For the full story, you can read it HERE. My husband, Cassidy, had been casually (or not casually) perusing photos of dogs in need of rescue and he fell in love with a young Husky/Basenji mix puppy who had been given a rough start to her life. Luckily through a wonderful rescue organization and foster family experience, he went to pick Athena up in Vermont one chilly morning last March. We thought he was at work. Both kids were sick. Cassidy suddenly pulled into the driveway, ran into the house, and called for me to get my camera to photograph a supposed dent on his car. There was no dent. He was not at work.
And that is how we became rescue pet owners. The process was similar when we got our cats, although not as surprising since I was in on it. We have found the greatest love in our dog Athena, and we are so thankful every day that we rescued her, and she rescued us too. We have incredible times with her in the garden, and with snuggling, and at our town’s wonderful and adventurous dog park. Our five-year-old takes an active part in the dog’s care and training, and we hope for the same for our two-year-old eventually. We are now avid rescue pet owners and supporters. We took a chance on her and she took one on us.
Speaking of taking chances, I chose chicken and rice meatballs as my recipe to make for this post. I have never cooked chicken from scratch in my life! Or any meat, for that matter. It all comes with the territory of being domestically challenged, but I rose to this challenge! I picked a recipe both kids would like, and I was so surprised that Scarlet loved the meatballs! It doesn’t hurt that they’re filled with yummy cheese. My mom, husband and son loved them too.
This recipe is meant for humans, but it’s inspired by Rachael Ray’s Nutrish brand dog food – Chicken Muttballs with Rice product. For Rachael, food equals love — whether she’s cooking a meal for friends or working with pet nutrition experts to create delicious recipes for your furry companions. She also believes that everyone — even your dog or cat — should be able to enjoy meals made with simple natural ingredients like real meat and wholesome veggies.
And because we all know mealtime is better when you share it with someone you love, we’ve paired some of Rachael’s favorite recipes with their companion Nutrish recipes.
–Cook one of the delicious recipes provided (or one of your own) and share a Nutrish product with your pet.
–Share a pic of you and your pet enjoying mealtime using #ChefTails on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win.
–Win an all-expense paid trip to NYC where you can enjoy a day in the studio audience of the Rachael Ray Show.
1 cup rice pilaf, cooled
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
1/4 cup onion, grated
2 cloves garlic, grated
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 egg, beaten
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice with the ground chicken, onion, garlic, parsley, Parmigiano Reggiano and egg. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Flatten out the mixture in the bowl and score it into four portions using the side of your hand. Shape each portion into five balls — you should have 20 meatballs in total.
Arrange the meatballs on a nonstick sheet pan and drizzle them with EVOO. Place in the oven and bake until the meatballs are cooked through and golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
This is one of many “Yum-o!” recipes – it’s good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael’s nonprofit organization, visit www.yum-o.org.
RACHAEL RAY™ NUTRISH® CHICKEN MUTTBALLS WITH RICE RECIPE
This recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients like yummy chicken meatballs plus tender carrots, spinach and pasta cooked in a tasty chicken broth. There are no meat by-products or fillers. And no corn, wheat or soy.