This recipe came about because my two West Highland Terriers – well one of them (photo above) were being picky eaters. I had already given Izzie the choice of different ” kibbles” and she had chosen the Bison Holistic one but she also wanted a little more “pizzaz” in her meal. I decided to try the “raw food” diet because one of my fellow West Highland Terrier owners recommended that diet as being the best way to go! She had over 6 six dogs ( a little mental) and fed them this diet twice a day which must have been as expensive as a mortgage payment. Oh Well! That’s why life has choices. Regardless I thought I would try it and bought one of the little raw food squares at my local “fancy” dog shop. Think it was beef – it’s been a while? I cut the square of food in half and served it to them. The bigger one Tucker – looked a bit miffed but eat it. The little one looked and me and said “really, really you think I’m eating this? IT’S RAW! I’m a spoiled domestic dog – I do not eat RAW food, and by the way change this bowl to a PLATE. I also do not like BOWLS – they have EDGES!
Being a good mom I looked at the ingredients and since they were vegetables, fruits, chicken liver I figured I could duplicate it closely and it would be a WHOLE LOT CHEAPER than these little squares of food. I bought some ingredients, plus “Call of the Wild” vitamin powder and I was good to go! FYI my Izzie did not like chicken livers… don’t ask!
- 4 lbs 15 % fat – ground round
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 large zucchini
- 4 small bulbs of broccoli
- Big shake of “Call of the Wild” Vitamin Powder
- 2 eggs- beat slightly
- touch of garlic powder
- about 10 square plastic storage boxes – the mid size ones (see photo) with tops
Steam all vegetables to “al dente” stage
Put ground round into large bowl
sprinkle generously with vitamin powder
sprinkle with garlic powder – not a huge amount – tastefully
Start MUSHING with your hands like you are ready to make a meat loaf— Actually you are ready to make a BUNCH of little meat loafs
Depending on the size of your dog — I have two – 15 lb and one 22 lb (Westies)- put in few hand full” of meat mixture in container and close tightly.
Containers will be frozen and used as needed. Mine last about 2 weeks or so – so for about $30.00 I have really healthy tasty food.
I take container out – leave it in refrigerator and put about two tablespoons in a skillet and warm. I do not COOK – I warm and serve rare NOT raw. Your dog may like it raw. Mine is a princess.
I serve it over Vita Pure – Holistic Bison Kibble- that way I am covering all basis in nutrition. On occasion add shredded cooked chicken on top. YES I am NUTS!
The last TWO LIVED TO BE EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD EACH—Trust me this feeding way works!!!