Nov 1 2021 | Animal Care

Top 3 Recipes for National Cook for Your Pets Day



Happy National Cook for Your Pet Day! You can celebrate today by swapping the food bag for a homemade meal. Your pets are family, so every now and then they should get a seat at dinner with their own pet-friendly recipe. Whether you’re a passionate pet parent wanting to treat your dog or cat, or a human parent looking for an easy activity to occupy the kids, one of these recipes should do the trick.

Classic Comfort Turkey Bowl

This pet food recipe is simple, tasty, and sure to give your pet the extra nutrients they’re craving. The meal requires turkey, brown rice, and veggies, but you can swap our recommended vegetables for any dog-safe or cat-safe vegetables. If you aren’t sure which to choose, visit the American Kennel Club’s list of safe fruits and veggies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped

Directions:

Cook your rice in a large saucepan of water according to your package’s instructions. Set the rice aside and begin browning your turkey in a pot with a bit of olive oil.

After about 5 minutes, stir in your shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, peas, chopped spinach, and finally your cooked rice. After about 5 more minutes, your pet’s dish is ready!

Be sure to let it cool before serving, and portion according to your pup’s size.

Holiday Dinner

Celebrate Thanksgiving a few weeks early with this festive feast! You might even be able to use some of your own leftovers to recreate this pet food recipe. This meal is the perfect way to include your furry friends on the holiday cheer.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of skinless and boneless turkey meat
  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 pound of sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons of cranberry sauce (with no alcohol)
  • 4 tablespoons of onion-free turkey gravy or olive oil

Directions:

To start this recipe, fully cook your turkey beforehand and chop it up into small, bite-sized pieces. Prepare your oatmeal according to your package’s instructions.

Next, you can cook your sweet potatoes by either boiling them for 20 minutes or roasting them in an oven for 45 minutes.

Once your turkey, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes are ready, you can mix them all together with cranberry sauce and gravy (or olive oil). We recommend cooking your cranberry sauce yourself to ensure there are no harmful ingredients.

Easiest Peanut Butter Treats

It doesn’t get much easier than this pet food recipe! These treats only require 4 ingredients and the steps are simple enough for your children to help with.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup xylitol-free peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prepare for your mixture.

In a large bowl, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs until well combined. You can do this by hand or with an electric mixer. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour, and feel free to add ¼ extra if the dough is still sticky when fully mixed.

Lightly flour your work surface and roll out your dough to ¼ inch thickness. It’s time to break out your cookie cutters! Cut out your desired shapes and lay them out on your lined baking sheet.

Bake your treats for 20 to 25 minutes and let cool.

We hope you and your furry family have a fantastic National Cook for Your Pets Day. Let us know if you try one of our recipes by posting it on Instagram with the #wysiwash!