The pups had their last exam six months ago, and as a fur-momma, I was proud that both babies had a clean bill of health…except our vet told us Gigi needed to lose 2-3 pounds. Truthfully, I knew it was coming. I had started working from home more often last year, and with Jason super busy with school I got kind of lazy with walking them. I’d always let them out in the back, but I took them on less walks in the neighborhood.
Our local vet advised us we needed to feed Gigi and Oskar separately; something we never had to worry about in the past. She told us no treats, or people food, and no carrots. Um, raise your hand if you gave your dogs carrot treats to help clean their teeth? ::raises hand:: Jason and I had to change some things.
I am the carrot giver, but Jason is bad about giving them people food (so is my mom when she dog sits #sigh). We don’t eat a lot of grains at Casa de Crews, but when we eat out, Jason loves to bring back leftovers for the pups to enjoy. I remember about two months ago legit yelling at my husband not to give the dogs bread, and that was also my aha moment – why would we not normally eat certain foods, and think it was okay to feed our pups?
After that ahem, conversation, I decided the pups diet needed to change, and we all needed to get outside more. Slowly, we began introducing Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK , into the pups’ diet, after seeing it at Target. It took us about ten days to fully incorporate a new dry food into their diet, and we haven’t looked back. Always make sure to slowly introduce any new dog food to your pup(s) over the span of 7-10 days.
Gigi and Oskar love Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb. Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ is a protein-rich, grain-free recipe to satisfy our pups cravings, and contains 30% high-quality protein with real U.S. farm-raised beef is always the #1 ingredient. As a human, are we not looking for the same things in our own food?!
Now that Jason is done with law school, we like to run around in our backyard with the pups, and also pack picnics and head to our local park. Gigi is ob-sessed with a stick too big for her little body, but try telling her that.
To match our pups new diet, I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe using homemade ground gyro meat. I mean this is pretty much the kind of food we eat at home on a regular basis (it’s eating out that I personally struggle with), and you all know my love for Greek eats, and lamb is such a lean and flavorful protein that tossing them into a pita was a no-brainer. Plus #tzatiki. Except if Gigi and Oskar are enjoying grain-free satisfying meals, so can we. I opted to stuff my pita makings into a lettuce wrap, and as usual they are just as tasty! You know I love a good lettuce wrap, and these Gyro Pita Lettuce Wraps are no exception!
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb. ground lamb
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp rosemary, chopped or dried spice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- torn lettuce for wraps (I like bibb, but ANY lettuce will do)
- Tzatziki sauce, store bought or homemade
- Diced tomatoes
- Kalamata olives
- Feta cheese, crumbled
- Red onion
- To make the gyro meat, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground lamb and cook until no pink remains. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Season with oregano, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Drain off most of the excess fat. Stir in lemon juice.
- To serve, scoop meat into lettuce, and top with tzatziki, tomatoes, onions, and olives, if desired.
Save $4 on your next purchase of PEAK, here. Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers. Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue. Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends. As a proud fur-mom to two rescues, I love supporting brands like Nutrish since I know they’re out there doing a ton of good.
Buy your Nutrish at Target (and don’t forget to snag that coupon!)