This recipe is for the dogs. No, I’m serious – it is literally for the dogs, for the pooch in your life. I have two pooches in my life: one is my own, Max (the “Maltese”), and recently we’ve acquired another (although he doesn’t live with us), Odin (the “Shelty”) my son’s dog. These two pups are the reason for this Chicken Meatballs recipe. Max absolutely loves these treats:
Upon reading the ingredients though, my son refused to give his new pup these morsels although Odin was staying close by to see if he could get a crumb or two that Max would leave behind :-0 . I felt so bad for him then I started feeling really bad about feeding these to Max so I set off on a mission to make home-made meatballs just for them, from ingredients that I knew would not only be good for them, but would be all fresh ingredients and still be tasty for them. Max is and always has been a “picky” dog when it comes to treats or food. He has NEVER liked hard treats or plain dry dog food. Everything with him has to have “sauce”, preferably from my pots. Max will hold out from eating all day until dinner when he knows I’m liable to feed him some leftover rice with some sauce mixed in with his dry dog food.
So man did I score big time with this recipe! Just look at Max and Odin’s faces while they waited for me to give them another one of these meatballs:
I know, can you stand the cuteness????
The recipe uses ground chicken, cooked brown rice, carrots, spinach, a sprinkle of Angie’s Adobo (you really should get this, it just adds a little something extra that gives the little pooches a flavorful treat to otherwise blah food and instantly converts it to human food as well, lol) really there’s nothing in it that’s bad for them or you except FLAVOR! Here are the character ingredients:
The last ingredient is really, really optional but it adds moistness to the meatballs and I just don’t see why you wouldn’t add it. If you don’t want to add it, substitute an egg so the meatballs can bind. Ready for the secret? Here it is:
Yup! Baby food. This has been recommended to be given to pets if they suffer from tummy issues plus, they seem to love it. I hope you give this recipe a whirl and whip these up for your favorite pooch. Just a pound of ground chicken and all the other ingredients, make about 40 chicken meatballs. I just popped them into a glass container and put them in the refrigerator. Funny, now every time I go to my refrigerator, I have Max at my feet thinking I’ll give him one (I do break one meatball into 4 pieces to make it look like a lot). Just think of the money you’ll be saving!
I hope your fur friend enjoys these treats cause really these animals become more than that to us, they become family. This won’t be the only recipe for pooches that I’ll do, I’ll be posting some other ones as I experiment, but for now I guarantee you this one’s a winner.
- 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
- ¾ cup cooked rice (brown rice is excellent for dogs but you may also use white)
- ½ cup carrots (diced, steamed or cooked)
- ½ cup spinach (chopped, also steamed or cooked)
- 1 little jar of Gerber Baby Foods Chicken and Gravy (or Turkey, Beef or Ham) if not using this then substitute 1 egg (slightly beaten)
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- In a medium bowl combine and mix all of the ingredients.
- Using a small scooper or your hands form the meatballs and place on a baking sheet tray.
- Cook meatballs for about 20 to 30 minutes making sure that the meat is fully cooked and registers 165°F.
- If your pooch can wait, let them cool and serve.