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Breathbones & Brazil Nut Pesto Dressing

Posted Aug 20 2014 3:27am

I got adventurous this week and ordered V-dog Breathbones with our usual kibble order from V-Dog .

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Skipper does not always have the freshest breath and he loves to chew, so I’m always looking for vegan ways to keep him busy. I ordered the small size to try so the chihuahuas could try them too and they are interesting looking.

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Very tough, I was unable to break one in half and they have a slight cinnamon spiced smell to them. Skipper liked them right away, he took one off to be chewed up and actually made short work of it.

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I might need to order the larger size for him next!

The chihuahuas were unsure at first, they sniffed them and it took a little coaxing to get them to take the treat. They tend to be more sensitive to dry and crunchy foods. But soon Miko tried it.

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And became determined to take it from my hand.

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He carried it around the house for a bit before finally chewing it up and enjoying it, but he’s a big fan now too. They’re a little pricey, but they did keep the dogs busy for a bit and made a noticeable improvement in their breaths, especially Skipper. So thumbs up!

I think Brazil nuts might be my favorite nut, well perhaps a tie with black walnuts. But I don’t buy them nearly enough since they tend to be pricey.

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I splurged on a bag at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and used them in a divinely creamy pesto dressing with no added oil. Brazil nuts are a great source of whole fats and selenium , perfect to get a creamy texture without adding cheese or oil to traditional pesto recipes.

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Brazil Nut Pesto Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Brazil nuts
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. Serve and enjoy. Makes 4 servings.

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I coated a large spinach salad with the dressing and topped with Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella Shreds.

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The dressing has a wonderfully smooth and silky texture with the powerful basil and garlicky flavors of pesto. The Brazil nuts add a slight bitterness that works will with the garlic and basil and lit up a plain spinach salad nicely.

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