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Top 8 homemade dog food recipes

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Making sure your dog stays fit and healthy is really important and there's no better place to start than their diet. So let’s look at the best homemade dog food recipes

By Ashley Murphy

Benefits of home cooked dog food recipes

A  home cooked dog food diet gives you peace of mind. It puts you in control of what foods and ingredients are going into your dog, and which ones aren't. If you buy organic ingredients, you can guarantee your dog is eating organic ingredients. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for every brand of “organic” dog food. It might also save you some money, especially if buy in bulk and have plenty of freezer space.

Balanced homemade dog food recipes

1# Minced chicken, rice, and vegetables

  • 1.3kg minced chicken
  • 410g mixed frozen vegetables
  • 740g rice

Put the ingredients into a saucepan or casserole dish. Stir in 1.5litres of water until it turns into a smooth mixture. Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the water is absorbed.
Cooking time: 35mins
Quantity: 10 meals

2# Homemade chicken heart with turkey mince

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 450g chicken hearts
  • 450g minced turkey
  • 2 apples,
    2 pears roughly chopped
  • 3 carrots,roughly chopped
  • 200g French beans
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 200g strawberries
  • 100g blueberries
  • roughly chopped

Warm up a large frying pan. Add the coconut oil and chicken hearts. Stir until browned. Revome chicken hearts from the pan and chop into little pieces. Add the turkey mince to the pan go 8-10 mins. Chop the vegetables and fruit. Add everything together and stir for 10mins.
Cooking time: 25min
Quantity: 20 meals

3# Homemade sardine and liver blend

  • 2 sardines
  • 2 tablespoons fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chopped apple (no pips)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped beef liver
  • 1/4 teaspoon bone meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic dried kelp
  • 1 tablespoon  chopped carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid K-9 glucosamine

Put the sardines into a bowl and mash into a paste. Mix in all the ingredients, stir, then serve. High in nutrients and healthy omega-3 fish oil.
Cooking time: 5 mins
Quantity: one portion

4# Chicken legs with mincemeat and oats

  • 2 chicken legs
  • 190g rice
  • 450g beef mince
  • 55g oats
  • 280g spinach
  • 310g  broccoli
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 225g cottage cheese
  • 120ml olive oil

Boil chicken legs for 40mins. Remove the legs, then discard the skin and bones. Finely chop the meat, then set aside. Simmer the rice until cooked, then add the chicken. Heat the beef over a medium-high heat until cooked. Mix everything together and then serve.
Cooking time: 1.5hrs
Quantity: 10 servings

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5# Doggy meatloaf

  • 680g beef mince
  • 3 sticks celery, chopped
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 80g oats
  • 115g wheatgerm
  • 170g tomato concentrate
  • 4  potatoes
  • 1 stick celery

Preheat the oven to 180c. Grease a roasting tin with oil. Mix the beef, celery, carrots, apple, eggs, bread, oats, wheat germ and tomato puree. Divide into four parts and mould into loaves. Place loaves in the roasting tin and add potatoes. Cover with tin foil and bake for 80 mins. Cool before serving.
Cooking time: 1hr 20m
Quantity: 12 servings

6#  “Doggy” stew

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • chicken or turkey
  • 1 large potato or sweet potato,
  • diced 1 diced carrot ½ cup frozen peas
  • Water

Cook meat over med-high heat until browned, then add potatoes and carrots. Pour in enough water to cover vegetables, bring to the boil, simmer for 20mins. Add the frozen peas and cook for 5 more mins.
Cooking time: 35 mins
Quantity: 6/8 meals

7# Doggy omelettes

  • 2 organic eggs
  • 3 pieces of smoked salmon
  • 1 green pepper

Lightly grease an oven proof dish with olive oil. Crack the eggs into dish and green pepper and salmon. Stir together. Bake at gas mark 7 for 10-12 minutes.
Cooking time: 10-12mins
Quantity:  one serving

8# Beef and vegetable balls

  • 500g Ground Beef
  • Brown Rice
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • ½ cup of Spinach
  • 2 tbs parmesan
  • 2 organic eggs – 2 large sized

Pre-heat oven. Lightly oil a baking tin. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, then form into twelve balls. Place in the baking tin. Cook for 25-30 mins.

Cooking time: 30 mins
Quantity: 6/8 meals

Balanced homemade dog food recipes

The above meals were designed to have the right balance of protein, good carbs, healthy fats, and vegetables. Still, it's worth adding a few supplements into your dog's diet. Daily dose multivitamins, omega-3 fish oils, and probiotics will help keep them healthy and vibrant.

Some foods, even in small amounts, can be toxic for dogs. Keep your pet away from onions, avocados, chocolate, macadamia nuts, garlic, grapes, raisins, apple pips and yeast dough.

Homemade dog food puts you in control of what your dog eats. It can also save you money, but you will need to put in a bit more time. Some meals take over an hour to prepare and cook,  and it's no good cheating with quick, processed foods. The whole idea of a homemade diet is to make sure your dog gets the right amount of protein, carbs, and essential nutrients. Again, this requires effort and a bit more research, but you’ll be rewarded with a much healthier and a much happier dog.