Tasty Turkey Dinner

Tasty Turkey Dinner

 

Sometimes I like to be quite creative when creating a recipe for the Kirbster. Sometimes simple is good. This is as simple as it gets - just chop, blend and bake. Kirby knows what he does and doesn't like. For example he will not eat carrots or green beans so this is a great way to sneak them into his diet. 

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Muttloaf

I love meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy.  Talk about comfort food for the soul!  I enjoy feeding Kirby different options so I thought why not a meatloaf of his own, hence muttloaf was born.

There really is no wrong way to make meatloaf.  All you need is a pound of ground hamburg and a little imagination to come up with your own recipe.  I used instant oats because I wanted to be sure they cooked completely.  Parsley is so good for bad breath.  Kirby doesn't like to eat raw carrots so I try to implement them into his meals or treats but you could use any veggie.  Using baby food gives me the liquid I need to blend the ingredients but you can chop some fresh veggies and add tomato paste or water.  Flaxseed is really good for Kirby's skin and coat but can be replaced with a few tablespoons of olive oil for the same benefits.  I used sun dried tomatoes for a chewy texture but you can use fresh or canned diced tomatoes.  

Check my lists of healthy ingredients and Foods That Harm Dogs then just use what you have in your frig or pantry.  Your pup will love it!

 Muttloaf

Muttloaf

Comfort food can be dog friendly with this muttloaf.

Yields: 8 loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition facts: 217 Calories, 77 Calories from fat
Total fat: 8.5g or 13% (2.3 saturated fat, 0.0 trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell
  • 2 (3.5 oz) jars carrots baby food
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup diced sun dried tomatoes

Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and, using your hands, mix thoroughly.
  2. Form into individual small loaves and place on greased rack of broiler pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  4. Let cool and serve.

muttloaf

Freeze leftover loaves in ziplock freezer bags.  For a quick and easy meal just pop in the microwave.

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Kirby and our foster, Fritz, say Muttloaf is very good stuff!

Meaty Muffins

This is one of the first canine meals I created and still one of Kirby's favorites! It's also one of the easiest to make - just mix and bake.  These muffins are chock full of healthy ingredients and can be frozen for make ahead meals.  A batch makes 18 - 20 muffins with each muffin being equal to one meal for Kirby who weighs in at 14 lbs.  A smaller pup can eat less and if your dog is larger, you can mix a good quality kibble with it.

Meaty Muffins

Meaty Muffins

Still a favorite meal for Kirby.

Yields: 18 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition facts:
171 Calories, 46 Calories from fat
Total fat: 5.1g or 8% (1.5g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes or 1 large potato, shredded or finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients using your hands to thoroughly blend.
  2. Spray muffin cups with non stick spray and fill each one with some of the meat mixture patting down to make it firm.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until surface feels set.
  4. Cool on a rack 10 minutes or longer.

Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to four months.           

I make a batch and then freeze in ziplock freezer bags.  K irby can eat one a day so I place one in the refrigerator in the morning, then in the evening I pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds.  I feed it alone or mix it with some kibble.

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