Traditional Easter lunch or dinner usually consists of ham or lamb. While ham is tasty, BestBullySticks knows that lamb has a lot of health benefits for you and your dog! So if your celebrating Easter with a great meal, don’t leave Fido out! Kirby the Dorkie and his mom, Debby, shared this great lamb dog meal with us for our Easter Edition of the Weekly Drool Recipe!

Lamb, which is great for the coat and skin, is a fatty, calorie dense meat often recommended for lean dogs to gain more weight so you may want to feed this meal sparingly if your dog is borderline chunky like Kirby.

The aroma wafting from the oven kept Kirby in or near the kitchen the entire time just hoping for a bite!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash*
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet mint, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp light olive oil

Preparation Instructions for Butternut Squash

1. Prepare squash by cutting in half lengthwise, removing seeds, and fibers. Place cut side up in ungreased baking dish. You can season sparingly with a little sea salt and real butter.

2. Pour water in dish until 1/4 inch deep. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until tender.

3. Remove from oven and let cool.

4. Once squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and place in medium size bowl.

5. Mash well.

Preparation Instructions for The Loaves

1. In large bowl thoroughly combine all of the ingredients. I just use my hands to really work together all of this goodness.

2. Place equal portions in greased mini loaf tins.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour, 15 minutes until cooked through or reaches an internal temp of at least 160 degrees.

4. Remove to a baker’s rack and let cool.

These loaves have a very soft texture but will firm up somewhat as they cool. You could add whole oats to the mix before cooking for firmer loaves but I wanted these to be grain free.

* Serve remaining butternut squash as a side dish with your meal or make some Butternut Bliss Cookies for your favorite canine. If you want to avoid this cooking process altogether replace the squash with cooked sweet potato, pumpkin pure, or a leafy vegetable like spinach or kale.

Thanks to Debby & Kirby for sharing this great recipe with us!

Bone Appétit & Happy Easter!

Be sure to check out all of our Weekly Drool Recipes for the perfect Easter or any time treat for your dog! Our bully sticks are quite a hit as well!