When Yuki was a year old, I noticed his penchant for licking. It became worrisome when I caught him licking, the floor, carpet, and his feet. Some would say it was normal, sure. But I panicked when his feet became tender to my touch. That was it. I took him to the vet. I’d rather it be nothing than something I could’ve prevented. The vet’s diagnosis: grass and corn allergies. I was relieved. It was time to find a healthy dog food alternative that either didn’t contain corn or it wasn’t listed as one of the first five ingredients. This was going to be difficult especially since not very many pet food companies were making a healthy alternative. After going through so many, I found Innovo. It worked until the company issued a national recall and I had to return what I’d bought.
What was I going to do? I’d had enough. I scoured books and the internet for recipes I could prepare for Yuki. Finally, I decided that if I could eat it, then it would be good for Yuki, minus the abundance of spices used to season human food.
On Yuki’s next check-up, I told the vet my intentions and asked for suggestions. He asked what recipe I had in mind and I told him it would be a mixture of chicken, rice, green peas, and carrots – the vet agreed. He also suggested a daily dose of Pet Tabs to help replace missing nutrients. I was ecstatic! That evening I prepared Yuki’s first cooked meal. To my surprise, he ate with guts, cleaning his bow in record time.
My Shopping List
- 1 bag of Chicken leg quarter
- Jasmine rice
- 1 bag of frozen chopped carrots and green peas
When Kaya joined us, she received the same meal. She’d lost quite a few teeth and it was necessary to feed her soft foods. Of course, this is all supplemented by a one-a-day dose of Greenies to help keep their teeth clean.
For our household, I find that it’s best to cook enough for the week and just warm a portion each night for them. Both dogs are energetic and healthy since I’ve started cooking their meals. I’ve garnered much praise from the vet for their overall health and well-being.
Below, I’ve included pictures of the meal while it’s being prepared. If you decide to try this recipe, please let me know how it turned out and if your dog liked it. Also, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
- 4-5 chicken leg quarters
- 1-2 cups of rice
- ½ – 1 cup of frozen chopped carrots and green peas
- All purpose seasoning
- Bay leaf
- Clean and wash chicken properly, then place in large pot with water. Season the chicken while in the pot of water with 1-2 bay leaf sprigs. Boil until cooked and tender.
- When chicken is cooked and cool to the touch, separate meat from bones and place in covered container.
- In a separate pot, put in rice and fill pot with water. Make sure water is just above rice. Set to boil. Once water begins to boil, stir rice, then turn fire down to low. Stir occasionally so rice doesn’t get sticky. When rice is cooked, turn off fire and let stand to cool.
- In a microwave dish, place ½ – 1 cup of frozen chopped carrots and green peas in water. Cover and microwave on high for 2 ½ minutes. Remove from microwave, drain water, then crush with fork. Cover and let stand to cool.
To serve meal:
- Place chicken and rice in a dish. Cut chicken into small pieces using kitchen scissors.
- In same dish, add crushed peas and carrots.
- Mix all ingredients together evenly.