When feeding your dog on kibble, their eating habits tend to get really boring. Imagine having to eat the same type of food each time. How boring would that be? Being the loving pet owners that we are, we have come up with innovative ways of availing homemade dog food recipes to our pets.
So, we will show you 11 Best Healthy Homemade dog food recipes
Buying kibble can be unnecessarily expensive, more so if you can spare some time each day to cook your pooch something delicious. This article will, therefore, provide you with the recipes you can use to make a delicious, healthy and nutritious meal for your pet
By feeding your dog on homemade foods, you take total control of the ingredients that your dog feeds on. This is essential in cases where your canine friend has allergies and stomach upsets when fed on kibble. Here are some healthy homemade dog food recipes you can feed your dog on.
1. Doggie Beef Stew
This recipe provides your dog with a healthy source of vitamins and proteins. You can save some too in your fridge for next time.
- Sliced Meat for stewing, 0.4 Kilograms
- 1 sizeable sweet potato
- ½ a cup of diced carrots
- ½ a cup of diced green beans
- Flour, ½ a cup
- ½ a cup of clean water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Cook the potatoes in a microwave for up to 8 minutes and set it aside.
- Cook the sliced beef pieces in the cooking oil over moderate heat until well cooked. Remove the chunks from the pan and reserve the resulting drippings.
- Warm the drippings on moderate heat. Add the flour and water as you whisk. This results in thick gravy.
- Mix the sweet potato, meat, green beans and carrots in the gravy. Cook the mixture until the carrots are soft.
- Serve the meal while cool.
2. Rice-Crockpot meal
Besides being nutritious, this meal has a very short preparation time. It can be frozen as well.
- Ground beef, 0.2 Kilograms
- Brown rice, 1 ½ cups
- Rinsed kidney beans, 15 Oz
- Butternut squash, 1 ½ cups
- 1 ½ cups of chopped carrots
- Frozen peas, ½ cups
- Clean water, 4 cups
- Mix all the ingredients in a crockpot.
- Cover the pot while allowing it to cook over low heat for up to 6 hours.
- Occasionally stir the meal and allow cooling before serving.
3. Chicken jerky strips
This is an alternative to the suspect store bought raw hides.
- Boneless chicken breasts, 2 to 4 (it depends on how much you want to prepare)
- Preheat the chicken strips in an oven at 2000F
- Remove any fat from the chicken breasts.
- Use a paring knife to slice the breasts into 1/8 inch strips.
- Bake the strips on a baking sheet for up to 2 hours. The strips should be hard and dry by then
- Ensure the meal is adequately cooled before giving to your dog.
4. The old standard
This meal comprises of ingredients found in most dog foods, but it is prepared by you at home. It is just as healthy as the commercial versions.
- Brown rice, 1 ½ cups
- Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
- Ground turkey, 1.2 Kilograms
- 3 cups of chopped baby spinach
- 2 shredded carrots.
- 1 shredded zucchini
- ½ cup of canned or frozen peas
- Cook the rice in a large saucepan with 3 cups of water. Follow the preparation procedures.
- Add the olive oil in stockpot and heat over moderate heat. Add the ground turkey, cooking it until brown. Crumble it in the process.
- Add all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Let it cook for another 3-5 minutes.
- Let it cool before serving.
Your dog will absolutely love this.
- Lean, ground beef, 1.5 Kilograms
- Oat bran, 2 cups
- Pumpkin puree, 3 cans
- 4 carrots (can be boiled or steamed)
- 4 eggs
- A pinch of salt
- 4 Bread slices
- 4 finely chopped kale leaves
- In a larger mixing bowl, put all the ingredients and round the mixture into ball sizes that your dog might prefer.
- Lightly dredge the balls in flour
- Bake the balls at 2500F in an oven. The sizes of the balls should determine baking time.
There is no trace of chili though in this recipe even though the same suggests so.
- 4 carrots
- 2 teaspoons of butter
- Ground beef, 0.4 Kilograms
- Tomato paste, 1 can
- Non-salted beef broth
- Using a frying pan, cook the meat until it becomes soft.
- Mix the butter, tomato paste and carrots to the cooked beef. Cook for another 5 minutes
- Add the beef broth to the mixture
- Put the mixture in an oven for 30 minutes at 2500F
7. Frozen yogurt pops
These are made from human grade ingredients. Nonfat yogurt is preferred though.
- Nonfat yogurt, 6 Oz.
- Non-sugar fruit juice, 1 cup
- Minced carrots, ½ a cup
- Add the fruit juice, yogurt and carrots into a sizeable bowl. Thoroughly stir the mixture until it is consistent.
- Drop a spoonful of the mixture in the ice cube trays. Repeat until all the mixture is transferred to the tray.
- Allow the mixture to freeze until it becomes solid.
Tip: your dog will love it more if she likes to play with ice cubes around the kitchen. Plastic trays are preferred over the rubber ones
8. Vegetable-fruit strips
These are the alternatives to the chewy treats normally found in most pet stores.
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of minced carrots
- ½ a cup of organic applesauce (unsweetened)
- Wheat flour, 2 cups
- Rolled oats, 1 cup
- 1/3 cup of water
- Microwave the sweet potato until it becomes soft, normally for around 8 minutes
- Set the oven at 250 degrees celcius.
- Mash the banana sweet potato mixture until it is smooth
- Add the carrots, oats and flour. The applesauce is added slowly together with water.
- Roll the mixture on a floured surface to a 1/8 thick strip.
- Cut into smaller pieces and cook on a baking sheet for approx. 25 minutes.
Keep the excess in the fridge
9. Peanut butter cookies
- Flour, 2 cups (any can do)
- Rolled oats, 1 cup
- 1/3 a cup of peanut butter
- Honey, 1 tablespoon
- Fish oil, ½ tablespoon
- Water, 1 ½ cups
- Preheat the oven to about 250 degrees celcius.
- Mix the flour and oats in a bowl. Add a cup of water and blend to a smooth consistency.
- Add the peanut butter, honey and fish oil. Blend properly.
- Carefully add water to the mixture until it becomes thick with a doughy consistency.
- Create shapes using a cookie cutter and then place the shapes on a baking sheet for around 40 minutes.
- Feed the dog when the cookies have cooled.
10. Chicken casserole
Here is another delicious homemade dog food recipe.
- Chicken breasts, 2
- Chicken broth, 2 cups
- Frying oil, 2 teaspoons
- Chopped vegetable, 1 cup
- Chop the chicken breasts into manageable pieces. They should not be too big for your pooch to chew.
- Sauté the pieces in oil until they are cooked.
- To the mixture, add rolled oats, chicken broth and the chopped vegetables in the sautéing pan.
- Allow simmering for about 15 minutes.
- Serve when cool
11. Mini omelets
This is one of the best homemade dog food recipes that you should make for your dog to make sure that she eats something special.
- Organic eggs, 2
- Thinly sliced, smoked salmon
- Diced green pepper
- Oven safe ramekin, 1
- Grease the ramekin with a drizzle of olive oil
- Crack the eggs directly into the ramekin
- Stir the egg yolk until sufficiently combined.
- Bake the eggs at 1760F until fully cooked.
- Flip to cook the other side.
- Allow the eggs to cool before serving.
Homemade dog food recipes are a cheaper alternative to dog kibble. These recipes are a great way of using your exemplary cooking skills to make your pooch something she will enjoy. When done right, there is every possibility of never buying dog food again.
As always, you can use your wits and make something else more delicious. I hope that this article will make mealtime even more pleasurable, with your furry friend of course.