Thanksgiving is almost here and while you are planning out your feast or what to bring this year don’t forget about the dogs in your life! Whether you are hosting or joining, if pups will be in attendance these three dog safe recipes are a MUST for your furry friends this holiday. While yummy scraps of people-food are usually well received, they are not always the safest or healthiest for our pets. Our pets have offered us comfort, therapy, and companionship in, dare I say, the wildest year to date. The least we can do is give them the Thanksgiving meal of their doggy dreams!
Our 3 Course Menu:
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Sweet Potato Chews
Both heathy and satisfying, these sweet potato appetizer chews are the perfect way to start a Thanksgiving meal made for a king/queen, and with only 3 ingredients prep is super easy. The primary ingredient, sweet potatoes, are an excellent source of vitamin A, known to promote healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles in dogs. As well as rich in vitamin B, C, potassium, and calcium to name a few! Healthy and delicious is a winning combination for anyone, especially our pets. These sweet treats will whet your dog’s whistle before they even come out of the oven.
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- Cinnamon (to sprinkle, optional)
Note: Double or reduce this recipe based on your dog’s size and appetite.
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Slice sweet potatoes length wise about ¼” thick. Cut strips in half for smaller treats.
- Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Place sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet (I prefer a cookie sheet over a bowl) to toss in olive oil. Each strip should be coated thoroughly but not standing in olive oil.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon (If desired, they are yummy with or without it!)
- Bake for 2.5 – 3 hours. (The long cook time is what makes these chews tougher and longer lasting the way our dogs like it.)
- Let cool. Then serve!
- Store in airtight storage container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or freeze for up to 4 months.
Turkey Meatloaf for dogs
Introducing the star doggy dish this holiday, Turkey Meatloaf for dogs! This main course is the “feel good food” your dog has been waiting their entire life for! This recipe is great for dogs with sensitive systems or who are allergy prone. From protein to plant-based nutrients this health-conscious meal is one that every dog owner/friend can get behind. Edible for humans and cats too!
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 8 oz. peas or chopped green beans (whichever you have on hand is great!)
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 1 apple, diced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Mix ALL ingredients together in a large bowl with your hands. Like meatloaf, you do not want to over work the meat. Using your hands will make combining all ingredients quicker and easier.
- Scoop mixture into your pan of choice. I used a loaf pan, same as when I make meatloaf for the humans in my life. A muffin tin is great for a smaller snack size turkey feast or for smaller dogs. Whatever pan you choose, be sure to adjust your cook time accordingly. (see below)
- Time to bake!
- Loaf pan 60 minutes
- Muffin tin 35 minutes
- Let cool before serving and store leftovers in an airtight container. Leftovers should last up to 4 days or freeze for up to 4 months.
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Dog approved Pumpkin Pie
No meal is complete without dessert, even for your dog! Now you and your pup can enjoy pumpkin pie together. These canine approved pumpkin pies are both adorable and enjoyable. I made them in regular size muffin tins, but for the tiny pups in your life consider using a mini muffin tin for manageability and increased quantity. Happy Turkey Day to all you fur babies out there. Show your parents some extra post-Thanksgiving meal snuggles when you finish off this lip-smacking third and final course.
- 1 cup Almond flour (can substitute Whole-wheat flour, note it is not GF)
- 4 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 6 Tbsp. cold water
- 6 oz pumpkin puree
- 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch ground ginger
- Greek yogurt (to dollop on top)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine almond flour and coconut oil into a food processor and pulse until mixed. Add water slowly until dough holds together.
- Once dough is consistent divide into 4 even sections and roll into 3 ½” rounds.
- Place dough into a parchment lined muffin tin. Use a fork to mold edges of the dough as desired.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- While baking your crust, combine pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, and ginger into mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Removed the cooked crusts from oven and let cool.
- Once your crusts have cooled remove them from the muffin tin.
- Spoon your filling evenly into each pie shell.
- Pop back in the oven for 5 minutes to give it that warm pumpkin pie taste.
- Remove from oven, add a delicious dollop of Greek yogurt to the top and VOILA! Dessert is served for your deserving pup.
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Become the canine favorite this Thanksgiving!
There you have it, a three course Thanksgiving meal for the deserving dogs in your life. These recipes will keep them safe and satisfied to reduce the pleading for the potentially hazardous human trimmings we all love so much. Don’t miss your chance to be the holiday favorite of all the fur babies this year!
Have dog friendly recipes of your own? Share a recipe (or the link) you love making for your pets in the comments below! Excited to try out our recipes? Let us know what you think! Which recipe will your dog be drooling over this year?
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