Friday, May 30, 2008

Slow Cooked Beef & Noodles

Here's a yummy dish my dog loves.

Slow Cooked Beef and Noodles

3 lbs. beef stew, cut in 1" cubes
1/2 Cup flour
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 TBS paprika (optional)
2 cups chopped carrots
2 potatoes cubed
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 TBS mustard
1 1/2 Cup beef stock - you can purchase low sodium canned beef stock if you don't make your own.

Roll the beef cubes in flour.
Brown beef cubes, a few at a time, in a skillet, with 2 TBS hot oil.
Add the browned beef to the slow cooker. Add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

If the sauce isn't thick enough, you can thicken the juices by mixing a tablespoon of flour with 1/4 cup water then slowly stir it into the juices in the slow cooker. Put the lid back on the slow cooker and turn it to high and let it cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve over cooked noodles.

The recipe calls for slow cooking, but it can easily be adapted to the oven, or even simmered on top the stove. Adjust the times so you don't over cook and end up with mush. If cooking on top the stove, I don't add the carrots and potatoes until the beef has simmered on low for 30 minutes. Add the potatoes and carrots, and cook another 10 - 15 minutes - until they are fork tender.

For smaller dogs, cut the beef into smaller pieces and be sure to cook the beef until it's tender.

Be sure to allow time for this to cool down before serving it to your dog. Keep all leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or portion it out into freezer containers, label, and keep in the freezer.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Sometimes a recipe posted here may look like real people food, but the healthy homemade dog food recipees have been modified to suit a dog's special diet needs.

For instance, to modify my family recipes so they are healthy homemade dog food recipess, first of all I look through the recipe to see what foods my dog shouldn't eat. Then I make the modifications to the recipe. My usual meatloaf recipe would contain onions, salt, and brown sugar. Onions are not good for a dog, and she shouldn't have sugar or salt. I modified my meatloaf recipe, and left out the onions, salt, and brown sugar.

Personally, I don't like mixed vegetables in my soups and stews, but I keep frozen mixed vegetables on hand to add to soups and stews for my pooch. Frozen vegetables don't usually contain extra salt, so they are better for homemade dog food recipees, than canned vegetables are.

When I modify my homemade dog food recipees, I sometimes substitute beef or chicken broth for milk. If you do a substitution in your own recipes, be sure to keep the liquid measurements the same.

I feel better knowing I'm serving my animals healthy foods, made with healthy, wholesome ingredients.

Meatloaf Dog Food Recipe

Dogs need a variety of food, just like we do. You should include a variet of meat, grains, and vegetables in their diet.

This is an easy homemade meatloaf recipe my dog loves. It has meat, grains, and vegies baked right into it. I bake this ahead of time. When it's cool I serve up one serving, and I slice the rest of it into serving size slices. I label it so I know what it is, and when it was made.

Keeping a variety of homemade dog food in my freezer, means my dog doesn't get bored with her meals.

Homemade Meatloaf

2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup mixed vegetables
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
2 teaspoons parsley
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon yellow mustard

Combine eggs, and milk.
Stir in oatmeal, parsley, pepper,
Add beef and mix well using wet hands. Place in a 8x4x2 inch loaf pan.
Bake in a 350F oven for 1 1/4 hours. Drain off any excess fat.
Mix together ketchup and mustard and spread over meatloaf.
Return to oven for 10 minutes.
Cool completely and store in the refrigerator.

Peanut Butter and Cheese Biscuits Dog Food Recipe

Here is a tasty treat for your dog. The recipe calls for regular flour, but for a healthier homemade dog food treat, use 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 regular flour.

Peanut Butter and Cheese Biscuits

1 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
2 TBS peanut butter
Grated cheddar cheese
1 tsp Baking powder
1 egg white
1 TBS Chicken broth

Mix flour and milk until crumbled.
Stir in the Peanut butter and Chicken broth.
Mix in the cheddar. Add egg white.
Mix until it has the consistency of pancake batter.
Stir in the baking powder.
Pour onto greased cookie sheet into little mounds.
Cook until golden brown. Serve cool.
Store in the refrigerator

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Homemade Dog Food Recipes

In order to feed my pets healthy foods, I think it's best if I make dog food in my own kitchen. I have a lot of recipes I will be sharing.

Check with your vet for more information about your dog's nutritional needs.