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.
Our dog food recipes “MAKE-AHEAD DOGGIE STEW” are human-grade so feel free to take a bite. Your dog will love this stew recipe, made with wholesome ingredients like chicken, apple, carrots, green beans, and peas. This make-ahead recipe is easy to freeze too. Divide the stew into freezer-safe bags or containers, defrost in the fridge, and serve.
Make-Ahead Dog Food is made with protein-rich ingredients. This recipe includes both chicken and organ meat. Look for chicken that’s on sale and freeze it for making this and other favorite dog food recipes. Other vegetables that work well in this recipe: cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. We chose vegetables that aren’t overly starchy but are packed with antioxidants.
3 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs
1/4 cup chicken livers
2 carrots peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen green beans
1 apple cored, seeds removes, and cut into quarters
2 to 3 cups water
1 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Slow cooker method:
Add all ingredients, except peas, parsley, and olive oil, to the slow cooker. Use just enough water to cover ingredients. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 4 to 5 hours. About 15 minutes before turning off the slow cooker, add peas and parsley.
Add all ingredients, except peas, parsley, and olive oil, to a large pot. Use enough water to cover ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook on low 1 hour or until carrots are tender and chicken cook through. About 15 minutes before turning off, add peas and parsley,
Allow ingredients to cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, add ingredients, and olive oil to a mixing bowl and either, mash with a fork, potato masher, or use a food processor, depending on the consistency preferred. I like to use a food processor and pulse about 3 to 4 times so that it’s the consistency of canned dog food. Allow cooling completely before dividing into freezer-safe ziplock bags or containers.
MAKE-AHEAD: The dog food mixture can be divided up and stored in individual freezer-safe ziplock bags. Frozen baggies should be defrosted in the fridge overnight. The serving size will depend on the size and breed of your dog. If you’re unsure of how much to feed your dog, check with your vet first.