A much healthier alternative to canned dog food, this recipe is loaded with iron from fresh protein and vitamins and can be stored in your fridge for most of the week (or frozen and heated up later).
2 pounds of beef stew
1 medium or large sweet potato
1 cup of carrots, diced or shredded
1 cup green beans, diced or 1 cup frozen peas
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups water
1 to 2 tablespoons of vegatable oil to saute stew meat
1. Cook the sweet potato in a microwave for 5 to 8 minutes until firm but tender. Set aside. (I’ve found 6.5 minutes works well)
2. Slice the beef into small chunks, about the size of a nickel or put through meat grinder. (I use the meat grinder attachment on my kitchenaid mixer because I have small dogs and it’s easier for them to chew).
3. Cook the beef stew pieces in vegetable oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until well done.
4. Remove the beef chunks from the pan, reserving the drippings. (Make sure to drain the meat as much as possible. You want the most drippings you can get).
5. Dice the sweet potato but remove the skin first.
6. Heat the drippings over medium-low heat. Slowly add flour and water into the drippings while whisking to create a thick gravy. (I have found that depending on how much drippings you have you might need to add more water. The consistency will be very thick and opaque. I thought I had done something wrong the first time but the dogs love it even though it doesn’t look like traditional gravy).
7. Add the meat, sweet potato, carrots and green beans or peas into the gravy and stir to coat. (If you use frozen peas instead of beans make sure to cook them in the microwave first).
8. Cook until the carrots are tender - about 10 minutes.
9. Let it cool and serve.
10. Store remaining stew in the fridge for up to 5 days.
I give my dogs half dry dog food and half beef stew. I put some stew on a paper plate and warm it up in the microwave for 20 seconds first and then mix up the dry with the stew in their bowls. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser even with my finicky eater.
Makes approximately 8 cups
Calories : 301
Protein : 36.7 g
Fat: 8.4 g
Carbs: 17.4 g
Minerals & Vitamins: Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Potassium
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