Cold weather getting you (and your dog) down? Don’t fret. Substitute warm weather frolics in the park with delicious DIY dog food. How about cooking up some healthy stew for the pooch in between your own batches of crockpot pulled pork and chili? The added protein will keep your best friend warm and healthy all winter long. Better yet, this recipe is 100% organic with no fillers or additives, offering far more nutrients than packaged brands. Save time and money by making extra to freeze for later. Tasty recipe below.

Ingredients:
3 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs (10-12)
¼ cup chicken livers
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen green beans
1 apple, cored and de-seeded
1 cup frozen peas
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 cups of water

For the protein, you can also use ground turkey or beef for variety. For the vegetables, add or substitute cauliflower, butternut squash, broccoli, and/or sweet potatoes. This recipe is purposely packed with nutrient-rich ingredients, rather than starch heavy ones—although, adding rice can help bulk it up for big dogs with even bigger appetites. 

Directions:
Add all ingredients—except peas, olive oil, and parsley—to a slow cooker. Add just enough water to cover ingredients. Set on low for 6-8 hours. About 15 minutes before turning off, add peas and parsley. Allow stew to cool for easy handling, and so the four-legged one doesn’t burn his or her mouth. To serve, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to serving and mash or pulse in a food processor. Add leftovers to ziplock bags and freeze.

Editors Note: Always check with your dog’s vet to ensure proper nutrition, calorie intake, and be aware of potential allergies. If you’re not sure about a certain ingredient, introduce it to your dog in small quantities to start. 

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