Grilled Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions; puppy feeding frenzy

Normal life.

After such an intense, busy month it's hard to settle into normal life again.

Not that it will be normal any time soon…. As I sat down to type this, two 10lb puppies came racing down the hall to remind me that it's time for 'puppy feeding frenzy'.

We don't have feeding time, we have feeding frenzy. 

I feed them 4 times per day.

I feed them more than I fed Sedi and Emma – who were big dogs.

They are always starving.

At 5 am every morning they start yipping for breakfast.

I refuse to capitulate.

Eventually they quiet back down – after play-fighting for a bit.

At 7 am I get up to feed them.

I have to hold the dog dishes above my head so they can't reach them as they are jumping and yipping around my feet.

Then I have to set them down very, very quickly or they jump right in and knock all the food out.

I have to stand and watch them or they race back and forth between the dishes, each trying to eat more then the other.

Then they both lick their bowls clean, sit and stare at me…. like the begger boys in a Charles Dickens tale.

They eat grass, leaves, sticks and the little dried crab apples under the tree all day long – in between the 4 feeding frenzies.

I should do what our friend in Spain did with the litter – open up the door, throw a big bowl of dog food on the tiles and let them fight for it.

I'm trying to teach them manners.

I'm also trying to get some sleep.

Here they come again – my time is up!

Grilled Potatoes Onions and Pepprs
Grilled Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions

A summer staple: grilled vegetables! If you have a proper mesh grill pan, perfect. If not use any old metal pan (cake pan, pie pan, foil pan, whatever) that is designated for permanent grill use - the bottom will be blackened…

2 medium potatoes
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red, yellow or orange pepper
1 onion
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs snipped fresh oregano substitute 1 tsp dried
1 tbs snipped fresh chives substitute 1 tsp dried

Slice peppers and onion (either vertically or horizontally – tastes the same) into thick slices. Slice potatoes in half the long way, then in half again. Then slice in half or thirds the short way. Snip herbs. Put herbs, olive oil, lemon and soy sauce in a large bowl, add all vegetables and toss well to coat. Put into 'grill pan' (a metal or foil pan dedicated to use on the grill) or onto a mesh grill pan (the idea is not to have the stuff fall through the grate into the fire….) Cook over medium heat 20 – 30 minutes, until vegetables have a nice color and potatoes are done. Serve.

OR: Put potatoes, onions and peppers onto a baking sheet with a lip (my trusty 'pizza' pan) and roast in 400F (200C) oven for 30 minutes.

In addition to this, for the week of June 3 we have Cannellini and Radish Salad, Barbecued Shrimp, Tomato Tarts, Chicken and Avocado Salad….

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8 thoughts on “Grilled Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions; puppy feeding frenzy”

  1. You might try having dry kibble available 24/7, with “real” meals in between. These are big dogs and they are growing fast. Plus, having them “self feed” in between keeps those ravenous appetites down and blood sugar constant. If they are fed that way from early puppyhood, they won’t overeat on the dry stuff. Good luck with the feeding frenzies – sounds like a lot of raucous fun.

  2. I agree with Zoomie! They are growing puppies. Have you ever watched the Dog Whisperer? So awesome. A number of his shows discuss feeding and training puppies. I love the little puppies and kittens, but do not want to venture into those waters again.. after raising 6 kids, 2 dogs, numerous cats, and many nieces and nephews in between…it is finally some down time! Can’t wait to see more pics of the babies….I will live vicariously through you okay?

  3. Puppies are adorable but just as exhausting as human babies. My daughter was a fan of having crunchies available 24/7 for her cat and he does seem to maintain a nicely low weight. We fed our dogs a lot when they were young puppies but started to lower the amount of food given at about 9 months. Constantly provided chew toys for that chewing need that seems to go with labradors. Yours might not need that…I’m sure that your doggies love the feeding frenzy!
    Great side dish, too. Sounds perfect for going with grilled foods.

  4. Are you sure you don’t have 2 labradors – I still experience the feeding frenzy and the Cocopop is 3 !!!!!!!!! Buy 2 Kongs and put some peanut butter in them !!!

  5. Zoomie, no, I’ve not tried that. All they get at the moment is the kibble they were weaned on. We’ll see how it plays out.
    Ina, no, I’ve never seen it. I’ll look for it – I think I will need all the help I can find 😉
    Elle, I’m following the instructions on the kibble – increasing until about a year, then decreasing…. I’m determined that these 2 don’t get fat.
    manningroad, I saw those at the shop and resisted. I may be about to change my mind….

  6. Another plus of self-feeding is that they won’t “haunt” you when you are eating nearly so much if they aren’t hungry themselves. Your dogs will get plenty of outdoor exercise so I doubt if they will get fat.

  7. If you leave the food out for them, they might overeat a little bit at first, because they are used to the “eat it before someone else gets it” routine. Once the dogs learn kibble is there when they want it, they don’t scarf it all down constantly. They eat when they are hungry, and don’t bother you so much. Mine don’t have nearly the room to run that yours do, and they are not fat.
    As manningroad mentioned, Kongs are great. The pumps can chew themselves silly, giving them exercise without bothering you (or your shoes, or furniture, or anything else you don’t want chewed up). Those things last forever. I know France doesn’t do peanut butter, I don’t remember if they do other nut buters or not. If you don’t make your own, you could do smears of banana or something else the dogs like.

  8. Zoomie, I did that when I had one dog, but it didn’t seem to work with two – competition and all that.
    Sandi, France does have peanut butter, actually, several kinds – in the International Food section ;-)) It’s the Kongs that I had trouble locating, but finally found them in a big store in Bordeaux. I surely hope they work as these two LOVE to chew!

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