Yes, I cook for my dogs. It started when one of our dogs got sick and wasn’t interested in eating unless it was the good stuff but once you let that “Mommy’s cooking chicken for you” genie out of the bottle,
there is NO way it is going back in. (The picture to the right is Finnegan and Buford guarding the stew while I shred the chicken.) So, just in time for Valentine’s Day, I am sharing Scooby’s Stew recipe with you so you too can share the homemade goodness with your most loyal companions.
I can barely get dinner on the table for the humans in the house some nights, so the dog food needed to be super easy and produce a large enough batch that I could make it only once a week. I landed on a combination of brown rice, sweet potato, chicken breast and mixed veggies that gets dumped into a slow cooker. It takes about 15 minutes to get the potatoes and chicken cut up, and combined with everything else in the slow cooker, but then you’re done. Cook for 5 or 8 hours and serve.
Be warned that it smells really good, and once you make it the first
time, the dogs will stalk the crock pot and leave piles of drool on the floor in front of it while it finishes cooking. I recommend a strategically placed washable rug to address this situation to keep you from stepping in a giant puddle.
It keeps in the fridge for a couple of days, and freezes and thaws beautifully. I bag it up by one cup portions in sandwich size zipper bags which I flatten to 1/4″ or 1/2″ thick. I put a couple in the fridge and put the rest in the freezer. In a bowl of tap water, a bag of food will thaw in 15-20 minutes.
While I am cooking dinner for the family during the week, I will take a bag of stew out of the freezer and let it thaw so the puppies have dinner ready at the same time 🙂
So, why do I call it Scooby’s Stew? We adopted Scooby about six years ago from the Humane Society. He was sweet, gentle and would let my daughter dress him up in pretty much anything. Scooby was with us three years when he was diagnosed with cancer. Surgery worked on the first batch of tumors, but within a year, there were more. His appetite wasn’t very good after that point so I started making him a stew of his favorite foods. We lost Scooby more than a year ago, but his younger brother Finnegan loved the stew too so I have continued to cook it for him. Our new baby, Buford, has already learned what the stew smells like so I really need to invest in a more absorbent rug before I make this again.
And speaking of our new baby Buford – who grew up way too fast – you can check out his cookie recipe here! Buford’s Easy Peanut Butter Cookies whip up in no time, keep for a couple of weeks, and are a great alternative to store-bought treats. Click the pictures to check it out 🙂