The 10 Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Home cooked meals for dogs are beginning to catch on. In fact, this isn’t a new concept; pet owners used to feed their dogs homemade meals or their table scraps until packaged dog foods came along. Processed dog food is convenient, but nowhere near as good enough as homemade food. In fact, processed dog food contains chemical substances that make it bad for your dog. We’re going to take a look at some great homemade dog food recipes that every dog owner should write down somewhere. Each of these recipes is easy to prepare and brings a diverse and balanced selection of flavors and nourishment to your doggy’s plate.

If you’re new to the concept of making dog food at home, then you can check out our comprehensive guide on the topic before you get into the recipes. Now, without further ado, let’s start with recipes that are bound to make your dog go crazy and majorly improve its health.

The Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Homemade dog food comes in two flavors; cooked meals and raw meals. The type that you want to go for usually depends on you and your dog’s preference. It also depends on what sort of ingredients you use. For instance, if you plan on feeding broccoli or cauliflower to your dog, then you will have to cook these vegetables before serving them.

Cooked Foods

  • 1
    ​Doggie Beef Stew
  • 2
    ​Crockpot Beef and Rice
  • 3
    ​Veggie, Turkey, and Rice Mix
  • 4
    ​Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
  • 5
    ​Frozen Banana Treats
  • 6
    ​Chicken Jerky Strips (Grain-Free)

Raw Foods

  • 1
    ​Simple Raw Food Mix
  • 2
    ​Veggie Smoothie
  • 3
    ​Raw Fish Mix
  • 4
    ​Fruity Dessert

Doggie Beef Stew

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A simple yet delicious mixture of vitamins and proteins, this meal is pretty much any dog’s favorite. The recipe that we’re going to go through will produce around four servings of beef stew that you can store in your fridge for around a week.

Ingredients
  • ​1 Lb. of beef cut fit for stewing.
  • ​1 sweet potato or normal potato.
  • ​½ cup of chopped green beans.
  • ​½ cup of chopped carrots.
  • ​½ cup of flour (preferably whole grain, but white flour can be used as well).
  • ​½ cup of vegetable oil or water.
  • ​1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying.
Preparation
  • ​Cut meat into small, half-inch cubes and place them in a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Cook in medium heat for 15 minutes until the beef cubes are well-done.
  • ​Remove the cooked beef from the pan and set aside its drippings as well.
  • ​Microwave a sweet potato for around 8 minutes until it becomes tender. If you’re using a normal potato, then boil it until it becomes completely tender.
  • ​Chop the sweet potato/normal potato into small cubes and set aside.
  • ​Now heat the beef drippings on medium to low heat. Add ½ cup of water to the drippings and ½ cup of flour to the mixture and gently stir it. Cook the mixture until it turns into a thick gravy.
  • ​Finally, add your beef, potato, beans, and carrots to the gravy. Cook the stew for around 10 minutes to make sure that the vegetables become tender.
  • ​Wait for the beef stew to cool down to room temperature before you serve it to your dog.

Crockpot Beef And Rice

An equally nutritional meal that is very simple to make. You can prepare this meal in 10 minutes and get around 12 cups of food that can be frozen and served later on. This meal is packed with protein and good carbs, and a variety of veggie vitamins.

Ingredients
  • ​2 and ½ cups of minced beef.
  • ​1 and ½ cups of brown rice.
  • ​1 can of kidney beans (rinsed and drained) or around 15 ounces of freshly boiled kidney beans.
  • ​1 and ½ cups of chopped carrot.
  • ​½ cup of frozen peas.
  • ​1 and ½ cup of butternut squash.
  • ​4 cups of water
Preparation
  • ​Add all of the ingredients mentioned above in a crockpot and fill it with 4 cups of water.
  • ​Close the crockpot and leave it on high heat for around 2 to 3 hours. Alternatively, leave it on low heat for 5 to 6 hours.
  • ​Stir the contents after the time is up and let it cool down before you serve it.

Veggie, Turkey, And Rice Mix

A leaner take on protein-rich foods, this recipe is great for a dog that needs to focus on losing weight. This recipe will give you 10 cups of dog food that you can easily store for 5 days. You can expect a healthy amount of protein, carbs, and veggies in this recipe. You’ll need a Dutch oven to cook this meal.

Ingredients
  • ​6 cups of water.
  • ​2 cups brown rice.
  • ​1 Lb. of ground Turkey.
  • ​½ cup of fresh or frozen carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  • ​1 teaspoon of dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, or oregano).
Preparation
  • ​Add all the ingredients mentioned above (except for the veggies) into a Dutch oven along with the water.
  • ​Give the mixture a few stirs to make sure that all the ingredients get distributed properly.
  • ​Bring the water to a boil and leave it to simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes.
  • ​Now add the veggies and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • ​Bring the meal down to room temperature and then serve and store it.

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Pumpkin is great for a dog’s digestive system, which makes these biscuits a superb item to keep on the menu. Not only will they facilitate digestion, but they can also be fed to a dog suffering from stomach problems. You’ll be able to produce around 24, one ounce balls from this recipe.

