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A Few Recipes

Parrot Chop

There is no real recipe for making chop, it’s all about making food in a large batch and then freezing it in single day serving sizes. And because the produce is finely chopped in a food processor, parrots are not able to pick out and eat their favourite things. Even picky eaters get a much better diet! Chop can be made from any parrot safe vegetables. The list below is just an example of some of the things you can add to your chop.

Dry Ingredients, which are added first Oatmeal flakes and Flax Seed etcetera

Cooked Ingredients are Rice, Pasta, Split Peas, Quinoa and Lentils

Frozen Ingredients are Sweet corn

Fun things you can add in are Pecan, walnut or almond pieces, Pomegranate seeds and Lightly cooked Cranberries

Food processor items are Kale, Sweet Mini-Peppers, Chard, Jalapenos, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Green Beans , Broccoli ,Cauliflower, Parsley, Different coloured peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, Green Beans , Spinach.... Remember any safe vegetables can be used and also use the seeds from peppers and jalapeños.


How to Make Chop

Chop is made up of 3 main groups of ingredients:

The dry Ingredients are used to help soak up any excess moisture so your chop doesn’t get soggy when it is defrosted. Beans and grains are cooked, drained and cooled. These add a complete protein to your parrot’s diet. Vegetables make up the main part of the chop and introduce a lot of nutrients to the diet

The first step is to cook your beans, grains, pasta, sweet potatoes and rice etcetera. We use a separate pot for the beans and the rest of the cooked ingredients. Drain and cool the above well. It is important, that you remove as much of the moisture so your chop doesn’t become too moist or soggy. Sweet potatoes should be lightly cooked to release the nutrients, but do not cook them completely or they will become mushy, once your Sweet potatoes are cooled you can chop them using a knife into smaller chunks.

Mix all your dry ingredients in to the tub/ container/large mixing bowl that you plan to mix your chop in. Remember you do not have to use all the ingredients on the list, but make sure you have enough dry ingredients to soak up the excess moisture that freezing causes.

Processor time. Place each of your fresh vegetables into the food processor and pulse a few times. Remember you do not want to puree the contents, but you do want it finely chopped so that your parrot can’t just pick out the things they like to eat. Drain each processor batch well. You can use a salad spinner or a colander, whichever works best for you. For very wet items, such as peppers, you will want to drain on paper towels to soak up all that excess moisture.

The processor ingredients can be lightly steamed or left raw.

Now it’s time to build your chop. Mix the cooled, processed and drained items with your dry ingredients in the tub/ container/large mixing bowl. It works better if you stir in each addition; otherwise it becomes very hard to mix it all together. Eventually you will need to just dig in and use your hands! Now is the time to add any of the fun ingredients if you want to jazz up the chop (nuts, cranberries etcetera). The last step is to add your frozen Sweet corn. To make sure you aren’t making the chop too wet, lightly squeeze some in your hand. If it sticks together, the mix is too damp. You can add more dry ingredients, or even pellets to help dry it out a little.

Prepare your chop for freezing. You will want to freeze your chop in one or two day serving size meals. You want to feed your parrot about a Tablespoon at a time (more for larger birds). If you have only 1 or 2 parrots at home, you can freeze your chop in ice cube trays and then store in freezer bags. Each cube would be a daily serving.. You do not want more than a couple of days worth of chop defrosted at a time, because it will start to break down very quickly. The night before you plan to feed your chop, take out a serving out and pop in the fridge to defrost, once thawed it can be served cold or if your parrot likes a warm meal you can pop it in the microwave to warm it up but make sure it’s not too hot before you serve it to your parrot.


Parrot Ice Pops

Make a cup of fruit herbal tea and let it cool (make sure it's one that's parrot safe) once cooled, pour into an ice cube tray and add a piece of fruit that's safe for parrots. Cut a lollipop stick or a spatula in half and push it into the fruit, pop the filled ice cube tray in the freezer.
When completely frozen, let them stand for a few minutes before giving to your parrot.
These are delicious for us humans too and can be enjoyed on hot days.

Fruit Loaf

550g wholemeal bread flour
350ml warm water or herbal tea
1 ripe banana
1 cup sultanas
( or substitute the above for any bird safe fruits of your choice)

Place flour, fruits and some of the liquid into a mixer and give it a good blitz, add more liquid as needed, it needs to be of a dough consistency.
Once blitzed and is of a dough consistency, remove from the mixer, place in a mixing bowl and let it rest for a few minutes, then knead for about 5 minutes on a lightly floured clean board.
Place in a silicon bread tin, cover with either a clean damp cloth or clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for a good 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, uncover and bake in a preheated oven at 220c for 30-35 minutes.
This can not only be enjoyed by your parrots but humans can eat it too and it can be frozen.

Banana Bar Treats

1 small ripe banana
1 egg
1 cup porridge oats
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
2tbs mixed seed or millet
1/2 cup water

Blend all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Spread the mixture on to a clean microwaveable plate.
Microwave on high heat for 3 to 3/12 minutes.
Remove from microwave and allow to cool.
Once cool, cut in to strips and serve.
This is not suitable for freezing but can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Sweet Potato Balls

These are quick and easy recipes for your parrot

1 Large sweet potato
Oatmeal flakes
1 cup of Quinoa
2 Carrots
1 tbs Millet
1 tbs Hemp

Peel the carrots and sweet potato, boil them until soft, once done cook the quinoa in the boiling water that you used to cook the carrots and sweet potato, cover and simmer for roughly 15 minutes. You'll know when it's ready because it will look light and fluffy.
Mash the sweet potato and carrots, once mashed start mixing in the quinoa. Add millet, hemp and a good pinch of parsley, mix in well then allow to cool.
Once cool take a small amount and roll in to small balls, set them aside on a plate.
Take your oats and pour them in to a bowl, roll the balls into the oats to help them to stick. These can be served once they're fully cooled and can also be frozen.

Sweet Potato fruit Balls

1 large sweet potato, boiled until soft
1/2 cup of raisins
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 cup of mixed vegetables, finely chopped (make sure you use vegetables that are parrot safe)
1 cup of diced apples
1 cup of oatmeal flakes.

Put the oatmeal flakes to one side because they're to be used right at the end.
Mix all the ingredients together, take a small amount and roll in to small balls, set them aside on a plate.
Take your oats and pour them in to a bowl, roll the balls into the oats to help them to stick. These can be served once they're fully cooled and can also be frozen.