Thanksgiving is the day we celebrate friends, family, and pets by sitting down around the table (some under it) to eat, talk and laugh. When the day comes to an end, we often find ourselves with an abundance of leftover food. In case you were in need of some inspiration for using your Thanksgiving scraps, we’ve compiled a couple of our favorite Thanksgiving-inspired recipes from “hoomans” that you can share with your #Buckleypet.
It’s Turkey Time!
This recipe is one of our favorites and it’s made by Jennifer in Bainbridge Island, WA, for her two dogs, Finn and Angus, who love Thanksgiving dinner as much as anyone else in her family. This recipe uses turkey, which is not only delicious but lean and healthy. With the perfect balance of protein and tasty vegetables, it’s perfect for your pup! If you’re using the turkey leftover from dinner, skip the cooking part and be sure to use the white meat only and to take out all of the bones before serving.
You will need: 1 pound ground (if not using leftovers) turkey, 2 cups brown rice, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.
Cook about 2 cups of brown rice according to package directions. While the rice is cooking, cook your frozen veggies according to the package directions. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the pot is heated, add 1 pound of ground turkey and cook until browned on each side. This process is made easier if you continuously crumble and stir the turkey as it cooks. After the turkey is cooked, add the veggies and brown rice. Cook until all of the ingredients are heated. This should only take a few minutes. Take the pot off the heat and let it cool before serving.
If you’re a vegetarian, chances are that your dog will be too. Lucky for you, there a plenty of healthy recipes that don’t need meat and are great for your pup! Sarah, from Seattle, WA, loves feeding her dog “healthy scraps” after her Thanksgiving dinner. If all of the ingredients are coming from your table, be sure that they are safe for your dog to eat and you haven’t added too much sugar or dairy. Onions are a big no-no and corn is harder for your dog to digest, so it’s recommended that you don’t feed them corn very often. There are plenty of online articles that will help you determine what food is safe and not so safe for your dog to eat.
You will need: 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes (or cook up a new batch using no dairy products), 1 can of kidney beans, 1 can peas, 1 can of corn and 1 cup of cooked carrots and anything else you might think your dog will enjoy.
Put all of the ingredients in a large pot and warm them over medium heat. Once all of the ingredients are warm, take off the heat and let it cool before serving.
If you want to enhance the nutritional value of your pups Thanksgiving feast, add Liberty™ Freeze-Dried as a topper.
Now it’s time to feast! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to share it with the people and pets you love!