Recipe: Turkey Veggie Meatloaf for Dogs

Raise your hand if you love meatloaf. Why is this such a love or hate food? Lol. I guess it’s the texture? I personally love it—it always tastes homey and comforting, although funnily, my mom has never ever made meatloaf!

We like turkey meatloaf with tiny diced veggies inside, which is a grrreat way to hide your veg. Sooo, here’a dog-friendly version of meatloaf that is super easy, healthy and a cinch to serve. I love that you can pre-cut slices or cubes so you don’t need to measure it out for the pups later.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown rice or quinoa, cooked
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes (from the can, no sodium, keep some liquid)
  • 1/2 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, grated
  • 3-5 tablespoon dog supplement (I use Canine Complete)
  • 4-6 capsules joint supplement (I use Just Food For Dogs Joint Care)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. 
  3. Spread mixture into a loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes.

Make sure you get a can of NO SODIUM diced tomatoes and don’t drain the liquid! That will add some moisture to the loaf and help meld the ingredients together.

I added green beans and carrot, but you can definitely add whatever your dog likes! Zucchini, broccoli, pumpkin, spinach…

Green bean benefits for dogs?

Vitamins B6, A, C + K, full of fiber and low in calories which helps your dog feel full! It’s also a good, healthy alternative as a treat (for those diets!). 

Carrots also help with your pup’s digestion and are loaded with beta-carotene. Whenever I make homemade dog food for Weston + Fira, I always add carrots. 

Now for the supplements…

My go-to is always Canine Complete–it is fullll of nutrients like kelp, flaxseed, fish protein powders, calcium, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It’s a green powdery substance and totally smells like kelp! 

I like to add Joint Care too but totally optional. You can add a small amount of coconut oil, prebiotics or other supplements your dog may regularly have. 

By the way, I just found out Canine Complete even makes one with a joint supplement combined! So that is going to be my next purchase when I run out. 

I lined my pan with parchment paper but you can grease it with some coconut oil too. After 45 minutes, you get such a satisfying loaf that’s easy to slice and chop!

Two pieces is about enough for one meal.

I never throw away what’s left in the tomato can, any extra green beans etc, so I can add pre-measured ingredients in a ziplock bag and add in the raw ingredients (egg + meat) when I’m ready to cook. Next time you have ground meat, you can easily pop your bag of ingredients out of your freezer or fridge and bake a loaf in no time!

Hope you enjoy making this and your pup loves! Let me know what you think. 🙂

 

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