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Chicken Nuggets-A Thanksgiving Dog Treat Recipe

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Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is a blog that is both inspirational and informative and when Sharon contacted me to ask if I would share a recipe for a dog treat I was more than happy to oblige.  For years Sharon selflessly cared for her beloved Sophie who due to a rare disease became paralyzed, read about Sophie here. You see Sharon’s blog is near and dear to me she offers so much to pet parents of Special Needs Pets, both cats and dogs. My Nando is Special needs having suffered from diabetes for the past 6 years, he is also blind and has been almost 6 years. With the holidays it’s always nice to give our fur babies a special treat and although Nando gets these every day they are special.

So here is my recipe for Doggie Chicken Nuggets. I had to make them with diabetes in mind, I have had Nando on a very strict diet since he was first diagnosed he gets lean protein, vegetables and barley.  These little bites contain ground chicken breast, coarsely ground vegetables, pumpkin or butternut squash, cheese and barley. They are low on the glycemic index and Nando loves them. Happy Thanksgiving to all pets and pet parents.

Chicken Nuggets

1 lb ground chicken ( I use breast meat) You can also use ground turkey breast
1 cup ground vegetables, I use parsley, spinach, carrot, kale and celery
1/2 cup cube pumpkin or butternut squash (steamed until tender)
1/2 cup cooked barley
1/2 cup grated cheese (your choice) I use cheddar a lot)
1 egg lightly beaten
small pinch of sea salt

Pre heat oven to 350
Cut your pumpkin or butternut squash into cubes and steam or oven roast until tender. Set aside.
Grind the vegetables in your food processor, pulsing until coursely ground (don’t pulverize)
Place chicken, vegetables. barley, pumpkin or squash, egg,cheese and pinch of salt in bowl and mix to combine.
On small sheet pan lined with parchment and lightly greased with olive oil place the chicken mixture and spread into a loaf. Bake for 30 minutes or until done. Let cool for about 20 minutes and then chop into bite size pieces. Store in refrigerator.

Nando

Nando

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  1. Hi Suzanne, did not know that Nando has special needs, sounds like you take wonderful care of him. Love these treats, Olive my chocolate lab would love these homemade treats. Happy Holidays to you!

    November 25, 2014
    • Hi Cheri, yes Nando is 14 yrs old, blind and diabetic. He has peripheral neuropathy but is one strong and determined boy. He just loves these treats. I actually feed him these for a meal along with a few other things. Thank you so much, I hope that your doggie likes them if you make. Happy Thanksgiving.

      November 25, 2014
  2. How sweet of you Suzanne to care for your dog with so much passion. Happy Thanksgiving :).

    November 25, 2014
    • Thanks Sonal, I try very hard to take good care of him, having just lost my Izzy I am especially attentive right now to Nando.

      November 25, 2014
  3. Antisocial Patty #

    Nando’s looking good! 🙂 I bet he loves these treats.

    November 25, 2014
  4. I have had a big glass of pre-TG wine, so please post the site and Larry and I will add that to our end of year donations.

    November 25, 2014
  5. What a wonderful post, Suzanne! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Huge hugs.

    November 25, 2014
  6. You are a great dog mom Suzanne. My Maci would love these treats!

    November 25, 2014
  7. Well, dogs should have fun too! 🙂

    November 25, 2014
    • Totally agree especially when you reach my Nando’s age of 14 yrs. He deserves some fun.

      November 26, 2014
  8. A very close friend of mine has a dog named Nando as well. I love this name for a dog! Sorry to hear that he has special needs… it’s very sweet of you make this special meal for him! Sonal is right, you’re the best mama! Happy thanksgiving!

    November 25, 2014
  9. Hi Suzanne, Happy Thanksgiving! The treats for our the canines looks great -good job!!! Cheryl

    November 25, 2014
  10. What a great idea! I just might try this for my son’s dog (who is a sweetheart and would absolutely love these treats)!

    November 25, 2014
  11. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Love, Maria and all!

    Sent from my iPhone

    November 25, 2014
    • You too Maria, thank you so much. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

      November 26, 2014
  12. Liz #

    What a beautiful person you are, Suzanne. Homemade dog treats 🙂 My daughter got a cat treat-making kit (really just a book) a few years back and sometimes makes fishy things for our cat. You’ve inspired me to have her pull it out again.

    Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving. Am so glad to have met you!

    November 25, 2014
    • Thanks so much Liz, I try to be a good pet parent. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,

      November 26, 2014
  13. I agree it’s good to give our pets a treat as well this time of year. Nando looks like such a lovely dog. We have a Labrador and think she would love these, thanks

    November 26, 2014
    • Thank you Jacqui, Nando is the best dog. Love giving him a treat.

