Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs


Dogs | Published November 17, 2023 by Mimi Council

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Your dog deserves to indulge this Thanksgiving too! Try this recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs and treat your dog to a homemade feast they will love.

If you love cooking for your dog as much as I do, be sure to check out some of John John’s other favorite recipes like my Chicken Dinner for Dogs, Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Cookies, or my Pumpkin Waffles for Dogs.

thanksgiving dinner for dogs
thanksgiving dinner for dogs

Why You'll Love This Recipe

If you are a crazy AF dog mom (like me) then you are probably thinking that your dog should be indulging this Thanksgiving just like everyone else, amiright?! This easy recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs combines dog friendly ingredients with traditional Thanksgiving foods to give your dog a healthy and special dinner.

I start by using Organic Prairie Turkey Breast. My pug, John John, loves this turkey breast, especially when I brush it with coconut oil! I bake this in the oven so it’s incredibly easy to do. I boil sweet potatoes and green beans and add chopped apples for a little sweetness.

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Benefits for Your Dog

Turkey Breast

Turkey breast is a lean and healthy meat for dogs. It’s easier to digest than more fatty meats like beef or pork. Plus, turkey is loaded with protein and rich in essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also delicious when brushed with coconut oil (John John’s fave!).

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great carb for dogs. They are John John’s favorite, and he eats them daily! Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and they can help keep your dog’s heart healthy by reducing the risk of heart disease. They are also soft and delicious with a little sweetness!

Green Beans

Green beans are a great vegetable option for your dog! They have protein, iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamins B6, A, C, and K. If your dog is new to green beans, give them in moderation as vegetables high in fiber could upset a stomach, so start off slow.

Apples

Apples are a great fruit to give your dog! They are not only a sweet treat, but they provide vitamin A, C, and fiber. They also provide a way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and can help freshen their breath. Dessert and toothbrushing all in one, haha! Just be sure to remove the core and seeds completely, as dogs cannot eat those parts. But, the skins are fine to leave on so long as you cut into small bites.

thanksgiving dinner for dogs

Ingredients

Organic Prairie Turkey Breast

Organic Green Beans

Organic Sweet Potaotes

Organic Apples

Tools Needed

Small Pot

Staub Baking Dish

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How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2

In a shallow baking dish, add the turkey breast and brush the top with coconut oil. Cover with foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165°F.

Step 3

Peel the sweet potato, it’s very important to peel it well, as dogs cannot have the skin. Slice into medallions that are about ½-inch thick.

Step 4

Add to a small pot and fill three-quarters with water. Put over medium/high heat and bring to a boil. Allow the potatoes to boil until they are soft when poked with a fork, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain the water.

Step 5

Cut potatoes into small cubes, depending on the size of your dog.

Step 6

Trim the ends off the green beans. Fill a small pot three-quarters full with water and add the green beans. Bring to a boil and allow green beans to boil until cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain the water.

Step 7

Cut the green beans into small cubes, depending on the size of your dog.

Step 8

Slice the apple into small cubes, depending on the size of your dog.

Step 9

Slice the turkey into small cubes, depending on the size of your dog.

Step 10

Add turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, and apples to your dogs bowl and serve immediately. If you want to mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of pumpkin (depending on the size of your dog) you can mix it into this meal!

thanksgiving dinner for dogs

FAQ's

How much homemade food should I give my dog?

This all depends on your dog’s size, current weight, and activity level. Always check with your vet to make sure you are feeding your dog the appropriate amount of food for their size and age.

But a general rule is you should be feeding your dog 2% to 5% of their body weight in fresh food. And small dogs weighing about 20 pounds or less can even get up to 10%! I have an entire article dedicated to How Much Homemade Dog Food Should I Feed My Dog? with a formula you can use for your dog's weight.

Can I use different veggies?

Yes, other veggies that would be good for dogs would be carrots, bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, peas, broccoli, and beets to name a few more that may be on your Thanksgiving menu! Feel free to change it up to accommodate your dogs likes.

Can I use Russet potatoes?

Yes, dogs can have Russet potatoes. But, just like sweet potatoes, be sure to remove all the skin as the skin can be harmful to dogs.

Can dogs have cranberries?

Dogs can have both fresh or dried cranberries. But they may not like them as they may be too tart! So, see if your dog likes them before adding into foods. Also, beware of dried cranberries that contain added sugars, as you should avoid those for your dog.

Can dogs have pumpkin?

Yes! Dogs can have pumpkin and it is rich in fiber, vitamin A, C, E as well as potassium and iron! Pumpkin is a great addition to your dogs food and can also help with digestion. If you want mix in 1 to 2 tablespoon of pumpkin to this meal, your dog will love that.

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Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs

Mimi Council
Treat your dog to a homemade dinner this Thanksgiving with my homemade Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dog Food
Cuisine American
Makes 10 servings
Calories 144 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pound turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a shallow baking dish, add the turkey breast and brush the top with coconut oil. Cover with foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165°F.
  • Peel the sweet potato, it’s very important to peel it well, as dogs cannot have the skin. Slice into medallions that are about ½-inch thick.
  • Add to a small pot and fill three-quarters with water. Put over medium/high heat and bring to a boil. Allow the potatoes to boil until they are soft when poked with a fork, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain the water.
  • Cut potatoes into small cubes, depending on the size of your dog.
  • Trim the ends off the green beans. Fill a small pot three-quarters full with water and add the green beans. Bring to a boil and allow green beans to boil until cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain the water.
  • Cut the green beans into small cubes, depending on the size of your dog.
  • Slice the apple into small cubes, depending on the size of your dog.
  • Slice the turkey into small cubes, depending on the size of your dog.
  • Add turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, and apples to your dogs bowl and serve immediately. If you want to mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of pumpkin (depending on the size of your dog) you can mix it into this meal!
  • Store extra food in the fridge for up to 5 days and reheat for your dogs meals.

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Notes

Tip — Add in pumpkin if your dogs likes it!
Serving Size — This makes about 10 meals for John John, your serving sizes may vary depending on the size of your dog and how much food they eat. 
High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 20gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 201mgPotassium: 389mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 7123IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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