I’ve been feeding my dog on Butternut Box for a long time, which is basically batch cooked stew (beef, lamb, pork, chicken or fish) from human-grade ingredients. It looks appetising, although I have never brought myself to try it, and Katie loves it.
Now I have retired, and have the time and inclination to cook more, I thought I might see if I can do something similar myself – batch cooking once a week, and sneaking a portion for my own tea.
The cost of Butternut Box isn’t terrible. Back when she was getting it morning and evening, it was costing me £17 per week. More recently, I have been feeding her Butternut Box for her morning meal, and kibble for the evening meal. This isn’t because of cost, but because kibble works well with activity toys. So my current Butternut Box bill is £11 a week, and “I have no idea” for the kibble.
But I am not just going to switch her. I’m keeping her on Butternut Box for the forseeable future, but will be swapping in my meals occasionally, to see how she likes them
Of course, there are many things I eat that she can’t – our “shared” meals cannot contain things like garlic and onions, for example. Plus I need to make sure than any necessary supplements in the Butternut Box are also included in my meals.
This is very much a work in progress, and I may come back and tweak the recipe. As for the dog-friendly stock? At worst, that can be water, thickened with flour or cornflour. But it’s another thing on my list to come up with.
Beef Stew for Dogs
- 750 g beef mince
- 250 g sweet potato and/or buttenut squash
- 4 carrots
- 200 g frozen peas
- 200g red lentils
- 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 500 ml dog-friendly stock
- Peel and cut the sweet potato and/or butternut squash into a small dice.
- Peel and dice the carrot to a similar size
- Heat the coconut oil on a medium heat.
- Add the beef mince and lightly saute for 5 minutes until there is no pink.
- Add in the diced vegetables, peas, lentils, rosemary and stock.
- Set to slow cooker mode, and cook on High for 4 hours.