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The 10 Best Balanced Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Balanced Homemade Dog Food Recipes
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There are so many commercially made dog food and treat products on the market that it can be a stressful exercise trying to find the right balanced homemade dog food recipes.

One brand alone may come in 5-6 variants depending on the age of dog, health needs, nutritional requirements, etc. You so want to choose the right product; but then you get it home and your dog turns up its nose at your choice.

What you should do is have a go at making your own do food and treats while your dog sleep in their designer dog bed.

They are much cheaper than bought products; you know what is in the food without having to read minute print; they won’t smell like a plate full of vomit; you can get other family members involved in making the recipes; and you can guarantee that your dog will be close by as the smells waft from your kitchen.

We would always suggest that you consult with your Veterinarian to make sure they are happy with your meal suggestions and that they meet your dog’s nutritional needs.



The Top 10 Balanced Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Carrots, Spinach, Zucchini dog food recipe
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Naturalpetshop Homemade Dog Food Recipe #1 (Carrots, Spinach, Zucchini)

This recipe has a balance of:
50% Protein (such as Chicken or Turkey and Peas)
25% Vegetables (Carrots, Spinach, Zucchini)
You can adjust the proportions to suit the nutritional needs of your dog.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: are carrots good for dogs eyes, can dogs eat cooked carrots, carrots, dog food recipes, homemade dog food, spinach, zucchini
Servings: 4 dogs
Calories: 300kcal
Author: David
Cost: $8

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups 50% Protein (such as Chicken or Turkey and Peas)
  • 1.5 Cups 25% Vegetables (Carrots, Spinach, Zucchini)

Instructions

  • Cook until Carrots are tender. Remove from heat and serve when cooled.
  • Portion into airtight container(s); can be kept in the fridge for 5 days.
Balanced Homemade Dog Food Recipes
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Naturalpetshop Homemade Dog Food Recipe #2 (Apple, Blueberries and Kale)

This recipe is a variation of #1 but you can adjust the Vegetable percentage with fruits such as Apple, Blueberries and Kale.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown rice dog food recipe, can dogs eat apples, can dogs eat blueberries, can dogs eat kale, dog food recipes, homemade dog food, how to cook kale for my dog, what fruits can dogs eat
Servings: 2 Dogs
Calories: 300kcal
Author: David
Cost: $12

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups 50% Protein  (such as Chicken or Turkey and Peas)
  • 1.5 Cups 25% Fruits (Apple, Blueberries and Kale)
  • 1.5 Cups 25% Grains (Brown Rice)

Instructions

  • Cook until firmest Vegetables/Fruit are tender.
  • Remove from heat and serve when cooled.

Notes

We would suggest this one more as a bit of a treat, so twice a week would be enough.
Portion into airtight container(s); can be kept in the fridge for 5 days.
Naturalpetshop Homemade Dog Food Recipe #3 (Quinoa, Blueberries and Butternut Squash)
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Naturalpetshop Homemade Dog Food Recipe #3 (Quinoa, Blueberries and Butternut Squash)

With this recipe substitute the 25% Brown Rice with the same quantity of Quinoa (this is used in many commercially available Dry Food Kibbles). We would suggest the Red Quinoa as it has a firmer texture. Once again you could substitute some of the Vegetable content from #1 and replace with Apples, Blueberries and Butternut Squash.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown rice dog food recipe, dog food recipes, homemade dog food, quinoa, quinoa dog food recipe
Servings: 2 Dogs
Calories: 300kcal
Author: David
Cost: $12

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Protein such as Chicken or Turkey and Peas
  • 1 Cup Red Quinoa
  • 1 Cup Fruit & Vegetables Apples, Blueberries and Butternut Squash

Instructions

  • Cook until firmest Vegetables/Fruit are tender.
  • Remove from heat and serve when cooled.

Notes

Portion into airtight container(s); can be kept in the fridge for 5 days.
Homemade Dog Food Recipe #4 (Coconut Oil, Zucchini and Corn)
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Naturalpetshop Homemade Dog Food Recipe #4 (Coconut Oil, Zucchini and Corn)

With this recipe grind your choice of protein (Beef, Chicken, Pork, Kangaroo) to the same percentage as in recipe #1.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: are carrots good for dogs eyes, brown rice dog food recipe, can dogs eat corn, can dogs eat pumpkin, can dogs eat zucchini, carrots, dog food recipes, homemade dog food, zucchini
Servings: 2 Dogs
Calories: 350kcal
Author: David
Cost: $12

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups 50% Protein (Beef, Chicken, Pork, Kangaroo)
  • 1.5 Cups 25% Vegetables (Carrot, Zucchini, and Corn)
  • 1 Cup Grains (Brown Rice)
  • Cup Pureed Pumpkin
  • ½ Tbsp Coconut Oil

Instructions

  • Cook until Carrots are tender.
  • Remove from heat and serve when cooled.

