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Marty and Carlo's Canine Special
(recipe, Jim Dixon)
Most dogs’ daily need for food is about one cup for every 20 pounds of weight. This recipe is adequate for my two pugs for about a week.
- 2 one-pound chubs of frozen ground turkey (or any other ground meat)
- 2 lb. carrots
- 2½ cups uncooked rice
- Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy skillet, then add the thawed turkey and cook until completely browned.
- Bring 4 to 6 cups of water to a rolling boil, add the rice, stir, cover, and remove from heat. Check after 15 minutes, and if the rice is tender, drain in a colander.
- Grate the carrots in a food processor. (You could grate these by hand, but if you don’t have a food processor, it may be easier to boil or stem the carrots in large pieces, then coarsely chop them.)
- Combine everything in a large bowl, adding a healthy pinch of salt. Transfer to covered containers and store in the refrigerator.
Chubs are packages in soft cylindrical tubes; ground meat and premade polenta are often sold this way. As for carrots, nearly every supermarket offers 2-pound bags of them. And I buy 10-pound bags of Calrose rice for less than $7; an Asian market would probably offer even better deals.
Be sure to read Jim Dixon's musings on the benefits of homemade dog food.