Thanksgiving Dinner

You know that big, scrumptious dinner served every year on Thanksgiving Day? The one everyone looks forward to with salivating anticipation? The one your dog is hoping you'll share?

Well, these are the next best thing without all the added ingredients your dog shouldn't be eating.  You could plan ahead and, as your making your individual dishes, set aside scoops before you start seasoning them up for the humans. Or you can make these! Filled with the fall flavors of Thanksgiving, they are sure to be a hit your dog will thank you for.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

The next best thing without all the added ingredients your dog shouldn't be eating.

Yields: 12 muffins, 8 mini loaves
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Nutrition facts:
(Sweet Potato & Oats) 137/206 calories, 49/74 calories from fat
Total fat for muffins: 5.5g or 8% (1.0g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
Total fat for loaves: 8.2g or 13% (1.5g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

(Pumpkin & Potato Flakes) 106/160 calories , 42/63 calories from fat
Total fat for muffins: 4.7g or 7% (0.9g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
Total fat for loaves: 7.0g or 11% (1.3g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup sweet potato or pumpkin
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats or potato flakes
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon egg shell

Directions

  1. First choose sweet potato or pumpkin. If you want the sweet potato then peel and mash a large cooked sweet potato. If you don't have any cooked, wrap one in a paper towel and place in the microwave for about 3 minutes. It's cooked when you can easily stick a fork tine in it.
  2. Next choose whole oats or potato flakes.
  3. Chop the green beans into small pieces.
  4. In a large bowl thoroughly mix together all the ingredients. I just use my hands for this. I made the loaves with the sweet potato and whole oats and the muffins with the pumpkin and potato flakes. He gobbled up both but left the pumpkin "frosting" in the bowl so I frosted the rest of them with the sweet potato frosting before freezing.
  5. Evenly divide the mixture into greased 8 mini loaf pan or 12 cup muffin tin.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool. They will be soft but will set as they cool.
  8. Pipe or spread plain, mashed sweet potato or pure pumpkin puree on top of each loaf or muffin.

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Each variation is chock full of healthy ingredients so test your dog's preference. Kirby seemed to like both equally but didn't care for the pumpkin frosting. I freeze Kirby's meals for individual servings so these will go in labeled ziplock bags in the freezer for up to three months.