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Top 5 DIY Home Made Dog Food Recipe Ideas (Easy & Quick)

Nicole Cosgrove

Making homemade dog food can be a great way to add variety to your pet’s diet while providing them with a healthy meal that doesn’t contain any harmful chemical preservatives or mystery ingredients. But with so many recipes available on the internet, it can be difficult to know which ones are good choices. We’ve created a list of the best meals that you can create for your dog to help take some of the work out of it. For each entry, we’ll give you a list of the ingredients along with steps to prepare it. All of these recipes are easy and make great substitutes for your dog’s dry kibble once or twice per week.divider-dog

5 Homemade Dog Food Recipes

1. Easy Homemade Dog Food

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Rosemary & Turkey Homemade Dog Food

Time to whip up a batch of tasty homemade dog food! This easy recipe combines turkey, rosemary, broccoli, and brown rice to make a nutritious meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Equipment

  • Dutch oven or large saucepan
  • Airtight container

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 8 oz. frozen broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower blend

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, mix the water, turkey, rice, and rosemary until the turkey breaks up evenly.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add the frozen vegetables and cook for an additional 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and cool
  • Store in the refrigerator

Notes

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Keyword dog food recipes, homemade dog food, turkey
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2. The Farmer’s Dog Homemade Dog Food

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The Farmer’s Dog Homemade Dog Food is a fantastic recipe that gives your dog the taste of beef. One batch makes 5 pounds of food and it is easy to scale up as needed.

Ingredients
  • 2¾ pounds ground beef (85% lean or better)
  • 1 cup lentils
  • ¼ pound beef liver
  • ¾ pound fresh sweet potato
  • ½ pound carrot
  • ¼ pound spinach
  • 1 tbsp. safflower oil
  • 1 tbsp. omega-3 fish oil (optional)
Steps
  • Boil liver and sweet potato
  • Cut liver into small pieces
  • Boil lentils
  • Dice greens and chop carrots
  • Cook the ground meat
  • Add optional omega-3 fish oil
  • Add sweet potato, liver, lentils, greens, and carrots
  • Mix well
  • Separate into individual servings
  • Freeze or refrigerate extra

3. The College Housewife’s Homemade Dog Food

The College Housewife’s Homemade Dog Food is another high-quality dog food based on turkey. This recipe adds in several vegetables and even an option to add omega-3 fats, which help produce a shiny coat and reduce inflammation.

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 zucchini squash
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 2 pounds macaroni
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
Steps
  • Grind sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and broccoli in a food processor
  • Add all of the ingredients to a crockpot or Dutch oven and cook on high heat until the meat and macaroni cook completely
  • Allow to cool and portion into single-serving containers

4. Dog Quality Homemade Dog Food for Senior Dogs

The Dog Quality Homemade Dog Food is a fantastic recipe that is perfectly suited to senior dogs. It’s based on turkey and also contains brown rice for added fiber to help keep the digestive system working properly.

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 8 oz. frozen broccoli, carrot, cauliflower
Steps
  • Add water, rice, rosemary, and ground turkey to a large pot
  • Break up the turkey into small pieces
  • Bring water to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add frozen vegetables and cook an additional 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and allow it to cool before serving

5. Raw Homemade Dog Food

The Raw Homemade Dog Food is the only recipe on this list intended to be raw when you serve it. It can make a great treat if your dog enjoys it and a single batch makes enough for plenty of servings.

Ingredients
  • 2½ pounds ground beef
  • 4 oz. chicken livers
  • 2 whole eggs (including shell)
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 small apple (cored)
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp .olive oil
Steps
  • Chop the carrot, apple, and spinach in a food processor until fine
  • Add other ingredients except ground beef to the processor and blend
  • Transfer to a large bowl
  • Add ground beef and mix by hand until combined
  • Form into patties and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Place in bags or storage containers and store until needed
  • Remove the next day’s patty from the freezer at night, so it can thaw

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 Summary

These high-quality recipes are great alternatives to your pet’s regular dog food, and we’ve included different recipes for different kinds of dogs. We feel most dogs will enjoy our first pick, the Allrecipes Homemade dog food. It has turkey for protein, brown rice for fiber, and plenty of vegetables for healthy vitamins and minerals. The Farmer’s Dog and College Housewife’s recipes are also very good and will provide your dog with helpful omega-3 fatty acids, which will help reduce inflammation and help create a shiny coat. The Dog Quality recipe is perfect for senior dogs, and the raw recipe is great for a dog that likes to return to the wild. Lastly, the raw food recipe is a great option if you want to give that diet a try.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over these recipes and found a few you would like to try. If we have helped make your dog’s dinner more interesting. Please share these top homemade dog food recipe ideas on Facebook and Twitter.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.