Butternut Squash + Apple Soup AND Dog Treats
Hey guys! So over the weekend I embarked on a culinary extravaganza. Grocery shopping for a multi-head household for a week + can be overwhelming on its own. Let alone trying to make healthy homemade treats for your pup, on top of it all. That grocery list would be enough to send anyone running out the door.
So I made it my mission to prepare 1 healthy home cooked meal for my family, and use whatever remaining ingredients I have to make equally healthy homemade treats for my dogs! *Thinking of making this a regular series??*
Boy am I pleased with the results, and did I mention these recipes are perfect for fall?
Here’s what I bought
- 2-3 apples
- 2 large butternut squash
- 1 cup of dried oats
- 5 cups of chicken broth
- 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 can of kidney beans
- 1 can of whole kernel corn
- Fajita season packet
- 1 tbsp of minced garlic
- Sour cream
- 1 cup of Milk
- 1 cup of Whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 egg
It may seem like a long list but most of the items are only a few dollars or less, and you may even already have some of these items at home!
Step 1. Have your boyfriend, or someone who doesn’t mind breaking a sweat – cut your 2 large butternut squash into large cubes. Also, core, peel, and slice your apples. Pro tip* the bigger the cubes you slice your bns (butternut squash) into the better! We will need to remove these pieces from the slow cooker later.
Step 2. Like most slow cooker/crockpot meals, we are going to throw all of our ingredients into 1 pot and let time do the rest. So let’s add the following: Add about ¾ of your chopped bns to the slow cooker, set aside the remaining bns for the treats later. I tried to keep my bns to one side of the slow cooker since I know I will be removing these pieces, and fill my remaining ingredients on the other side: 1 cup of uncooked quinoa, 1 can of whole kernel corn, 1 can of kidney beans, 5 cups of chicken broth, fajita season pack, 1 tbsp of minced garlic, top w your apple peels and cook covered on high for 3 hours.
Okay so that’s it for our soup for now. While that simmers let’s get started on our dog treats!
Step 3. Boil your remaining bns in a small pot w water until tender enough to stab w a fork (this took about 10 minutes)
Step 4. While our bns is boiling let’s add 1 cup of dried oats, 1 cup of flour, and 2 tsp of cinnamon into a med-large mixing bowl
Step 5. Once your bns is tender let cool, preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and grab your blender!
Step 6. Into the blender we’ll add our remaining ingredients! Peeled apple slices, cooked bns, 1 egg, ½ cup of milk, and 1 tbsp of butter! Blend until well combined.
Step 7. Once your blended mixture is blended and pretty soupy, go ahead and dump that into the mixing bowl with our oats, flour, and cinnamon. Mix all ingredients together until it forms a thicker consistency.
Step 8. Spray a large baking sheet w non-stick cooking spray and use a spoon to dollop your treat mixture onto the baking sheet (like you would cookie dough). Pro tip* for my treats, I used THESE paw and bone shaped molds and put them on a baking sheet. Even though I don’t think my dogs actually care about the shape!
Step 9. Put your treats in the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Once the treats are ready, pull them out of the oven and let cool completely before giving one to your dog. Pro tip* I sprinkled THIS Brewer’s Yeast on some of the treats which is great for helping repel fleas.
Let’s check on our soup!
Step 10. Assuming about 3 hours have past, you should start to see your quinoa bubble to the top, and all your scents and spices are starting to come together! Wash your blender, and remove the large pieces of bns from the slow cooker (thankful for those big cubes now, huh?) and add into the blender.
Step 11. I added a little bit of chicken broth from my slow cooker to the blender as well, to help loosen up the bns.
Step 12. Blend until completely blended and pour back into your slow cooker.
Step 13. Sprinkle red chili pepper flakes on top and let simmer for another 30 minutes.
Step 14. When you feel your soup is ready to eat- top with shredded cheese and sour cream! I would also like to recommend pairing it with a grilled cheese.
Step 15. Now you and your dog can enjoy a healthy fall-themed meal together! I hope you both enjoy!