Thursday, May 14, 2015

Homemade Grain-Free Dog Food With Veg-To-Bowl

Back in the days of children, I cooked dinner.  Now that it is just Skipper and I, we eat mostly quick meals.  This is a huge disappointment to Bentley.  He always knew when I cooked meat, sometimes a piece was dropped for him.  Imagine his surprise when I went to the stove to brown some turkey the other day.
Bentley: “Hey Mom, what cha cooking?”
Me: “I’m browning some turkey.  Do you need to sit under my feet?  I could trip over you.”
Bentley: “Yeah, that’d be a real shame if you were to spill that freshly browned turkey on the floor.  *snicker Hey, Pierre!  Come here, I need your help.”
Pierre: “What do you need?  It is almost Squirrel: thirty and I have to be at my station to patrol.  *sniff-sniff  Dude, is Gramma cooking?  Are we going to try to get her to spill the meat?” 
Me: “I can hear y’all.  It just so happens that I am browning this for your dinner.  I’m making Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl.  It is easy to prepare and you are not going to believe how good it is for you boys.”
Bentley: “We were just joking about tripping you.  You’re the best mom ever.  Is it ready yet?” 
*Bentley and Pierre stayed out of my way, but shamelessly whined once they know it is THEIR food I was preparing.
Pierre: “What are you doing with that bag?  Do I see veggies?  
Is that part of our dinner?"

Me: This is the Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl and it is so easy that you could probably make it yourselves.  Don’t try, I’m just saying…Anyway, it is free from all preservatives and additives, there’s no salt or sugar and it doesn’t have any fillers, corn, wheat, or soy.  It does contain organic herbs and is perfect for a raw diet.  To answer your question, yes there are nine veggies in this bag.  You are going to have sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, peas, green beans, zucchini and beets.”
Bentley: “You are cooking our turkey, right.  I know that I could eat raw meat, but I’m not quite ready.  Speaking of ready, how are we looking on dinner?”
Me: It’ll be just a minute.  Let me drain this turkey grease and while the meat is cooling, you can watch me mix the Veg-to-Bowl.  I used the scoop that came inside the bag and followed the measurements for your sizes.  Then, I added hot water, stirred and we have to let it sit for 8 – 10 minutes.”
Pierre: “It smells so good.  Can a dog starve in 8 – 10 minutes?”
Me: “No, but you could drown in that drool.  There’s the timer!  Let me add the turkey and some oil and stir it really good.  This looks delicious.  Are y’all hungry?”
Bentley & Pierre: “Go ahead and finish the review while we…nom, nom, nom"

Me: “The boys LOVED the Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl and I feel good feeding it to them.  It helps control their weight because I know exactly what they are eating.  It’s made with 100% human grade vegetables and since I add the protein, I control how much they consume.  Dr. Harvey recommends rotating proteins.  Different meats/proteins have different amino acid concentrations.  This matters because varying these levels help support optimal wellness in your dog.  It is also important to switch up the oils that you use.  We stirred in olive oil this time but plan to use flaxseed, sesame, and salmon.  Different oils contain different fatty acids that our dogs need. 
I have become a huge fan of Dr. Harvey’s products.  They are also some of the nicest people to know.  We had fun chatting with them a couple of weeks ago on the #BlogPawsChatDr. Harvey’s is a sponsor of this year’s conference!  Bentley and Pierre are almost as excited to meet them as I am!  You can see why by reading our other Dr. Harvey’s reviews: here or here or here or even here.
Bentley: “OMD!  That meal was EPIC!  I want to watch you make more.”
Me: “Just watch this quick video and keep on drooling!”


  1. Wow it really looks yummy! I can tell you like it. I am a very picky eater so Mommy always needs help trying new things for me. Thank you for the review.

    Loveys Sasha

  2. that looks interesting and to use different oils is a good idea... we will keep that in our mind when we buy food for me :o)
    easy rider

  3. That looks super delicious guys! Shiner likes it when I cook meat for her too sometimes. She usually gets chicken though.

  4. Yum, yum, that looks delicious, I'm sure I can smells it from here!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. I bet my girls will LOVE this!! Thanks for posting...we will give it a try!!

  6. I love the Veg-to-Bowl with some raw beefs! It is super delicious! It sure makes your cooked meat look yummy! I bet you boys really LOVED it.

  7. Wow what a delicious bowl slurp, drool :)

  8. OMD! I think my huskies are drooling from here!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  9. All thigh it looks good, we didn't like it
    Lily & Edward

  10. BOY HOWDY..... this stuffs sounds GRRRREAT..... We get Coconut Oil in our wet supper....would that work in this....
    we hope that CHEWY.COM will carry this...

  11. It is US again..... we just checked and YESssssssssssssssss CHEWY.COM DOES carry this in 1, 3, or 5 Pound bags..... how grrrreat is THAT.... it will be EASY to find.... and be delivered RIGHT to the Door.

  12. I may just have to try some of that for Sam who will be beside himself when it's served. And for the record, I think it is in all dogs' DNA to be under foot in the kitchen. :)

  13. mmmmmmm We think we would go crazy for something like this!!!!!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  14. Our mom never cooks so maybe we can stop by for supper sometime?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. My sisters would like that I bet, I prefer the bowl with meat, hold the veggies ;) Not a fan of veggies.

  16. Oh man, that looks DEE - LISH!! Can I have some?? So it's nearly "squirrel : thirty" ? I love that, BOL!!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  17. I'm totally intrigued now BECAUSE of your review! High-quality nutrition for my dogs is so important to me. I'm always cautious but Dr. Harvey's sounds interesting. Ivthink I'll try mixing it in their kibble. Thanks for a clear overview and for reminding your readers that rotating proteins is so important!  

  18. Holy cow that looks nummy. Great review.


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