Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A pawsome winter stew for your dog!

It's starting to get cold outside! Time to take in a treat and take the chill off!

After a a good Fall hike, a nice romp and fetch in the snow, a little sledding with the family; who doesn't want to come home to a nice pot of stew. I know I do!!!

Every year and sometimes several times a year, Mum will whip Gracie and I up one of our favorite Fall/Winter stew treats. So we wanted to share our recipes with you.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!!!

Marrow Stew

Raw marrow bones are one of my favorite chews, along with deer antlers. The marrow in the bones is super healthy for us dogs and contains some pawsome health benefits. They are an excellent source of amino acids and essential fatty acids. To mix it up when Mum gets a good quantity of marrow bones, she likes to whip us up some Marrow Stew!

Ingredients:
  • Marrow bones (we get our marrow bones from Whole Foods. If you can't find marrow bones you can use chicken or turkey parts, necks and backs are are very good for this recipe!)
  • 2 cups brown rice (pre-cooked)
  • A nice handful of each:
  • Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Water (filtered is best!)
Directions:
  • Cut the vegetables into chunk sized pieces. Put all the ingredients into a big 'ole stainless steel pot and fill with filtered water to cover. Cook on low heat for a couple of hours.
  • Once cooked, remove the bones and extract the marrow and add back into the stew. Then throw out the bones, 'cause cooked bones aren't good for us pups!
  • Pour into a stainless steel bowl and you've got a great Fall stew. And you can add a dollop of pure pumpkin puree, we love that!

Chicken Stew
 
Here's another one of our favorites, 'cause we love chicken:
Ingredients:
  • Whole chicken
  • Nice big handfuls of coarsely chopped:
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Green beans
And any other veggies you'd like that are healthy for us pups (but be sure and do your research, not all veggies are good for us!). You can add in a cup of brown rice if you'd like too - cook it first, then add water - filtered is best!

Instructions:
  • Add all the ingredients to a big stainless steel pot, and add enough water to cover everything. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a couple of hours. We like to add the veggies about an hour in, so that they aren't cooked to death, and carry more nutrition. BOL!!!
  • After it's all cooked, let it cool a bit, then remove the chicken and debone it ('cause, remember, cooked bones aren't good for us dogs!
  • Once you have all the chicken deboned, throw it back into the pot, and serve!
You can freeze these little stew treats for later. We bet that even your pawrents will like it too - both are great Fall/Winter treats you can share together!

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