Thanksgiving is a time for loved ones to gather together, give thanks, and enjoy a table spread of mouthwatering, home-cooked dishes.
However, due to the current circumstances, many folks are choosing to spend Thanksgiving at home and skip the festive family feast.
If you’re spending the holidays at home alone, don’t fret! Now is the perfect time to cook up a mind-blowing meal that both you and your pup can enjoy.
Here are our top four picks for dog-friendly Thanksgiving recipes. Remember that everything should be bland (sorry, no seasoning) to ensure it doesn’t upset your dog’s tummy. And while your dog will love these T-Day treats, feed in small amounts. If you are unsure, consult your vet.
1. Thanksgiving Dog Ball Treats
What’s one of the best parts of Thanksgiving? All of the decadent flavors. If you’ve ever wanted to wrap up all of the different flavors of Thanksgiving into one bitable ball, now is your chance!
These Thanksgiving dog ball treats are the perfect way to share all of the tastes of Thanksgiving with your pup. Check out the full recipe here.
- 2 lbs. organic ground turkey (unseasoned)
- 1 cup brown rice or quinoa
- 1 small sweet potato
- ½ cup cranberries
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 zucchini
- 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
- 1 egg
- 1 cup green beans
- 2 tb turmeric powder
- Coconut oil
- Cook the brown rice or quinoa together with water and 1-tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Puree the zucchini, green beans, and spinach with ½ cup of water in a food processor.
- Mix the organic ground turkey the cooked brown rice in a large bowl.
- Add the chopped parsley and the turmeric powder.
- Add the egg and vegetable mash into the bowl.
- Thoroughly mix.
- Cut the sweet potato into small pieces and add to the mixture.
- Add the cranberries.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Once the mixture is fully combined, place it into muffin tins and place in the oven.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let cool for 1 hour before serving.
2. Frozen Turkey Dog Dinner Treat
Turkey is the centerpiece for any Thanksgiving dinner. Why not let your pooch get in on the action with these fun frozen turkey treats? He’ll enjoy licking and chomping away on these holiday treats while you enjoy a plate of your own. Get the full recipe here.
The best part of all is that turkey is brimming with health benefits for dogs. Not only is it low in fat and high in protein, but turkey also contains high amounts of tryptophan and selenium, which boosts the immune system. (Just make sure there is no seasoning)
- Turkey broth (unseasoned)
- 1 sweet potato
- Fill an ice tray mold with the peas and chunks of sweet potato.
- Poor the turkey broth into the molds to cover the veggies.
- Place in your freezer overnight.
3. Dog-Friendly Gravy
No Thanksgiving meal is complete unless it’s topped with gravy! Treat your pet to some home-made dog-friendly gravy with this recipe. It’s guaranteed to please even the most persnickety of pup palates!
- 1 13 oz can of ground, wet dog food
- 13 oz water
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- Mix the can of dog food in a saucepan with 13 oz of water. Heat the mixture.
- Mix 1 tbsp of water with the cornstarch in a bowl and stir until the mixture is smooth. Then, combine with the dog food mixture.
- Boil the mixture while constantly stirring for about 1 minute.
- Let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes.
- Top your pet’s food with about 1 tbsp of the gravy.
4. Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Bits Treat
What doesn’t scream fall holiday flavors like apples and bacon? Make this yummy recipe for your dog’s Thanksgiving dessert!
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. softened butter
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 8 oz sharp cheddar
- 1 apple, grated and peeled
- 2 tb dried parsley
- 3 tbsp. bacon bits
- 1 cup milk
- Whip the butter, egg, and olive oil together in a bowl.
- Add the milk to the mixture and stir.
- Next, add the flour.
- Follow with the grated apple, parsley, cheese, and bacon.
- Mix until the dough is smooth.
- Roll out the mixture and cut into 1-inch cubes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Pop in your dough and let bake for 20 to 30 minutes.