This is my third time making a batch of these, they are a fun, nutritious treat and the parrots just love them. I vary it each time depending on what healthy ingredients I have in the house that day.
1 cup quinoa
1 cup finely chopped veggies, leafy greens, and peppers (* I used a fresh batch of Chop)
a spoonful of chopped raw unsweetened coconut
a few chopped goji berries
sprinkle of chia, flax, sesame on tops
Rinse and drain one cup of quinoa, then simmer in two cups of water until water is absorbed and let it cool. Mix one cup of plain pumpkin puree into 2 tbs. of whole grain flour ( I used spelt flour for this). Now stir the pumpkin mixture into the quinoa, then add the cup of finely chopped vegetables, leafy greens, and peppers. *Extra ingredients used in the Chop are listen below. (I used a food processor to mince the veggies for this.) I added a few chopped goji berries as a treat for this batch, and a spoonful of raw coconut shreds.
Gently form the mixture into spoonful sized little balls and place in a baking dish. You can use food prep disposable gloves for this part if you don’t like getting your hands all dirty. I then sprinkled a little chia, flax, sesame on the tops. Bake about 20 minutes on 350. I just wanted them to set a little in their shape, but still be moist and soft. Cool and serve, then freeze the extras.
My previous two recipes making these are here.
A previous batch with carrots, broccoli and buckwheat groats.
The original batch with cooked quinoa, parsley and raw millet added.
* I have made this recipe before as simple as just adding a cup of chopped broccoli and carrots, so don’t feel overwhelmed by the ingredients list I used for this batch today. I had just made a big batch of fresh Chop so I used that for my cup of veggies to add this time.
carrots with green tops
beet greens (just the tops)
red chili pepper flakes
cooked wheat berries
cooked buckwheat groats
More about what Chop is and how to make it.
Soaked almonds, wheat berries, buckwheat groats, quinoa, and blueberries. Just soak ingredients overnight in cool water, rinse well and drain the next morning and add some blueberries. Delicious!
I kept seeing these awesome 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 call these “Healthy Bird Bonbons”, just because I like the sound of it. Don’t let the bonbons part fool you though, these are a great nutritious snack. First recipe I did of these here https://thehappycockatoo.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/healthy-bird-bonbons/
Ingredients for this batch:
cilantro or parsley
red chili pepper flakes
shredded leafy greens, finely chopped veggies (used carrot and broccoli for this batch)
Start with 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). For this batch I used cooked buckwheat groats too. 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. Add some shredded veggies in too, for this batch I used a lot of shredded carrot and broccoli. 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.
I could almost pass these bird bars off as brownies for my company, what do you think? I was actually just finishing off the bird left-overs in the freezer and I came up with this. I had a bag of a veggie Chop mix and another bag of a cooked lentils dish, I just mixed together and added flour to make it all stick together. I will alter the ingredients each time, this is just what I had on hand for this batch. The birds enjoy the bars for something different, and they seem to like being able to hold onto their dinner.
Birdie Dinner Bars:
1 cup chopped veggies
1/2 cup cooked lentils (or beans) with brown rice
1/2 cup cooked quinoa or buckwheat groats (optional, I’ve done it with and without)
1/4 cup cooked millet (optional, I’ve done it with and without)
1 cup apple sauce
1 1/2 cups mixture of buckwheat and spelt flours
Carrots with tops, broccoli, zucchini, bok choy, parsley and ginger root. Mixed with apple sauce and whole grain flours. Added to cooked lentils, brown rice, sweet potato, quinoa or millet, yellow and green split peas. Toppings: red chili pepper flakes, chia, sesame, flax and millet.
Sprinkled with toppings. Baked about 35 minutes at 350 degrees, cool and cut into bars.
It’s a lot easier to get parrots to eat healthy food when it’s on your plate, they would much rather have what your having instead of whatever is in their food own bowl. To a parrot, it tastes better if it’s yours. Here’s the salad I made for everyone tonight that was both bird and people friendly.
Fresh spinach leaves, carrot, bell pepper, cucumber, watermelon, raspberry, cantaloupe, strawberry, cooked quinoa, red pepper flakes, chia and sesame seeds a squeezed lime for the dressing.