Notes

Portion into airtight container(s); can be kept in the fridge for 5 days.
dog style beef stew
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Homemade Dog Style Beef Stew

We would actually suggest making a batch of beef bone broth first; using bones from your local butcher. No onions or garlic of course. Once made, strain to ensure no bone fragments
are present. Allow to cool and portion for freezing or using fresh. This is a nutrition-rich way of getting a “gravy” for the stew.


Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stew for dogs, ground beef jerky dog treats recipe, homemade beef recipe for dogs
Servings: 2 Dogs
Calories: 250kcal
Author: David
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Beef stewing meat (Cut into 2cm chunks)
  • 3/4 Cup Carrots (diced)
  • 1/3 Cup Green Beans (diced)
  • 1/3 Cup Green Peas
  • 1 Small Sweet Potato (leave whole to start – see below)
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Water or Organic Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Tablespoon Vegetable Oil for frying (additional)

Instructions

  • Start by cooking the sweet potato in a microwave for 5 to 8 minutes until firm but tender. Use a skewer to test then put to one side.
  • Slice the stew pieces into 2cm chunks then cook using the 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil, over a medium heat (10-15 minutes or until well-done).
  • Remove the beef chunks from the pan and reserving the drippings to make a gravy.
  • Remove the beef chunks from the pan and reserving the drippings to make a gravy.
  • Dice the cooked sweet potato into 1.5cm chunks.
  • Heat the pan drippings over medium-low heat, then slowly add flour and water (or substitute with the Bone Broth) into the dripping; whisking to create a thick gravy.
  • Add the cooked meat, sweet potato, carrots, peas and green beans into the gravy and stir to coat.
  • Cook a further 10 minutes until the carrots are tender.

Notes

Serve when cool. Will keep (covered) in the fridge for up to five days.
Homemade Dog Food Crockpot Chicken Recipe
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Homemade Dog Food Crockpot Chicken Recipe

This recipe uses “No-added Salt” liquid Chicken Stock which you could buy commercially. However, with care at home, by eliminating Onions and Garlic, as well as straining the broth to remove bones and bone fragments you could make your own. Make a batch and freeze what you don’t use, so that all you have to do is reheat next time.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: are carrots good for dogs eyes, can dogs eat cooked carrots, can dogs eat green beans, can dogs eat oats, dog food recipes, homemade dog food, homemade dog food chicken, homemade dog food crockpot chicken, how much chicken to feed a dog daily
Servings: 3 Dogs
Calories: 355kcal
Author: David
Cost: $18

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts (Cut into 2cm chunks)
  • ½ Cup Broccoli (Chopped)
  • ½ Cup Carrots (Chopped)
  • ½ Cup Green Beans (Chopped)
  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats
  • 4 Cups "No-added Salt" Liquid Chicken Stock (or your own)

Instructions

  • Remove any excess fat from chicken breasts; cut into 2cm chunks.
  • Put a small amount of Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil into a Skillet, over a Medium heat; just so the Chicken Breast chunks won’t stick.
  • Cook the chicken breasts until no longer pink. (Very important; you don’t want raw Chicken)
  • Using a large pot, such as a Stock Pot, add the cooked Chicken chunks, the Vegetables and Rolled Oats.
  • Mix together, then add your Chicken Stock and cook over medium heat until the carrots are tender (around 10-15 minutes).
  • Allow to cool before serving.

Notes

Spoon leftover portions into airtight container(s) and keep in the fridge for up to five days.
Slow Cooker Dog Food #1 (Sweet Potato, Beans, Apple)
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Naturalpetshop Slow Cooker Dog Food #1 (Sweet Potato, Beans, Apple)

This uses Chicken protein as its base.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: are carrots good for dogs eyes, can dogs eat apples, can dogs eat cooked carrots, can dogs eat sweet potato, carrots, dog food recipes, homemade dog food, slow cooker dog food
Servings: 2 Dogs
Calories: 400kcal
Author: David
Cost: $16

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker Pot

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Diced Chicken
  • 1 Cup Sweet Potato
  • ½ Cup Green Beans
  • Cup Carrots
  • Cup Apples

Instructions

  • Cook until firmest Vegetables/Fruit are tender. (Check at around 3 hours, or longer if necessary).
  • Remove from heat and serve when cooled.

