Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
From 1001 Old-Time Household Hints, by Yankee Magazine. Their description says it's "...believed to ease the aches for people - and dogs - with arthritis." I don't know if it does anything for aches, but about a cup of this stew mixed in with her kibble every night has gotten my old dog eating regularly again. Note: I sometimes have trouble finding beef heart at the meat counters. I've substituted a mix of beef liver and chicken hearts, and my dog seems to be just as happy with the stew.
- 2 cups pot barley
- 2 cups brown rice
- 2 cups diced carrots
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups chopped beef heart
- 1 cup lentils
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 10 cups water
- In a large stock pot, combine all ingredients.
- Bring the mix to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Put a lid on the pot and stir every 15 minutes or so.
- You may need to add more water (I always do).
- Allow to cool before offering to your dog. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen.
My dogs and my husband both gobbled this. Dh didn't know it was beef heart and I didn't tell him. Dogs should not have offal except in smaller, infrequent quantities; it's hard on their kidneys when eaten excessively.