Dog Food

Crockpot Chicken & Veggies 

Whether it’s the dog food recalls that flood the news these days regarding unsafe ingredients, or just because you want your pup to eat healthy, you should consider making your own homemade food.

Here is a very simple recipe that you can throw together quickly. Depending on the size of your crockpot, you can increase the quantities of the ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (optional)
  • 4 cups of water

Throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker, set it to low and let cook for 6-8 hours.

Allow to cool, then serve it up warm or store in airtight containers in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Optional: You should also mix in a nutritional supplement with the food, such as flax seed or fish oil. Should you decide to use fish oil add it after the food is finished cooking and is just warm to the touch. Cooking the fish oil takes away its nutrients.

DIY Dog Food

The best part about making homemade dog food is that you know exactly what is going into your pups bowl. It’s important to note that dogs have different nutritional requirements than humans for their proportional body size, such as:

  • High-quality protein (meat, seafood, dairy or eggs)
  • Fat (meat or oil)
  • Carbohydrates (grains or vegetables)
  • Calcium (dairy)
  • Essential fatty acids (egg yolks or oatmeal)

The recipe I am sharing today has a balance of 50% protein, 25% veggies and 25% grains, but the ratios can easily be adjusted to suit your pup’s breed and/or needs.

Keep your dog healthy and fit with this easy homemade recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

Instructions: 

  • cook rice according to package instructions and set aside.
  • heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat
  • add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks
  • stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and the brown rice you prepared, until the spinach has wilted and everything is heated through
  • allow to cool completely

Once you’ve made up a batch, you can divide it up into single servings, and freeze it. When ready to serve, you can defrost it overnight in your refrigerator and warm it for 15-30 seconds in your microwave.

Recipe adapted from: 

http://damndelicious.net/2015/04/27/diy-homemade-dog-food/

Blueberry Turkey Surprise

I have spent a great deal of time creating my own dog food toppers and dog food recipes for my pups. Today I want to share a topper with you that my dogs LOVE! I know yours will enjoy it too.

Ingredients: 

  • 2-3 pounds ground white turkey (quantity of meat depends on the size of your crockpot)
  • 1 cup whole grain brown rice
  • 12 oz diced butternut squash
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • water

Instructions:

  • crumble ground white turkey into your crock pot
  • add rice, butternut squash and blueberries layering in this order
  • cover with water and cook on low for 6-8 hours (crockpot times may vary)
  • mix when done cooking, serve when cool enough for your pup to eat

Note: If your pup is on a grain free diet, leave out the rice and cut back on the water.

This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days in airtight containers or can be frozen until ready to use.

This recipe is great for topping off or mixing in with your dogs current food. Just cut back a little on the amount of their regular food when you add a topper, so they don’t eat more than they should.

Beginners Guide To Homemade Dog Food

The great thing about making dog food in the slow cooker is the endless variety of recipes you can create using what’s in your pantry/fridge 🙂

Below is a simple diagram I found on the web to help get you started. If your pup is on a grain free diet, just omit that ingredient.

Vegetables or boosters should be added to the slow cooker recipes as shown in this diagram so your pup gets the proper nutrition. The extra vitamins and minerals are important to your dog’s diet, they help to maintain healthy joints and slow down the aging process.

Source:

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_573f2bdfe4b0613b512a0c24

Kale Cups

Most dogs won’t just eat raw kale because the taste just isn’t appealing to them. In order to incorporate some kale into my dogs diet I created an easy recipe that can be used as a meal topper or a treat. This particular recipe makes 18 muffins.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs Ground chicken
  • 12 oz chopped kale
  • 3 eggs
  • olive or coconut oil to coat baking cups
  • 3 muffin pans

Instructions:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • coat muffin cups lightly with either coconut oil or olive oil to prevent sticking
  • chop and steam kale
  • mix kale with ground chicken and eggs
  • fill muffin cups
  • bake 45 minutes – 1 hour or until done (oven times will vary)
  • allow to cool to touch and drain any fat

When completely cool store in fridge or freezer until ready to use.

