Lentils with Rutabaga

An autumnal wintery dish

1 daily serving for a 15kg dog (33 lb)

With this simple lentil rutabaga recipe, the rutabaga - which, by the way, was named vegetable of the year 2017/2018 in Germany - gets a small stage. Originally from Scandinavia, the vegetable came to Germany in the 17th century, at that time still under the name "Swedish turnip". In the meantime, the winter vegetable is known in German-speaking countries under a wide variety of names, from Turnip to Rutabaga, Butter turnip, Turnip with soil, Runke, Runkelrübe, Wruke, Dotsche, Dodschn, Knutsche and Kamputze. But it is not only the names that are diverse, but also the growing areas, which are located across the globe in all moderate climate zones. The harvest season in Europe stretches from September to May. Especially in the winter months, rutabagas were an important food reserve for the population in Germany. Combined with pulses such as lentils, fantastic dishes can be conjured up, especially in winter, when the choice of seasonal vegetables is more limited in our latitudes. Lentils are easier to digest than peas or beans, but as always, it is important to mince everything so that it is easy for dogs to digest. The small protein bombs are versatile because they can be stored very well in dried form.


  • 400g cooked Lentils
  • 150g Rutabaga
  • 170g cooked, husked Rice
  • 10g Cashews
  • 1 handful fresh Cilantro
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground Cumin Seeds
  • 10g Sesame Oil
  • 0,5g Salt
  • 6g V-Complete - 2g je 5kg Hund


  1. Peel the rutabaga, cut it into small pieces and fry them in a pan with the sesame oil until they are nice and soft
  2. Season with cumin and salt
  3. Add the rice and stir well
  4. Let everything cool down and then add V-Complete to the rice and rutabaga
  5. Grind the cashews and mix with the dish
  6. Chop the lentils, either mashing them with a fork or pureeing them in a blender
  7. Add two thirds to the rutabagas and rice and mix
  8. Put the other third of the lentils in a separate bowl
  9. Chop the fresh cilantro well and add to the lentils in the bowl
  10. Serve the lentil and coriander mixture together with the rutabaga and rice dish and the autumnal-wintery meal is ready

Enjoy serving the meal!

Photos Jana Schwarz

Leni Lecker
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