Here are three low-fat and healthy Thanksgiving recipes for dogs brought to you by Whole Dog Journal:

Turkey and Vegetable Frittata

Leftover turkey can be mixed with eggs and a variety of different vegetables to make a healthy meal for your dog.


2 cups (10 oz.) cooked turkey meat (light or dark, no skin), cut into pieces
1 cup (5 oz.) steamed broccoli
1 cup (5 oz.) steamed cauliflower
4 eggs
1/4 cup plain, lowfat yogurt


Steam broccoli and cauliflower for 8 minutes or until tender, and cut into bite-sized pieces (other vegetables may be substituted; see suggestions below). Beat eggs and yogurt together. Mix turkey and vegetables together in a quiche or glass pie pan (spray first with vegetable or olive oil cooking spray to prevent sticking). Pour egg mixture on top and stir, making sure the meat and vegetables are coated with egg. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes (can also be cooked at 375 degrees on top shelf if preparing at the same time as the rice dish). Dish is ready when a fork inserted comes out clean. Makes 8 servings (3.5 oz. each).

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

100 calories, 15g protein, 3g fat, 3g carbohydrates.


Zucchini, spinach, asparagus, bell pepper, green beans, or sweet potato. Chicken instead of turkey.

Quick & Easy Version

Mix leftover turkey with egg, plain yogurt, vegetables, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes or canned pumpkin.

Rice, Apple & Giblet Stuffing

Broth from giblets gives brown rice an intoxicating flavor for dogs, and the addition of the giblets as well makes this dish suitable for a meal. This recipe can be made with a smaller amount of giblets (such as from a chicken) or a larger amount of rice when combined with other high-protein foods. 


Giblets from one turkey (liver, heart and gizzard, about 6.5 oz.)
1 cup brown rice (dry)
2 small apples, diced or cubed
2.5 cups of water


Combine water and giblets and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the giblets and let the water cool a bit. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with olive or vegetable oil cooking spray. Add brown rice and cooled water from the giblets and mix together well. Cover and bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit for 45 minutes. Remove from oven; rice should be almost fully cooked with most of the water absorbed. Add chopped giblets and apples. Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes uncovered. Makes 12 servings (1/2 cup each).

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

100 calories, 4.5g protein, 2.3g fat, 15.6g carbohydrates.

Optional extras if you want to share with your dog:

Dried cranberries, celery, parsley, thyme, poultry seasoning.

Quick & Easy Version

Mix giblets with cooked rice and/or vegetables.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin is good for dogs, but they don’t need the extra sugar and spices found in pumpkin pie mix. This recipe uses a low-fat, low-calorie crust suitable for dogs. 


16 oz. canned pumpkin (plain)
8 oz. plain, low-fat yogurt
3/4 cup wheat flour, or a mixture of all purpose and whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
3-4 tbsp. water


Mix oatmeal and flour together in a food processor. Add applesauce slowly, continuing to run processor. Add water slowly, using only enough to make a ball form (too much water will make the dough sticky). Spray wax paper and muffin tin with olive or vegetable oil cooking spray. Roll out dough onto wax paper and cut out 8 circles, about 4″ across (alternatively divide dough into eight small balls before rolling). Press individual dough circles into bottom and sides of muffin tin. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes. Let crusts cool, then remove from the muffin tin. Fill each crust with about 1/4 cup (2 oz.) of canned pumpkin. Top with a dollop of yogurt. Makes 8 mini pumpkin pies.

Nutritional Analysis per Pie

100 calories, 4g protein, 1g fat, 20g carbohydrates.

Optional Extras:

Cinnamon, ginger and honey can be mixed in or added on top if desired.

Quick & Easy Version: 

Give a scoop of canned pumpkin with a spoonful of plain yogurt on top (crustless version is much lower in calories). 

Healthy Substitutions for Dogs

Turkey skin or drippingsTurkey meat (skinless)
Fatty ham scrapsLean ham meat
Cooked bonesGiblets (not too much at one time)
Gravy made from drippingsLow-fat gravy
Stuffing with onionsStuffing without onions
Candied yams and marshmallowsSweet potato or yams
Potatoes with butter and/or sour creamPlain mashed potatoes
Cheese and sausageCelery or carrot sticks
Green bean casserole with onionsGreen beans
Broccoli casserole with cheeseBroccoli
Brussels sprouts with baconBrussels sprouts with a few bacon bits
Pearl onionsCreamed corn
Applesauce with added sugarUnsweetened applesauce
Grapes or raisinsBlueberries and dried cranberries
Apple pieApple slices
Berry pieBerries
Pumpkin pieCanned pumpkin
Whipped creamYogurt (plain)
AlcoholWater flavored with low-fat gravy


Author Mary Straus would like to extend special thanks to Jill and her taste testers: Etta, Raisin’ (a 15-year-old Cairn Terrier), and Chip, a 12-year-old Norwich Terrier).   

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