Friday, August 17, 2007


The Brat Pack asked on The Bones Zone for some "stew" type recipes to add to their diet, so I thought I'd share ours. As many of you know, I don't like following recipes...usually I just take what I have & run with it!

My local meat supplier has started carrying "chicken chunks" for dogs. This is basically the meat that is left over from trimming chicken breasts. They actually called it "chicken waste" when I ordered a case of it, but that's gross so I'll continue to call it "chunks".

So that is my base. Some sort of meat. Usually boneless...chicken, ground turkey, ground beef, even ground buffalo when I was fortunate to have 10 lbs of it. (I have used chicken legs but I boil them first, strip the meat and add it to the veggies later). To that I add veggies...sweet potato, carrots, kale, spinach, peppers, zucchini, squash...pretty much anything but onions. I'll also toss in an apple or blueberries if I have them. Skins on please. And 1 -2 cloves of garlic. Put meat & veggies in a pot & cover with water.

See how pretty (the meat always sinks to the bottom)!

Note...the Dog's giant vat of dinner vs. my teeny weeny dinner cooking. I obvioulsy have my priorities straight.

I cook it for about 45 mintues to an hour till it gets mushy.

Scoop out about a cup of cooking liquid, reserve and then rinse & strain mix.

Add strained meat & veggies to reserved cooking liquid and mash with potato masher. Voila! Chicken stew.

I don't add any grains to this because it's usually mixed in with the Dog's dry food, which contain plenty of grains. But you can also add brown rice, oats, quinoa, or some other healthy grain to the stew while cooking if you wanted to feed it alone.

We're ready for dinner!!!

For more information on supplementing a kibble based diet, please visit Mary Straus' very informative site.


Reina said...

You guys are lucky. I've always loved Lola's expressions, priceless~


Randi said...

Holy Smoly Shermie!
You & your sisters eat like royality! I only get carrots added to my reduced calorie diet...but STEW! YUM! Your mom is a magnificant cook! She could have her own cooking show on Animal Planet!
Love & Licks,

Rockford said...

Yummmy! I want to eat at your house for dinner! Daaaaaaaad, can I go over to see The Dogs of Jackman Ave?!!! You certainly have priorities straight!! Love Rocky!

The Brat Pack said...

OK, you're my hero. Thanks for posting this, I'm going to make it this weekend. How long does that pot last you? Please don't say one night. ;)


Kapp pack said...

That looks really yummy! Check my blog, I tagged you!

-Kelsey Ann

Pugsley, Buster, Cricket & Daisy said...

Looks yummy. You lucky your mommy cooks for you. Have a great weekend.

Pugsley, Buster, Cricket and Daisy Mae

Asta said...

Dear Sherman Penny and Lola,
you guys look so hungwy I don't blame you,that looks most delicious
your Mommi is awful nice to make you such a lovely dinner..bone apetite
smoochie kisses

leah said...

um, yeah, your dogs eat better than i do...


Kerrio said...

Please don't how this to my gang, they will never settle for sawdusty kibble again.

Maggie said...

Oh my goodness but that looks simple delicious! Your mom is just the best cook! Do we grab a bowl and stand in line?

Love ya lots,

Amber-Mae said...

Oh man, just look at your din dins guys! It's soooo delicious & colorful looking too! YUM! I never get to eat what you eat...Have fun eating.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Balboa & Mommy said...

WOW, that looks good, I'll be right over to taste to make sure its okay for consumption.

Karen Here: ha ha, Balboa's cooking pot is bigger than ours, that's the way it should be.

Frenchie Snorts

ROSSI said...

oh wow.. yummy yummy... ok, am going to ask mom to cook it tomorrow!.. if not, am going sulk and pee n poo everywhere.. till she cook me that stew!!

Golden Rossi

Katherine and Pippa, said...

But that sounds just like the sort of food I do for us. Or used to when we ate chicken. And the dogs get the leftovers.

So what's in your pot again????


Jackson said...

When are you going to invite me over for dinner? Hehehehe! J x

Ruby Bleu said...

That looks AMAZING!!!! Maybe one day my Mom will let me eat something other than kibble...a girl can wish, right?

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Tasha & Eva said...

You pups have your mom wrapped around your dew claws, don't you? Wow what great looking eats! Loved the videos of your new toys! Tasha & Eva.

Joe Stains said...

ohhhh boy I am drooooling over here. once it gets cooler here mom said she is totally going to try to make this! its too hot here for boiling stew right now

wally said...

Ohmydog! That looks DELICIOUS! I love cooked vegetables and meatables. I'll second Randi's idea--let's pitch "Dinner on Jackman Ave" to Animal Planet!


ps. My ma ape ordered all those meatables from the rabbit place your ma mentioned. THANK YOU!

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Wow... you guys must be kings and queens!!! That looks sooo YUMMY!

Seadra & Zoe said...

We just love it when your Mom gets a picture of the three of you big happy family!!

Happy eating....

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Frasypoo said...

Wow!I definiteley need to change houses

Sparky said...

Mmmmm, looks good! I want some! Can I have the left overs?


Eddie N Peaches said...

Oooooh. That looks good. Does your Momma cater?
Whoofs & Baroos,
Eddie & Peaches

Lorenza said...

Hi, friends.
You are very lucky. Like Ruby, I only get dry kibbles and sometimes chicken soup with veggies!!
Great picture of you all!
Have a good night

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

Lola! You are such a sweet poser in the photos!

and the food looks yummylicious.

love and licks Marvin xxxxx

Boo said...

thanks for the recipe. now i can get mom to cook me diff din din.

wet wet licks


Anonymous said...

You are three lucky dogs, my lady just switched me to a raw diet, no grains , it sucks not getting treats anymore!
Molly, the starving JRT

Cynthia Blue said...

Such lucky dogs! Mine eat raw, I don't even cook for my husband. :)

Putter said...

OMG! That is a greatest, terrificest recipee! It looks so goodest that I want Mom to make it today!!!!! :)))) Thanks for sharing!!!!

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)


Oh my DOG!! We are drooling all over the keyboard here! Mum says it looks like even she could eat that stew! She is not a very good cook at all and I don't think she could ever make us something yummy like that!
Jazz and Dixie

Pacco de Mongrel said...

u can really makes me n my owner drools as the same time...

u 3 r definately lucky dogs..

Luckie Girl said...

Yummy!! I love love love stew! But lately I haven't been getting that much meat..more fish based I notice. Sheesh....
PS : I notice the great difference between your Mom and your portion. Good trained her well!

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Woh that stew looks great. The 3 of them are so eagar to start their meal. hee hee

~ Girl girl

Sasha said...

Well, clearly my humans have to read this.

Suki said...

You guys look so cute all lined up and ready for din dins! :)

That recipe looks sooo yummy. Thanks for posting it, Jen, my Mom's gonna try it out this week!

Puggy kisses

umekotyan said...

Because time hangs, meal is delicious.
...the apprenticeship of your way of making eat... :)

from loved ume tyan

Stanley said...


When I don't stop by for a few days look at everything I miss out on!!! I'll have to get my girl to try some stew!!

I'm hoping she'll check into the chicken waste chunks for me.

Goob love,

PreciOus said...

One word - it's paw licking good! Ok, it's more than one word. =P