy for eggs!

  6. I love the all natural dye! Those eggs look great!

  7. Cool dyes, that's such an ace idea! I never thought of getting the humans to feed me eggs, do the dogs like it?
    Have a happy easter!
    Pippa :)

  8. Hi Y'all!

    Just hopped by to wish y'all a happy Easter! Eggs and all!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  9. My Goro always tries to steal egg shells so I have to be careful not to leave them in sink or anywhere within his reach! Your dyed eggs are very pretty. I hope you all have a very happy Easter weekend!!

  10. We love eggs! We usually get scrambled eggs on the weekends. Mom likes your natural eggs. Have a Happy Easter!
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  11. I love eggs too.. and I need to come to your house- cuse the Easter Bunny is not coming this year.. and I am sad.
    So whats a Tweedles to do- when her momnmy does not feels good? I will come to your house!

  12. Thanks for sharing the recipe for natural dyes. That's pretty neat! I think purple cabbage would also work for purple dye, seeing how it dyed my soup bright purple!

    Happy Easter. The pups are spoiled to have their own basket.

  13. Hoppy Easter!!!!!

    Those eggs are pretty! We get an egg later when dad makes deviled eggs - he always makes extras for us! We got plastic eggs in our baskets ... with Pugs In The Kitchen treats in them ... YUMMY!

    Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

  14. Your natural dyed eggs look fabulous! I will have to try that next year. And I did not know dogs could eat egg shell. Thanks for that information.

    Love the photo of your little pug with his tongue out. Too adorable! And what a great Easter basket you gave your pup last year. Very nice!

    Wishing you and yours a very joyful and Happy Easter! And I hope the Easter Bunny brought all your pups lots of yummy treats!


    K (Suka's Mom)

  15. The eggs kind of remind me of vintage Easter cards/postcards. I'm not sure if it's the color or the pattern the color made. They are cool!

    Bella & Sweet Pea

  16. This is super interesting. My mama just switched me from being on a dry kibble diet to going on a semi-raw diet. I am not having The Honest Kitchen's Love Formula mixed with my kiibble. We have heard of a lot of people feeding their pugs yogurt and fresh fruit, so mama says she will do that too. This hard egg is something completely new to us, but I think I can eat one over the weekends maybe!:)

  17. The eggs are so pretty! And no doubt the hounds enjoyed eating them.