Sunday, December 27, 2015

Beef and Pumpkin Crock Pot Recipe

This recipe was a little different than the other recipes that I have posted so far because it was completely grain free!  It came out from smooth and was perfect to mix with kibble (I mixed it with grain-free Merrick).

For the beef, I was looking around for a low-fat cut that wasn't too expensive.  Here are some options -- note, some can be pricey, you don't need to buy that!  Look around!
  • Eye of round roast or steak
  • Sirloin tip side steak
  • Top round roast and steak
  • Bottom round roast and steak
  • Top sirloin steak
1 pound of lean beef
1 can of sugar-free pumpkin puree
2 large carrots
1 small-medium sweet potato or 1/2 large sweet potato
Handful of green beans
1 beet

Put crock pot setting on high for 4-6 hours.  You mainly need to wait for the root vegetables to soften because the meat will cook rather quickly.  Cut the meat up in cubes or leave as thin slices.  Stir occasionally.  Check at the end of the crock pot cycle that the vegetables have softened.  Blend everything together and it should be a thick and pasty.  If too watery, you can add cornstarch, about a tablespoon, or leave back on the crock pot to evaporate some of the liquid.  Refrigerating the food will also make it firmer and less watery as well.  
Feel free to serve as-is or mix with kibble or add rice or other grains as with other recipes on this site!

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