Once in awhile we have a bout of picky eating around here and you may, too.
We’ve found a spoonful or two of homemade kibble topper perks up our crew’s appetite. This is our easiest recipe, needing only two ingredients, ten minutes, and it’s scaleable. That is, what you purchase for the basic ingredients easily changes the protein source, how organic it is, the fat content, and how much the dish will cost.
10-Minute Homemade Kibble Topper
- 1 lb. ground meat (Beef, bison, chicken, turkey, or lamb. Regular, lean, or super-lean. Choose standard, grass-fed, or free-range.)
- 1 bag of frozen veggies (Peas & carrots or green beans)
Place ground meat in microwavable dish and break apart with a spoon.
Cover and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove. Stir and break up chunks. Microwave again for 1 more minute.
Stir in frozen veggies. Microwave for another 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for another 2 minutes.
Let mixture cool for a 3–5 minutes and it’s ready to serve.
Now you have nearly two pounds of homemade topper; about the equivalent of three cans of premium canned food. We store ours in the refrigerator in a sealed container, scoop out what we need per meal, reheat for a few seconds in the microwave. Viola! Warm, yummy kibble topping and happy, dish-cleaning dogs.
You can see how easily this recipe adjusts in quality, price, and flavor. Buy ground meat on sale or spend the extra cash for hormone-free meat and organic veggies. Dog allergic to beef? Try ground chicken. Worried about fat content? Drain the meat before adding the veggies. (Too much fat can cause annoying digestive issues, chubby pets, or worst of all, pancreatitis.) No worries about salt, because you aren’t adding any. Check the ingredient list of the frozen vegetables though; sometimes they do contain salt.
Chopping up fresh veggies will add time, but if you feel it’s worth the extra effort, go for it! In addition to peas, carrots, and green beans, owners who feed raw suggest broccoli, spinach, and celery. Just remember to skip onions. Here is an excellent article of foods to stay away from at Fetchdog.com: Delicious for us, Dangerous to Dogs; Foods to Keep Away From Your Dog
One note, do your dog a big favor; even if the ground meat is a bargain, avoid those containing pink slime. (Ground meat with pink slime is considered human grade, but we wouldn’t want to feed ammonium hydroxide to our dogs.) ABC News has a list of stores which do not sell ground meat with pink slime: Pink-Slime-Free Beef. We are very happy to see our local grocery store chain, H-E-B, sells ground beef sans this additive.
If you are feeding kibble, this recipe is a nice way have the convenience of kibble, but with a little sump’n extra made by you on top. Let us know what your kitchen floor critics think of your cooking.