Cinnamon Beef Stew

Cinnamon Beef Stew

This is a savory twist on traditional beef stew based on Stifado (stee-FAH-though), a Greek stew that is typically made with a fair amount of onions, wine, tomatoes, and cinnamon. I've removed the onions and wine since those are huge no-no's for dogs. Also, unlike a typical beef stew, this one doesn’t have potatoes so it's a little more on the soupy side which is ok since dogs really need about 70% moisture in their daily diet. 

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Hamburger Helper Canine Style

Hamburger Helper Canine Style

I used to make Hamburger Helper often for my children who loved it.  I still make it once in a while now since it’s easy and convenient. I like to provide Kirby a variety of meals so this is his canine variation. He has quite a few meals with potatoes or brown rice for his carbs so I always make this one with pasta for a nice change. I

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Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz Con Pollo is spanish for "rice with chicken".  The classic recipe calls for white rice, roma tomatoes, and several spices. This is my standard super easy "Kirby" version which is good for when your dog may be ailing. It's one of my go-to recipes for new fosters to help strengthen their weak immune systems and start adjusting their bodies to good nutrition.  

Sometimes I boil some chicken breasts but this recipe is a great way to use left over chicken - baked, grilled, or roasted. Just make sure there weren't a lot of seasonings used.  White rice is perfectly ok but brown rice is much healthier.  Also, you can add more stock to the final dish if you want, or need, more liquid.

Sometimes I add finely diced roma tomatoes fresh from my garden but most of the time I just puree leftover veggies.  I stock baby food (fruits, veggies, and meats) in my pantry for when I need to add some flavorful moisture to one of Kirby's meals.  There are so many veggies to choose from - just make sure they are dog safe.  

Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz Con Pollo

This chicken and rice recipe is good for an ailing pup.

Yields: 8 – 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition facts: 246 Calories, 23 Calories from fat
Total Fat: 2.5g or 4% (0.6g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 - 3.5 oz natural sweet potatoesbaby food
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell

Directions

  1. Boil the chicken breasts. Discard the skin and bones. Shred the meat.
  2. Cook the rice using a ratio of 2 1/2 cups chicken stock to 1 cup rice so the rice gets to the point of mush since a dog's body has a harder time digesting grains. If you don't have any chicken stock use the water you boiled the chicken in.
  3. Thoroughly mix together. Let cool and serve

Meaty Muffins

This is one of the first canine meals I created and still one of Kirby's favorites! It's also one of the easiest to make - just mix and bake.  These muffins are chock full of healthy ingredients and can be frozen for make ahead meals.  A batch makes 18 - 20 muffins with each muffin being equal to one meal for Kirby who weighs in at 14 lbs.  A smaller pup can eat less and if your dog is larger, you can mix a good quality kibble with it.

Meaty Muffins

Meaty Muffins

Still a favorite meal for Kirby.

Yields: 18 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition facts:
171 Calories, 46 Calories from fat
Total fat: 5.1g or 8% (1.5g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes or 1 large potato, shredded or finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients using your hands to thoroughly blend.
  2. Spray muffin cups with non stick spray and fill each one with some of the meat mixture patting down to make it firm.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until surface feels set.
  4. Cool on a rack 10 minutes or longer.

Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to four months.           

I make a batch and then freeze in ziplock freezer bags.  K irby can eat one a day so I place one in the refrigerator in the morning, then in the evening I pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds.  I feed it alone or mix it with some kibble.

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