The holidays are a time for friends, family and food. We can think of no better way to get into the spirit of the season than by making these dog-friendly holiday recipes. that humans can eat, too.
Dog-Friendly Turkey Stew Recipe
Thick, hearty, and packed with vegetables, this warm and versatile winter stew is a dish that will quickly become a tradition for you and your dog. Use up your holiday leftovers with this great recipe.
- 2 pounds cooked turkey meat, chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 3 1⁄2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock
- 1 pound white or yellow potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 2 sprigs each, rosemary and thyme, leaves removed from the stem
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen green beans
Don’t have one of the veggies listed? No problem! You can use any dog-friendly veggie you have in your fridge.
- Put potatoes, carrots, squash, and herbs in a large pot and cover with the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.
- Add frozen peas, green beans, and chopped turkey and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool and thicken before serving to your dog. For humans, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Dog-Friendly Cranberry-Apple Crisp Recipe
Fruit can be hard to come by this time of year and eating plain apples can get a little boring. Cooking apples brings out their natural sweetness, and the tang from the cranberries will add a little zing and color to your holiday table.
- 6 medium apples, peeled and chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger
- Place all sauce ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. You can eat the sauce as is, but if you want to take it to the next level, add the topping.
- Mix all ingredients for the topping in a small bowl. Scoop sauce into ramekins and sprinkle the oat mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 10 minutes, until topping is brown.
- Cool before serving to your pup, but humans can eat it warm and add a scoop of ice cream.
Dog-Friendly Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
Nothing puts the feeling of holidays in the air like the smell of gingerbread baking. These cookies will delight your dog’s senses!
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour l 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄2 cup molasses
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- Mix flours and spices in a bowl. Add the molasses, oil, and water. Mix until combined. Add additional water or flour as needed so the dough comes together in a ball and is moist, but not sticky.
- Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out the cookies. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
- For the humans: Dogs don’t need much sugar, but for yourself a little icing will add the perfect sweet touch.
Dog-Friendly Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
A classic holiday treat, this version celebrates the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes and the rich, creamy flavor of coconut. This recipe smells heavenly while it’s baking!
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes, baked with skins removed
- 1⁄2 cup lite coconut milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons maple syrup l 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger
- 1⁄2 cup shredded coconut
- Place the potatoes in a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Add cinnamon, ginger, coconut milk, maple syrup, and eggs. Mix well.
- Spoon mixture into a baking dish or pie plate.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with coconut.
- Cool before serving to your dog.
Short on time? Leave out the eggs and skip the baking for a rich and delicious mashed sweet potato.
Tell us: What dog-friendly / human-friendly recipes do you make?
This post was originally published in 2017.
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