Turkey, broccoli & pea rice balls

My mum says I get distracted A LOT on my walks. Well, who can blame me? There’s just so much to see and people to greet. I want to make friends with everyone including cats!  

I’ve been taking training classes recently to help me not be so distracted. So far, I’ve been the goodest of boys and am learning very quickly. Well, I am being rewarded with bits of sausage for being good. Since I LOVE being rewarded with meat, I thought I should make something healthier but still equally as yummy as sausage. Ok, you got me, sausage is just heaven on a plate, but let’s face it, I need to watch my weight.

These turkey, broccoli & pea rice balls are the perfect size for my mum to carry around while we train. They’re also really yummy so I can easily go without sausage AND they’ve got the Peanuts seal of approval, she’s quite a fussy little Chihuahua.

All I had to do for this recipe was combine everything together in a bowl, roll into balls and bake. I found it really easy to roll the mixture into a ball between my paws, the sticky texture meant that they moulded well.

You can put these mixed in with some kibble, give as a treat or use during training sessions. They’re great all-rounders. I’ll be using mine for training!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes (including rice boiling time)

Total cooking time: 55 minutes

Makes approximately 40 small bitesize balls. You can shape them bigger if you have a large doggy!


400g minced turkey

1 ½ cups (275g) brown rice

1 cup (50g) broccoli florets (chopped as small as possible)

1 cup (130g) frozen peas


1. Preheat oven to 200°C (375°F). Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper.

2. Boil brown rice according to the packet instructions. Then, drain and allow to cool completely.

3. Boil broccoli and peas together for 3-4 minutes ensuring the broccoli stays crunchy. Drain and put aside.

4. Using your hands, mix together the turkey mince and rice. The texture of the mixture is very similar to a home-made burger meat mixture – sticky and mouldable.

5. Add in peas and broccoli, make sure they are evenly distributed.

6. Roll the mixture into balls (approximately 1 tbsp of mixture per ball) and place onto baking tray.

7. Bake at 200°C (375°F) for 20 minutes. You’ll want to flip them halfway through so they are cooked evenly. To ensure they are fully cooked, the balls should be a light brown colour and should be uniformly coloured inside with plenty of steam coming out.

8. Cool completely before serving to your dog. Store in an air-tight container for up to 3-4 days in refrigerator or freeze for 1 month.

Remember to check with your vet about any allergies your pup may have! 

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