Homemade Dog Food Recipes Your Pooch Will Love
One way to be sure what’s in your pet’s food is to make your own. Here’s some healthy dog food recipes that are quick and easy.
Since publishing my post on 8 Toxic Pet Food Ingredients to Avoid, I have been inundated with questions about what brand of Dog and Cat Food I recommend. If you haven’t read it yet click the link below.
Truth is I don’t recommend any specific “brand”of dog and cat food. I do however, recommend being diligent about making sure the ingredients are quality and non-toxic. There are some commercial pet foods out there that are made with fresh, wholesome ingredients. They usually cost a bit more and require a little research to find the right one for your pet.
Or… Why Not Make Your Own?
The following dog food recipes will give you a great start into the world of homemade dog food. Try them as they are or experiment and substitute with your own ingredients and see what works best for your dog.
In the long run using a homemade dog food recipe is a time saver for me. One huge thing for me in making my own dog food is I can tweak the recipe and add in supplements that I want to give my dog.
I make a weeks worth from one dog food recipe and I also add the appropriate amount of supplement divided up in daily doses for the week. I give my dog “Miss Poovey” Worm Free Naturally and Sea Kelp Naturally so it’s super easy to just add in the total weekly dose and then when I divide the dog food recipe into daily portions it’s already in there.
It’s a small thing that sometimes feels like a big thing when I am busy attending to all that I have to in the daily running of Alternative Animal.
Benefits to making your own Dog Food Recipes
- It helps you save money in the long run. You can stock up on large quantities of meats and vegetables when they’re on sale, then prepare, package, and freeze the food ahead of time.
- You have TOTAL control over what goes into your pet’s food. You can adjust the ingredient list, making sure that there are no additives or preservatives going into your pet’s body. Plus, your pet can enjoy high-quality organic meats, and not the rendered proteins found in many processed pet foods.
- Your pets will enjoy fresh foods that can be catered to their special nutritional requirements.You can select the right vegetables, herbs, and other spices that have the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3s, and medicinal properties that your pets need.
Quick and Easy Dog Food Recipes
Beef and Veggie Stew
This dog food recipe recipe is full of fresh protein and vitamins and will keep in your fridge for up to a week.
1 pound of beef stew meat
1 small sweet potato, diced
1/2 cup of carrots, diced
1/2 cup of green beans, diced
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water or organic vegetable oil, plus 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying
Total: Makes approx 4 cups (or 32 fluid ounces)
1. Boil the sweet potato until firm but tender. Set aside.
2. Slice the stew pieces into smaller chunks, about the size of a nickel.
3. Cook the stew pieces in a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until well-done.
4. Remove the beef chunks from the pan, reserving the drippings.
5. Heat the drippings over medium-low heat. Slowly add flour and water into the dripping while whisking to create a thick gravy.
7. Add the meat, sweet potato, carrots and green beans into the gravy and stir to coat.
8. Cook until the carrots are tender – about 10 minutes.
9. Serve cool.
Store remaining stew in the fridge for up to a week.
Turkey, Rice and Veggie Medley
This is a great recipe for dogs who may need to keep the weight off. It has a good balance of lean animal protein, veggies, and health carbs. Yields 10 cups of dog food and can be refrigerated for up to a week.
6 cups water
1 pound ground turkey or chicken
2 cups uncooked brown rice
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 (16 ounces) package frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower
Total: Makes approx 10 cups
1. Place the water, ground turkey/chicken, rice and rosemary into a large pot.
2. Stir until the ground turkey/chicken is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low.
4. Simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Add the frozen vegetables, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and cool.
7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Paw-Lickin Good Liver Treats
Liver and other organ meats are part of the natural diet of wild canines and felines. Here’s a tasty way to serve it to your domesticated pooch or kitty.
1 lb. beef liver, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1. Dry the liver slices by blotting them with a paper towel, and then dust them with parsley.
2. Transfer the liver to a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 30 minutes at 325°F.
3. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven, flip the liver slices, and then bake for another 20 minutes.
4. Once the liver is cooked, transfer to a cooling rack. Once cool, cut into bite-sized cubes. Store in the refrigerator and consume within one week. If stored in the freezer, this can stay fresh for up to three months.
These recipes are just a sampling and by no means am I saying these are the only ones to make for your dog. You may have your own favorite you’d like to share with us? Please do!