Anatomy of a Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Introduction

If you have been scouring the Internet for a good homemade dog food recipe, I thought it might useful to share a simple set of core ingredients that you can use to create a wide variety of delicious homemade dog food recipes.

A Few Core Convictions

I am a firm believer in two things:

1) It is better to teach principles than specifics This belief is best captured by the adage, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

As an example, when a person learns the principles of cooking, they can easily improvise for specific meals based on the ingredients, equipment and desire that they may have at any particular moment. The same holds true for learning the principles of a good homemade dog food recipe.

2) I believe you have what it takes to control your dog’s nutrition The pet food industry has done you, the dog owner, a great disservice by making you feel as if only chemists and nutrition doctors truly understand what is best for your dog.

Nonsense! I believe you have everything it takes (love and motivation) to experiment and create your own delicious and nutritious recipes for your dog, recipes that are far more nutritious than the pablum that is served in most doggy bowls today.

Homemade Dog Food Recipe Principles

Thus, without further ado, here is the anatomy of a good homemade dog food recipe:

1) Begin with animal meat of some kind

This can be beef, chicken, turkey or lamb ground up or served in chunks. If you wish to serve ground meat you can purchase whole and use the excellent Maverick Meat Grinder to prepare ground meat.

In addition to these meats, you can feed fish (fillets) or even wild game such as rabbit, elk, venison, etc. (50% of your recipe should consist of one of these ingredients)

2) Add in organ meat of some kind

This can include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or pork liver as well as beef or lamb kidney. (10% of your recipe should include one of these ingredients)

3) Add other fresh ingredients.

Add in either eggs, yogurt or cottage cheese. (15% of your recipe can include one of these ingredients)

4) Add a vegetable of some kind

This can include broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, zucchini, cabbage or cauliflower.

NOTE: Vegetables must be mashed or puréed in a blender. (25% of your recipe can include one of these ingredients)

5) Supplement every meal with calcium.

If you are not feeding raw meaty bones to your dog, which contain calcium, you must provide a supplement in your meals. (You can add ½ pound teaspoon of ground eggshell to every pound of food.)

Feeding Suggestions

Finally, feed once or twice a day (these would be ½ portions) at about 2-3% of your dog’s body weight. For a 100 lbs. dog, this would be 2-3 pounds of food per day or 1 to 1 ½ pounds of food per meal if feeding twice a day.

Conclusion

And there you have it. Mix and match these various ingredients in the right amounts and your dog will receive great nutrition as well as healthy, homemade, delicious recipes.

Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with other ingredients altogether.

Feeding your pet a diet of homemade recipes allows for great flexibility as well as variety!

Dogs with allergies need special consideration and part of that is a change in diet. This can be easily accomplished by a simple search for dog food recipes for dogs with allergies. Dogs that have allergies in the large part have a serious sensitivity to commercially prepared food, which is the food that is generally available for a fairly low cost in your local supermarket.

Although commercially prepared dog food may be convenient, there is actually very little that the manufacturers take into consideration when it comes to your dog’s health and need for a nutritious food. Dog food recipes for dogs with allergies tend to be a more healthy choice for several reasons.

  • The ingredients that are used in these recipes are usually whole or fresh foods, or foods, lean meats and broths for flavoring. There are no added preservatives or fillers. Fillers are added to commercially prepared dog food to increase their bulk and weight, but provide absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever.
  • You can control exactly what goes into dog food recipes for dogs with allergies by choosing the recipes that you deem appropriate.
  • Large batches of these recipes can be prepared and then divided into individual serving sizes which can be frozen for future use.

Many dog owners find that dog food recipes for dogs with allergies are readily available in many popular sources.

You may go to your local bookstore and purchase a book, download one online or even find recipes for free. The recipes in themselves are great; however, you will need to supplement the food by adding minerals and vitamins to ensure that your dog is getting all of the nutritional value that he requires daily.