Notes

Portion into airtight container(s); can be kept in the fridge for 5 days.
Ground Beef, Kidney Beans and Butternut
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Naturalpetshop Slow Cooker Dog Food #2 (Ground Beef, Kidney Beans and Butternut)

Slow cookers get hot and the food can break down due to the length of time cooking. Therefore, use ingredients that you would use if making a stew or casserole for yourself – exclude Onions and Garlic of course.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: are carrots good for dogs eyes, can dogs eat cooked carrots, can dogs eat frozen peas, can dogs eat kidney beans, carrots, cheap homemade dog food, dog food recipes, dog food recipes beef, fussy dog food recipes, homemade dog food, homemade dog food crockpot chicken, slow cooker dog food
Servings: 2 Dogs
Calories: 350kcal
Author: David
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker Pot

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Kidney Beans
  • ½ Cup Butternut
  • ½ Cup Carrots
  • ½ Cup Frozen Peas
  • ½ Cup Corn Kernells

Instructions

  • Cook until firmest Vegetables/Fruit are tender. Check at around 3 hours, or longer if necessary).
  • Remove from heat and serve when cooled.

Notes

Portion into airtight container(s); can be kept in the fridge for 5 days.
Naturalpetshop Chicken and Vegetable Medley Dog Food Recipe
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Naturalpetshop Chicken and Vegetable Medley Dog Food Recipe

This is a protein-rich meal to help keep your dog healthy and active. It contains a medley of Beans, Vegetables, Chicken and Chicken Stock to create a tasty, healthy and colorful medley.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: are carrots good for dogs eyes, can dogs eat black beans, can dogs eat cooked carrots, can dogs eat kidney beans, fussy dog food recipes, homemade dog food, homemade dog food chicken, homemade dog food crockpot chicken, how much chicken to feed a dog daily
Servings: 3 Dogs
Calories: 400kcal
Author: David
Cost: $12

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts (Cut into 2cm chunks)
  • 1 Cup Canned, low salt Black Beans (drained)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (diced)
  • 1 Cup Canned, low salt Kidney Beans (drained)
  • ½ Cup Low Salt Tomato Paste
  • 4 Cups “No-added Salt” liquid Chicken Stock (or your own)

Instructions

  • Remove any excess fat from chicken breasts; cut into 2cm chunks.
  • Put a small amount of Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil into a Skillet, over a Medium heat; just so the Chicken Breast chunks won’t stick.
  • Cook the chicken breasts until no longer pink. (Very important; you don’t want raw Chicken)
  • Using a large pot, such as a Stock Pot, add the cooked Chicken chunks, the Beans, Carrots and Tomato Paste.
  • Mix together, then add your Chicken Stock and cook over medium heat until the carrots are tender (around 10-15 minutes).
  • Allow to cool before serving.

Notes

Spoon leftover portions into airtight container(s) and keep in the fridge for up to five days.
Homemade Turkey and Vegetable Delight Dog Food Recipe
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Naturalpetshop Homemade Turkey and Vegetable Delight Dog Food Recipe

This is a fairly basic recipe made with Turkey (good amounts of protein and less fat than Beef) as well as a mix of Vegetables.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: are carrots good for dogs eyes, can dogs eat cooked carrots, can dogs eat green beans, can dogs eat turkey, cheap homemade dog food, dog food recipes, fussy dog food recipes, homemade dog food recipes
Servings: 2 Dogs
Calories: 500kcal
Author: David
Cost: $15

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Water (or your own Chicken Stock)
  • 300 Grams Turkey Mince
  • 2 Cups Brown Rice
  • Cups Green Beans (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (chopped)
  • ½ Cup Peas

Instructions

  • Use a light vegetable oil in a Skillet, over a medium heat to brown the Turkey until cooked through.
  • Using a large pot, such as a Stock Pot, add the cooked Turkey, Brown Rice and Water (or Stock).
  • Bring to the boil and simmer on Medium-low until Rice is soft and tender (around 15 minutes).
  • Add the Beans, Carrots and Peas and cook an extra 10 minutes until the Carrots are tender.
  • Allow to cool before serving.

Notes

Spoon leftover portions into airtight container(s) and keep in the fridge for up to five days.

Natural Homemade Dog Food Recipes – Handy Hints

Cooked meal portions can be frozen in airtight containers. Use within 2 months.

If you make a variety of recipes this allows you to rotate their use and make meals more interesting for your dog.

2 Buying a Family pack of Chicken Breasts usually has 8-10 Breast pieces and is a cheaper way of buying them per KG.

Either double up on a recipe or perhaps make a Batch of two different recipes, such as No. 6 and No. 9.

2 thoughts on “The 10 Best Balanced Homemade Dog Food Recipes

  1. 5 stars
    I come across this post on facebook and i can’t recommend it highly enough to my friends. I have a few other books but by far these are some of my favourite recipes. I found them informative and practical, so now i have made some home diets for my 4 legged companions. I have printed this page off and will refer back in the future.

  2. 5 stars
    This article is well written, concise and gets to the point. the recipes are easy to follow and the substitute options for each item allows you to adjust the recipes based on what you have left in the fridge. The explanations through the book have given me some confidence in cooking for my dogs knowing their nutritional needs are being well looked after.

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