If you have a dog at your home, then you must have faced a time when you felt guilty about eating good food in front of them. You cannot always give them the food you prepared because it may be bad for their tummy. The problem is that when they make their puppy face, your heart melts, and you cannot help yourself. To solve this problem, you should cook homemade dog food recipes and keep their tastebuds as happy as yours.
How to choose homemade dog food recipes?
To make your furry friend happy, you can make them delicious home-cooked meals. You can sit down with them and have a mealtime without feeling guilty. The store-bought meals are generally very costly, and it is not very fair when everyone else in the family gets to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Knowing what to give to your pet can be quite daunting. You never want to upset their stomach, and that is probably why you depend upon store-bought stuff too much.
Just like fresh food is healthier for you, it is healthier for your dog as well. Don’t be afraid to make home-cooked meals for them. You will be surprised to find that these meals are going to be better than any of the store-bought stuff. Just follow the simple recipes, and you will become the best cook of your dog in no time at all. Whether it is their birthday or just any other ordinary day, the simple but nutritious meals that you make for them will be appreciated. Just keep in mind that half of the meal should be comprised of protein; the other half would be divided between cooked complex carbohydrates and produce.
Best homemade dog food recipes
To make your job much more manageable, here are some easy to follow recipes that will make the extra mealtime special for your pet.
Fish Lovers’ Delight
Here is one of the ideal homemade dog food recipes for dogs that love fish:
- Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
- Salmon (1 oz or 28.35 grams per 10 pounds or 4.54 kg weight of the dog)
- 1 Squash
- 1 Broccoli (keep the stem)
- 3 potatoes
- 2 carrots
The prepping process is straightforward and can be done in under 10 minutes. Wash the vegetables and start to peel the carrots. Keep the peelings as it is a good roughage for your dog. Then you need to cut the squash into small pieces. Take apart the broccoli head with your hands and cut the stem. You also need to save the potato into thin slices.
Take the broccoli stem, the broccoli head, the carrot peelings as well as the squash to put them in a steamer. You can use a rice cooker or even put them in the oven. Next, you need to take the potato shavings and bracelet with one tablespoon olive oil. Put the potato shavings in an air fryer for the oven.
The second tablespoon of olive oil will be utilized for pan-frying the salmon. Coat the frying pan with the olive oil then place the salmon skin side down at medium flame. Flip the salmon piece when the side is cooked. After you have fried both the pieces of salmon take apart the crispy skin and tear it up into pieces.
Put all the vegetables and the fish in the dog bowl and chop it up. It will not only create less mess but also will be better for your dog’s digestion. Make sure that you do not serve the hot food to the dog. Cool the dish for at least 15 minutes before serving it.
Beefy Veggie Quick Fix In Crockpot
If beef is locally available or loved by your dog, try this easy and quick homemade dog food recipe:
- Ground beef 2.5 pounds or 1.14 kg
- Butternut squash 1 ½ cup
- 1 ½ cup brown rice
- 1 ½ cup carrots
- 15-ounce canned kidney beans
- 1/2 cup frozen/ canned peas
Take your vegetables and chop them up. You do not have to chop the vegetables to finely me, but make sure that the pieces are small. Wash the rice and drain the beans. After you have drained them, you need to rinse them.
Place the ground beef, brown rice, butternut squash, peace, carrots, and the kidney beans inside a slow cooker. Put 4 cups of water into the cooker. Make sure that six quarters of the cooker is submerged in water. Put the lid back on and let it sit at low heat for five hours. You can also crank up the heat and let it sit there for two and a half hours. Keep storing from time to time and check the softness of the food. Make sure to cool the food thoroughly before you serve it.
Turkey’s Veggie Rice Bowl
Here is a recipe for your dog if your vet allows it to have turkey meat:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ½ cups brown rice
- 3 pounds of ground Turkey
- 2 carrots
- 1 zucchini
- 3 cups of baby spinach
- Half cup of peas
Take the carrots and the zucchini and peel them. Keep the peelings as your dog can digest them easily. Shredded the vegetables and also chop up the baby spinach.
Put 3 cups of water into a saucepan and cook your rice till it is soft. Set aside the rice and heat the one tablespoon of olive oil on a large Crockpot. Put the ground turkey in the pot and make sure it is on a medium flame. It will take you about 5 minutes to cook the turkey. It should get browned and uses your cooking spoon to crumble up the meat.
Start adding the vegetables, and when it becomes soft, put the rice in as well. When the spinach has wilted, you will understand that the mix is cooked correctly. Let it simmer for 3 minutes before taking it off the stove. Make sure to serve it after it has cooled down completely.
Vegetable And Chicken Mash
It is often important to give them veggies along with meat. Here is a recipe for the same:
- 2 ½ pounds of boneless and skinless chicken breasts and thighs
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 cups of peas
- 2 carrots
- 1 large apple
- 1 can kidney beans
- 2 cups of green beans
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
First dies the sweet potatoes into small cubes. The apple needs to be cubed as well after you have removed its core. The carrots need to peeled and sliced into thin pieces. Drain the kidney beans.
