Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because its sole purpose is to enjoy time with family and friends. To make the holiday even more special I am sharing a super easy homemade Thanksgiving treat for dogs. I know your pups will love it.
Lots of bloggers share their famous recipes at this time of year and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. The only problem is that I have a deep, dark secret when it comes to cooking.
The truth is, I am a terrible chef. The only homemade food I make for my dogs is when I mix a jar of turkey and brown rice baby food into little plastic containers that I slip into the freezer. They love it, but I knew the recipe wasn’t going to make the grade as a real homemade Thanksgiving treat.
So I reached out to the talented online chef, Suzanne DeBrango, who runs the popular blog apuginthekitchen. Suzanne’s outlook on cooking is, “If you love to cook and love food the possibilities are endless.”
Suzanne graciously shared her healthy, delicious and easy Chicken (or turkey) Nuggets recipe. It was a favorite treat of her adorable Pug, Nando. Nando was a special needs dog who suffered from diabetes, blindness and paralysis. He was also Suzanne’s assistant chef and one of the “pugs in the kitchen.”
Here’s the homemade Thanksgiving treat I will making for my dogs this holiday season
- 1 lb. ground chicken or turkey ( I use breast meat)
- 1 cup ground vegetables, I use parsley, spinach, carrot, kale and celery
- 1/2 cup cube pumpkin or butternut squash (steamed until tender)
- 1/2 cup cooked barley
- 1/2 cup grated cheese (your choice) I use cheddar a lot)
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- small pinch of sea salt
Pre heat oven to 350
Cut your pumpkin or butternut squash into cubes and steam or oven roast until tender. Set aside.
Grind the vegetables in your food processor, pulsing until coarsely ground (don’t pulverize)
Place chicken, vegetables. barley, pumpkin or squash, egg and pinch of salt in bowl and mix to combine.
On small sheet pan lined with parchment and lightly greased with olive oil place the chicken mixture and spread into a loaf. Bake for 30 minutes or until done. Let cool for about 20 minutes and then chop into bite size pieces. Store in refrigerator.
Do you have a special holiday treat you make for your dog?