UPDATE: Before changing your dog’s diet, ALWAYS discuss it with your vet to determine what is right for his/her specific needs. If you are feeding home-cooked meals frequently, talk to your vet about adding a doggie daily multi-vitamin and calcium to every meal.
I love cooking meals for my family (Thanksgiving is my holiday!) and that includes cooking for Roxy. If you read about dog food nutrition and really start to look at what ingredients make up your pup’s kibble or wet food, you’ll be shocked—no matter what brand you feed. This post is about a FUN, EASY (seriously EASY!), and HEALTHY way to feed your pup, though, not about the horrors of processed dog food. So… onward and upward!
We’ve been dog-sitting our very picky pup-friend Maya this summer and she loves this meal as much as Roxy. The girls squeeze between me and the counter as I prepare their bowls and cry if I don’t make it quickly enough. We are starving, they whine. Please, please let us have some food!
So what’s this magical favorite dish they can’t wait for? I thought you’d never ask…
1. Cover the bottom of your Crock-Pot with a layer of brown rice (use as much as you’d like – I usually use a little more but I ran out – that’s what you call good planning) and top it with a frozen chicken breast.
2. Cut up about 3 medium carrots.
3. Cut up one sweet potato (or is it a yam?).
4. Cut up some green beans. Mine were blanched a few days beforehand and frozen until I was ready to make the meal.
You can use whatever veggies you like, too. The girls love this combo so I’ve made it a few times now.
5. Throw the carrots, sweet potato, and green beans into the Crock-Pot and top with water.
6. Cook on Low for about 5 or 6 hours until everything is soft.
7. Mash it all together with a potato masher. Little Miss Picky Maya won’t touch a chunk of vegetable with a ten-foot pole but when it’s all mashed together, she gobbles it right up. Haha, tricked you, Maya! Then, you just scoop it into some Tupperware and store it in the fridge for up to a week. Roxy and Maya are medium-sized dogs and will go through this in about 5 or 6 days. For smaller dogs, you could make less or freeze portions and thaw them as needed.
8. When dinnertime arrives, just scoop some into a bowl and top with a dollop of plain yogurt… and, if your pup is like Roxy and Maya, they’ll also get a scoop of cooked ground bison and a scoop of cooked salmon to really complete the gourmet dining experience.
I’d love to hear from others about what you put in your Crock-Pot meals for your pups! I think this is such a fun and easy way to feed our fur-kids a healthy, balanced meal. Plus, they absolutely love it! Be sure to leave a comment below so we can all share some great ideas!