"Making your own dog food is SO time consuming"
Yesterday it took me less 20 minutes to cook this huge batch of beef food for Steve and Hoss. Not even that long actually, as I was able to send a bunch of emails in between getting up to occasionally stir it. I used Asparagus and tender broccoli stems because I love both of these vegetables in my dinner, but I only eat the top third of them myself. So my dogs get the bottom two thirds, minus the woody bits, and we have way less food waste in our house.
10 pounds of Lean ground beef
12 ounce pack of butternut squash.
1.5 zucchini chopped
Decent handful of Blueberries
Bunch of chopped parsley
Handful of chopped celery
1 clove of fresh chopped garlic
1 small pinch of sea salt
I sautéed off the beef in a tablespoon of olive oil with the garlic and the celery first for a few minutes, just until it started to separate and not be a big clump of meat.
Then I threw in the butternut squash, the chopped zucchini, asparagus, broccoli and the pinch of salt. I stirred it for maybe 10 more minutes on a high heat during which time the beef caramelized a little and went to 'just before cooked' stage.
I turned off the heat and threw in blueberries and the chopped parsley. Then I put the lid on and let the blueberries soften enough to just break down the cell wall using the heat of the pot.
My dogs were sat by my feet the whole time I was stirring, wondering what delight I was cooking up for them yesterday. (They have come to expect variety every couple days and are now basically entitled little $hits)
To this, I add a little brown rice, but this is no more than 15% of their meal.
I give each of them sardines or wild caught salmon, or mackerel (in oil or spring water, not brine) every morning.
They both get ground flax seed in their meal every morning.
They both get a vitamin and mineral supplement in their breakfast as well as a little live natural yogurt.
To all of you who say that cooking fresh dog food is hard, I hope this shows you it isn't.
Its an easy thing to do, its safer, and can work out cheaper in the long run than good quality kibble...which is astronomical these days, isn't it?
But more importantly, when you are a dog and all you have in your life to look forward to is a couple of walks a day and two meals, better make those moments count!
Small sacrifice of time for a huge payout of health and wellness and, even more importantly, enjoyment!