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Top 10 Homemade Dog Food Recipes for a Balanced Diet

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1. Chicken and Rice Delight

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked chicken (shredded)
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup of cooked sweet potatoes (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup of peas
  • 1/2 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, cooked brown rice, and mashed sweet potatoes.
  2. Add the peas, chopped carrots, and parsley to the mixture.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Nutritional Information

IngredientQuantityCalories
Cooked Chicken2 cups320
Brown Rice1 cup215
Sweet Potatoes1/2 cup90
Peas1/2 cup60
Carrots1/2 cup25
Parsley1/4 cup5
Olive Oil1 tbsp120

This recipe is perfect for dogs needing a balanced diet with a good mix of protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables.

Tips

  • Ensure the chicken is cooked thoroughly and deboned to avoid any choking hazards.
  • You can substitute brown rice with white rice if preferred.
  • For an extra boost of nutrition, consider adding a scoop of a nutritional supplement like "The One" to garnish.

2. Beef and Sweet Potato Feast

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned
  • Nutritional supplement: The One, 1 scoop

Directions

  1. Cook the brown rice according to package instructions.
  2. In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium heat until fully cooked.
  3. Add the chopped carrots, kidney beans, peas, and cooked brown rice to the pot.
  4. Peel and mash the sweet potato, then add it to the mixture.
  5. Stir in the nutritional supplement.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool before serving it to your dog.

This recipe is not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients, making it a perfect choice for your dog’s balanced diet.

Benefits

  • High in protein from the ground beef, which supports muscle development.
  • Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber and vitamins.
  • Brown rice provides essential carbohydrates for energy.
  • Carrots and peas add additional vitamins and minerals.

Switching to homemade dog food recipes with quality ingredients can save you money and ensure your dog gets tailored nutrition.

3. Turkey and Quinoa Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • Nutritional supplement: The One, 1 scoop

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3. Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas, and quinoa until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely before serving to your dog.

This Turkey and Quinoa Mix is a fantastic option for those looking to provide their dogs with a nutritious and balanced meal. The combination of lean turkey and quinoa ensures a good mix of protein and essential nutrients.

Nutritional Information

IngredientQuantityCost
Ground Turkey3 pounds$12.00
Frozen Peas1/2 cup$0.25
Spinach3 cups$0.93
Zucchini1$0.96
Total22 meals$15

Tips

  • Always ensure the food is completely cooled before serving.
  • You can substitute quinoa with brown rice if preferred.
  • Add a nutritional supplement to ensure your dog gets all the necessary vitamins and minerals.

This recipe is part of our collection of homemade dog food recipes tailored for dogs’ wellbeing, with emphasis on nutrition, variety, and health benefits of key ingredients. For more information on the nutritional advantages, risks, safety, and customization of homemade dog food recipes, check out our guide for beginners.

4. Salmon and Spinach Supreme

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/2 can skinless, boneless salmon (3 ounces), drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 eggs
  • Nutritional supplement: The One, 1 scoop to garnish

Directions

  1. In a small nonstick skillet, heat the EVOO over medium heat.
  2. Add the spinach and salmon and cook until heated through.
  3. Add the eggs and stir continuously until cooked through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Let cool slightly and serve in a dog bowl.

This salmon meal is not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients for your dog’s health.

Fish oils are excellent for pups, and surprisingly it was tough to find many recipes that incorporated fish in their ingredient list. That’s why we were pumped to find this spinach and salmon recipe! This yummy dish from Rachael Ray is another dish you can share with your canine companion, as the meal works perfectly well for their human counterparts. Dinner for two, coming right up!

5. Lamb and Brown Rice Bowl

This gluten-free, moderate protein recipe is made using ground lamb, long-grain brown rice, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, lamb liver, and blueberries. It’s a wholesome meal that ensures your dog gets a balanced diet.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 large potatoes, grated
  • 4 large carrots, grated
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lamb liver, chopped
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

Directions

  1. Cook the brown rice in 3 cups of water until tender.
  2. In a separate pan, cook the ground lamb until browned.
  3. Add the grated potatoes, carrots, and chopped celery to the lamb and cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Mix in the spinach, cauliflower, and lamb liver, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Combine the cooked rice with the lamb mixture and stir well.
  6. Let the mixture cool before adding the blueberries.
  7. Serve in appropriate portions based on your dog’s size and dietary needs.

This recipe is tailored for health goals, life stages, and conditions, ensuring your dog gets the nutrients they need.

6. Chicken and Vegetable Medley

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 large or 2 medium apples, cored and cubed (no seeds!!)
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Prepare the ingredients by chopping the sweet potato, apples, and carrots.
  2. In a large pot, add the chicken, peas, sweet potato, apples, carrots, kidney beans, and green beans.
  3. Pour in enough water to cover the ingredients and add the olive oil.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and the vegetables are tender.
  5. Let the mixture cool before serving it to your dog.

