One: use a basic recipe: meat+vegetables+herbs. Pop everything into a pot, bring to a boil and let it simmer ( with the lid on) till it’s cooked (about 30 minutes for poultry and poultry offal). With longer cooking meat (beef, game) add the veg and the herbs 15 -25 minutes before the end of cooking time.
Two: make friends with your local butcher. You’ll have the best quality meat at the best price, you’ll get some odd cuts cheaply and bones for your broth for free. He’ll also give you some tips or prepare the meat for you (important if, like me, you are a vegetarian).
Three: shop in Asian, Eastern European and generally ‘foreign’ shops for meat and fish. They often have better quality meat (and some interesting vegetables and herbs) cheaper. They also sell all the wonderful odd cuts your dog will love. Check local farmers markets and look for free range odd cuts online.
Many people seem to think cooking for dogs is time-consuming , expensive and difficult. It definitely isn’t in my house. I do like doing my research and finding ways to make Lily’s diet healthier while sticking to my ‘don’t waste animal products’ principle, but it’s just my own, personal choice.
Lily definitely loves cooked food. Her favourite dishes are: chicken stomachs with vegetables and ground linseed and beef tongue with vegetables and lots of parsley.