5 Fabulous DIY Dog Food Recipes!

Pamper Your Pooch: 5 Fabulous DIY Dog Food Recipes!

Explore 5 homemade dog food recipes for those who value nutrition and home cooking. Ditch the kibble and treat your pup to culinary delights

Hey there pooch parents! Are you someone who prefers home cooking? Are you concerned about your dog getting all the balanced nutrition you can provide? Does your dog often leave kibble or canned food untouched? If you’d like to treat your dog, and dont want to buy gourmet pet food, try to start making out of this world homemade food to pamper your pooch in the best ways, here are 5 fabulous recipes to get you started treating your pup to a culinary celebration!

Chicken Dance Delight:

Ingredients:

1 pound boneless chicken breast diced or 1 pound ground chicken, 1 tablespoon of oil (sunflower, olive or coconut), 1 egg, 1 tablespoon parsley, ½ cup shredded carrots, ½ cup chopped yellow zucchini, ½ cup chopped baby spinach, 1/4 cup no salt added chickpeas rinsed, 1 cup chicken broth or bone broth (no salt or seasoning added).

Note: Oats can be substituted with cooked Quinoa or cooked brown rice. Chicken can also be substituted with ground turkey if your dog has a chicken allergy.

How To:

Sautee chicken in oil, adding some of the bone broth gradually to keep from drying out. When the chicken is nearly done, whip the egg in and stir until cooked. Remove from heat. In a separate pan sauté the carrots, chickpeas, zucchini, and parsley, in the remaining broth to keep it moist while cooking until a little soft, not mushy. Add the spinach and toss together with the cooked oats and cooked chicken. Your pooch will be dancing like he just had a poultry party in his mouth!

Barking Beef & Veggies Bonanza:

Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef, 1 egg, 1 small shredded zucchini, ½ cup chopped broccoli, ½ cup water or beef bone broth (unseasoned and salt free) 1 cooked & mashed sweet potato.

How-To: Brown the beef, drain excess fat, add water or broth and veggies, toss and simmer gently about 3-5 minutes. Add egg and stir until cooked. Once cooled, add in the sweet potato mash for a touch of sweetness which is also a good source of potassium and fiber. You can also substitute plain canned pumpkin if your dog prefers. Bone-Appetit!

Fancy Fish Fiesta:

Ingredients: 2 fillets of salmon, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup of fresh green beans (chopped), 1 tablespoon olive or salmon oil, 1 can sardines in water (no salt, no seasoning, rinsed).

How-To: Grill the salmon and flake it into bite-sized pieces. Cook the quinoa, mix in the green beans, mashed the sardines in and then toss everything together with a drizzle of olive or salmon oil. Surf’s up for your pup!

Paw-licking Peanut Butter Oats Extravaganza:

Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons peanut butter (ensure no xylitol, sugar or salt added), 1 shredded apple (no seeds or skin), 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 2 cups of water.

How-To: Boil those oats to perfection. Stir in the peanut butter and apples. Once cooled, it’s a bowl of chewy, nutty nirvana!

Pawsome Tip: You can try some tasty variations. Roll them into balls and refrigerate to make a cool summer treat or bake into cookie shapes for a winter snack! For the baked version, use quick oats mixed with water, combine the remaining ingredients, shape and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until desired crispiness is achieved.

Egg-traordinary Veggie Scramble:

Ingredients: 2 eggs, 1 cup spinach (chopped), ¼ cup bell peppers (diced), and a pinch of turmeric.

How-To: Whisk those eggs and pour them onto a heated pan. Add in the veggies and turmeric for that golden glow. Serve it fluffy and watch your dog do the happy dance! You can also top it with a sprinkle of fresh blueberries for a tasty addition filled with nutrition!

Remember, every pup is unique! So, keep an eye on any food allergies or sensitivities. It’s always a good idea to consult with your vet before introducing new recipes, which should also be given gradually over time. Get cooking, pup stars, and may your dog’s bowl be forever yummy!

Editor’s notes: These recipes are intended as a guideline only. They can be served alone or as a compliment to your dog’s current food. However, if you are considering switching to an all home cooked diet for your dog, it’s advisable to seek the advice of a professional and transition gradually.

A dogs diet should be nutritionally balanced, which includes protein, calcium, fruits and vegetables, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Eggshell or seaweed powder are readily available to add calcium to your dog’s diet. Sardines can also provide both protein and calcium. Just be sure to buy sardines packed in water with no salt or seasonings added and don’t cook them.

Organ meats are also recommended, which can be purchased at your grocery store, or you can opt for a dehydrated formula available from top brands such as Vital Essentials. Generally speaking, along with the other necessary elements, a dog’s diet should have a minimum of 2-3 lean proteins overall, which can be mixed and matched to change up the flavor profile while maintaining the nutrient values.

There are a variety of ways creating the perfect meals for your prized pooch can be achieved. With a little know-how and patience, you can provide good home cooked sustenance you will feel good about and your canine companion will simply chow down.

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