Chicken, Rice, and Veggie Stew
|2 ½ lbs. chicken breast||½ cup celery, diced|
|2 ½ lbs. chicken thighs||½ cup zucchini|
|1 cup rice, pearl barley, or quinoa||½ cup carrots|
|2 – 3 cups water||1 ½ cups greens (spinach or kale work well)|
|1 teaspoon sea salt|
Combine chicken, rice (or barley or quinoa), and celery in large pot with water and bring to boil, lower heat and simmer for 2 hours. Finely chop or grind in blender veggies and salt and add to pot during last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking.
Approximately 32, ½ cup servings
|Calories per serving 112||Calories from fat 44|
|Protein per serving 11g|
My Sheltie boys weigh about 25 pounds, and I serve them about ½ c. of stew twice a day.
I serve this with 1 – 2 tablespoons of pumpkin for fiber and overall digestive support and ¼ cup of yogurt or cottage cheese.
I also add a multivitamin to each meal and ¼ teaspoon of ground eggshell once a day because dogs eating a home-cooked meal need a calcium supplement. Neither yogurt nor cottage cheese can provide enough of this mineral. A multivitamin is often recommended by pet nutritionists to ensure a balanced diet.
I like this recipe because chicken is the lowest cost meat to use of the common choices. The next most economical is ground turkey (both under $3/lb.). I also vary the boyos diet by substituting ground beef and ground buffalo or pork roast. To reduce the fat content of the red meat, I’ll use ½ red meat (beef or buffalo) and half ground turkey.