Americans spent almost $70 billion (yes, billion) on their pets in 2017. Now, that figure represents Americans alone, and the global industry is substantially larger. Why? Because we love our pets, and millions of us invest in the best bedding, accessories, food, day care or services, and more. That is why you might also want to have five very reliable recipes for homemade healthy dog food recipes, treats and meals on hand. After all, it can be a lot of fun to add fresh food to a dog’s diet, giving them a treat. It can also be a good way to experiment with switching to a homemade diet altogether, forgoing canned and dried foods and snacks.
There is an old saying about life being so short that we should always eat dessert first, and with that in mind, you should begin your experimentation in homemade dog food with these delicious treats.
*Is best if you purchase a dog biscuit shaped cookie cutter to whip these up
- 2 ½ cups oats (substitute whole wheat flour if your dog is not sensitive to wheat ingredients)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. salt (or less)
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 tsp. beef or chicken broth/stock (can substitute chicken or beef bouillon granules)
- Customizations: Bacon bits, eggs, shredded cheese, liver powder, or wheat germ
- Heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet (set aside)
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl (dissolving bouillon if you are not using stock)
- Knead until it forms a ball, sprinkle with extra flour or ground oats if too sticky
- Roll out on counter until ½ inch thick
- Cut into bone shapes or strips
- Place dough pieces on prepared cookie sheet
- Bake for 30 minutes and let cool fully before serving
Now, We Eat
Enjoy making these simple meals for your pup and remember that all of the recipes make enough for several meals. That means you can divide them into portions for your dog, refrigerate them and have a few wonderful experiences of watching them savor a healthy, homemade dish each night of the week!
All Dogs Love Beef Stew
This is a much better way to give your dog a savory, wet meal. Rather than something out of a can (even a well-researched option), this delicious stew gives them the fat, protein and carb needed for optimal health. Top it with a dollop of yogurt to add some probiotic zing!
- 1 small sweet potato, cooked and cooled and cubed
- 1 pound of beef stew meat
- 1 tbsp organic vegetable oil
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1/2 cup each diced carrots and green beans and white flour (or ground oats if your pooch has a wheat allergy)
- 1/2 cup organic vegetable oil
- Slice the stew pieces into chunks sized for your dog’s mouth
- Cook in the oil until well done and remove from pan, leaving the oil and drippings
- Reheat the drippings over medium and add the flour and oil to make a thick gravy.
- Stir in the meat, sweet potato, and vegetables, cooking until veggies are tender, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool completely, even overnight in the fridge.
- Warm before serving
Healthy and Fast Supper
If your dog needs to shed a bit of weight or eat light for some reason, this is the dish to prepare. Tasty and satisfying it has lots of healthy fat, protein and carbs.
2 cups uncooked brown rice
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
6 cups water
1/2 (16 ounces) package frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower
- In a Dutch oven, combine the rice, turkey, rosemary and water, stirring well to break up the meat
- Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce to low, simmering for 20 minutes.
- Stir in the frozen vegetables, cover and cook for five minutes more.
- Remove from the stove, leaving the lid in place, and allow cooling completely (and for rice to absorb as much fluid as possible)
- Refrigerate overnight and then warm gently to serve
Meat Loaf Anyone?
You’d love to give your pup a serving of meat loaf right off your plate, and they’d love it too, but table food is not always the healthiest. This delicious take on human meat loaf, though is fantastic and a pretty tasty alternative.
- 2 whole eggs
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- 3 cups of meat, ground (It can be a single meat or a blend of ground meat including poultry, veal, beef and even pork)
- ½ cup of grated vegetables (this can be done in a food processor of you prefer)
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 F
- Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.
- Shape into large meat balls or press into muffin cups
- Bake on a greased cookie sheet or in the tin for 35 minutes (or until done).
- Cool completely before serving
Basic Raw Food Recipe
If you are eager to give your dog a raw food diet, remember a few things. Don’t give them any bones of any kind – raw or cooked. This is unhealthy and unsafe. Choose organic, free range and grass fed for optimal flavor and safety and add those supplements to give premium nutrition.
- 1 ½ cups of raw meat including beef, chicken, buffalo, lamb, turkey, or venison (skip the pork in all raw dishes)
- 1 cup mixed organic vegetables including carrots, broccoli, raw peas, romaine lettuce, and squash
- 2 tbsp calcium supplement such as bone meal
- 1 tbsp cod liver oil
- 1 powdered serving of multivitamin supplement for dogs
- With a grinder or grinder attachment on a food processor or mixer, grind the meats.
- Next, grind all of the vegetables until smooth.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients until fully combined
- Start with small servings when introducing the raw diet and see if your pup digests this well and enjoys the taste.
- If not, you can also sauté the remaining ingredients and add some cooked rice to see if they prefer it cooked, cooled and fresh.
It is not at all difficult to make delicious dishes for your best friend, and they’ll love smelling the aromas and then getting a big serving of that dish all to themselves!