Thanksgiving—that special time of the year when we can all enjoy our families’ company and eat massive (massive) amounts of food—is quickly approaching, which means that it is time to break out that old family cookbook and try to make those recipes that Grandma insists only she can prepare correctly. However, while we are cooking people food for our families to enjoy, we should not forget that our dogs are very much a part of that family and, too, would very much enjoy a special meal for the holidays! So here are two Thanksgiving recipes for the members of our family that just so happen to have a little bit more fur than the others.
- Homemade Turkey and Sweet Potato Treats
Not much says Thanksgiving quite like turkey and sweet potatoes. Both are simply staples that are sure to feature on most (if not every) table this holiday season. So, we figured we would start our list with two simple recipes for homemade turkey and sweet potato treats. First, the sweet potato treats. These can be quite healthy for your dog and are extremely simple to make. What you want to do is just chop up a sweet potato into as many pieces as you wish, put it all in a pan (and, if you want, add a sprinkle of cinnamon to really seal in that Thanksgiving spirit), slide this into the oven and bake at 250 degrees—that’s it!
Next, for the Turkey recipe, you are going to want to take two pounds of ground turkey, mix in one cup of kale, one cup of carrots, one cup of pumpkin puree, and one-fourth cup of flax seed. Blend all of this together with a hand mixer, put the mix into a loaf pan, and let it cook at 350 degrees for about fifteen or twenty minutes.
- Homemade Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats
Pumpkin, of course, is always everywhere during the holiday season. So, why not join the pumpkin revolution by making these awesome pumpkin pie treats for your dogs. For this, you are going to need a food processor. First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then, take ¾ of a cup of whole-wheat flower and ½ a cup of oatmeal and place both into the food processor. Next, take ¼ of a cup of applesauce and slowly add this to the mix in the food processor. After the applesauce is added, you are going to want to put in three or four tablespoons of water to the food processor (while it is mixing) until the mix forms into a dough ball.
Take the dough ball out of the food processor (if it is a little sticky, simply add some flour), and flatten it out. Cut out as many four inch circles from the dough as you can get and place them on a muffin tin. Put all of this in the oven for about eight minutes.
After about eight minutes, let the crusts cool completely; then take them out of the muffin tin and fill them with canned pumpkin. And there you have it! Delicious pumpkin pie treats for your pups!