Wholesome Hash

When author Henrietta Morrison’s border terrier, Lily, developed chronic health problems, Morrison started cooking her four-legged friend real food at the suggestion of her vet. Meals made from real ingredients like chicken, rice and vegetables had an instant effect on Lily’s health. Now, to help dog owners everywhere improve and prolong their dogs’ lives, Morrison shares her recipes in Dinner for Dogs: 50 Home-Cooked Recipes for a Happy, Healthy Dog. As Morrison says, “If it’s not good enough for me, it’s not good enough for Lily.”


¾ cups brown rice
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1¾ cups ground beef
3½ cups green leafy vegetable, e.g. cabbage or spinach, shredded
1 medium apple
½ cup ground flaxseed
1¼ tablespoons salmon oil
1 rounded teaspoon dried (or 1¼ tablespoons finely chopped fresh) herbs
1 rounded teaspoon turmeric

Put the rice into a strainer and rinse under running water, then add to a saucepan with 3 cups of water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until cooked. Stir in the old-fashioned oats and leave for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, over medium heat, brown the ground beef in a frying pan until cooked through about 15 minutes. Cook the cabbage or spinach in a little water until softened.

Peel, core and grate the apple and place in a large bowl. Add the cooked rice and oats, ground beef, greens and remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Serve a portion to your dog and store the remainder in the fridge for up to four days.

Note About Turmeric: Turmeric is commonly used for older dogs as it helps with the joints and circulation and is also an anti-inflammatory. It’s also good to include plenty of good oils in your dog’s diet at this stage to help with lubricating the joints as well as for a shiny coat and overall health.

Recipe from Dinner For Dogs: 50 Home-Cooked Recipes for a Happy, Healthy Dog, copyright © Henrietta Morrison, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

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