Thanksgiving Recipe…Giving Thanks For our 4 Legged Friends

Giving Thanks… For Our 4 Legged Friends

(Makes 4 servings for a 50 pound dog)

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2-1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup uncooked barley
  • 1-1/2 cups kale
  • 4 teaspoons canned pure pumpkin
  • 4 teaspoons salmon oil
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped

In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoon of oil over medium-low heat. Add the turkey and cook until it is browned. Drain any excess fat and set the turkey aside to cool.

Prepare the barley as directed on the package. Set it aside to cool. You should have about 1 cup.

Steam the kale and set aside to cool. Once cooled, puree the kale in a food processor and set it aside. You should have about 1/4 cup of puree.

To make one serving:

  • 1 1/3 cups cooked ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup cooked barley
  • 1 tablespoon pureed kale
  • 1 teaspoon canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon salmon oil
  • 1 sprig chopped fresh parsley

In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, barley, kale, pumpkin, salmon oil, and parsley. Mix well to combine. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect on all that we are grateful for.  I am always grateful for the unconditional love of my pets!  It shows when I cook them nutritious & delicious meals like the following recipe.

Is a great source of animal protein for both our dogs and cats. Home cooked diets should provide dogs with meals that are comprised of 75% animal protein.

Is a great source of fiber, niacin – a B vitamin, and lignans.

Is one of my favorite vegetables to steam for  my dogs and is loaded with antioxidants. Steaming kale is the best way to cook the vegetable as it allows the body to more effectively absorb all the nutrients.

Is great for freshening your dog’s breath.

Is a great source of vitamin A.

Oil provides essential fatty acids.

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