I have always spoiled my dogs (puppies, fur babies) by making their food and not serving kibble or canned foods. Research assured me that I was doing the right thing. I wouldn't eat it even
if the "ingredients" sounded human consumable, so why should I give it to my little sweethearts? This is the recipe I have used for years and actually still feed it to my 8th puppy/dog. The only change I made was feeding our 2 Pyranees, because
we raised rabbits and fed them that instead of chicken. We used that as it was more abundant.
You will need: (1 cup for every ten pounds or whatever your dog will easily consume.
I found that my puppy didn't want that much food. She is now 20 lbs and gets by with 1.5 cups of my recipe and Dr. Marty's Freeze Dried Food.)
Double or triple the recipe as needed. I use chicken
legs because they are readily accessible at my grocery in organic.
4 chicken legs, organic if possible
3 carrots, organic, cleaned and halved
1/2 sweet potato, large (organic if possible), skin on. They will be removed.
1/2 to one cup cooked brown rice, organic
1 tsp olive oil, organic
pinch of salt
broth from cooked veggies
and chicken rendered down to about 1/2 to 3/4 cup
1. In a 6 qt pot add carrots, sweet potato and chicken with
enough water to just cover. Add a lid. Bring to a boil and then simmer on medium low for about 60 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the pot to naturally cool for 60 more minutes. This allows more of the nutition to seep out of the
bones and grizzle. It also make it easier to remove the meat from the bones.
2. In a medium-sized bowl add carrots, sweet potatoes (removing skins). Mash until desired consistency. Place
chicken on a board or plate to cool and shred.
3. To the bowl add rice, oil and salt. Mix well.
4. While de-boning the chicken,
render the broth down to amount desired. I recommend 1/2 to 3/4 cup.
5. De-bone chicken paying close attention to bones and pieces of bone, knuckles that may come off. This is important.
I use my fingers for this task so that I can feel for anything that could be a chocking hazard. This has occurred. I do one piece at a time and place that shredded meat into the veggie/rice mixture.
6. Mix all ingredients well. Fold in the cooled, rendered broth. Place in an appropriate container for refrigerator or freezer storage. You can also portion freeze as needed.
NOTE: My spoiled puppy doesn't always like "boiled" food, so I periodically bake it. I place the chicken in one pan and the carrots and sweet potatoes in another (tent the veggies with foil and add a couple of
tablespoons of water), sprinkle the chicken with some basil, dill or oregano and bake it at 375/400 degrees for an hour. Then I chop up all into bite-sized pieces and mix it with the pre-cooked rice. If you want it to be more moist, try boiling
the leftover chicken bones until the broth is thicker and using this as a "gravy" to moisten the food. I leave the knuckles and some of the loose skin on the bones for this to make the broth richer and then strain the broth. Works great!
This meal can also be made in a food processor. I cook my veggies separate from the chicken. Then allowing all to cool, I first quickly pulse the veggies and add that to a medium-sized
bowl with the pre-cooked rice. Then I do the same with the chicken meat that I sliced off the bones. Stir all ingredients together, place in a storage container and refrigerate. Pls be sure to warm the food a bit before serving.
As an added treat periodically I add some chopped hard boiled egg or a teaspoon of organic yogurt or cottage cheese to the top. My pups all enjoyed this. Spoiled! Over-loved! : )
Another happy fur baby!