Healthy Veggie Soup For Your Picky Pup!

I have a dog cook book from the library, it’s called Throw me a Bone; 50 healthy canine taste-tested recipes for snacks, meals, and treats.  There are all kinds of recipes from cheeseburgers to salads to smoothies!  So Tig and I did some searching through the book and found one that struck her fancy-Mailman’s Alphabet Minestrone.  How she picked this one, I do not know!  It has things like, carrots, beans, and kale in it and sounded very healthy but I was a bit skeptical whether or not Tig would actually eat it considering I have to put Ranch salad dressing on most vegetables for her to even acknowledge their existence!  But as I write this she is currently gobbling down a bowl for dinner!!!!

The soup is really easy and looks like it could be a human recipe and I tasted it and it’s definitely not the worst soup I have had.  I changed the recipe from the book a little, leaving out the garlic since I have read both good and bad things about its consumption for dogs, changing the pasta to brown rice (I know, it’s not nearly as fun), and reducing the stock from 10 cups to 6.  The result was a thick soup that Tigger loves!

Veggie Soup for your pup!

Mailman’s Minestrone

Recipe Adapted from Throw me a Bone


¾  cup carrots, sliced

2 stalks celery, halved length wise then sliced

2 teaspoons dried basil

1  16 oz can diced tomatoes, including liquid

6 cups low sodium chicken broth (I actually used homemade)

½ bunch kale, chopped

1/3 cup brown rice, rinsed or 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed (I’ve made it both ways)

1  19 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  1. In a large pot, combine, carrots, celery, basil, tomatoes, and chicken broth and cook over medium for one hour or until vegetables are soft.
  2. Add kale, rice or quinoa, and beans and cook for 20 minutes or until rice/quinoa is done.
  3. Cool then serve.

So Healthy and Yummy!  Woof! Woof!

This recipe makes a lot so if you don’t think your dog will finish it within a couple days, portion it and freeze for later gobbling!

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