Valentine’s Day Lovers’ Loaf: For Dogs and Their People

Chef Riley has been thinking a lot about Valentine’s Day and wanted to make sure all his ladies had a special meal for the day.    So I went through my recipes and came up with something that you can make and share with your pups. I hope you enjoy this as much as mine do.


  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef, chicken or turkey
  • 1 cup of diced celery
  • 1 cup of diced carrots
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced (I use Granny Smith but any apple will do)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of oatmeal (uncooked)
  • 1 cup of wheat germ
  • 1 six-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 2 medium potatoes diced


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Grease a cookie sheet
  • With your hands, mix together all items (except the potatoes) in a large bowl.
  • Shape the meat into a heart shape.  I used a heart shaped mold but you can easily do it with you hands. It is enough to make two loafs.
  • Place the potatoes around the loaf
  • Bake for 80 minutes

Here is the finished product . Enjoy!


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