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Life as single, working mom can get pretty hectic. My free time is pretty limited and I tend to spend it with my two kids and two dogs. The five of us are always going out and about whether it be the dog park or dog friendly areas in Tampa Bay. My two dogs, Vinny (21 months) and Rocky (11 mos) are both rescue dogs and fill our home with tremendous joy. Vinny is a huge dachshund that weighs about 52 lbs. Clearly he is mixed with another breed but we are not quite sure. Rocky is a very active Border Collie Mix and sweet as pie. Since we adopted Vinny first, he is quite spoiled and tends to be the ruler of our house. He is on the verge of becoming a social media star, as he has his own Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. My kids and I are working on a children’s book about Vinny and hope we can get it out on the market this year. You can follow him on Instagram @vinnytheweenie.
Much like my kids, my dogs are particular about what they eat and I want to be sure that they are getting the nourishment that they need to live long and healthy lives. I have been on the hunt for a dog food that we can all be happy with and I think I finally found it with Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb. After spotting in the store, I was intrigued as it immediately made me think of some of my favorite hearty, comfort food dishes and right away I had a vision of my two dogs enjoying their canine comfort food after an active day at the dog park. It is also available in Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail, which I will be trying next.
About 2 weeks ago, I picked up a 12 lb bag of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb at my local Walmart. Since both of my dogs have quite an appetite, I had a feeling this bag would go quick….and it did. After about a week of slowly introducing Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb to their daily routine by incorporating it with their current food, I was able to completely switch the both of them to Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb.
After only a few days, I noticed a few changes in both their activity levels and general personalities. Both of my boys are hearty eaters and never seem to get quite enough. Thanks in part to my daughter sneaking them people food in the past, they are both beggars and drive my kids and I crazy while we are eating. This has been a tough habit for me to break and I have tried everything. After carefully studying this brand and it’s ingredients, I love that it is very protein-rich and grain-free which has helped to satisfy my two boys and their insatiable cravings.Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb is made with 30% high-quality protein, which fuels a dog’s energy levels. Real U.S. farm-raised beef is the #1 ingredient in Open Range Recipe and real U.S. farm-raised turkey is always the #1 ingredient in the Northern Woodlands Recipe. I love that it is made with 0% grains, glutens or fillers.
I have long been a fan of Rachel Ray and her recipes have found their way into my kitchen on numerous occasions. For being such a fan, I can’t believe it took me this long to try her line of dog food. She created Nutrish back in 2007 with the guidance of pet nutrition experts and it was inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. By 2014, she expanded the line to include cat food. Not only does Nutrish offer cat and dog food, but treats as well. All of her Nutrish recipes are made with simple and wholesome ingredients, such as real meat or fish. Nutrish does not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers, which is music to my ears.
Another reason that I am glad to have discovered the Nutrish line of dog food is because each purchase helps The Rachael Ray Foundation which assists animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue®. Both of my dogs are rescues, so this really hits home for me. When possible, I try to participate in fund raisers around Tampa Bay for animal rescue. I was thrilled to learn that since 2016, Rachael’s Rescue® has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to pet charities.
I am excited to share that you can save $4 on PEAK Valid throughout this year by printing this coupon, and you can even print it twice. Nothing makes me happier than saving money in addition to making my two boys happy.
Since dinner time often follows an hour dog park visit or 2 mile walk for both of my dogs and my two kids, I created a recipe inspired one of the key ingredients in Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb and that is none other than venison. A few years ago, I attended a chili cook-off and the winning recipe was made with venison. Intrigued, I vowed to someday give it a whirl and voila, now I had the chance. Since my kids love chili and my dogs love their new Nutrish® PEAK food, we all can now enjoy meal time after a family exercise session. Of course, my dogs still have the desire to beg for our food, but once they have a bowl of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb in front of them, they let us eat in peace for a short time.
Venison can be hard to find and I purchased a pound of it from a local farm about a 45 minute drive from my house. Since this would be the first time my kids would try venison, I added some sirloin to the chili so they could slowly get introduced. This recipe calls for 2 lbs of venison but you can split it into 1 lb of venison and 1 lb of another meat such as ground beef or turkey.
I hope you enjoy my chili recipe, as it is the perfect comfort food to enjoy while your dog digs into some Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb . The next time you are shopping for dog food, I urge you to give Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb a try. Be sure to gradually introduce the food by incorporating it into your current dog food over the course of 7-10 days then slowly replace your dog’s current food with PEAK until it’s completely switched over. Your furry friend will be delighted and so will you!
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 1 lb of venison
- 1 lb of lean sirloin
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 1 cup diced celery
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 seeded jalapeno pepper, minced
- 1 28 oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes Drained
- 1 16 oz can of dark red kidney beans
- 1 16 oz can of black beans
- 1 16 oz of mild chili beans
- 4 tbs of butter
- 3 tbs of flour
- 3 cups of low sodium chicken stock
- 3 tbs Cumin
- 3 tbs Ancho Chili Powder,
- 3 tbs Chipotle chili powder
- 2 tbs Mexican chili powder
- 2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt (you can use regular sea salt)
- 2 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 2 tsp Cayenne pepper
- In a large pan, heat 3 tbs of olive oil over medium high heat. Sautee the onions, celery, garlic, and jalapeño until they soften, which is about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the venison and sirloin and slightly brown the meats.
- In a separate dutch oven or large sauce pot, create a rue with the flour and butter. Slowly add the chicken stock and can of tomato sauce until nice and thick.
- Add all of the spices and let simmer, uncovered, for about 20 min. Now is the perfect time to pour yourself a nice glass of wine.
- After everything has simmered nicely, add the can of whole tomatoes and crush gently with a spoon or potato masher in the pot. Once the tomatoes are nicely crushed, add all of the beans and the gently browned meat with the onions, celery and garlic. Allow everything to simmer for 30-40 minutes. During this time, play with your dog in the yard and get him or her a little tired so they won't be tempted to beg for your scrumptious chili.
- Once the chili has simmered, you can add more spices if need be. You will know when it is just right.
- When you are ready to serve, you can top your chili with anything you prefer. I added goat cheese, jalapenos and a sprig of cilantro. The choice is yours and be as creative as you want. My kids prefer mixed cheese and sour cream. Now is the perfect time to give your dog a bowl of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb to eat while you enjoy your chili. Now everyone is happy!