Ingredients
  • ​2/3 cups of pureed pumpkin.
  • ​1/3 cup of cold water.
  • ​2 cups of brown rice whole grain flour.
  • ​1 egg (optional)
  • ​2 and ½ tablespoons of olive oil or flaxseed oil.
Preparation
  • ​Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
  • ​Prepare a baking tray by adding two layers of baking paper.
  • ​Take the pumpkin puree and stir it to smoothen its texture. You can also add an egg into it at this point if you are using one.
  • ​In a separate bowl, add olive/flaxseed oil to the brown rice flour and stir well.
  • ​Once you have readied your rice mixture, begin adding your pumpkin puree into it while constantly stirring.
  • ​Mix all the ingredients with your hands until a consistent doughy texture is reached.
  • ​Pour out the mixture onto your baking tray and use a separate baking paper sheet or a spatula to spread it out evenly.
  • ​Lightly sprinkle some rice flour onto the mixture and cover it with a baking/wax paper sheet.
  • ​Cut the mixture into even portions and then place the tray in your oven.
  • ​Leave it in the oven for 40 minutes to let the mixture dry out completely.
  • ​You can now keep these biscuits in a container and feed them to your dog as treats.

Frozen Banana Treats

This delicious and refreshingly cool treat is perfect to give to your dog in the summers. It’s a combination of some energy packed and tasty ingredients that will make your dog crave these treats. This recipe will produce a serving size of 8 treats.

Ingredients
  • ​2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
  • ​4 cups of plain yogurt.
  • ​3 ripe, peeled bananas.
Directions
  • ​Mash the bananas and blend them along with all the other ingredients into a puree.
  • ​Pour the puree into an ice cube tray or plastic cups and leave it to freeze until it becomes firm.
  • ​Once firm, you can serve it to your dog and keep it stored in the freezer for around 2 weeks.

Chicken Jerky Strips (Grain-Free)

A much healthier alternative for rawhides since this recipe doesn’t include any preservatives. It doesn’t include grains either, which can be harmful to some dogs. The recipe is painfully simple and will produce around 10 to 20 strips of chicken jerky.

Ingredients
  • ​2 to 4 chicken breasts without the skin.
Preparation
  • ​Preheat your oven to about 200 degrees.
  • ​Prepare the chicken breasts by removing any excess fat on them.
  • ​Slice the breasts into 1/8 inch strips with a knife.
  • ​Prepare a baking tray with baking sheets and place the strips on it.
  • ​Bake them for around 2 hours.
  • ​Remove the dried and hardened chicken, let it cool and then serve it to your pooch. These strips can easily be stored for up to 2 weeks.

Simple Raw Food Mix

If you aren’t good at cooking or you want to provide your dog with a more natural diet, then this is a great dog food recipe. It’s simple to make and packed with a ton of nutrients.

Ingredients
  • ​1 cup of mixed vegetables that can be served raw (carrots, cabbage, lettuce, etc.)
  • ​1 and ½ cup of raw red or white meat. You can use organ meat as well.
  • ​2 tablespoon of bone meal or half a cup of milk or yogurt.
  • ​1 tablespoon of cod liver oil.
Preparation
  • ​Dice your raw meat into manageable sizes. You can also use a grinder to grind the meat.
  • ​Make a puree out of the vegetables by blending them.
  • ​Now take all the ingredients and place them in a large bowl. Mix them up and serve them to your dog fresh.

Veggie Smoothie

This is a great way to provide your dog with a burst of vitamins and beneficial minerals. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t give this to your dog more than twice a week as they need protein in their diet.

Ingredients
  • ​¼ cup of apples, bananas, peaches, and pears.
  • ​¼ cup of spinach, green beans, squash, carrots, and zucchini.
  • ​4 tablespoons of plain yogurt.
  • ​¼ cup of any fruit juice other than grape juice (which can cause kidney failure in dogs).
  • ​1 tablespoon of cream cheese.
Preparation
  • ​Take everything and toss it into a blender.
  • ​Blend it all until a nice and consistent mixture is formed.
  • ​Serve the mixture to your dog while it’s fresh.

Raw Fish Mix

Fish can be a great source of not only proteins but some fatty acids as well. Dogs love the taste of raw fish, so this dish can be particularly appetizing for them.

Ingredients
  • ​1 can of pink salmon or tuna.
  • ​2 Lbs. of fish fillet.
  • ​4 tablespoons of parsley.
  • ​2 tablespoons of oregano.
  • ​2 eggs.
  • ​½ cup of boiled rice.
  • ​1 tablespoon of bone meal or 4 tablespoons of yogurt.
Preparation
  • ​Blend all the ingredients (except for the rice) in a blender.
  • ​Mix the rice and blended ingredients well and then form palm-sized balls.
  • ​Serve the mixture while it’s fresh.

Fruity Dessert

This incredibly delicious and fruity dessert can be a great way to treat your dog now and then. It also has a ton of vitamins and nutrients to offer. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t add raisins, chocolate, grapes, or macadamia nuts to this meal. All of these ingredients can be incredibly dangerous for a dog.

Ingredients
  • ​¼ cup of chopped apples (without the seeds).
  • ​¼ cup of strawberries.
  • ​¼ cup applesauce.
  • ​¼ cup of yogurt.
  • ​1 tablespoon of brewer’s yeast (optional).
  • ​½ cup of blueberries.
Preparation
  • ​Take all the ingredients and blend them into a refreshing smoothie.
  • ​Serve to your dog while it’s fresh and cool.

These are some of the best and easiest to make dog foods that you can add to your doggie cookbook. Each of these meals has been designed with nourishment, variety, and taste kept in mind. Switching to a healthy homemade meal plan for your pet will immediately produce noticeable results. You can expect your pooch to look healthier, fresher, and become more energetic within a couple of months.

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  1. I am looking for your diabetes dog food made with chicken, vegetables, and lentils,I feel I saw it on your website Thank you Kelli

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