Home-cooked meals are way better than packaged, off-the-shelf products from the supermarket. If you have enough time at hand to cook your dog a nutritious meal, you can find numerous DIY dog recipes online. That said, you must choose the right one to ensure that the food contains all the necessary nutrients and has the right balance of ingredients.
Here are a few easy-to-make DIY dog food recipes you can try out at home:
1. Veggies and turkey
You need 1 ½ cups brown rice, 3 pounds ground turkey, 3 cups chopped baby spinach, two shredded carrots, one shredded zucchini, half a cup of canned or frozen peas, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Take a large saucepan and add about 3 cups of water to cook the rice. In another stockpot, add the olive oil and cook the ground turkey till it browns, which will take about 3-5 minutes, and ensure that you crumble the turkey while it cooks. Throw in the veggies and mix with the brown rice till the spinach wilts. Let the mixture cool before serving it to your canine.
2. Salmon, potatoes, and broccoli meal
For this DIY dog food recipe, you will need a squash, one head of broccoli along with the stem, 3 large potatoes, 2 carrots, 2 portions of salmon with the skin on, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Cut the broccoli stem and the squash, and peel the carrots. Mix and steam it in a rice cooker or bake in the oven. You can fry the potato shavings using 1 tablespoon of olive oil or place them in the oven. Use another tablespoon of olive oil to pan-fry the salmon. After all of the ingredients have been cooked, add them together in a bowl and mix. Ensure that you chop the food into bite-sized pieces for your dog. Allow it to cool you hand over this happy meal to your dog.
3. Pork and beef with veggies and blueberries
Grab 2 lbs of ground pork and beef, 1 large sweet potato and cored apple, 2 carrots, 1 cup of kale, 1 cup of rice, half a cup of blueberries, and one and a half cups of water for this DIY dog food recipe.
Add the ground meat into a crockpot and chop all the veggies. Once done, add all the chopped veggies along with the blueberries to the meat and mix well. Cook this for 3-5 or 5-7 hours, depending on whether you are cooking at high or low; essentially, the meat should be browned. When the meat is almost cooked, you can cook the rice in the water on a stovetop and add it to the meat mixture. Just give it a stir, and a tasty treat for your dog is ready.