Beefy Bite Stew (For Cat, Dog, and/or You!)
A little story before I get into the stew recipe…
Since breaking away from buying commercial pet food for my dog, Zeus, there has been a dramatic improvement in his overall health! While hubby and I always regarded Zeus as healthy, I wanted to make sure he stayed that way!
Simply put, I started to react once I heard too many horror stories revolving around commercial pet food (as well as treats) and how they aren’t quite as healthy for animals as the ads want people to believe!
The ultimate trigger point was watching a friend come close to losing his dog and was told by the vet he may have to put him down. As a last resort, the friend took his dog off commercial dog food and learned a few recipes. I watched how, within just a month, the dog not only lose the odd lumps it had all over his body but go from virtually lifeless to full of life! The dog was 14 years old!
When the friend took his new and improved dog back to that same vet, the diagnosis changed from a dog on death row to a perfectly healthy dog that no longer showed signs of the oddball tumors that were spreading all over his body!
As soon as I learned of this, I learned some of the recipes and even did up some of my own! I’m now contracted by local dog owners (I live in Saskatchewan, Canada) to make dog food and treats for them. I also do this with cats and their owners as I have three of these in my home!
Recipe Share – Pet-Friendly Beefy Bite Stew
Without further adieu, here’s one recipe that works for cats and dogs of all ages, as well as for you!
Ingredients (organic preferred, but whatever works for you, go with it!)
- 1 lb stewing beef (cubed)
- 1 clove fresh garlic (1 tsp of minced garlic will also do!)
- 1/4 cup fresh peas (frozen works too!)
- 1/4 cup grated carrot
- 1/4 cup finely diced green beans
- 1/4 cup finely diced celery (a single stalk should do it!)
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1/4 tsp kelp powder
- Dried dill (for garnish)
First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Put the cubed beef into a casserole dish or dutch oven, whatever works best. Add all the vegetables, mixing them together with the beef.
Either in a 2-cup measuring cup or a container of appropriate size, add the water, vegetable broth, and kelp powder together and stir well. Once thoroughly mixed, pour all over the beef and vegetable mixture.
Cover your stew mix and put it into the oven. Bake until the meat is tender, which can take anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours. It is recommended you give the stew a good stir every 30 minutes until it’s ready to come out of the oven. Once out, sprinkle some dried dill on top if you’re up for it! This adds a nice, earthy flavor to an already awesome dish! (And it’s safe for both kitty and pooch, too!)
Dinner For Who?
The ingredients listed in the recipe don’t contain anything that is unsafe for your pet. This means it’s safe for them to eat as well! Should this be made available for a cat, I recommend having the meat cubes diced down as small as possible.
Another beauty about this recipe is you can easily keep it gluten-free! Shown in the pic (as well as the text link above) is what I like to use most! I prefer to keep the gluten out of the equation for the sake of my cats!
As human food, naturally, you’ll eat the stew hot! But, if it’s for your pet, definitely wait until it cools off enough so they can consume it without issues!
Another Recipe Share: Nutty Banana Cookies
(Maybe for dessert?)