We're thrilled to have a guest blogger today! Nat Smith from Rover.com created this fun blog using some Autumn inspired recipes we created exclusively for Rover.com.
Pumpkin is a puppy powerhouse. It’s a truly nutritious superfood that dogs can benefit
from, so when it’s in season, why not offer your pet some pumpkin-based treats? The pups at Rover.com love it, and yours likely will, too. You’ll find that their digestive and urinary health will improve, and a vast array of vitamins and minerals will boost their immune systems (vitamin C), sleep (magnesium), and skin health (zinc).
Red beets pack a powerful punch, too. Manganese helps your pet’s bones, kidney, liver,
and pancreas. Beets also improve the functioning of your dog’s central nervous system, which is pretty important! You can even include the beet greens for added benefits. Heading into the winter months, it’s important to do everything you can to protect your pet’s health and guard against wintry ailments.
Coconut oil can “grease” your pan and provide its own health advantages! It’s another
immune booster and has enormous benefits for skin and coat health, too.
Pumpkin Puff Treats
Equipment needed: Food processor, slicing knife, peeler, cookie sheet, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, piping bag, plastic storage bags to store or freeze treats
1 lb. ground turkey
1 can pumpkin
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Purée all ingredients in your food processor until smooth. (For an added calcium boost, include the eggshell!)
Using a flower tip, pipe a 1-½” circle onto a greased cookie sheet. Repeat until done.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until firm.
Allow to cool and serve. These treats should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or can be frozen. They will last about a week in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer.
This recipe contains 849 total calories.
My Heart “Beets” For You
Equipment: Food processor, slicing knife, 4 quart saucepan, measuring cup, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, cupcake pan to bake or freeze
1 zucchini (cleaned, peeled, and sliced into 1” pieces)
1 lb. ground turkey
2 medium beets, cleaned, peeled, and sliced into 1” pieces
Directions: Place the beets in the saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat and cool. While you’re waiting, combine the turkey, zucchini, and egg, and purée until creamy.
Spoon beet mixture into greased cupcake pan, filling each cup two-thirds of the way.
Transfer the contents of the sauce pan into your food processor, and purée until smooth. Fill the remaining space in the cupcake pan with the meat mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool, remove from pan with a small spatula, and store in a plastic container or bag. They will last about a week in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.
This recipe contains 856 total calories.
Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.