Stew for Sad Dogs
On days when your dog seems under the weather and
in need of some TLC, this warming, heartening stew
with its lovely selection of sweet vegetables and fruit
will help get his or her tail wagging again.
How can you tell when wild rice is done? When cooked correctly, it will be supple, but not limp.
1 lb (approx 500 g) turkey meat (e.g. breast or thighs) or
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 or 4 parsnips, peeled and diced
6 large carrots, peeled or scrubbed and diced
1 cup oats
2 sweet eating apples
2 Tbsp runny honey
1 tsp dried (or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh) herbs, such a
parsley, rosemary, thyme, or turmeric
1 tsp ground flaxseed
Step 1. Dice or chop the turkey meat, making sure there are no
Step 2. Heat the oil in a sauce pan, add the meat and brown over a medium heat. If you are using mince then just loosen this slightly and put it in the pan. Add the parsnips, carrots, oats and about 1 1/4 cups of water (enough to cover all the ingredients). Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Step 3. Once the stew has cooked, peel, core and grate the apple and stir it into the stew along with the honey, herbs, and ground flaxseed. Feed to your dog once it is cool enough to eat. If it’s a cold day, you can serve it warm, but not hot. It will keep in the fridge for four days.
A particularly rich source of minerals and vitamins (especially iron), nettles are good as a blood purifier and are helpful with skin conditions and allergies. You can also forage and pick your own young nettles— wearing gloves of course (uncooked they sting)! Cover with water and simmer for 10 minutes. When cool, add a few tablespoons of the liquid and cooked leaves to your dog’s food as an overall tonic.