Cola’s Beef Stew for Sensitive Tummies

Cola, the oldest doggyloot pooch, is about to hit a major milestone in her life: her 13th birthday. She has led an active life filled with countless days at her favorite dog park and late nights playing soccer and Frisbee with her family. She is still a puppy at heart and shows little sign of slowing down, except for the heart shaped patch of white fur on her face. But with age comes a decreased appetite and slower digestive system. Cola has become sensitive to grain and has become less responsive to her dry food.

I often hear stories of “the pooch that went on a hunger strike.” Much like a child with a picky appetite, our dogs can have similar reactions to food. How would you feel if you were eating the same exact thing for weeks on end? I created this dish for a pooch that needs a special “pick-me-up,” because every dog deserves a treat!

I chose organic and grass fed ground beef, which is free of the antibiotics and hormones that are often used in traditional ground meat. Pay special attention to the symbols and stickers on the package to ensure that you are purchasing meat that is fed grass and not fattened with grain and corn. This is also beneficial to a dog that is sensitive to grain.

Carrots promote weight loss in dogs and are an amazing low-calorie treat. My little guy Oliver adores the sweet crunch of a carrot mixed in with his dry food. Carrots are a great source of antioxidants, which are good for cleansing blood and regulating blood sugar. Broccoli and cauliflower, or “little trees” as I referred to them as a child, are high in vitamin C and low in calories. In moderation, vitamin C is also said to be good for aging dogs that are prone to joint disease and weakened immune systems. Parsley is the “mouth wash” of the doggy world. It can help to naturally freshen the breath, helps to stimulate the kidneys, and rids your dog’s body of toxins. We finish off the recipe with a little bit of organic yogurt, which is rich in vitamins and minerals, and some low-sodium chicken broth that will have your pooch begging for more!

Cola’s Beef Stew for Sensitive Tummies

  • ¾ of a lb of certified organic and grass fed extra lean ground beef (A maximum of 10% fat + USDA Process Verified/American Grassfed Association)
  • 1 cup of diced carrots
  • ½ cup of diced cauliflower
  • ½ cup of diced broccoli
  • ¼ cup of chopped parsley
  • 6 oz of an Organic Low Sodium Free Range Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp of organic plain yogurt

Peel the carrots and the rest of the vegetables and dice them in a food processor or blender. Place the mixture on a plate for later use. Cook ground beef in a skillet until the meat is browned. When finished, place the ground beef on a paper plate that is lined with a paper towel to remove all excess fat. Wipe skillet down with a paper towel and return to medium heat. Pour in chicken broth and mix in vegetables; cook for 4 minutes until the vegetables are thoroughly steamed. Throw in meat and heat the mixture for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool. Add yogurt to final mixture and begin to divide mixture into servings for later.

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