In a hurry? It can be hard to get dinner on the table and in the dog dish! Slow cookers are a great way to make healthy food for your four-legged family member.
Benefits of Slow Cookers and Crock Pots
Crockpot or slow cooker meals are easy to make and a great way to make multiple servings for the week. I love my crock pot because it makes my life easier! I just have a basic six-quart model by Crockpot that has served me well.
With a slow cooker, you simply cut up your ingredients, place them in the cooker with some water, and set the timer and the temperature. Some recipes need to be stirred occasionally – once an hour or so. But most do well to just sit and simmer all day as you go about your other chores.
Plan Your Recipes
It is important to balance the ingredients and provide a nutritious meal. You can also use these meals to cover a small serving of high-quality kibble or as an independent meal. Consult with your veterinarian to make sure your dog’s health needs are being met.
Dogs, like humans, benefit from having a variety of foods. So be sure to mix up your recipes to make sure your dogs are getting everything he or she needs.
This is a great meal to throw together in 10 minutes, cook on low for 6 hours and voila! Happy dog! Depending on the activity level and age of your pouch you can choose regular or lean meat. For dogs who are overweight, ground turkey works well too.
2.5 pounds of hamburger
2 cups butternut squash cut in 2-inch chunks
1 8 oz bag of frozen peas
1 cup of brown rice
1 can of pinto beans – drained
4 cups water
Put everything in your crock pot and stir to mix well. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. You can refrigerate unused portions up to a week. The last thing I do before I dish it out is add in my supplements.
1 teaspoon calcium powder
Ruth’s “Leftovers Are Delicious” Dog Food
My mother, Ruth, loved organ meat but was unable to get her human family to develop a fondness for them. We lived on a farm and raised our own meat so at butchering time she would make organ stew for herself and the dogs.
Organ meat is high in vitamins, especially liver, and very good for your dog’s health. You can use organ meats from a variety of animals including chicken or beef.
½ pound cubed chicken
6 ounces of chicken liver
3 ounces of chicken heart
1.5 cups whole grain brown rice
3 apples cut in ½ inch slices
16 ounces of frozen or fresh green beans
4 cups water – or enough water to just cover ingredients
2 teaspoons bone meal – or follow product recommendation for the size of the dog
Place all ingredients in your slow cooker. Add enough water to just barely cover them. Cook on low for 4 – 5 hours. Cool and serve.
My mothers Jack Russel’s, eagerly awaiting their dinner. Ages 12 and 14. Photo by Ame Vanorio