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Stir-Fry – Ground Beef/Pork

beefpork1Alex and Bella had stir-fry for dinner this evening.  These are the ingredients:

  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 cabbage leaves
  • Cilantro
  • 2 ground beef/pork meatballs
  • 1 Omega-3 Capsule (Alex Only)
  • 1/2 Oste0 Pet (Alex Only)
  • Ginger powder (Excellent for arthritis)

beefpork2For the record, I do not allow Alex, Bella or any of the dogs that stay with us to try to get up on the counter to steal food.  That is why Bella looks a little confused when Cynthia was trying to get her to check out her food.  Yes, the canine kid was good, the pet parent…Bad, to say the least.

beefpork3I started by cooking the 2 meatballs on a little bit of oil by themselves.  Once they were almost done, I added all the veggies.  Because a pet parent reminded me that overcooking veggies would destroy their nutrition, I only “cook” the veggies for no longer than 1 – 2 minutes.  Thanks for the tip.

beefpork4The dish on the left is Bella’s, while the one on the right is Alex’s.  This is the stir-fry mixed with their kibble.  They both got 1 cup of human food and 1/2 cup of kibble.  Because Bella inhales her food, I had to find a slow feed dog bowl, and without realizing it I found out that Bella already had one.  Thanks to Will and Eko from marking our territory blog for the idea and information about slow feed dog bowls.

Training, as I said many times before, need to be incorporated on your every day life in order for it to be effective and make good use of it.  Why do I say this?  Because what would be the point of taking your dog to training classes when after a month or so your dog doesn’t remember anything.

beefpork5Why did I go from feeding to training?  Because Alex and Bella need to earn their food.  How?  By simply sitting and waiting while I prepared their food.  Once I had their food ready, I asked, first Alex, to wait and then put her dish down so she can start eating.  While I did that, Bella was on her spot on a sit/stay waiting for her food.  I, then, put Bella’s dish down, asked her to “watch me,” the attention is to be directed towards me and not her dish.  Once she did that, I gave her a hand signal and she had her dinner.  They do this every time they eat.  Is there anything in particular you ask your furry children to do prior to feeding them?

Sauteed Meatball And Red Pepper

To say that my girl, Alex, is picky would be an understatement, therefore because of that I have to come up with different “recipes” that are to her approval and standard.

meatball1For this meal, I started by defrosting one or two meatballs.  I don’t like to defrost it in a microwave because it makes the meatball too dry and chewy so I take it out from the freezer before I sit down to eat and by the time I am finished it is ready to be cooked.

meatball2I, then, cut this meatball into little pieces along with some veggies.  This time I chose to only add a bit of red pepper and nothing else.

meatball3I sautéed a small amount of red pepper for about 2 minutes in a bit of oil.  Don’t use a lot of oil for this can upset your dog’s tummy.

meatball4I added the cut up meatball to the red pepper and sautéed them for another minute or two.  I let it cool off while I get Alex’s kibble in a dish.

meatball5And Voila!  Here is the end result.  I mixed Alex’s kibble with the sautéed meatball and red pepper, along with her supplements, and my picky girl devoured her meal.  When I try something new with Alex I start with a very small amount of it in order to avoid upsetting her stomach.  Currently, I am adding 2 meatballs and 3 different veggies.

I am always interested in other pet parents’ recipes.  If you have any that you’d like to share, please let me know because my “menu” is quite limited.