This was my first meal I made where I substituted some things and changed it up a bit. I am learning that the fun part of making this food is making it your own and tailoring it to what your dog likes and needs in their diet.
Here is what you’ll need: (This makes 4 servings for a 50 Pound dog)
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-2 pounds ground beef (I used chicken because my dog has a beef allergy)
-1 cup uncooked quinoa pasta
-1/4 cup (2 ounces) chopped chicken liver
-2/3 cup diced zucchini (I puree in food processor for better digestion)
-2/3 cup kale (I added this to the recipe and pureed it)
-2/3 cup blueberries (I added this to the recipe and pureed it)
Step 1: In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium- low heat. Add the beef and cook until its browned. Drain any excess fat and set aside.
Step 2: Prepare the pasta as directed on the package. Drain and set aside to cool. You should have about 2 cups of cooked pasta.
Step 3: Puree the zucchini, in a food processor. You should have about 1/4 cup of zucchini puree. If your chicken liver is uncooked like mine was when purchased, boil in water for about 10 minutes or until liver turns light gray and is slightly pink inside and puree in food processor.
Step 4: Combine beef, pasta, liver, zucchini, (and kale/blueberries if you chose to add them to your) and mix together.
This dish was a little more messy than the others just because it required a lot of bowls and pans so the clean up was slightly longer. The chicken liver was an interesting experience. I have never even seen chicken liver before, let alone swimming around in sliminess and goo in a can… blehh so gross. But boiling it was super easy! It also didn’t really have a smell to it which made me pleasantly surprised.
Benefits: Chicken liver is over all excellent for your dog! Although it is really rich and high in protein fat so its important not to give your dog to much in one meal. Liver is a great source for copper, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and niacin. As well as vitamins B and A and Omega 3-and omega-6 fatty acids. Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and fiber and really easy to mix into any of your dogs meals or treats once they are pureed.
Milo once again loved this dish! He was absolutely obsessed with the smell of the chicken liver and was trying to get to it while I was boiling them. He completely licked his bowl clean, even the zucchini, kale and blueberries! Another victory!
Please refer to a feeding chart and adjust your food measurements according to your dogs weight