Take a stove pot and place the chicken in it. Add water to the pan till the chicken is completely submerged. Then, add all the vegetables except the peas (including the apple). After that, cook the meat and veggies for at least 8 hours. After that, remove the lid; add the peas to cook for another 30 minutes. After the food cooks thoroughly, drain the excess liquid, and put it into a food processor. Add olive oil then turn it into a mash. Take scoops of the mixture when the whole thing is completely cooled down, and put it into zip lock bags to freeze it. Serve it cool after thawing it out.
Here is one of the best homemade dog food recipes to wash your pet smack lips:
- 1/2 cups of brown rice
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 8 eggs
- 2 potatoes of any kind
- 4 carrots (large)
- 2 celery stalk (large)
- 1 ½ cups of rolled oats
- One-fourth cup of olive oil
- 2 pinch of salt
- 3 cups of water
Wash the vegetables and grate them finely. Chop up the celery stalks as well.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 205 degrees Celsius. Take three muffin tins and grease all the cups properly with olive oil.
Pick a medium-sized saucepan and add water with the rice. Bring it in a boil over the high heat and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Decrease the heat through low, covered it with a plate, and simmer for another 20 minutes. Take away the rice from the heat and let it cool for several minutes before fluffing it up with the fork.
Take a bowl, and it put the potatoes, celery, carrots, eggs, and ground beef. Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon or even your hands thoroughly. Add rolled oats, salt, and olive oil to this mixture. Mix everything properly.
Scoop this mixture and put it in the muffin cups. Pat it down so that it sits in the tray firmly. Bake the meatballs for 45 minutes. You can understand that the meat is cooked thoroughly when the surface set. Cool the meatballs down on a rack for at least 10 minutes. Remove the meatballs by turn the baking tray over an Aluminium foil sheet. Take a wooden spoon and tap the plate to release meatballs. Freeze them in the sealed plastic bags and thaw them out before serving.
Celebratory Extravaganza Raw Cake
Here is a special recipe for your dog
- 2 cups of white or brown rice
- Fruits (2 pears or three peaches or three plums; these fruits are safe and healthy for dogs)
- Four cups of no onion unsalted chicken broth
- One and a half cups of green beans
- Two large yams
- 1 cup of snap peas (other kinds of peas in the pod can also work)
- 2 cups of pumpkin puree
- 2 handfuls of parsley
- 12 eggshells
- 9 eggs
- 8 large carrots
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 head of broccoli
- ¼ head of a cabbage
- 1 zucchini or summer squash (yellow) if they are in season
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- 5 large apples (any kind)
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds or some raw almonds
- 1 cup of blueberries (optional as it turns the cake grey)
- Half cup of Rosehips
- ⅔ cups of nutritional vitamin-filled yeast or 1/3 cup multi-vitamin powder for dogs
- 6 celery stalks
- One cup of flaxseed
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- Half cup of olive oil
Start by steaming the yams. You can just put it in the microwave or even bake it by putting it in the oven. While the yams are softening, clean the eggshells. These, too, need to go it the oven. After it has dried by the oven’s heat, chuck it in a coffee grinder. The Rosehips need to be dried as well. After it has been dried, make it into a powder in the coffee grinder. The flax seeds should also be ground into a fine powder.
Place the pumpkin seed or the raw almonds in a fruit processer to chop it up finely. Wash all the vegetables and fruits, and soften them up in the food processor. You can add the oats as well. The eggs need to poach in water and cooled down.
Start by cooking the rice in chicken broth until it is done. You can use a rice cooker to make the process easier. Cool the rice after it has softened completely. Put the steamed/baked yams in a food processor with its peel.
Take all the ingredients (rice, yams, fruits, vegetables, nuts, peanut butter, etc.) and put all in a big bowl. Stir the mixture thoroughly; you may have to use your hands. Continue mixing until the mixture turns into a moist squishy gloop.
Place parchment paper or wax papers on two large cookie sheets. Scoop out balls of the mixture and place it on the waxed paper close to one another. You can shape the balls into cakes. Freeze them till they become hard. You can set the cakes inside airtight containers. Just thaw the cakes before serving it to the dog.
Do you think your dog loves meatloaf? Try this recipe:
- Ground beef 1 pound lean
- 1 ½ cups of mixed vegetables like broccoli, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, squash, or even apples.
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup cottage cheese or ricotta
- 1 ½ cups of rolled oats
The prep time is not much and can be completed in 5 mins. Take all the vegetables that you want to put and grate them finely. You can use a food processor.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with your wooden spoon. Make sure that the ingredients are thoroughly mixed before you place it in a loaf pan. Pick the meatloaf for 40 minutes. Freeze the meatloaf in slices so that it can be served quickly. Thaw about before serving it to the dog.
You can see how simple these homemade dog food recipes are, and it does not even take much time to do it. You should visit the vet once and discuss your dog’s diet. Ask them for some advice and show them the recipes that you want to try out. This way, you can give your dog not only an excellent nutritious meal but also maintain their body weight.
Just like us, our dogs also have proper calorific needs that cannot be ignored. Have fun making this means for your pup and watch them gobble down the delicious meal much faster than it took you to make it.