For many of us, Easter is a time to gather as a family and enjoy good company and home-cooked food. Traditionally roast lamb is served, and it can be tempting to give some scraps or trimmings to your furry friends. However, while lamb is a component of many pet foods, roasted meat is not the healthiest for our pets, as the basting and seasoning can lead to hypertension, pancreatitis, weight gain and diabetes.
If you’d like to serve up an Easter recipe for dogs you can cook them up a lamb stew that’s healthy, well-balanced and will use a lot of the same ingredients you might use for a family roast. Bear in mind that this recipe may yield more than your dog should eat on one sitting, so use your best judgement. If in doubt try to emulate the portion sizes you would give in kibble form. If you’re still unsure, consult your vet.
500g of lamb (you can use minced or any boneless cuts, chopped into small pieces)
1 medium-sized broccoli
1 sweet potato
200g brown rice
- Brown off your lamb meat in a non-stick pan. This will cook the outside of the meat and lock in some of the moisture, while releasing some of the fat. After about five minutes, discard any melted fat and pop the meat in a large saucepan.
- Add the rice to the pot with the lamb and cover the meat and rice with roughly double their volume in water. Bring to the boil before leaving it to simmer for about 30 minutes.
- While the rice and meat are boiling, prepare your vegetables. Peel the sweet potato and carrots and chop into knuckle-sized pieces, and divide your broccoli into florets. You can even slice the stem as this is also edible.
- When the 35 minutes have elapsed add your sweet potato and carrot, as these will take a little longer to cook. Leave the pot to simmer for a further 10 minutes.
- After the carrots and sweet potato have softened a little, add the broccoli and cook for another 5-8 minutes, enough for the broccoli to squash under pressure.
- Once the rice, meat and vegetables are thoroughly cooked, set the pot aside so your “stew” can cool. It shouldn’t need to be drained as the water will take on some of the meat flavour. You do not need to add any salt, pepper or other seasonings.
- Once the stew is touching-temperature you can divide it into portion sizes. It will last in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to four months.
When cooking for your pet please take into account any allergies, food sensitivities, illnesses or conditions they may have. If you are in any doubt please consult your veterinarian who will be able to advise you.