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.