Nutritional Information

This homemade grain-free dog food recipe yields approximately:

  • 7 to 8 cups (60 oz.)
  • 70 percent moisture
  • 10 to 15 percent protein
  • 5 to 7 percent fat
  • 5 to 7 percent carbohydrates

This nutritional information ensures your dog gets a balanced diet with the right proportions of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

7. Beef and Barley Stew

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 1/2 cups Barley
  • 4 Carrots, chopped
  • 2 Celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 Can of Tomato Paste
  • 4 cups Beef Broth (NO SALT)
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Optional: 1 Can of Corn
  • Nutritional supplement: The One, 1 scoop to garnish
  1. In a large soup pot, place all vegetables and pour in 4 cups of broth. Add more broth if vegetables are not covered.
  2. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  3. In a frying pan, cook the ground beef until browned. Add butter, carrots, corn, and tomato paste to the beef and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the beef mixture to the soup pot with the vegetables and broth.
  5. Let the mixture cool before feeding and refrigerating. You’ll need to use more water the longer the ingredients are cooked.

This nutritious stew is packed with 5 essential nutrients your dog can’t live without, ensuring a balanced diet.

NutrientPercentage
Moisture70%
Protein10-15%
Fat5-7%
Carbohydrates5-7%

Calories: 417 per cup (use our dog food calorie calculator)

8. Turkey and Pumpkin Dinner

Turkey and Pumpkin Dinner is a delightful and nutritious meal for your furry friend. Pumpkin is a superfood that improves digestive health and overall wellness in dogs. This recipe can be fed to dogs on its own or mixed in with kibble, making it a versatile option for your pet’s diet.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup zucchini

Instructions

  1. Cook the brown rice according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, cook the ground turkey until fully browned.
  3. Add the peas, spinach, and zucchini to the pan and cook until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Mix in the canned pumpkin and cooked brown rice, stirring until well combined.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool before serving it to your dog.

Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet. Moderation is key when introducing new foods to ensure a healthy and happy pet.

9. Fish and Potato Platter

homemade dog food with fish and potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/4 cup Greek plain yogurt

Instructions

  1. Cut broccoli, carrots, squash and steam in a rice cooker or bake in the oven.
  2. Slice potatoes into chips or make french fries if using a knife. Air fry the potato chips with 1 tablespoon of olive oil or bake in the oven.
  3. Pan fry salmon in 1 tablespoon olive oil with the skin on. Start with the skin side down on the pan at medium temperature. After flipping, pull off the crisp salmon skin and place it in the dog bowl.
  4. Mix steamed vegetables and salmon with Greek plain yogurt before serving.

Nutritional Benefits

  • Fish oils from salmon are excellent for pups, providing essential nutrients.
  • Potatoes offer a good source of carbohydrates for energy.
  • Broccoli and carrots add vitamins and minerals to the meal.

This recipe is a great way to incorporate fish into your dog’s diet, ensuring they receive a balanced and nutritious meal.

10. Chicken and Oatmeal Combo

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped vegetables (carrots, green beans, potatoes, broccoli)
  • Oil for frying
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • Nutritional supplement: The One, 1 scoop to garnish

Directions

  1. Start by chopping the chicken breasts into bite size pieces and sauté them in oil until cooked.
  2. Add the chicken broth, rolled oats, and chopped vegetables in the pan and simmer from 10 to 15 minutes.

This balanced homemade dog food recipe ensures your dog gets a nutritious meal tailored to their needs, emphasizing consistency and quality ingredients.

Nutritional Information

NutrientAmount per Serving
Protein25g
Carbs20g
Fat10g
Fiber5g

Tips

  • Ensure the chicken is cooked thoroughly to avoid any health risks.
  • You can substitute the chicken with lean ground beef or turkey for variety.
  • Oatmeal is a great source of fiber and helps with digestion.

Serving Size

This recipe makes approximately 4 servings, depending on the size of your dog. Adjust portions accordingly to maintain a healthy weight for your pet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider homemade dog food?

Homemade dog food allows you to know exactly what ingredients are in your dog’s diet, ensuring they get high-quality, fresh, and balanced meals. It can also be tailored to meet specific dietary needs or restrictions.

How do I ensure that my homemade dog food is nutritionally balanced?

To ensure nutritional balance, it’s important to follow veterinarian-approved recipes and consult with your vet to tailor meals to your dog’s specific needs. Including a variety of protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables is key.

Can I switch my dog to homemade food immediately?

It’s best to transition your dog to homemade food gradually over a week or two. Start by mixing small amounts of homemade food with their regular food, gradually increasing the homemade portion.

Are there any ingredients I should avoid in homemade dog food?

Yes, certain ingredients like chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, and raisins are toxic to dogs and should be avoided. Always research or consult your vet before adding new ingredients.

How do I store homemade dog food?

Homemade dog food can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze portions in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to 3 months.

Can homemade dog food help with my dog’s allergies?

Yes, homemade dog food can help manage allergies by eliminating common allergens found in commercial foods. Consult your vet to identify the allergens and create a suitable diet plan.

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