By Terri Rozema
Read the full blog here.
I Love My Dog-Food
- 1 1/2 cups organic navy beans (may substitute black, kidney or garbanzo)
- 3 cups organic rice
- 3 cups organic quinoa
1 Tbsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Organic Whole-Leaf Sage, minced
1 Tbsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Organic Whole-Leaf Thyme, minced
3 cups organic carrots or 2 Tbsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Organic Carrot Powder
- 3 cups organic sweet potatoes (may substitute regular potatoes)
- 1 cup tallow or lard, from grass-fed and finished pastured beef or pork (cut into small chunks)
- 2 Tbsp. pulverized pastured eggshells
- 6 cups organic bone broth
- 6 cups water
1 Tbsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Organic Low-Oxalate Greens Powder
1 Tbsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Organic Winter Squash Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Organic Root Medley Powder
1 Tbsp. Dr. Cowan’s Garden Organic Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 Tbsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups wild caught fish (cut into chunks)
- 3 cups grass-fed and finished, pastured Meat (chicken, venison, elk, beef, pork, etc.)
To serve you may want to add:
Grass-fed and finished pastured organ meats (such as liver, heart, kidney), chicken feet and/or eggs. AND Dog-safe organic fruit such as: Apple, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, or banana, etc.
Soak beans overnight in at least 6 cups of water.
Rinse beans and boil in 8 cups of water for 45 minutes, set aside.
While beans are boiling, cut fresh vegetables in appropriate size chunks according to the size of your dogs. We have large dogs, so we cut large chunks.
Cut beef fat or pork lard into small cubes.
Cut meat and fish into appropriately sized chunks.
In a larger stock pot, combine broth, water, rice, quinoa, herbs, carrots, potatoes, fat, eggshells, turmeric, pepper and salt. Bring to boil, stir, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add fish, beans, meat and vegetable powders. Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes, covered. Remove from heat, and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
Cool on large sheet pans or cookie sheets (see photo).
Store in refrigerator and use within five days or keep in freezer.
To serve, top with any combination of the following: raw chicken feet, raw organs, raw egg and fruit. Serving size varies depending on the dog’s size.
Optional Veggies: you may add fresh veggies prepared accordingly, but be sure they are safe for dogs to consume. For instance, I added roasted Hen of the Woods mushrooms to the batch in the picture, and have often included pumpkin during Autumn. Another option would be to add oatmeal, as I have, on occasion.
Optional Meat/Fish: Some people would rather their dogs consume raw meat, poultry, fish, etc. If that is your preference, once the food has cooled on the sheet pans, you may add the raw protein at that time, or just prepare daily and incorporate accordingly.