3 lb top or bottom round steak, or any inexpensive cuts of beef
2 lb very lean ground beef
beef heart, if available
stew vegetables (I use frozen peas and carrots, plus fresh chopped celery, sweet potatoes and spinach)
1 can low sodium beef stock
2 cups uncooked pearled barley or whole brown rice
16 oz cottage cheese or plain yogurt
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup vitamin supplement (Missing Link, Solid Gold Sea Meal, Udo's Choice Pet Essentials, Pet Tabs granules, etc.)
Chop beef and beef heart into bite sized pieces. Add chopped beef, ground beef, and vegetables to large stock pot. Add can of beef stock and enough water to cover.* Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Add barley or rice and cook another 45 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cottage cheese or yogurt, powdered milk, flax seed and vitamin supplement. Allow stew to cool completely. Spoon into various containers and freeze all but what you will use in a few days.
Stew can be fed alone, or mixed with a small amount of high quality kibble.
*If stew is too thick, add more water. If it is too soupy, add a bit more barley or rice.