This month will be filled with St. Patrick’s themed treats. I have found some great recipes that Bogey really enjoys and that I will keep making. The Shamrock Treats that I made are based on the Christmas Turkey Treats. Since you use a cookie cutter to make the shapes, I figure why not theme appropriately! Bogey absolutely loves these. I am going to make them again; but, as this is a really sticky mix, I am going to add the flour in prior to flattening them out to help with the shape and being so sticky. As always, click the title to take you to the recipe.
I have been finding treats with spirulina in the ingredients for Bogey because it’s supposed to help with his allergies. I do not want to use food coloring in any recipe, so I have been researching other options for future treat options.
1lb Lean Ground Turkey Meat
1/2 tbsp Spirulina
1/2 cup Oat Flour
Mix all ingredients by hand until you have a sticky green paste.
Sprinkle oat flour over a sheet of waxed paper. (I used parchment paper). Plop a handful of mixture onto wax paper. Pat into 1/4in thick. For easier handling, add oat flour to keep your hands wet. Water or light brushing of oil will keep mixture from sticking to your hands. (I used olive oil to help with this).
Use cookie cutter to form shapes. (Pick any one you like!)
Place on dehydrator trays. (They stick together well enough that I put them straight on without parchment paper underneath).
Set dehydrator to 160 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 hours.
Bogey absolutely loves them! My hands were pretty cold as the ground turkey had been kept in the fridge. I purchased the ground turkey from Trader Joe’s, but just recently purchased ground turkey from Costco as it is much more cost efficent. These treats are used sparingly. He probably gets them once a day. Perhaps it would be better for him to use the meat centered ones more than the cookie ones. That may be something to consider.
Ingredients I want to add for coloring that I plan to order are powdered beets, carob powder and activated charcoal. I am also planning on doing a mini herb garden for use for dog treats. Mint and parsley are recommended with dental treats. They are safe for dogs, but continuously buying them will be expensive. I asked my father-in-law about how difficult they were to keep as he’s a contractor and has some experience with plants. He gave me excellent advice and I look forward to starting my own mini herb garden.
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