Potluck Polenta

I was excited about this meal because it looked like it had a bunch of good stuff in it. I decided to add raspberries to this dish because I always like to include both fruits and veggies to milo’s meals for more of a variety. This dish took a little bit longer than the other dishes I have cooked and also had a lot of clean up. So if you are planning on cooking this dish I suggest picking a day planned for cooking and make in bulk! I knew milo was going to love this meal whenever I opened up the can of jack mackerel and he was literally leaping off the floor trying to get it! He gobbled it up in seconds and was scratching the bowl begging for more! I think it’s safe to say I will be making this dish again….

Here is what you need: (Makes 10 servings for a 50 pound dog) 

-1 cup chopped fresh kale

– 1 cup diced yellow squash

-2 pounds precooked polenta (I used Lentils because my dog is allergic to corn)

-2 pounds ground beef (I added turkey because of my dogs beef allergy) 

-1 (15 ounce) can jack mackerel drained

-1/2 cup pure pumpkin

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Step 2: Steam the kale over simmering water until it is tender, about 5 minutes. Drain it, then puree it in the food processor and set aside. You should have about 1/2 cup of kale puree.

Step 3: Puree the squash in a food processor and set it aside as well. You should have about 1/2 cup of squash puree.

Step 4: Coat the bottom of an 9-by-13 inch casserole or baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Using a spatula, spread half of the polenta evenly over the entire bottom of the dish.

Step 5: Layer the beef on top of the polenta. Spread the pumpkin, kale puree, and squash puree on top of the beef. Add the mackerel and then spread the remaining polenta on top.

Step 6: Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool completely before serving. You can keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or store in freezer for 2 months.

Benefits: Pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A, magnesium, and potassium, and can also ease an upset stomach. ( I always add a scoop of it to milo’s food if he is ever having digestive problems).  Jack Mackerel supplies omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which are good for your dogs skin and coat. They help regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation and can be helpful for dogs with allergies, arthritis, and autoimmune disease. DHA is also good for brain health, which can benefit both puppies and senior dogs.

Please refer to a feeding chart and adjust measurements according to your dogs weight


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