Today is Go Cook for Your Pets Day. Cooking for your dog or cat isn't something for everyone, and most people wouldn't want to do it daily, but for now we are talking about doing it just for fun and to give them a treat. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and special food is a part of the holiday. We are thankful for our pets, aren't we?
Of course, this is all completely dependent on your pet's food preferences. For instance, my cat doesn't generally like human food, except for Parmesan cheese, bacon, juice from the tuna can, and an occasional tidbit of popcorn. The vet has approved small amounts of all except the bacon. That she has to steal. So cooking for her is not something on the horizon. Fortunately most of you have pets that are not as picky as mine.
So today you can try out some recipes for your pets for Thanksgiving or even make something ahead of time and freeze it for the big day. Here are some recipes you could try:
Turkey Treats (Dogs)
2 cups cooked turkey (cut up)
4 teaspoons grated cheese
1 tablespoon parsley (freshly chopped)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons brewer's yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Combine turkey, cheese, and parsley, and mix well. Beat eggs in a separate bowl and then pour over turkey mixture. Add flour, yeast, and oil. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are coated. Drop in small dollops on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes, or until brown and firm. Store in the refrigerator or freeze.
Puppy Meatloaf (Dogs)
1 pound ground beef
1 (24-ounce) container cottage cheese
1/2 cup dry milk powder
1/4 cup wheat germ
8 slices oatmeal bread
8 cups cooked oatmeal
4 cups cooked brown rice
In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef and cottage cheese; blend well. Add eggs, milk powder, and wheat germ, and mix. Then add the crumbled bread, oatmeal, and brown rice, and mix well. You know the drill with mixing meatloaf -- get your hands in there and mash it together.
Divide among ten small (5-1/2” x 3-1/2”) aluminum loaf pans. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool at room temperature for 1 hour, then promptly refrigerate or freeze.
To defrost, let them stand in the refrigerator overnight. Crumble the meatloaf into a bowl, moisten with some water, and microwave for 20-30 seconds until warm.
Turkey Medallions (Dogs and Cats)
6 oz. white meat turkey, cooked
½ c. chopped carrots
½ c. ground quinoa or oatmeal
Preheat oven to 400°. Place turkey and carrots in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add ground quinoa or oatmeal and blend until mixed. Roll into 1-inch balls (or smaller, if your pet is small) and place on a non-stick cooking sheet. Bake 15 minutes.
Sweet Potato Cookies (Dogs)
1 large cooked sweet potato
½ c. quinoa flour
½ Tbsp. vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium-size bowl, mix the sweet potato and banana until well blended. Add the vegetable oil, then mix in the quinoa flour. Drop dough by the teaspoon onto a non-stick baking sheet and lightly flatten each cookie. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool before serving.
SassyKat's Special Dinner (Cats)
1 tablespoon minced, cooked green beans
1 teaspoon shredded carrot
2 tablespoons baked skinless chicken breast, minced
1/3 cup cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly with a spoon or in a blender/food processor. It’s important to get the rice mixed in well so that it can’t be picked out. Cook in a small skillet over low heat, stirring and “chopping” constantly, until the egg is at least soft-set but done. Refrigerate in air-tight containers. Use within 36 hours (refrigerated). Stores well in the freezer in zip-top bags and can be thawed and warmed simultaneously in boiling water in the bag.
Catnip Cookies (Cats)
1 cup whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/4 cup soy flour
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 tablespoon kelp
1/2 teaspoon bone meal
1 teaspoon crushed dried catnip leaves
1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
2 tablespoons oil, butter or fat
1/3 cup CATMILK or water
Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the molasses, egg, oil, butter or fat, and milk or water. Roll out flat on an oiled cookie sheet and cut into narrow strips or ribbons. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Break into pea-size pieces, suitable for cats. Good for treats, exercising gums and cleaning teeth, but too low in protein to use for regular fare.