As an owner of a dog, you undoubtedly want to provide your canine companion with the best food possible. Many times, food from the store is chock-full of fillers and other ingredients that serve no beneficial purpose for your dog. An easy way to be sure that you are feeding your dog the best meals possible is by making it yourself. There are innumerable recipes for dog food that are easy to make, have healthy ingredients, and are tasty for your dog. From this article, you will find many recipes for dog food that you can make at home to feed your pet the best food possible.
In general, dog food should be comprised of 1/3 protein (from meat, eggs or dairy products) and 2/3 grains and vegetables. One popular recipe for dog food is meatloaf with vegetables. The prep time for this recipe is 15 minutes and the cook time is an hour and 20 minutes. For this dog food recipe you will need 1 and a half pounds of lean ground beef, 3 stalks of chopped celery, 2 grated carrots, 1 apple that is cored and diced, 2 eggs, 2 slices of white bread torn into pieces, 1 cup of wheat germ, 1 six ounce can of tomato paste, 4 medium potatoes (cubed), and 1 stalk of celery (cubed). After you have gathered all the ingredients required in this recipe for dog food, there are 4 steps to follow. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large roasting pan with oil and set it aside. Second, using your hands, mix together the ground beef, 3 stalks of celery, grated carrots, apple, eggs, bread, oats, wheat germ, and tomato paste. Divide the meat mixture into four equal parts and make loaf shapes. Place the loaves in the roasting pan and surround them with potatoes, the remaining carrots, and the remaining celery. Then cover the pan with a lid. Third, bake for 80 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the meat is cooked through. The internal temperature should be 175 degrees F when taken with a meat thermometer. Lastly, allow it to cool and then portion the food into containers with one loaf and one quarter of the vegetables in each one. Refrigerate and give your dog one-third of a container per meal.
If the meatloaf and vegetable recipe seems like too much time and work, there are plenty of other recipes for dog food that have less ingredients, a shorter cook time, yet still are nutrient rich and delicious for your dog. An easy recipe for dog food is a rice and lamb casserole. The prep time for this recipe is 10 minutes and the cook time is 30 minutes. For this delicious dog food recipe, you will need 1 and a half cups of converted long-grain white rice, 2 teaspoons of safflower oil, 2 cups of water, one-fourth teaspoon of ground thyme, 1 cup of grated Monterey Jack cheese, 2 cubes of beef bouillon, and 1 pound of lean ground lamb. Because this is an easy recipe for dog food, there are just a few directions to follow. First, combine the rice and safflower oil in a saucepan over medium heat. The stir and cook for 2 minutes. Next add the water, thyme, and bouillon. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more over medium heat, or until the liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, cook the ground lamb in a large skillet over medium heat until browned (about 10 minutes). Drain, and then stir the lamb into the rice along with the Monterey Jack cheese until the cheese melts. Make sure you cool completely before serving so that it doesn’t burn your dogs tongue!