Getting together with your friends and family and cooking a satisfying, hearty, and most importantly, delicious Christmas dinner is one of the perks of the holiday that we value and fondly remember for an entire year. Roasting, baking, grilling, and putting together an amazing Christmas meal will surely score some points with the in-laws, your family, and friends, but most importantly, your dog. Your lovely munchkin deserves to be a part of this tradition as well, so gathering dog-friendly ingredients will guarantee that they will also have a place at your lavish holiday feast. So, let’s get cooking!
Turkey is one of the best meats that you can give to your dog, and an invaluable ingredient you can include in their holiday dinner. It is lean and low fat, which means that it will not add inches to your pup’s waistline, and it contains nutrients that will help them stay healthy. Make sure to remove the skin though, as it can be very fatty.
One of the most delectable ingredients in a holiday meal both for humans and dogs is butternut squash. It is tasty, hearty, and full of vitamins and minerals that will provide nutrition and nourish your pup. The best way to make butternut squash is to peel it, cut it into cubes, and lightly roast it or boil it. Of course, with no salt or added spices!
Sometimes we need something lighter in our holiday feast, and that something can be salmon! It is healthy, has a lot of nutrients, and most importantly, is very delicious! Dogs really love salmon too! You can bake or poach boneless salmon, combine with a bit of veggies, and add a small amount to your doggo’s bowl! Just don’t use smoked salmon.
Brussels sprouts may not be a favorite among kids, but that doesn't make them any less healthy and appetizing. Apart from heavy meats and gravy, you need something light on this day of extravagant eating. Your dog will find brussels sprouts to be a savory snack, so adding lightly roasted or boiled brussels sprouts to their bowl will keep their tummies flat and their nutritional needs satisfied.
Potato is the king of the side dishes. They are versatile, mouth-watering, and best of all, completely dog-friendly! Mash them, roast them, bake them, boil them, stick ‘em in a stew as Sam Gamgee said, and you got yourself a perfect holiday ingredient you can use in so many ways! Just don’t add butter or salt, keep those taters clean and lean.
Cranberry sauce is amazing. Is it jam, a hearty spread, or is it a fruit? Who knows, the most important thing is – it is finger-licking luscious. Dogs can also enjoy cranberry sauce on their turkey; just make sure that it is pure, with no added sugars or sweeteners! Best to make it yourself to ensure that there are no nuts and other spices added.