Archive for June, 2012

Healthy Bird Bonbons

Okay so I kept seeing these great parrot “sweet potato balls” or “treat balls” recipes and had to give it a try. I started with that basic idea, and then went from there changing and adding ingredients as I went along. I’m going to call these “Healthy Bird Bonbons”, just because I like the sound of that better. Don’t let the bonbons part fool you though, these are a great nutritious snack.

pumpkin puree
chia seed
flax seed
sesame seed
cilantro or parsley
red chili pepper flakes
shredded leafy greens, veggies

Start with a half cup quinoa; rinsed, soaked in water for five minutes, then rinsed again. Now simmer, covered, in 1 cup of water until liquid is absorbed (about fifteen minutes). Stir in 1 cup of pumpkin puree, I just used plain canned pumpkin. Let the mixture sit and cool a bit. Then mix in some shredded leafy greens, cilantro or parsley. You could put some shredded veggies in too. For some dry ingredients I used sprinklings of millet, chia, sesame, flax and red chili pepper flakes. Then roll spoonfuls up into little balls and bake them at 350 until light golden brown. I only baked them about fifteen minutes, they were still very soft and moist, but it was just enough to set them so they weren’t mushy.

These were a huge hit with everybirdie and they gobbled them up at lightening speed. Hope your guys enjoy them too!

Fresh organic salad for the flock today.

I try to do a big variety of fresh greens every day.

Organic leafy greens; used bok choy, kale, arugula and swiss chard for this batch.
red cabbage
pine nuts
raw almonds
red chili pepper flakes
chia seeds
flax seed
sesame seeds
cinnamon sticks
star anise