Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to our family and friends. For some of us this includes our pets, so don’t leave them out of this year’s holiday celebration! Below is a recipe for a Thanksgiving-themed side dish featuring fall vegetables, fruits, seeds, and seasonings. This nutritious, pet safe Thanksgiving Side Dish is packed with vitamins and minerals and is fitting for any Thanksgiving celebration with your dog!
Roasted Squash & Persimmon Mash
Squash is easily accessible during the fall months and are a great addition to raw diets. When cooked, squash becomes palatable for the pickiest of dogs! Butternut squash and acorn squash are the main components of this recipe and provide a great source of nutrients, fiber, and flavor to your pet’s Thanksgiving meal!
The macronutrients of set butternut and acorn squash are what set them apart from other winter squash varieties. Unlike pumpkin, butternut and acorn squash are higher in fiber and do not have any starches.
Net Carbs: 2.07 g
Fiber: 0.9 g
Starch: 0 g
Net Carbs: 2.9 g
Fiber: 1.2 g
Starch: 0 g
In addition to winter squash to serve as the vegetable portion of the diet, the addition of persimmons and sunflower seeds are used to increase palatability and nutrition. Persimmons are a Japanese fall and winter fruit, loaded in antioxidants beneficial for eye health, and sunflower seeds provide essential vitamins and minerals.
Beta Carotene: 70.8 mcg
Beta Cryptoxanthin: 405 mcg
Lycopene: 44.5 mcg
Lutein+Zeaxanthin: 234 mcg
Vitamin E: 9.3 mg
Manganese: 0.5 mg
Magnesium: 91 mg
Folate: 63.6 mcg
Batch Recipe Ingredients
The ingredients below provides 28 servings. Each serving size is 3 ounces (84 grams) per 1000 calories fed daily. Increase or decrease serving size for dogs who eat more or less than 1000 calories a day. Calculate your dog’s energy requirements using the Canine Calorie Calculator.
30 oz Acorn Squash
30 oz Butternut Squash
10 oz Persimmons
2.8 oz Garlic
14 tsp Ground Ginger
7 tsp Turmeric Powder
7 tsp Cinnamon
4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
5 oz Ground Sunflower Seeds
5 oz Ground Pumpkin Seeds
Preheat oven while preparing other ingredients for the recipe. The squash, persimmons, and garlic will need to bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190C).
Wash & Chop Produce
Thoroughly wash produce and chop into small portions for roasting. Finely chop garlic in a food processor.
Measure and melt the coconut oil to coat the bottom of the baking pan, squash, and persimmons for roasting.
Roast in Oven
Add all squash, persimmons, and chopped garlic to a large baking pan. Coat evenly with melted coconut oil and place in the oven for 25 minutes.
Combine the ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and fresh cracked black pepper to a small mixing bowl. The spices will be added when the squash and persimmons are mashed.
Grind Seeds (Pre-Prep Required)
All nuts and seeds should be pre-soaked and ground for this recipe. Soak sunflower and pumpkin seeds in lightly salted water for 24 hours, strain, and grind in a food processor.
Mash All Produce
Place all roasted squash, persimmons, and garlic in a high-powered blender or food processor to mash into a paste. Pour the remaining coconut oil from the baking pan into the processor with the spices and blend until creamy.
Top the roasted squash and persimmon mash with the ground sunflower seeds to create a Thanksgiving dish your dog will be thankful for!
Recipe Nutritional Breakdown
The roasted squash and persimmon mash has a serving size of 3 ounces (84 grams) and each serving provides 141 calories. Below are the top nutrients provided in the recipe per 3 ounce (84 grams) serving size:
84% of Recommended Allowance (RA)
0.23mg Vitamin B6
59% of RA
47% of RA
2.34mg Vitamin E
31% of RA
26.20mcg Folic Acid
38% of RA
Things to Remember
Roasted squash and persimmon mash uses fall flavors that provides your pet with a nutritious dish they will be thankful for. All recipe ingredients are created from human grade products, which means you can enjoy this recipe with your pet on Thanksgiving! (P.S. – I tried it and its delicious!)
There are many safe ingredients pet parents can use to create pet safe Thanksgiving side dishes. Get creative with fall flavors to provide your pet with delicious and nutritious dishes to complement their raw meals this holiday season!
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