Mini Beef Balls Dog Treat Recipe

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There are treats, and then there are special treats. And this Mini Beef Balls Dog Treat Recipe fits the latter category. With just a few ingredients, these Beef Balls are simple to put together and your dog will love them to bits.

Makes 40 treats

Ingredients:

1/2 lbs. uncooked ground beef

1/4 cup beef broth

1/3 cup mashed chickpeas

1/3 cup cottage cheese

1 teaspoon parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degree oven.
  2. Combine ground beef and beef broth in large bowl. Stir well.
  3. In separate bowl, mash chick peas. Add mashed peas, parsley and cottage cheese to beef mixture and combine.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop mixture and roll into balls with your hands. Place on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

These little meatballs remind me of the ones you’re served at cocktail parties. If you’re throwing a party for your pup, these Mini Beef Balls would make the perfect hors d’oeuvre!

A common ingredient used in natural or premium brands of commercial dog food, chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are not only safe for dogs, but they are also full of great nutritional value. They are a source of protein, potassium, fiber, magnesium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C. When shopping for chickpeas, the best option is to get them either fresh or dried. If you do opt to use canned chickpeas, read the can carefully as they often have a very high sodium content that can be dangerous for your dog.

When considering healthy food options for your dog, cottage cheese likely didn’t cross your mind. However, cottage cheese is a great option to include in your dog’s food and treats, or even enjoy on its own. A little cottage cheese mixed with white rice is a great solution to a sensitive or upset stomach, providing your dog with an easy to eat and digest meal to encourage recovery. It’s also a common choice when filling KONG toys or other treat toys. Mix in some kibble, healthy fruits and vegetables or a couple of your dog’s favourite treats before placing it in the toy and freezing it. This is a great way to avoid boredom and keep your dog entertained.