Archive for March, 2012

Sprouts and Veggie Salad

Sprouts (sesame seed, black and white quinoa, garbanzo beans, mustard seed, fenugreek, wheat berries, lentils, adzuki beans, and mung beans.) A fine veggie chop of broccoli, cabbage, zucchini, squash, cucumber, carrots including the tops, celery, fresh ginger root, and sweet peppers on a bed of organic greens.


Veggie Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs with coconut oil and added a fine “Chop” mix of broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage, zucchini, peppers, wheat germ, flax and sesame seeds, fresh shredded ginger root and some cooked garbanzo beans. Eggs would not be something I would add to daily parrot diet, but it’s a treat they love and get a couple times per month here.


Spicy Bean and Barley Sweet Potato Mash Mix

I usually just stick to a small selection of legumes that are highly recommended for parrots (garbanzo, adzuki, mung and lentils) as they are easier to digest. I still do a variety bean mix like this one, but just as an occasional meal. I used a 17 bean and barley mix from Trader Joe’s for this batch. Follow the cooking instructions on the package; soak the beans in water overnight, then rinse well and simmer the next morning until fully cooked and tender. I then added cooked sweet potato, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes to spice it up.

*Note raw beans are toxic to people as well as parrots, so be sure to do the overnight soaking, as well as fully cooking them.


Another special birdie porridge

Steel Cut Oats with blueberries, cinnamon, ginger, millet, flax, sesame, chia seeds and *bananas. This is a special treat breakfast, and not part of a normal daily diet.

*Please note that bananas are very high in sugar, so they should be used very sparingly, if ever, in a good parrot diet. This breakfast was made for my family, as well as the birds, so the birds each just got a small spoonful.


Quinoa Squash Mash

Rinse one cup of quinoa in a fine mesh strainer, then simmer it in up to two cups of water (until all the liquid is absorbed). I sometimes add a little 100% pure organic carrot juice in with the water portion. I had some baked winter squash that I mashed and mixed in the quinoa. Then added a handful or sprinkle of each of the other ingredients. I vary the ingredients I use each time I make it, this is just what I had on hand for this batch.

Ingredients:
Black, White and Red Quinoa
Winter Squash
Brussels Sprouts (the only fresh veggie I had in the house today, use any and all vegetable substitutes here)
Fresh Parsley or Cilantro
Red, Yellow and Orange Bell or Sweet Peppers
Sesame Seeds
Chia Seeds
Cranberries
Sprinkle of Cashew, Pecan, Walnut, Almond
Red Pepper Flakes or Cayenne Pepper
Coconut Flakes or a drop of coconut oil


Festive Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are always a big hit with the birds around here. It’s something they get every once in a while and I mix in lots of fresh vegetables, and sometimes a little fruit too. This time I added whole wheat couscous, broccoli, bell pepper and cranberries.

*Note animal protein is not a good choice for a daily parrot diet. I don’t feed eggs more than twice per month.


Pumpkin Spice Fruit and Nut Birdie Bread

2 cups flour (spelt, quinoa, buckwheat or garbanzo) I often use a mixture of these flours.
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 cups pumpkin puree
a large grated carrot
a grated apple
handful of cranberries
a sprinkle of rolled oats
handful of chia, sesame, flax seed and millet
handful of chopped nuts, pine, walnut, pecan, cashew, almond
dash of ginger and cinnamon
little spoonful of coconut oil
1 egg
unsweetened apple sauce as needed for consistency
topped with some of the seeds and chopped nuts

Bake at 350 for about 40 min. I used a glass rectangle baking pan for this batch


Fresh Veggies

Aztec and Apollo enjoying a fresh veggie mix with soaked grains.



Birdie Breakfast Porridge

Steel cut oats, spelt, buckwheat, wheat berries, millet with chopped almonds, a dab of coconut oil and some cinnamon. This is a favorite special treat breakfast, it’s nice to have it on a cold morning. Fruit is also a treat due to the high sugar content, so they don’t get much of it or often here. The steel cut oats are just cooked in water; sometimes I cook the spelt, buckwheat groats, wheat and millet, other times I use it sprouted. I sometimes add flax or chia seeds to it too or use walnuts instead of almonds.

*Please note that bananas are very high in sugar. They should be used very sparingly, if ever, in a good parrot diet. This is one of those meals I made for the family and the birds, the humans got most of the fruit here and the birds each got a couple blueberries.


Carrot Quinoa

Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine strainer, I also like to soak it for five minutes during the rinsing process. Cook by simmering one cup of quinoa into two cups of water. I used *organic carrot juice mixed in with the water portion for this batch, simmer until the liquid is absorbed. Add some toppings like carrots, sweet peppers, fresh cilantro or parsley, sesame, chia and flax seed.

*Note carrot juice is high in sugar, so use and feed sparingly.


Fresh Fruit and Veggie Salad

It’s different every time I make it depending on what fruits and veggies and in season and on sale. Organic is always best as well lots of variety each time.

This batch is
yellow, orange and red sweet peppers
leafy greens
cucumber
squash
carrot
cilantro
red chilli pepper flakes
broccoli
oranges
apples
strawberries
sesame seed
chia seed
apple cider vinegar


Birdie Treats

I don’t often put pellets in my bird breads, but do every once in a while. For those having trouble getting their bird to eat certain pellets, this is a great transition method.

For this batch I used a half cup ground flaxseed, half cup wheat germ, and a half cup flour. I prefer to use a combo of spelt, garbanzo, quinoa or buckwheat flours to keep it as healthy as possible, as far as bread goes anyway.

Then toss in generous amounts of shredded carrot, parrot pellets, chia seeds, sesame seed, millet, chili pepper flakes and cinnamon. In another bowl mix the wet ingredients, an egg (optional), about a cup of liquid (I did a water and 100% pure organic carrot juice mixture), and a little spoonful of coconut oil. Then mix wet and dry together, add a splash of carrot juice if it gets too dry. Bake at 350, 10 to 15 minutes for mini baking muffin size, or 30 to 40 minutes for a large rectangle baking pan.

birdie treats


Hello to my fellow bird loving friends!

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