1. The Old Standard
This recipe is healthy, easy to make and inexpensive. This is also the perfect meal to make in large batches and then freeze as single servings you can thaw for days and days!
1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 carrots, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 zucchini, shredded
3 pounds ground turkey
1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
3 cups baby spinach, chopped
In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes. Let cool completely.
2. Beef & Veggie Crockpot Creation
This crockpot recipe includes veggies that hold up a bit better in the slow cooker.
2 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
1 1/2 cups brown rice
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned
Stir in ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, peas and 4 cups water into a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours, stirring as needed. Let cool completely.
Meatballs - how fun! Beyond the meatball styling, this recipe is great for it’s use of pumpkin (a stool softener, important for any senior dog) and oat bran (fiber, which helps with a healthy digestive system).
10 lbs ground beef (lean)
3 slices of bread, cubed small
2 cups of oat bran
3 cans pumpkin puree
4 carrots, boiled/steamed and mashed
Leaves of 4 kale stalk chopped finely
Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix them all together and form them into any size of balls you'd like. Dredge the balls lightly in the flour, shaking off any excess. Put them in 400 degree oven until done. Bake time will depend on the size of your balls; estimated time: about 25 min.
We love comfort food during the fall and winter months, and we know our dogs won’t mind chowing down on something heavy and wholesome too.
1 lbs. lean ground beef
1 ½ cups grated mixed vegetables (use your dog’s favorite veggies)
2 eggs½ cup cottage cheese
1 ½ cups rolled oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Hand-mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined thoroughly. Press evenly into a loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes. Refrigerate or freeze in slices for easy serving.
Spinach and Salmon Scramble
Fish oils are excellent for pups. This yummy dish from Rachael Ray is a dish you can share with your canine companion, as the meal works perfectly well for their human counterparts. Dinner for two, coming right up!
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 can skinless, boneless salmon (3 ounces), drained
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
In a small nonstick skillet, heat the EVOO over medium heat. Add the spinach and salmon and cook until heated through. Add the eggs and stir continuously until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve in a dog bowl.
So, this week, step outside the normal diet of your dog's dry kibble and try out one or all of these dog friendly recipes and treat your fur baby to some real homemade deliciousness! Your dog will appreciate it more than you know, and who knows! You may find that you enjoy cooking for your pet and make it part of your weekly regimen! After a nice filling home cooked meal, your dog's going to need a place to rest his full belly. Make sure your dog's comfortable and cozy in a premium raised dog bed from PetCot. We've got multiple sizes and colors to fit any dog and any home. Visit our website to check out our pet beds and other products!
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