Here’s a recipe that’s easy to remember because it uses one unit of each item, deriving part of its protein from beans. The protein levels vary from 22.2% (beef heart) to 23.2% (main version) to 28.5% (turkey and oats). The Calcium:Phosphorus ratio is consistently excellent throughout the many variations. If you want to boost the protein level by about 1%, you may add one (what else?) egg or one Tablespoon of nutritional yeast.
The key to convenience in this recipe is to cook large quantities of beans in advance. Follow the directions on the package. Freeze extra quantities in 1 cup multiples and thaw as needed. The main version uses rice because it coordinates well with many people’s own needs, but the other grain choices are higher protein, and for the most part, faster cooking.
1 cup (1/2 lb) lean hamburger (or turkey, chicken, lean heart, lean chuck)
1 cup uncooked brown rice (2 1/2 cups, cooked)
1 cup cooked kidney beans (or 7 1/2 oz can)
1 Tablespoon Healthy Powder
1 Tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon bone meal (or 1600 mg Calcium or 1 scant teaspoon eggshell powder)
1 5000 i.u. Vitamin A & D capsule (or part of a larger one)
(optional) 1 teaspoon soy sauce or dash of iodized salt
(optional) 1 small clove garlic, crushed or minced
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil for every cup of uncooked rice. Add the rice and simmer 35-45 minutes. Mix in the other ingredients and serve.
Yield: 1600 kilo-calories, about 2 days’ worth for a 25-lb dog, or a day’s worth for a 65-lb dog. Triple the recipe to feed a very large dog for a couple of days.
Grain Substitutes: The following grains all have a higher protein yield than the rice, and are in order of increasing protein value: 2 cups rolled oats (+2 cups water = 2 cups cooked); 1 cup bulgur (+2 cups water = 2 1/2 cups cooked); 1 cup millet (+3 cups water = 3 cups cooked); 1 1/2 cups corn meal (+6 cups water = 6 cups cooked); or 1 cup barley (+2-3 cups water = 2 1/2 – 3 cups cooked).