Some dogs are said to be sensitive to grains which can cause allergies. Some say the allergies are grain related, others say the allergies are starch related. Then there are those who say allergies are caused from repetitive digestion of the same ingredient. I honestly don't know what is true because neither Kirby or our fosters have experienced any allergies so I haven't had to learn more. (Knock on wood)
When I use grains I do soak them in water for several hours, or preferably overnight, before cooking and then rinse, rinse, rinse under cool water thereby removing a lot of the starch. I then overcook the grains to render them more easily digestible for him. I like to provide grains for the carbohydrates since he is a small breed which tend to burn more calories.
I follow rotational feeding so this is one of the grain free meals he enjoys. It's simple with only a few ingredients. Feel free to exchange or add the veggies your dog likes. The eggs are so good for the skin and coat but can be omitted since the applesauce will work as a binding agent. Worried about fat, leave out or reduce the cheese.
Turkey Veggie Burgers
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Nutrition facts: 128 Calories, 55 Calories from fat Total fat: 6.1g or 9% (1.7g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
- 2 lbs. ground turkey
- 2 chopped green peppers
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup granny smith applesauce
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ teaspoon ground egg shell
- Place ground turkey in large bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients and thoroughly mix together.
- Evenly fill each oil sprayed muffin tin with the meat mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let them sit for about ten minutes to firm up before removing.
These will freeze well in ziplock bags for up to four months. Let thaw in the refrigerator and pop in the microwave for about 20 seconds to warm up.