I’m always try to think of ways to help Vulpe stay as healthy as can be, and as a vegan, to minimise the negative impacts of buying commercial pet foods on animal welfare, animal testing, the environment, etc…. I also need to balance this with my budget, and the fact that Vulpe will sooner go on hunger strike than eat kibble these days. Lately, Vulpe’s been eating a combination of cooked fish and vegetables and that seems to be working well, but I wanted to try and keep the fish to a minimum, and make more of the fresh local veg that I get every week in my veg box.
I looked up a few recipes online and cooked up this fishy dish, which Vulpe is absolutely loving. It’s gluten free, and contains brown rice and lentils, though you could use another grain (such as quinoa, which is a complete protein) if you prefer.
In any case, I thought I would share – this is a lower-budget friendly and healthy food for your pooch(es) that you can make in advance. Vulpe loves hers heated up just a little…..
- 1/2 cup (dry) brown rice
- 1/2 cup uncooked lentils
- 3 cups chopped, uncooked dog-friendly vegetables
- a few sprinkles dog-friendly herbs
- 2 fish fillets (I used mackerel)
- 2 tbsp cold pressed rapeseed (canola) oil
Cook the rice and lentils until just done, then drain and put to one side. Cook the veggies in a salt free broth (or even better, steam) until well done, then drain and mash. Mix the rice, lentils, veg and herbs together. Finally, cook and finely chop the fish and add it to the mixture with the oil.
This has made enough food to last us quite a few days, though Vulpe is quite small and her appetite is fairly modest (my cat is the same – neither of them get this behaviour from me!)
How about you? Do you home cook for your pooches? Or struggle to feed them well on a low budget?