Tales from the Pantry Ninja: Woof!

A primary reason to farm/homestead/garden is to eat better. Fresh veggies and fruits and getting rid of manufactured, processed food out of a box makes all the difference in the world to your health and your life!

But what about Fido? Is he still eating that brown kibble crap? Or that weird gelatinous canned stuff?

How about some real food like this? Looks good enough to eat!

We have a mini Schnauzer, and that breed is prone to problems with their pancreas, and they should NOT eat people snacks. EVER. People snacks can literally be the death of them. We always have, however, given her a bite of meat now and then.

Upon eating better and avoiding the grocery store for our own health, we decided to extend that health to our little pup, and after much research and chats with the vet, we’ve decided on the following recipe. She loves it! (PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE CHANGING YOUR PUP’S DIET.)


3 cups cooked brown rice (1 1/2 c uncooked and follow cooking direction on package)

3 lbs of ground or shredded meat (chicken, turkey, beef, you can also add salmon or eggs)

3 cups raw spinach

3 cups of other mixed veggies (carrots, peas, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut or yellow squash, sweet potato, parsley, white potatoes, corn, a chopped apple *yeah I know that’s not a veggie*)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil


Cook rice as directed on package and set aside.

Brown meat in the oil in a large pot. After meat has browned, add veggies and cook for about 5 minutes. Add cooked brown rice and mix. After mixture has cooled, store in large bags or single serving bags. Will keep in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to a month or so. I put a bag in the freezer for each week, then just move it to the fridge as needed.

Seriously, this recipe takes about 10 minutes. That’s shorter than driving to the store to pick up dog food.


A cup is about 400 calories. Feed one cup per day per 20 pounds of weight. (10 lbs=1/2 cup, 20lbs=1cup, 30lbs=1 1/2cup, etc.)


This goofball loves it!

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