Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Would You, Could You In a Pan?

Does this look appetizing to you? Let's take a poll!

I would and I could... make Lilah Rose's dog food!

Today, I will share with you my homemade dog food recipe.  All the ingredients are agreeable to people and to dogs.  Lilah thinks it tastes great!

Lilah has waved or rather wagged away all her tummy issues since she has been eating homemade dog food.  I usually make it twice a week.  I can be a little time consuming but worth it to me.  I've noticed that she is healthier, has more energy, and her fur is softer too.

Let's talk ingredients first! 

I start with white rice. White rice is easier to digest than brown rice. I buy the store brand of instant white rice, measure 3 cups of rice to 3 3/4 cups water. I add the rice once the water is close to boiling, let it simmer for a few minutes, take it off the burner, and cover. I cook it a little longer than I usually would because I want it mushier.

Next we have the vegetables. I could bake/microwave sweet potatoes myself but for now, I just buy the baby food with no additives. It is best to add new ingredients slowly so I just add a little sweet potatoes to the top of her meal. As for the peas, I bring them to a slow boil and cook them for a few minutes. Remove from heat. Using a immersion blender, I puree the peas until they are smooth - no lumps!

Now we need protein! I use diced cooked chicken breast and hard boiled eggs. Rather than bake chicken breasts twice a week, I buy a big package and bake it all. When cooled, I cut the chicken in small dice size pieces. I freeze the chicken in big meal portions to use when needed. I just take it out, thaw it a little bit, and then add to the dog food. The hard boiled eggs are sliced once then twice to make the egg slices small.



Let's add the chicken and eggs to the cooked rice!


Now let's add the pureed peas and stir well!


Everything goes in this big Betty Crocker plastic tub (with a red top). I bought the tub at the Dollar Tree. Even though it was only a dollar, it works great. After all, it's Betty Crocker!

**Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers concerning Lilah Rose.  I have decided to cancel the Saturday appointment at the rescue and continue to pray about what to do.

12 comments:

  1. I guess we can enjoy dinner together...lol

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    1. Carrie, Lilah eats hers cold right out of the refrigerator. I'd want to heat it up at least for me and add salt! :-)

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  2. Your Lilah Rose eats like a queen, Gina....such a lucky pup to have you cook all that yummy food for her.

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    1. Kim, thank you. I don't mind doing it. Before she would pick at her kibble and not really eat much but she jumps and spins when I get it out for her. And then gobbles it down fast!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. I may get some energy and time and try it one day. I am bookmarking it for later.

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    1. You are welcome, Sandy. I forgot to mention the dog vitamins that I am going to start adding to it!

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  4. That is wonderful that all her tummy troubles have eased up since you started making her dog food! Whole food is always so much better! I have friends who make their own dog food too, and although I've never tried it, I do give my dogs extra protein from boiled bones and broth. Continuing to pray for you and all the decisions that you are having to make! Blessings and hugs!

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    1. Marilyn, I appreciate your prayers. And I am thankful that Lilah is doing so well with this new diet!

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  5. I got hungry looking at that and I love those Betty Crocker containers from Dollar Tree. That's the only place I ever see them. I'm praying for you and that God will give you wisdom for so many decisions.

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    1. Regina, I don't usually find things I want at Dollar Tree but these I love! Thank you for praying!

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  6. I will have to say it doesn't look appetizing but I know my little Peanut would always do good on that if she would get sick, I never did the peas though. continued prayers on what to do in the future

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    1. Connie, if I was really hungry... I'd eat it. And maybe put cheddar cheese on top too!

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