Cooking at home for your pet bird can not only be a lot of fun -- it can help you provide your bird with a nutritionally varied diet! Try this fun and easy recipe for Birdie Manicotti in your own kitchen. It's a vitamin packed treat that your bird will go wild for!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
- 4 Manicotti Pasta Shells
- 1/4 cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
- 1/4 cup cooked Broccoli pieces
- 1/4 cup Shredded Carrots
- 2 Large Eggs with Shells
- 3 Medium Tomatoes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil the manicotti shells until they are tender. Drain and allow them to cool.
- Scramble the eggs with their crushed up shells. Set aside.
- Combine cottage cheese, broccoli, and carrots in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and shell mixture and mix until blended.
- Using a small spoon, fill each manicotti shell with the cheese, egg, and vegetable mixture.
- Very lightly, grease a small glass casserole dish with pure vegetable oil. Do not use non-stick or Teflon coated cookware! Place the filled manicotti shells in a row inside the dish.
- Place the dish in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
- Take the two tomatoes and wash them thoroughly to remove any preservatives. Cut out the stem and remove any leaves as they can be toxic to birds. Slice the tomatoes and place them in a bowl.
- Using a fork, crush the tomato pieces into a fine pulp. Once the manicotti has baked for 15 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and spoon the tomato pulp and juice over the noodles.
- Return the dish to the oven and allow it to bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- When the dish is done cooking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool. Serve the treat to your pet when it is slightly warm or at room temperature. Please be very careful not to serve your pet food that is too hot!
This fun variation on italian cuisine was originally created for larger birds such as macaws or amazons, but smaller birds can also enjoy this tasty nutritious treat!
If you feel like your bird can't handle a whole manicotti shell, try slicing it into rings and offering the bird a few pieces. Any leftovers can be refrigerated and stored for 3 to 5 days. Enjoy!