Dog Food Recipes: Fido's Fricassee

1 lb. ground meat (beef or turkey with moderate fat content)
1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, or 1.25 pounds fresh spinach leaves
1 cup cooked brown rice or barley
2 Tbsp. fish, safflower or olive oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 hard-boiled eggs, mashed
2 ripe papayas, peeled, cored, mashed (may substitute canned pumpkin if papaya is unavailable)
1 tsp. iodized salt

Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Line a 9" baking pan with waxed paper and put the mixture into the pan. Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for one hour. Cool before serving.

Yield: approximately 6 cups, which feeds a medium-sized dog for about 1.5 days at 4 cups per day.
Serving size: 2 cups
Total cost: approximately $9
Cost per serving: $3
Daily cost: $6

Per Serving
Energy: 730 calories
Protein: 52 grams
Carbohydrates: 58 grams
Fat: 32 grams
Omega-3 fatty acids: 1 gram
Dietary fiber: 14 grams
Calcium: 180 mg

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 54: May/Jun 2009