      November 26, 2014
  14. Matt #

    Brilliant post Suzanne. Dogs are awesome companions in all shapes and sizes

    November 26, 2014
  15. Such a sweet post Suzanne! A Happy Thanksgiving to both you and Nando!

    November 26, 2014
  16. The things we do for our beloved pets! Sending warm wishes to you and your family for a most Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for and I’m grateful to know you, Suzanne, albeit only through cyberspace.

    November 26, 2014
    • Yes,, our pets are family. I enjoy seeing Nando eating with gusto. LOL! Liz, thank you so much. I also feel the same way. I am grateful and very thankful to know you it doesn’t matter if we have not met in person, I feel like we have.You and Larry a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving with all of your loved ones.

      November 26, 2014
  17. Nando is a very lucky dog. I’d bet that he’s eating better/healthier/tastier than a large percentage of US children! 😦

    November 26, 2014
    • Thanks Christina, yes that is a sad truth unfortunately. It shouldn’t be that way in the US. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

      November 26, 2014
  18. Looks like Nando is up for a very special holiday. Happy Thanksgiving, so much to be thankful for…

    November 26, 2014
    • Thank you so much. I hope you and your family have a really wonderful Thanksgiving.

      November 26, 2014
  19. Ooh fab! Treats for our babies!

    November 26, 2014
  20. Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend, this is such a lovely post! Nando is so lucky 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    November 26, 2014
  21. Nando looks lovely, it’s so sad that he is almost blind. You take such good care of him, it’s touching. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Nando. 😉

    November 26, 2014
    • Nando is pretty amazing, he is blind has diabetes and the complications that go with it, he has had to have almost all of his teeth pulled. But he is strong and I love the little guy. Thank you so much.

      November 26, 2014
  22. Suzanne, Thank you so much for the mention. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Nando.

    November 26, 2014
    • Sharon, it was my pleasure. I really enjoyed sharing the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

      November 26, 2014
  23. Fig & Quince #

    The treats still tricked me again at first sight, thought they were baklava again before I realized they were not, ha ha. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mr. Nando and your entire lovely family!

    November 26, 2014
    • Ha it’s doggie baklava. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Azita and to your entire family.

      November 26, 2014
  24. Sofia would looooove those!!! 🙂 Nando is so cute. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and little Nando! 🙂

    November 26, 2014
    • I am sure Sofia would love them. I have given to some of my doggie neighbors and they go nuts for them. Well it’s mostly chicken so I guess thats to be expected. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Stefano, The Queen and Sofia.

      November 26, 2014
  25. Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow! And hoping Nando isn’t missing Izzy too much. Yes, good to treat them. Actually, your recipe sounds good enough to eat!

    November 26, 2014
    • Thanks Johnny, Nando misses Izzy a lot as do I. He cries all the time. It really is so sad. He is however very happy when he eats and these are his favorite.

      November 27, 2014
  26. oh wow! soo good! I love your dog! I’m in NY (finally) so tomorrow’s gonna be a big day !
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 27, 2014
  27. how lovely to make those treats!! Mr Wentworth & Cora murley would snaffle the lot!

    November 27, 2014
    • Ha, yes these are a favorite with the canines for sure. Love the names of your doggies.

      November 27, 2014
      • Thanks! Loving the look of yours too bet they would get on!

        November 27, 2014
      • I bet they would!

        November 27, 2014
  28. Hi Suzanne, You are AMA-ZING, so sweet of you, very much inspired by the way you take care of furry babies…. am lucky to be here… am speechless. .. just pray god for Nando…

    November 27, 2014
    • Thank you Chitra, they are family to me and I care for them as such. Thank you for being so kind and supportive.

      November 27, 2014
  29. This is so cute. My mum and dad’s cocker spaniel Toby would love some of these. Your pugs are very lucky. Take care. Emma.

    November 27, 2014
    • Thanks Emma, Nando loves these but most dogs do. They are pretty tasty, i sneaked a bite.

      November 27, 2014
  30. Lucky Nando – these look like such a treat. Hugo and Java are very envious. 🙂

    November 27, 2014
    • Ha, If they weren’t perishable I would send some to Hugo and Java!

      November 27, 2014
  31. Delicious 🙂

    November 30, 2014
  32. I am totally making these for our puppy, Rika. I made her some pumpkin ‘cookies’ a few weeks ago and she LOVES them. But I can tell she’ll go nuts for these. Nando is a very lucky dog to have you as his mom. And what a wonderful website you’ve let us know about!

    December 13, 2014
    • Nando goes crazy over these, he loves them. I am afraid he likes them so much he constantly wants to eat them. I go through 6 lbs of ground chicken a week. Yikes. You see these serve as his food as well. I am sure Rika will love them. They are really good for them as well. I love Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, Sharon is amazing and does such a service for pet parents of special needs dogs and cats as well as the healthy ones she always has really good information. Thanks Susan.

      December 13, 2014

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