There are many benefits to making your own dog food, including the ability to easily accommodate any dietary restrictions your dog may have. You also can include your pooch’s favorite food items. When making your own, it is important to keep in mind that dogs do have certain dietary needs, such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and various vitamins and minerals, so be sure to meet their daily recommended nutrient requirementss.
Here are some great healthy DIY dog food recipes for you to try.
Doggie Beef Stew
This is a great recipe that can last for up to five days in your refrigerator or can be frozen for later use. The recipe makes around 4 cups.
1 pound of beef stew meat
1 small sweet potato
1/2 cup of carrots, diced
1/2 cup of green beans, diced
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Cook the sweet potato until it is firm but tender. Microwaving it for 5 to 8 minutes will achieve the right consistency. Set it aside.
- Slice the beef into chunks about the size of a nickel.
- Put one tablespoon of vegetable oil into a pan and cook the beef pieces until they are well done.
- Remove the beef pieces, and set them aside. Reserve the drippings.
- Dice the sweet potato.
- Heat the drippings with medium-low heat. Add water and flour into the drippings slowly to create a gravy. Be sure to whisk as you add the ingredients.
- Add all ingredients into the gravy and stir them to coat.
- Cook around ten minutes until the carrots are tender.
- Allow it to cool before serving.
Beef and Rice Crockpot Recipe
This recipe is awesome because you can prep it, throw it in the crockpot, and go about your day while it is cooking. It only takes 10 minutes of prep time and makes 12 cups of dog food, which can be frozen for future use.
2 ½ pounds ground beef
1 ½ cups uncooked brown rice
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 ½ cups chopped butternut squash
1 ½ cups diced carrots
½ cup frozen peas
4 cups of water
- Stir all ingredients into the crockpot.
- Cover, then cook on high heat for 2 to 3 hours or low heat for 5 to 6 hours.
- Stir as needed.
- Cool to room temperature before serving.