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Zoe's Favorite Sweet Potato French Toast - feeds a flock

1 large ruby yam or sweet potato, fully mashed

18 medium eggs, or 14 large eggs

1/2 cup apple juice

1/2 cup cranberry juice

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 - 1.5 loaves multi-grain bread

small amount of butter or margarine (or non-stick pan spray)

Mix all ingredients, except the margarine or butter, in a large bowl, with either a whisk or electric mixer, to form a batter

Dip the slices of bread in the batter and fry both sides till golden brown on an evenly heated (medium heat) griddle pan, onto which you have spread a small amount of the butter, margarine or pan spray. I prefer butter, which is more predictable on a griddle pan. Any excess batter may be used to make sweet potato pancakes, also well received by birds.

Serve to birds cut into eights or sixteenths of a slice, depending on the size of the birds, two points per bird. Leftovers may be frozen in whole slices and defrosted and heated in the microwave.

Try it on your family, too. Just about guaranteed to please!  My hawkhead chortles in her dish when I serve this, and my macaw says "Mmmmmmmm" when I put some in his dish. From canaries to cockatoos, all the birds eat every scrap. The larger birds eat it a la carte; however, the canaries seem to like it with a side dish of parboiled broccoli or raw dandelion greens, which are never in short supply in my garden during the spring and early summer.



It is not unusual for those of us who keep birds also to have a dog. So, here's a recipe that can do double duty. This recipe works well with beef, chicken, turkey or salmon. I usually make two separate batches on the same day, pack them in four-4.5- and 6-cup plastic containers and freeze. I serve a cup at each meal, mixed with a half cup to a cup of grain-free kibble, depending on how athletic a day is anticipated. Because she is generally quite active, I feed Zena three times a day, as I would rather she have three smaller meals opposed to two large ones. I have never fed my Dobermans just one meal a day; that’s because, as is the case with many barrel-chested dogs, the breed has a tendency toward bloat if the digestive tract is stressed, which can be seriously life-threatening. The bird-appropriate  version of the recipe if accepted by nearly every bird, canaries to macaws. 

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