RECIPES & STORIES
"It's the Simple things in Life"
Our other “kid” in the family, Ziggy Stardust Marley Valentine III (yes Steve did name him that, but it’s Zig for short) has been with us for almost 9 years. Steve found him through Linda Blair who runs a rescue called "World Heart Foundation". It was love at first sight.
Ziggy is great with the kids, very playful, patient and kind, and I love to spoil him with this homemade dog food. This meal is so easy and inexpensive to make! I started preparing it for Zig long before fresh dog food chains came on the scene, and he gobbles it up eagerly every time. (check out the drool in the picture below!)
Ziggy is also a picky eater. There is only one type of treat he will eat (the chewy kind) and when I started making him this recipe, if there wasn’t just the right amount of meat to veggie ratio in this recipe, he would not eat it at all. So I refined it over time and got this final result. It’s chock full of plant based protein and the carrots are a great source of fiber and beta-carotene. If you are worried about nutrient content you can add a supplement powder of your choice to it. *
A rice cooker takes the guessing work out of preparing this food. All you have to do is add and mix all the ingredients in the rice cooker, turn it on and walk away. This simple little device eliminates worry about burning the food or the need to continually check on the dish while it’s cooking. When all the water evaporates and everything is cooked through, the rice cooker will automatically switch into “warm” mode and wait for you. A rice cooker is an essential in my kitchen. I use it a couple of times a week to prepare either food for Ziggy or to cook rice and quinoa for myself and my family.
2 pounds of lean ground turkey
1 cup of green lentils (rinsed)
1 cup of uncooked rice (rinsed)
2 medium sized carrots, shredded
5 cups of filtered water
dash of salt
drizzle of quality olive oil
Divide and keep half of the cooled food in a wide and shallow, glass container, with lid, in the freezer.
Keeping the homemade pet food in these types of containers allows the food to defrost quicker for when you are ready to use it.
Ziggy weighs about 15 pounds and for his weight I feed him twice a day; 1 cup for breakfast and 1 cup for dinner. One batch lasts us about 3 days.
*Always consult your veterinarian for your pets specific dietary needs before introducing new foods.
Mix all the ingredients with water and turn the rice cooker ON.
Food will prepare while you are doing your thing. There is no need to "babysit it" thanks to the rice cooker!
Keep half in a jar, in the fridge and half in the freezer until ready to use.
I caught Zig drooling in this pic.