My (Almost) Vegetarian Life – Home Made Dog Food & Vegan Wine Cake – Yum!

The dog-food experiment has been a great success! To read more about that, click here.  Once a week, I load up the slow cooker with all the scraps, leftovers and cheap meat that I save for them in a big plastic container in the fridge. To this I add water and cook for 6 hours.

Home made dog food

The result is a week’s worth of, what they think is the most delicious food they’ve ever had. My little dog wolfs hers down and then hovers over the big dog for any bits that she may leave. Of course, this never happens, but she’s ever-hopeful. Over the month, the cost of doing this has been approximately $10. I buy soup bones, chicken livers, chicken giblets and any other really cheap meat that I can find.  The rest is made up of vegetable peelings, vegetables that are a bit past their prime and leftovers that we don’t eat. We are still buying dry dog food, but that has now been cut in half. Where we used to spend $50 a month on dry dog food, we now only spend $25. This also helps reduce our garbage every week. What doesn’t go into our compost heap, either goes into making vegetable broth or our dog food.

Feeling enthusiastic, I added home-made dog treats to my repertoire. I have a recipe for dog treats in my cookbook The Looneyspoons Collectionbut I’m sure there are lots of recipes on the internet. As you can see, they love these.

Lots of baking has been going on this week by hubby. He made a delicious vegan Wine Cake from Thug Kitchen (no, it didn’t taste like wine – but it was really delicious),

Wine cake

and beautiful Soda Bread from the same book. It took about an hour and 15 minutes from start to finish! One hour if you know what you’re doing! Hahaha.

Soda Bread

Soda Bread

Delicious! This is what I have planned for this week:

Sunday : Left over Pulled Pork from a few weeks ago (frozen)

Monday : Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, Salad

Tuesday : Rattatouille, Crusty Bread

Wednesday : Simple Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta, left over Rattatouille, Vegetarian Meatballs from Ikea

Thursday : Italian Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes & Mushrooms, Orzo Rice, Salad

Friday : Omelettes, Salad

Saturday : Feta & Spinach Fritatta, 3-ingredient Mediterranean Salad


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