My turkey treats are healthy home-made cookies that are especially good for (re)using up that leftover turkey.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
1 cup turkey
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp flax seed oil
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
Some things to note:
*turkey - these made any time of year substituting 2 cans of tuna/salmon/chicken/etc. Please note that some dogs have more sensitive tummies than others, so make sure you're dog isn't allergic to whatever meat you choose to use.
*eggs - this recipe uses the egg shells. they are a good source of calcium, in addition to the vitamins and minerals inside the egg
*garlic - garlic repels fleas and is good for the immune system. some people believe that in large doses it is not good for dogs, but in small doses it can be good.
*oatmeal - is one of the best sources of fiber/carbohydrates. If you don't have any it's ok to substitute flour, it just won't be as healthy
*flour - if you have rice flour, it's the best since it's the easiest type of flour for a dog to digest. it you don't normal flour is ok.
*flax seed oil - a great source of omega 3 oils (good for skin and coat). if you have fish oil that's also a great source of omega 3s. If you don't have either you can substitute regular vegetable oil.
You'll also want a silpat or parchment paper to put on your cookie sheet so that these don't stick.
Step 2: Chop the Chicken and Garlic
Step 3: Mince the Garlic
Note that there is some debate about garlic with dogs; some people say it's a great supplement for them and some say it can be toxic in large amounts. I believe it is good in small doses, so I am keeping it in the recipe for flavoring and immune benefits. If you are uncomfortable with it, skip this step and leave it out.
Step 4: Blend the Eggs
Step 5: Add the Oil, Turkey, and Garlic
Blend until it is thoroughly mixed and pulverized.
Step 6: Add the Flour and Oatmeal
The final texture is like tuna salad or very thick oatmeal.
Step 7: Form Small Balls
Place the balls of a tray lined with parchment paper of a silpat. Don't worry about spacing them apart, because they won't really spread out.
Step 8: Bake
After 45 minutes, turn the oven off and leave the cookies in the hot oven for another 45 minutes to harden.
Step 9: Share With Your Four Legged Friend
This recipe makes about 35 medium sized cookies. Do not keep them at room temperature - remember that they have meat in them, so keep them in the fridge. If you have extra, freeze the them and thaw out only 2-3 days worth at a time.