Have you ever thought about making your own dog food? Maybe you think it sounds expensive and time-consuming or that you could be missing out on vitamins and nutrients essential for your dog’s diet that your supermarket kibble already claims it has. Well, did you know that homemade dog food recipes can actually be much more beneficial to your dog than anything you could possibly buy on the shelf? There are plenty of recipes that are completely nutritionally balanced and you know that they’re getting the best possible ingredients because you picked them out yourself. It is always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian to make absolutely sure that any homemade dog food recipe has everything that your pup needs. Here are some nutritious, well-balanced recipes that your pup will love. Plus, they’re easy to make. Read on to find out how to completely make your dog’s week.
stew (puppy style)
dog love beef? Of course your dog loves beef. This is a full-on beef stew that
your pup will absolutely drool over. It’s a fantastic alternative to the wet
food that you get at the store and, without a doubt, a lot healthier for your
pup. Here’s how to make this delectable doggy meal. Feel free to double this
recipe if you have more than one dog or are looking to freeze some leftovers.
- 1 to ½ lbs. of beef stew meat or beef chunks
- ½ cup of chopped carrots
- ½ cup of chopped green beans
- 1 sweet potato (small)
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup water
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- Puncture your sweet potato with a fork then cook
in the microwave until tender, usually about five to eight minutes for a small sweet potato.
- Cut the beef into small, chewable chunks, adjusting to the size of your pup.
beef chunks in olive oil.
- Once the beef is done, remove from the pan but keep the drippings.
- Chop the sweet potato into small, manageable pieces.
- To make the gravy for the beef stew, cook the beef drippings over medium-low heat. Gradually add ½ cup
of flour and water to the drippings while whisking until a gravy forms.
the remaining ingredients: beef chunks, sweet potato, carrots and green beans.
Combine with the gravy.
- Cook for about 10 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
- Let cool completely before serving.
stew in individual baggies in the fridge for up to five days. Freeze any
leftovers, thawing a serving at a time when needed.
a la pup
Yes, you can
make meatballs for your dog that are actually a balanced meal. By making the
food into meatball shapes, it switches up mealtime for your pup. Plus, the
directions are incredibly simple.
- 9 ½ – 10 lbs. ground beef (preferably lean) or ground turkey
- 3 cans of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 ¾ cups oat bran
- 4 mashed carrots
- Leaves of 4 kale stocks, chopped
- 3 slices of bread, cut into small cubes
- 4 eggs
- Combine all ingredients minus the flour in a large bowl.
- Create individual ball shapes. They can be any size you’d like,
although if they’re too big the meat may not cook properly, or will need extra
- Roll the balls in flour, shaking off any excess before placing on
a baking tray.
- Place them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until cooked
thoroughly. On average this will take about 25 minutes but could take more or
less depending on the size of the meatballs.
- Let cool completely before serving.
pumpkin puppy biscuits
a healthy treat for your dog instead of a full meal? Here’s a delicious treat
that is both healthy and will help get your pup’s digestive issues back on
track. This recipe makes 24 treats that are roughly 27 calories and 1.5 grams
of fat each so you really can’t go wrong no matter what way you look at it.
This tummy soothing recipe is a delicious treat that will leave your pup
begging for more.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 3 cups whole wheat flour (can also substitute brown rice flour or
- ½ cup of oats (can substitute an extra ¼ cup of flour if your pups
on a grain-free diet)
- 3 tbsp. of peanut butter
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Stir together the dry ingredients in a small bowl, the flour, oats, and cinnamon.
- In a second bowl, mix together the eggs, pumpkin, and peanut
butter until thoroughly combined. Then, add the wet
ingredients thoroughly into the dry
- Cover the
cutting board with flour and roll the dough out with
a rolling pin. It should be ½ inch thick.
- Now the fun part – cutting out the shapes with a cookie cutter!
You can use any shape you want.
- If the dough is too sticky, add some flour to your hands while
cutting out and picking up the shapes.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. They will be a nice golden brown when they’re ready.
- Let cool completely before serving to your pup. Transfer onto baking racks to speed up the process.
There you have it! Three incredibly easy and creative dog food recipes you can make at home. If they’re still hungry, shell out a few CBD dog treats, they deserve it! Nobody said that making your pup food had to be boring! Hopefully these recipes will encourage you to roll up your sleeves and get creative providing nutritionally balanced food for your dog. Don’t forget to get your dog some exercise too!