Cats | Dogs | February 7, 2018

Inspired by GATHER: Free Acres Curried Chicken Soup

James Seaton
By: James Seaton

Our idea behind GATHER™ was to craft a new kind of pet food, using certified and organic ingredients, perfectly blended and balanced to provide your dog or cat with premium quality, natural nutrition.

In fact, we were so excited by the high quality, healthy and flavourful ingredients in these recipes that we wanted to craft something similar for ourselves! So, with a little help from some local blogger friends, we’re going to be sharing some recipes for pet parents to eat that are inspired by the ingredients in our GATHER recipes. Here is the Free Acres Curried Chicken Soup from James at From James to Jamie. (*Please note these are recipes for human consumption using ingredients inspired by our GATHER recipes. These are not designed for consumption by pets.)

Hello there! I’m James from the food blog “From James to Jamie”, where I share hearty recipes that are easy enough for even the most inexperienced of home cooks to throw together. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, but was born and raised in nearby Chilliwack, the home of Petcurean.

When Petcurean asked me to come up with some recipes that would allow pet parents to “share a meal” with their beloved fur-babies, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew I’d get a few “wait, you’re cooking with dog food?” responses (which is totally not what we’re doing here), but the idea of enjoying a home-cooked meal with chicken, lentils, and peas, while your pet eats a meal of chicken, lentils, and peas…well, it just sounded oddly satisfying.

The first recipe I’m sharing with you here is inspired by the GATHER Free Acres Organic Free-Run Chicken Recipe . The star ingredients are the same ones found in Free Acres: organic chicken, lentils, and organic peas. Free Acres then goes on to add some other great ingredients that help keep your dog happy and healthy, like blueberries and cranberries. The moment I thought of making lentil soup with a hint of curry deliciousness, I knew I’d be diverging just a tad as berries *probably* wouldn’t be the right fit. So just as Petcurean added a few yummy things to the star ingredients, so have I. The result? A super tasty, healthy bowl of goodness you can chow down on while your pup enjoys a similar meal of the same quality and calibre.

Free Acres Curried Chicken Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping tbsp coconut oil
  • 3-4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 ½ cups green lentils, rinsed and strained
  • 1 cup strained crushed tomatoes
  • 900ml – 1 L organic chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 organic chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, plus extra to taste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 heaping cup frozen organic peas

Preheat your oven to 450F and ensure all your ingredients are prepped as you’ll have to occasionally stir for the first few steps. In a soup pot over medium heat, toss in the oil, carrots, and onion, and cook until softened (about 10 minutes). Add the garlic and cook another minute. Then, toss in the spices (curry, cumin, turmeric, and paprika) and give it another minute, stirring continually this time to ensure everything’s coated. Next come the lentils and another minute of continual stirring, and finally one more minute of stirring as you add in the strained tomatoes. Pour in the chicken broth and water, bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and let it gently bubble away for 25 minutes.

While the soup is simmering, sprinkle the salt and pepper on your chicken breasts, wrap them in parchment paper, place them on a baking sheet, and toss in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Once cooked, removed from the oven and let sit.

Once the chicken is out of the oven, turn your attention back to the soup. Add the coconut milk and frozen peas, and simmer another 10 minutes. Finally, shred the chicken, toss it into the soup, and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!

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