Puploaf

There are many different recipe variations on the web for puploaf, this is my own version. My fur babies love it, so will yours!

Ingredients: 

  • 3 pounds extra lean ground beef (85% lean or higher)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Honest Kitchen Preference Base Mix (sold at your local pet store)
  • extra virgin olive or coconut oil
  • 2 loaf pans or one lasagna pan

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • lightly grease either 2 loaf pans or a lasagna pan with either olive or coconut oil
  • mix Honest Kitchen Preference Base Mix with hot water as directed on box and let sit for 5 minutes
  • add eggs to meat and mix well
  • mix meat and egg mixture with Honest Kitchen mixture
  • fill pans as you would for a meat loaf
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of your pans (oven times will vary, so check to make sure the meat is cooked through)

When cool enough to touch, drain any fat and cut into slices, you can refrigerate or freeze until you are ready to feed your pup. Warm the puploaf before feeding.

Important Note: Puploaf does not replace your dogs regular food. It does not contain all the required nutrition by itself. You can add puploaf as a topper to your dogs regular meal, just cut back on their food portion a bit so they don’t overeat.

Doggie Stew

A few days ago in my post entitled “Protein For Pups”, I discussed how very important protein is to your pups diet. This recipe is a protein rich stew that includes both chicken and organ meat.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup chicken livers
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 apple, sliced, cored and seeds removed and discarded
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  • add all ingredients to slow cooker except peas, parsley, and olive oil
  • add water to cover ingredients
  • cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 4 to 5 hours
  • 15 minutes before turning off the slow cooker, add peas and parsley
  • allow to cool before serving to your pup

Chicken & Veggie Delight 

Today, I am sharing another one of my simple recipes that includes some of my favorite superfoods for dogs. It can be made and frozen in batches to ensure your dog is never without a fresh meal. 

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lbs of sliced chicken breast 
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 3 handfuls of green beans
  • 2 zucchinis 

Instructions:

  • boil quinoa in 2 cups of water, set aside to cool
  • slice chicken into small strips and brown in a large pan 
  • add the vegetables and stir fry 
  • stir the quinoa with the chicken and vegetables then remove from heat
  • stir through your dog food supplements 

When cooking your pups food at home it’s always important that you include a nutritionally sound supplement in their diet. To enjoy good health, dogs require a high level of quality protein, along with a balanced level of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and animo acids.

Very Veggie Puploaf

I sometimes wonder if dogs get bored eating the same thing day after day, I know I would. Since I make homemade food and treats for my pups, I am always searching and trying to create something new for them to enjoy. Obviously nutritional needs play a big part, but why shouldn’t they enjoy different menu choices like we do. 

This recipe is new, VERY easy, my dogs loved it and so will yours! 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups each of chopped veggies (any kind you have on hand will do, I like to mix it up. I used sweet potato, carrots, spinach, and zucchini)
  • 3 lbs of extra lean ground beef (85%)
  • 1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oatmeal
  •  2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • ground up flax seeds or flaxseed oil (amount should be based on your Veterinarians recommendation)
  • unrefined extra virgin coconut oil to grease pans 

Instructions:

  • preheat oven to 350 
  • mix all ingredients together in large bowl 
  •  lightly grease 2 meat loaf pans or a flat baking sheet with rim
  • fill meat loaf pans or form loaf on baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour or until done (oven times will vary) 

After removing from oven allow to cool down enough to drain any fat that has collected in your pan.

This puploaf can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, defrosted and warmed before serving. 

Don’t forget to make sure your pup is taking their additional vitamins and/or supplements. If you’re using the Animal Essentials Multi-Vitamin Herbal Supplement that I discussed in one of my posts, or something similar, you can mix it right into this recipe or top the puploaf off using it as a gravy.