As most of you know I home cook for Kirby and Kenzie. They do get a very small handful of kibble in the morning when I have to leave for work. When we travel I purchase foods that are easy to carry and serve always from a company I trust.
The Simple Food Project recently sent us samples of all three flavors which I used for their morning kibble. This brand impressed me enough that I plan to use their food for both the morning kibble and when we travel.
What Is The Simple Food Project?
This is the most transparent dog food company I have encountered. You know who the holistic veterinarian is, you know she wanted to create healthy food for dogs, you know the ingredients they use, you know the cooking process they use, you know they started as a home delivery service, you know they use real food!
Want to know exactly what’s in that box you just purchased? They have a Lot Lookup on their website! They follow food energetics which is why their formulas are warming, neutral and cooling. Kirby is hot natured in the summer so cooling foods are best for him. In the winter he likes the warming foods. Kenzie stays pretty neutral year round.
To date they have three recipes using human-grade ingredients sourced in the USA and made in their facility in Wisconsin. It’s grain-free, limited ingredient, raw, without any added artificial flavors, dyes, preservatives, or synthetic vitamins and minerals. Each recipe is developed by a holistic veterinarian then crafted in small batches. Finally, they don’t cook any of the ingredients at high temperatures which destroy the natural vitamins, minerals, and flavors.
Hmm, exactly what I cook in my own kitchen! Well almost. A blend of meat-based proteins, organ meats (liver and hearts), fruits (apples and cranberries), veggies (green beans and peas), seeds, legumes, and spices are freeze dried pasteurized at a low temperature and crumbled into little nuggets which means around 97% of the vitamins and minerals are maintained. But they don’t stop there. They also dry roast and crumble into little nuggets the same blend of meat-based proteins, fruits, veggies, and a few seeds, legumes, and spices which gives that crunchy texture Kirby loves.
It takes 5 lbs of fresh food to make a 1.5 lb box, 10 lbs of fresh food to make a 3 lb box, and 20 lbs of fresh food to make a 6 lb box.
What Did Kirby & Kenzie Think?
I had pictures and a video but my phone was stolen so you’ll just have to trust me when I say I have no idea which flavors are their favorites since they scarfed down each and every recipe I gave them. It smells fresh, there’s a crunch they like, and its easy clean-up since they licked the plates clean.
It is a bit on the expensive side but feeding real food will save you on the vet bills. Kirby, at 9 years old, has rarely been ill. Kenzie is only 2 years old and healthy as a horse. Both have a ton of energy. It’s all from eating wholesome, real food! Home cooking is the best but this is the next best thing. Use it for meals, toppings, or treats.
Thinking about it but not sure? They have 1 oz. sample boxes of each recipe for only $2.48 or a 3-pack bundle for only $6.99
What if I win? The winners will be notified by email and announced here on our website, on Twitter, and on Kirby's FaceBook Page! Winners must provide their name and mailing address so that the prize can be shipped. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen in their place.
Disclosure: We received this product to review and were not compensated in any other way. Our opinions are solely based on our experience with the product and knowledge of the company which we approve. The Simple Food Project is providing the prize to the winner.
It all started out innocent enough. Kirby was in his back yard being a good boy as always when he saw that squirrel. The squirrel that kept coming into his yard day after day teasing him with a fun game of chase. Kirby’s only thought was “I’m gonna catch you this time!” And off he went running, jumping over this and crawling under that, when he suddenly realized he wasn’t in his back yard anymore. He stopped and watched the squirrel scamper away, then shivered remembering mama’s warning of never going into the woods behind the house. She had warned there were dangerous animals like coyotes and snakes that could harm him.
It was almost dark so Kirby knew he really needed to get home. But which way was home? He didn’t recognize anything as he wandered about looking for something to show him the way. He was hungry and he was tired, but mostly, he just wanted his mama.
Feeling very lost he heard a noise right behind him. Terrified he spun around peering into the darkness. Trying to use his bravest voice, he barely whispered, “Who’s there?” A bit more rustling and the pit bull was standing only inches from him. Shaking from head to toe Kirby looked up into her eyes and whispered, “Daisy, are you going to eat me for your dinner?” The pit bull slowly shook her head, and with the saddest eyes Kirby had ever seen, she replied, “No Kirby I would never hurt you. I saw you chasing that squirrel so I followed you to make sure you were ok. The woods can be a scary place for a little dog like you.” Kirby breathed just a little easier even though he was still quite afraid. Sitting down, Daisy continued, “I can show you the way home but you look so tired maybe you need to rest first?” Kirby did feel very tired and in that moment he practically slumped into a ball muttering, “Maybe just a few minutes would be ok.” Closing his eyes he fell fast asleep.
As Kirby slept he felt warm and safe just like in mama’s bed. He snuggled deeper into the warm covers content until the morning light slowly awakened him. Only he wasn’t in mama’s bed. Then he remembered getting lost in the woods. Carefully looking around he realized that what he thought were covers was actually Daisy snuggled around him. She had kept him warm and safe through the night. Daisy slowly lifted her head saying, “Good morning Kirby. Are you ready to go home now?” Surprised by her kindness, but still fearful, he carefully stepped away watching for any sign she would attack him. He saw the sadness in her eyes again but he didn’t understand why.
Daisy seemed to know just which way to go so Kirby was quite happy to follow her. When Kirby‘s tummy started growling Daisy used her nose to find some berries for them to eat. Daisy also found a small stream just as Kirby realized he was thirsty. Soon Kirby forgot he was afraid of her as he trotted beside her enjoying the warmth from the sunlight filtering through the trees.
Kirby was feeling a bit safer with Daisy so he mustered up the courage to ask her why she didn’t eat him since that's what pit bulls do. “Oh Kirby”, she replied, “I know there are stories about pit bulls being mean dogs but that just isn’t true. We’re the same as you. We want a home and a family to love. There are bad dogs in the world but it's not because of their breed. It's because there are bad owners who make them bad dogs.”
Kirby decided then and there that he would be Daisy's friend and told her just that. He also told her he knew the neighborhood dogs would accept her into the pack once they knew how nice she really was. Daisy wagged her tail, and with a smile, said, "I'd like that very much Kirby but first we need to get you home. Your mama must be very worried." The thought of his mama made Kirby trot even faster while his wagging tail let Daisy know he wasn't afraid of her anymore. Side by side they headed home.
It's been said chicken noodle soup is soup for the soul. Kirby and Kenzie lap up every drop of this healing bowl of goodness so why not fix a bowl for your dog?
This versatile nutritious meal will be a pup pleaser whether served cold in the summer or warmed in the winter. If sharing I would leave out the ground chicken bones which leave a gritty taste your pup will love but you, not so much.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Soup for the Soul
The Canine Chef Cookbook