Thursday, September 15, 2011
In August 2010 we got a puppy......this after at least 15 years of our children begging for a dog. One son was going into his senior year of college out of town and our youngest son entering his senior year of high school. Now, thirteen months later my husband and I are empty nesters as youngest went out of town to start college and oldest son is living and working out of town. Doesn't make sense, does it? We got a Pug........an adorable Pug and named him Bogart, but we call him Bo.
We made rules, aka the "I nevers"........this dog will only eat dog food (dry kibble) and never hang upstairs where our bedrooms are. About four months ago Bo was upstairs with us, in our bedroom and YES, in our bed. Shortly thereafter, I started to make his food. I know, I know......SPOILED dog.
In all honesty, it is my pleasure to prepare his food. He loves it and gulps it happily down. Prior to making him food he often had tummy upsets....and would get very particular about the kibble. I also have found it more economical. Now he is a very happy pooch! Besides this meatloaf recipe I also make him a stew using either ground chicken, ground turkey, ground bison or ground lamb......will post that recipe at a future date.
This recipe is adapted (very tweaked) from a recipe I saw at www.allrecipes.com for Doggy Meatloaf.
2 pounds ground chicken
3 stalks celery
1 apple, peeled and cored
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup rolled oats
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup cooked brown rice
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Using a food processor finely chop the carrots, celery and apples.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the carrots, celery, apples, eggs, ground chicken, wheat germ, brown rice, rolled oats and tomato paste. Mix well.
4. Spray a muffin pan (12 muffins) with olive oil spray and put mixture in each section. You will have enough to make another small loaf, either by hand or in a small loaf pan.
5. Bake one hour and remove from pan once cooled down. Freezes well.