Healthy Cat Food Made With Real Meat #NutrishForCats {and a Great Salmon Recipe for you, too!}

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.

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When it comes to feeding our pets, I want to feed them what is best for them. Just like whole, natural foods are good for us, doesn’t it make sense that it’s also what is good for them? Instead, many pet foods contain a number of fillers that aren’t healthy.

Our cat is part of our family, and I want to make sure he is eating a healthy cat food. He deserves a food with real meat! Because of this, I definitely appreciate Rachael Ray Nutrish. Not only does it contain real meat, but real meat is also the first ingredient. Bart appreciates it, too!

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Bart loves his Rachael Ray Nutrish for Cats. He particularly loved both varieties of the Wet Cat Food, but I also have never seen him gobble up dray cat food like he has been with his Real Salmon & Brown Rice. His favorite seemed to be the Tuna Purrfection.

Nutrish for Cats Natural Dry Cat Food is available in the Real Salmon & Brown Rice and Real Chicken & Brown Rice. The Nutrish for Cats Natural Wet Cat Food is available in the Tuna Purrfection, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Chicken Purrcata, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish-A-Licious, and Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver. Aren’t the names fun and clever, too? Plus, you can find it in many local stores that carry groceries.

Dinner For Two

To really drive the point home, we were provided with recipes featuring the ingredients that are in Nutrish for Cats. I decided to use the Salmon recipe since Bart is enjoying his Salmon & Brown Rice food. Our daughter was particularly fond of this idea and even asked if Bart could sit at the table with us when we eat it! Unfortunately, there isn’t enough room for that, but we both got to enjoy a tasty Salmon and Brown Rice dinner!

Smoky Maple-Glazed Salmon Supper

Smoky Maple-Glazed Salmon Supper recipe from the Kitchen of Rachael Ray


  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 bundle watercress or upland cress (2 cups), stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 4 medium to large carrots or multi-colored farmer’s market carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon all-natural liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup dark amber maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 salmon fillets, skin removed (8 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seafood seasoning
  • 2 cups frozen sweet peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

I, personally, didn’t use watercress or the Old Bay seafood seasoning. Instead I just left out the watercress and made my own seasoning blend with paprika, salt, and pepper.

Prepare the brown rice according to package directions. When rice is done, fluff with a fork and combine with watercress leaves. (Or in our case, just don’t add watercress leaves.)

When the rice has been cooking for 5 minutes, pre-heat the broiler and heat a skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon EVOO, a turn of the pan. Add the carrots to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Sauté to tender-crisp, 6-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small pot, bring the liquid smoke, maple syrup and cider vinegar to a boil and reduce over high heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Season the salmon with salt, pepper and Old Bay seafood seasoning (or your own seasoning preference). Heat the remaining tablespoon EVOO, a turn of the pan, in a large, ovensafe, nonstick sillet and cook the salmon top-side down, 3-4 minutes. Flip and pour the maple syrup glaze over the top of the fish and place under the broiler for 3 minutes to caramelize the glaze.

Add the peas to the carrots and heat through while the fish is under the broiler. Add the butter and chives to the veggies. When the butter has melted, turn off the heat.

Serve the salmon with peas and carrots and rice with watercress alongside.

This recipe serves 4 (though we stretched it to serve all 5 of us).

Smoky Maple-Glazed Salmon Supper from the Kitchen of Rachael Ray

Our “Dinner for Two” (or technically dinner for six) was amazing. I just love that Rachael Ray took pet nutrition to the next level by working with pet nutrition experts to offer amazing natural food for cats. Using real meat and cutting out all the junk is wonderful, and I’m glad to know our sweet Bart is eating something that makes him happy and is healthy, too!

Cut out all the fillers, animal by-products, artificial flavors or preservatives. Simple and healthy. A lesson from Bart – Sometimes it’s the simple things that make us happy!

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  1. I would like to try the chicken and brown rice please.

  2. Cindy Merrill

    The Pawlicious Chicken & Liver would be the choice for my beloved cats, Fred & Ginger.

  3. Amy Jarratt says:

    My cats like the chicken & brown rice

  4. Cathy Truman says:

    My cat Jasmine would like the chicken and brown rice cat food.

  5. Mary Cloud says:

    The Ocean Fish A Licious wet food
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  6. I would choose Real Chicken and Brown Rice.

  7. mickeyfan says:

    I’m sure The Lads would gobble all of them up, but Tuna Purrfection sounds good to me!

  8. I would love to try the chicken and brown rice flavor for my cats

  9. Jill Myrick says:

    I would choose the Salmon and Brown Rice dry food and the Tuna Purrfection we food for my kitties.


  10. Samantha Daleo

    I think my kitty would love the chicken and liver.

  11. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I would choose Ocean Fish-A-Licious.

  12. I’d probably choose the Dry Food: Real Chicken and Brown Rice.

  13. I’d pick Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver

  14. I’d like for my fur babies to try the Real Salmon & Brown Rice.

  15. I would choose the Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore flavor.

  16. Rachel Moliere says:

    The salmon dry food of any kind!

  17. Carissa Joslyn says:

    I think my kitties would like the Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore best! sounds delis..well for cats 🙂

  18. Charlene Kuser says:

    I would choose the Real Real Salmon & Brown Rice for cats

  19. I really enjoyed reading your Review on Healthy Cat Food Made With Real Meat #NutrishForCats {and a Great Salmon Recipe for you, too!}! I don’t have a cat so I don’t know much about them. Bart is a cutie pie though! And, it sure looked like he enjoyed his new food from Nutrish! I thought it was extremely clever of you to prepare your own family’s meal from the ingredients in Bart’s favorite food! I loved that one! Thanks so much for sharing your review, information, and recipe with us! I do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂
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  20. Karen Nadeau

    My kitten would love the chicken and brown rice. Thank you.

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