There are many ways to prepare dog food recipes for dogs with allergies.

The best thing to keep in mind is that you want to prepare large quantities of the recipe as mentioned earlier, so that you do not have to prepare it repeatedly throughout the week. You may wish to prepare enough for several weeks, and you also may wish to prepare more than one recipe to give your dog some variety.

Eating the same thing day in and day out can become very mundane, as you are probably quite aware. In addition, if you are supplementing, be sure to keep the vitamins and minerals separate from the recipe, adding it in only at the last moment in order to ensure optimum benefit from a fresh supplement.

Once you stop feeding your dog a commercially available food and begin feeding him a restaurant quality home recipe dog food (restaurant quality when compared to the garbage available for purchase in a bag). You will begin to notice many changes for the better. Your dog will probably stop scratching, hot spots will disappear, there will be no more paw licking and his skin will begin to become less dry. Your dog deserves to be healthy and happy and you have a responsibility to feed him as best as you can, while also ensuring he is receiving the proper nutrition.

Following dog food recipes for dogs with allergies is a simple and cost effective method of enhancing your pet’s general wellbeing.

Easy Raw Food Recipes

You may be a raw food newbie looking for recipes that are simple and easy, or you may be a raw food veteran who’s too busy to really have enough time to spend preparing your healthy meal. Well, the most common raw vegan recipe that is very easy and quick to whip up is your typical raw salad. How boring. Lucky you, you’ve landed on a page that has a list of some very easy raw food recipes you can prepare in just five minutes or less!

Before we get down on the list, let me tell you this: if you don’t already have it, you should at least get yourself a blender or a food processor! Trust me. These kitchen tools are like every raw fooder’s best buddies! They’re very handy and can make everything so much easier.

But if you don’t have a blender or a food processor (yet) you can first try making one of these easy raw food recipes that don’t need any equipment, like marinated mushrooms or chocolate fudge.

Raw marinated mushroom recipe

You will absolutely love this very delicious recipe. You will need sliced mushrooms, olive oil and raw soy sauce (nama shoyu). Just pour the oil and soy sauce over your mushrooms, gently stir, and let it sit for about five minutes. And that’s it. Too easy? Well it is really that easy! Raw food recipes don’t have to be complicated to be tasty and these raw marinated mushrooms have a real cooked feel to them. Of course, you can pair this dish with other raw vegan recipes like raw salads or raw soups. Explore the options and surprise yourself!

Raw chocolate fudge in 1 minute

No it’s not a typo. You can really produce raw chocolate fudge in just 1 minute. Or maybe even less! Simply mix cocoa powder with coconut oil and honey in a small bowl. Watch the measurements and don’t add too much of any ingredient though. I’m sure it won’t take long for you to mix it as I’m also sure it won’t stay long in its bowl. Easy raw food recipes like this can be made even without you having to stay in the kitchen.

Rawtarian’s silky green smoothie recipe

Okay, here’s one of the easy raw food recipes that needs a blender, and a high-speed blender is highly recommended. For this recipe just blend bananas, oranges, an apple, spinach, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, and/or chia seeds together. The silky texture is what really makes it so tasty because green smoothies like this usually need to be blended until silky smooth to taste the best.

Raw salmon salad pate recipe

The name may sound like it’s going to be a complicated one to make but in truth, this one is so easy! Raw food recipes like this are surprisingly divine for your taste buds. All you need to do is process sunflower seeds into a fine meal, then add red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, sea salt and dill to be processed until well combined. Transfer it from the food processor into a bowl and you may add chopped celery if you like. It’s that simple and you already have your raw salmon salad pate!

These are just some of my many easy raw food recipes that you can try out. Whether you are still just transitioning to a raw food diet or already enjoying a healthy raw food lifestyle, exploring more creative and imaginative healthy recipes that not only save you time, but also ingredients, is rather satisfying. Sometimes, especially in cases like this, less is surely more.