Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Toby's Tasty Tian Treats

While making a "three-green" tian last week, I had the idea to try one for Toby. We are always looking for tasty but healthy treats for him.

A tian is a layered vegetable casserole. "Tian" can also be used for the type of casserole dish used in Provence, where tians originated. You can use almost any vegetable for a tian, and they are delicious.

For the first layer of Toby's tian, I mixed brown rice flour, brown rice, egg, oatmeal, and a bit of coconut oil together.
I then patted the dough onto a floured cutting board. I cut the dough into shamrock shapes for St. Patrick's day. You could use any shape or even simple circles or squares.

What to use for the next layer? I originally intended to use tomato, but checked for toxicity first. Ripe tomatoes are not toxic for dogs unless eaten in large quantities, but an green part of the plant, including the unripe fruits, are extremely toxic. I would to confuse anyone who might try using green tomatoes on their dog treats, so I chose strawberries instead. These are just thin little slices.

 Well of course the final layer needs to be green, and since Toby enjoys green beans - voila! When pureed they are such a pretty color too.

The challenge at this step is keeping a shamrock shape with all these pureed glop on top. I sprinkled on a little dried parsey just because.
Baked in a 300 degree oven for 50 minutes, the treats look like this:

Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray would probably say the appearance needs a bit of work. Toby however gobbled it right up and looked on with dismay as the rest were stored in the pantry.

Toby's Tasty Tian Treats
Yield: 16 mini tians
Prep time: 15 min. (using leftover rice)
Baking time: 50 minutes at 300 degrees

Base Layer:
1 c. leftover brown rice
1/2 c. brown rice flour
1 c. quick rolled oats
1 egg
2 tsp. coconut oil
Mix all ingredients into a soft dough. Pat down to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes. Place on greased cookie sheet.

Second Layer
I used thinly sliced strawberries. You could use any thinly sliced or pureed fruit or vegetable.

Third Layer
I used about 3/4 green beans, pureed in the blender. You could use any thinly sliced or pureed fruit or vegetable.

Bake at 300 degrees F. for 50 minutes. Cool and serve. Store in refrigerator or freezer.


  1. What a great idea! It sounds like you have a tail-wagging recipe : )
    Bark More, Growl Less Barking from the Bayou!

  2. Super cute idea! :) I think your presentation is fine, that 4 leaf clover cutter is simply perfect! Thanks for sharing!


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