There’s no better way to ensure that your dog is getting exactly what he/she needs in their diet than making meals for your dog. But for some, the idea of hand-making meals is just another thing we don’t have enough hours in the day for. That’s why when selecting the recipes we ensured that they were simple enough to make, both in regards to the ingredients and the time and steps to make them. And we’ve already done the research for you so click through our list of amazing recipes and bookmark your favorites! Remember to keep any dietary restrictions (like food allergies) in mind, and be sure to talk to your vet about the switch to homemade meals and how it could affect your pup.
This is a great ‘homemade dog kibble’ dish as all of the ingredients, except the turkey, are cooked in one pot. You could, of course, just serve this as a stew, or make your own dry dog food kibble. It takes about an hour, but it’s very easy and also very empowering to make dog food that has always been a bit of an industry secret. Create quick crunchy dog kibble that your dog will love. With wholesome ingredients and complete control, you can feed a healthy balanced diet with yummy toppers and cheaper than quality commercial dry dog foods.
Turkey is great as it’s very low in fat and very digestible, which makes it useful for dogs who are allergic to the usual protein sources—lamb, beef, and chicken. Turkey is also handy as it’s readily available ground.
- 1 cup and 1 tablespoon (200 g) brown rice
- ½ cup (100 g) lentils
- 5 cups (1¼ liters) water
- 3 medium carrots (200 g), peeled and chopped
- 1 medium sweet potato (200 g), scrubbed and chopped
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped, or ½ cup (100 g) unsweetened applesauce
- ¾ cup (100 g) steel-cut oats
- 1¼ tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 small sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 2¼ cups (500 g) ground turkey, about 18 ounces
- ¼ cup (50 ml) olive, sunflower, or canola oil, plus additional oil for greasing
1. Put the rice and lentils into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes.
2. Once the rice and lentils are cooked, add the chopped carrots, sweet potato, and apple to the saucepan. Stir in the oats and chopped herbs and gently simmer for 20 minutes more. Add an extra cup of water if the mixture is too dry. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
3. Meanwhile, brown the ground turkey in a separate frying pan. You will need to keep stirring it while it is cooking to prevent it from sticking to the pan as it is very low in fat. It will take about 10 minutes to cook through.
4. Put half the cooked vegetable and grain mixture into a food processor with half the cooked turkey, add half the oil, and pulse until the mixture resembles a thick purée.
5. Grease 2 cookie sheets and spread the mixture onto one of the sheets so that it is about ¼ inch (5 mm) thick. The mixture will spread slightly so leave a bit of room for this. It is important that the mixture is not too thick because it will prohibit the dog kibble from cooking through.
6. Repeat as above using the second cookie sheet and the remaining ingredients.
7. Place both cookie sheets into the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes. Turn the dog kibble over so that it dries through, and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes. You should have what looks like two very large cookies. Make sure the kibble is completely cooked through, as any moist bits will get moldy after a couple of days. If it is not fully dried out, leave it in the oven for 20 minutes more.
8. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F/160°C. Remove the “kibble cookies” from the oven, cool slightly and cut them into small pieces. Place the pieces back onto the cookie sheets and bake for an additional hour, or until the kibble is completely dried (but not burnt).
Remove the kibble from the oven and let cool completely.
The finished dog kibble should resemble pieces of broken pita bread. It will keep in the fridge for 10 days.