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Recipe: “Dinner for Two” Based on #NutrishforCats (+ GIVEAWAY!)

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If you saw last week’s Morning Joe program during the kickoff of the #ShelterCatsAreBeautiful campaign, then you saw Rachael Ray and Thomas Roberts chowing down on some Nutrish for Cats wet food, the Chicken Purrcata:

And why not? All the Nutrish foods are made with ingredients that you probably have in your shopping cart, recognizable ingredients with recognizable names. And they’re made with:

  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • No meat by-products or fillers
  • No artificial flavors, colors or artificial preservatives

We also love the fact that, since it launched in 2008, Nutrish has raised more than $6 million for Rachael’s Rescue™ which helps homeless animals in need! All proceeds from the food go to help animal causes.

And we love that, for all its natural goodness, Nutrish is priced within the reach of ordinary budgets. A three-pound bag of dry food sells for $7.49 right now at Walmart while a 2.8-ounce cup of wet food retails from 94 cents to $1.09.

Would you like to give Nutrish for Cats a try? (For your cats, I mean. You don’t have to eat it like Rachael Ray and Thomas Roberts!) We’ve got a link for a special Switch to Nutrish coupon so you can give it a try with your own cats!

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But, if you’d like a taste of what your cats are enjoying, we’ve got a fun recipe to share with you. The TV chef formulated a couple of fun family recipes that correspond to her new cat food line, and this week we’re giving them a try here and on our DogTipper site. First up: Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Whole Grain Rice, made using many of the same ingredients found in Nutrish for Cats.

We received a gift pack of goodies to try the recipe in our own home, all beautifully wrapped:

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In true Lucky style, he was especially interested in the packaging:

Inside were some of the fixings for this special dish from the kitchen of Rachael Ray (along with a bag of catnip, which Linus decided, as senior cat, must be for him.)
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Also included was a recipe card, so I rolled up my sleeves and got to work!

Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Whole Grain Rice

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Ingredients

For the rice:

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup brown whole grain rice

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • about 1/3 cup Tamari or soy sauce
  • about 3 tablespoons Mirin (rice wine)
  • about 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • about 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed

For the chicken:

  • 2 tablespoons high-temperature cooking oil, such as peanut or canola
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Sea salt and coarse black pepper
  • 2 mild drying peppers, such as cubanelle or Anaheim, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces

Preparation

I began by cooking the rice, bringing the stock and butter to a low boil. I stirred in the rice, covered the pot, and cooked the rice per package directions.

Next, it was time for the sauce. All the ingredients for the sauce went into a small pot and were brought to a boil. I let it reduce by half, cooking it for 15 minutes at medium heat, at a low boil.

Finally it was time for the chicken. Heating the cooking oil (I used canola) over medium-high heat, I seasoned the chicken with salt (just a bit) and pepper (more than a bit) and cooked it for about 8 or 9 minutes, turning occasionally. I then popped the peppers in the pan, stirred for a couple of minutes (letting them remain tender-crisp), then added the scallions for about another minute before removing the pan from the heat.

I sliced the chicken into 1/2 inch thick pieces and arranged them on the rice, topping it all with peppers and scallions. Finally, I drizzled the sauce over the chicken and rice.

In the words of Rachael Ray, it was DELISH!

Giveaway!

Would you like to try Nutrish for Cats? We’ve got a fun giveaway below for an assortment of wet and dry Nutrish for Cats food! Can’t wait to see if you win? Don’t forget to download your special Switch to Nutrish coupon! Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are our own. As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.

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  • Abby C

    I think they would like the chicken and brown rice flavor :)

  • SGilbert

    Chicken Purrcata

  • http://amyandfurcrew.blogspot.com/ Amy Orvin

    My cats would enjoy the Real Salmon & Brown Rice

  • Mary Witter

    Kudra would LOVE Chicken Purrcata!

  • HTaylor

    Thanks for promoting healthy eating even for our furry loved ones!

  • Helga

    Mine would like the tuna purrfection.

  • catchatcaren

    pawsome review!!! Lucky was MUCH better “performing” with the bag than Cody was!

  • Dawn Rasor

    The Chicken Purrcata

  • Deanna

    I think my cats would like the tuna purrfection.

  • Margie Rohauer

    the chicken Purrcata they love chicken

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  • Joan Garrison

    chicken purrfection

  • Linda Szymoniak

    While my cats do like chicken, they love salmon. I feed both dry and wet food to them and am looking for a healthier dry food they’ll love and that will be good for them. I’d go with the Real Salmon and Brown Rice dry food.

  • Mary W

    My rescued cats are not picky and will eat almost anything. They do have a soft spot for all things fishy!

  • Phoenixtl

    They always vote for FISH.

  • Jennifer Leigh Dace

    Probably anything with Tuna or Chicken which are his favorites.

  • Cindy Conner Bowling

    She would love the Chicken Purrcata.

  • RitaMeow

    Def anything chicken flavored :)

  • Susan Pertierra

    My cats love anything chicken so they would like the Chicken Purrcata.

  • http://tnshadylady.blogspot.com/ Deb Anderson

    My cats love fish, so salmon & brown rice would probably be their favorite

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  • Joanne Gregory

    My cats would love the salmon and brown rice.

  • Amy Tripp

    My cats would love the chicken and brown rice flavor!

  • katsrus

    Mine would like the chicken flavor.

  • http://www.barleythebordercollie.blogspot.com Beth

    My cat loves chicken, especially wet food, so he would probably love the Paw Lickin’ Chicken and Liver or the Chicken Purrcata :)

  • Amy Jarratt

    My cats like the chicken & brown rice

  • Elisabeth

    I think our cats would love any of the flavors, Chicken Purrcata sounds nice!

  • Wen Budro

    I think that the winner would be the chicken and brown rice flavor.

  • fatmeatloaf1

    I just bought a bag to try-they love it! Got the Nutrish in chicken.

  • Theresa Spaid

    My Sneaky Pie isn’t picky at all by he really loves tuna so Tuna Purrfection is what he would like.

  • Brigid OHara Koshko

    Two of my cats prefer to eat only fish so they will love the Ocean Fish-A-Licious and the Lip Smachin’ Sardine & Mackerel. My other cat would devour any of the flavors.

  • Katie Mitchell

    my cats would like the chicken and brown rice dry food and Chicken Purrcata

  • Nicole C

    My cats would probably love the Salmon & Brown Rice.

  • helobuff

    I have three cats now. They love fish but not big on Salmon. Tuna is their favorite. I know it’s not good for cats now but started them on it when they were young when I didn’t know any better and now they won’t eat anything else. They snub their noses at it. But I did get a sample of the nutrish online once and they devoured the samples! They don’t sell it locally yet but would love any of them! I think they would eat both the dry foods, chicken or Salmon and brown rice. For the wet food Tuna Purrfection!

  • Colleen Boudreau

    The chicken!

  • Kristen

    I think she’d like the Chicken & Liver.

  • Charlotte Winters

    Salmon and brown rice dry Nourish cat food would be our top pick.

  • Musgrover

    Both of my cats, Fred and Ginger, would really like the Tuna Wet cat food.

  • Karen Kamys-Kane

    chicken

  • Mar

    All four of my cats love chicken or tuna

  • Raine Dawson

    My guys would prefer the Salmon.

  • Marilyn Nawara

    Chicken would be his favorite

  • Cathy French

    my girls would probably like the salmon best

  • Darlene Carbajal

    chicken and liver.

  • Roz

    My Lucy would prefer the chicken or tuna!

  • Sheila K.

    My kitty-boy would love the salmon!