Homemade meals and treats
Store bought dog food and treats are extremely convenient and if you do your research and purchase quality products, they can be very nutritious and exactly what your pet needs to not only satisfy their hunger but their nutritional requirement as well.
Today though we want to talk about homemade meals and treats for the days you want to spoil your furry friend or if you want to devote the time to offer them a homemade diet. Keep in mind to always consult with your veterinarian before switching your pet’s diet and that as a general rule of thumb, when it comes to their overall nutrition, the following is recommended:
So without further ado here are some recipes to make homemade meals and treats for the special pet in your life:
Beef Stew, Doggie Style
A much healthier alternative to canned dog food, this recipe is loaded with fresh protein and vitamins and can be stored in your fridge for most of the week.
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 or organic vegetable oil, plus 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying
Total: Makes approx 4 cups (or 32 fluid ounces)
Cook the sweet potato in a microwave for 5 to 8 minutes until firm but tender. Set aside.
Slice the stew pieces into smaller chunks, about the size of a nickel.
Cook the stew pieces in a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until well-done.
Remove the beef chunks from the pan, reserving the drippings.
Dice the sweet potato.
Heat the drippings over medium-low heat. Slowly add flour and water into the dripping while whisking to create a thick gravy.
Add the meat, sweet potato, carrots and green beans into the gravy and stir to coat.
Cook until the carrots are tender – about 10 minutes.
Store remaining stew in the fridge for up to five days.
Easy Homemade Dog Food Crockpot Recipe with Ground Chicken
If your dog is picky about the food he eats or suffers from food allergies, here’s a homemade dog food crockpot recipe that helps my dog. Enjoy!
3 lbs lean ground chicken
1 cup butternut squash I use frozen, precut
15 oz can kidney beans drained
1 cup peas
1 cup green beans
1 cup carrots sliced or diced
1 1/2 cup uncooked rice
4 cups of water
Throw everything in crockpot.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
You can add in ground egg shells for extra calcium.
You can add in chicken livers for extra iron.
Apple crunch pupcakes
A fruity treat your dog will adore
2 ¾ cups water
¼ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
2 tbsp honey
1/8 tbsp vanilla extract
1 medium egg
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup dried apple chips (unsweetened)
1 tbsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix water, applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla together in a bowl
Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended
Pour into lightly greased muffin pans
Bake 1 ¼ hours
3 Ingredient DIY Dog Ice Cream
Because warmer weather is coming… eventually!
Quart of Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter
Peel & cut bananas
Throw everything In the blender
Blend that bad boy up!
Pour into cups and freeze!
Peanut Butter and Bacon Glazed Bones
Because peanut butter and bacon = YUM!
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup oil*
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons bacon grease, coconut oil, chicken fat, or any other fat that will solidify at room temperature, melted
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl.
Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour.
Stir until a stiff dough forms.
Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Whisk the bacon grease or oil and peanut butter until very smooth.
Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer)
The recipe used a basic canola oil, but you can also use coconut oil for fur/skin health. You can also use coconut oil in place of the bacon grease in the glaze.