“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”
We have had our cat, Bella, for over 7 years. We love her dearly, she loves our oldest son, Aaron, and tolerates the rest of us. He is her person. She spends the vast majority of her time in his room, only occasionally walking around the house to glance at everyone else. We treat our pets like members of the family, but Bella sometimes gets a little extra special treatment, because she is so comforting to Aaron when he gets anxious or overwhelmed. With all of our pets we take time to ensure that they are eating food that is made with real food. I love that Nutrish, from Rachael Ray, is an all natural food for cats made with Real meat, such as chicken or fish, and that is the first ingredient listed on the label! They don’t use by-product meal, artificial flavors, or preservatives. We love that we are able to feed her healthy cat food.
The generous people at Nutrish not only sent this fabulous package for Bella, they also included a gift card and recipes. I was able to take the gift card to my local supermarket and purchase ingredients, similar to what Bella was eating, and make us a healthy meal too! The recipe I chose to make was Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Whole Grain Rice. I had to make a couple of substitutions, due to a grocery store strike/boycott issue here in New England. All of the local stores are running low on a few things here and there, and being flexible with ingredient substitutions has saved us a lot of stress 🙂 I will be sharing the recipe as it was given to me, but you will see in the picture that the rice I had to use was White (but whole grain), and I used caramelized onions in lieu of peppers and scallions. It came out great, the only request from my crew is that I double it next time, they all wanted more!
- For the Rice:
- 1½ cups chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup brown whole grain rice
- For the Sauce:
- 1 cup chicken stock
- ⅓ cup Tamari or soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons Mirin (Rice Wine)
- 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- 2 taablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 think 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 pepper
- 2 mild frying peppers, such as cubanella or Anaheim, seeded and cut into strips
- 1 bunch scallions, cut into 2 inch pieces
- In a small pot, bring the stock and butter to low boil. Stir in the rice and cover; reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat; do not remove the lid and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Place the sauce ingredients in another small pot and bring to a boil. Let reduce by about half; 15 minutes at medium heat; at a low boil.
- Add about 2 tablespoons cooking oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with light salt and more aggressively with pepper. Cook for 8-9 minutes, turning occasionally; remove. Add the peppers and stir for 2-3 minutes, but let them remain tender-crisp. add the scallions and toss for 1 minute more; remove from the heat.
- Slice the chicken across the breasts into ½ inch pieces.
- Arrange the rice on plates or in shallow bowls and top with the peppers, scallions and chicken, Drizzle the sauce evenly over the chicken and rice, then serve.
I tried and TRIED to get video, or even a picture of Bella enjoying her food. She wasn’t having it. The moment she heard me approaching she dashed into Aaron’s room to her hiding spot and wouldn’t come out. However, when I went back by the bowl later in the day, it was bone dry. She never empties her food bowl in a day, but she did with this food! Also, today, I pulled out the Big Ol Catnip Sack they sent as part of the package. I put it inside the brown paper sack, and carried it into his room. It must be some strong catnip because she was ready to pounce on that bag before I put it down! I turned on the camera, placed it down, and sat on the floor to see what she would do. I took a series of shots and put them into a collage so you can see how much fun she had. I even took a short video, it’s embedded below. I’ll be honest. We’ve had her for 7 years. She rarely plays with any toys, she mainly guards them. With this sack though, she went nuts! She was purring, rolling around, hugging it, licking it, and rubbing her face all over it. It was so much fun to watch!
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PRIZE CLAIMED: WINNER JAIME A.