The early spring weather continues to frustrate us around here, and we are still hibernating at times! We got another five inches of snow on Friday, followed by ice. It’s not just the dogs that need things to occupy them when this happens. I’m not motivated to start any spring cleaning or painting projects just yet, I need nicer weather for that. One thing I enjoy doing when stuck inside more is cooking.
I haven’t made any homemade meal toppers for the crew since Sheba passed. The week that we lost her I had taken a turkey out of the freezer to roast, in hopes that the fresh meat would entice her to eat more. She didn’t make it through that week, and of course, I still cooked the turkey but my heart just wasn’t into putting together a whole meal for the dogs. I had started that home cooking for Sheba as part of her cancer diet.
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We had meals from the turkey, and Luke and Cricket did get some meat though. I froze the rest of the leftover meat to use later. We’ve been trying some different brands of meal toppers while I haven’t been cooking – Grandma Lucy’s*, The Honest Kitchen*, Dr. Harvey’s*, and we have a new one we plan to be reviewing soon, Coco’s Canine Cuisine. These are all quality foods and the crew loves them.
I’ve missed cooking though, and the inclement weather finally got me in the mood to do more. I not only cooked a homemade meal, I did some baking recently too!
I threw some things together, still loosely based on Sheba’s cancer diet. Those are the ingredients I’m used to, and of course they are all healthy regardless. For this time, I took some of the leftover turkey out of the freezer, and added the following ingredients to it:
- Fresh brussels sprouts (boiled)
- Steel cut oats (cooked)
- Dried parsley (dehydrated from our own garden last summer!)
- A splash of balsamic vinegar (for flavor)
- Cottage cheese (low fat)
- Chopped fresh organic ginger root
While putting this together, I was also making a tuna noodle casserole (can’t forget to feed the Dadz & myself too), so I poured a little of the tuna juice from the can in there as well. We don’t want to leave kitty Samantha out, so she also got a small dish of tuna juice!
We add the sardines right before serving. I do not worry much about the quantities of ingredients here, because we are just topping their kibble with it, so I’m not concerned with balancing things. If I were to cook whole meals, then I would have to be sure it was balanced, so they got all proper vitamins and minerals.
I used to add coconut oil when I made this for Sheba. Luke and Cricket both love coconut oil though, so they get it at other times, straight out of the jar (the truth is I use it as a moisturizer after shaving my legs and share some with them then!). Sheba didn’t have interest in it by itself, so we had to add it to food for her.
These meal toppers are still a hit with the crew, I’m happy to say! I may never have started doing this if not for Sheba’s cancer, and I think it’s a positive thing when something good can come out of something bad. I also hope that by cooking fresh for the current crew, it will keep them healthier in the future. You can’t go wrong with natural and whole ingredients for your pets, and making them happy is definitely the bonus!
Come back tomorrow when I’ll share the Easy Pumpkin Cookie recipe that I made!