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Sally Blanchard's ''Famous Glop'' Recipe

The following recipe feeds Sally's four parrots of various sizes and appetites for their morning meal. ''Glop'' also makes a great hand weaning food to finger feed your baby.

  • 1 small jar of baby food carrots, sweet potatoes, or winter squash (I use Earth's Best because it is organic - they also have high vitamin A vegetable varieties with chicken and turkey. I occasionally use apricot, peach, or papaya baby food.) You can also use baked yams, winter squash or cooked, mashed carrots.
  • 3 slices of coarse whole grain crumbled toast (I vary the bread but use the healthiest bread I can find without sugar.) I particularly like a Jalapeno Corn Bread loaf.
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons of nonfat plain yogurt
  • Optional: 1/8 cup high quality hand feeding formula or a sprinkle of a spirulina or wheat grass type supplement
Place ingredients in a large bowl and mash together until toast is saturated with baby food and yogurt. Everything should be evenly mixed. Consistency can be changed according to your parrot's preference. Mine like the toast chunky and the mixture thick - about the consistency of turkey dressing. ''Glop'' is ready to feed -- it does not have to be cooked.

Anything that is nutritious can be added to the ''Glop'' for variety in texture, color, and shapes. I will feed it plain or mix one or more of the following: finely chopped collard (mustard or turnip) greens, kale or broccoli flowers, grated carrots, wheat germ, oat bran, sugar free breakfast cereal, low salt V8 juice (Splash), grated tofu - cheese, non-fat cottage cheese, chopped nuts or raisins, chopped very hard boiled egg, pasta, brown rice, well cooked chopped chicken, powdered pellets.

Editor's Note: Remember that any soft food will develop bacteria if left too long in the cage -remove within (2) hours. Serve each batch fresh. Never use leftovers as ingredients. If you only have one bird and want to make the whole batch, the ' Glop' can be rolled into balls or placed in ice cube trays and frozen. Thaw, as needed but be careful not to overcook. Add any supplement after heating.

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