A Hallowe'en Hotpot Recipe
Hallowe’en occurs (in the northern hemisphere, at least) when winter is just around the corner. Lily’s coat begins to look rather bushy at this time of the year – she resembles a small woolly lamb – and there’s also a lot more huddling up around the fireplace or in front of the cooker. It seems only right to make her something warm that will help keep out the cold.
Just like our own recipes, this one is made with plenty of freshly prepared lamb, healthful herbs and delicious vibrant veg. Pumpkin is a fantastic seasonal ingredient that can help your dog feel brilliant this winter. It’s rich in vitamin A, which can help to keep your dog’s eyes healthy, as well as potassium to refuel the body.
And even better, these healthy ingredients are absolutely irresistible to dogs, so it’s a real treat for them, too.
- 400g (14 oz) pumpkin
- 50g (2 oz) rice
- 300g (11 oz) minced lamb
- 1 tsp dried (or 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh) herbs (See below)
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas 4).
Peel the pumpkin and chop the flesh into small pieces. Place in a roasting tin and bake in the oven for 10-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, put the rice into a saucepan, cover with about 250 ml (8 fl oz) of boiling water and simmer until cooked. (Follow the packet instructions as cooking time will vary depending on the type of rice.)
Gently fry the minced lamb in a frying pan for 15 minutes, then stir in the herbs. Add the cooked rice and pumpkin to the pan and stir together.
Leave to cool before serving a portion to your dog. The remainder will jeep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Kcals/100g (4 oz): 640
- Protein: 30%
- Fat: 12%
Baking the pumpkin rather than boiling it retains more of the nutrients.
Herb is the word
We put lots of botanicals and herbs in our recipes. They’re a naturally healthy way to help keep your dog in tip top condition, and dogs love the taste, too. Here’s a few herbs that you’ll be able to find a bit more easily to use in this recipe.
A beneficial herb for digestion and bloating, mint also helps to freshen breath
Parsley is a must-have in your herbal pharmacy: both leaves and stems are very nutritious and contain lots of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Try to use fresh parsley if you can.
A helpful herb that aids digestion, rosemary is said to be good for the heart as well as being useful to help calm nervous or excitable dogs.
Thyme can be used to help treat kennel cough and is good if your dog has sore gums as it has good antiseptic qualities.
Don't fancy cooking?
Try our Autumn delights containing pumpkin and squash: