Dog Food Recipe Chicken Vegetable
Why go to the trouble of making your own?
I created this recipe because Roxy my new puppy, had an upset stomach almost every morning, was vomiting intermittently and most days would not eat until 2 or three in the afternoon. I fed her excellent commercial dog food, tried several different kinds introducing each new one gradually, and supplemented her diet with yogurt, cottage cheese, chicken and white rice to try to calm her stomach. Nothing worked until I gave her this homemade dog food recipe! Roxy has not had any episodes since, and does not hesitate to begin eating and finishes every meal.
No preservatives or chemicals!
This recipe is like all home cooking recipes, it takes time to create but you can be sure that your dogs are getting the nutrition they need. No chemicals or preservatives are added. This project of love is only once a month or every other month, You can rest assured your furry family members will be as healthy as the rest of your family!
I now have two Yorkies in my family, I give them kibble to munch on after their home-made dog food meals so that they get the added vitamins and minerals they need and that their teeth remain strong and sparkling white! I just split the “muffins” in two and they share at each meal instead of feeding them each whole muffins.
How many calories?
Do not forget to include the calories your dogs consume from treats or any additional “special event” feedings when deciding how much to feed at meals. When I am home on my day off from work, we all enjoy scrambled eggs for breakfast. My Yorkies will get their regular home-made dog food meals but do not get their kibble on those days, they get their scrambled eggs instead ! These food substitutions seem to work for my dogs as they both are slim and very active! I leave out the scrambled eggs when making my dog food recipe so that I can give them this special treat a few times a week!
My recipe makes 152 muffins, I feed 1/2 a muffin to each of my dogs twice a day. I feed my dogs for 76 days using the portions in this recipe. When I had only one dog I cut the recipe in half.
Check out this handy tool “The Dog Food Calorie Calculator!” http://yorkietime.com/dog-food-calculator/
This will give you an idea how much your dog should be eating based on their weight and level of activity.
- 20 pounds of chicken breasts with skin
- 3/4 pounds of chicken livers
- 24 eggs
- 3 pounds chicken gizzards and hearts
- 1-cup green split peas (Dry)
- 1-cup lentils (dry)
- 4-zucchini (cut off ends and slice in chunks)
- 1-16 ounce package frozen peas and carrots
- 1-32 ounce package frozen green beans
- 1-32 ounce package frozen peas
- 4 medium zucchini, chopped
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 3 (48oz) cans chicken broth
- 9 teaspoons crushed eggshells (I use Eggshellent Calcium Brand)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/8 cup olive oil (for eggs)
- Soak Split peas and Lentils overnight for 12-24 hours in 6 cups water, drain and discard water.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place chicken on cookie sheets, brush with olive oil, add fork pricked sweet potatoes and bake for 1- 1 1/2 hours or until juices run clear when chicken is pricked. Turn oven up to 400 degrees to finish cooking the potatoes for an additional 30 minutes.
- Bring 3-48oz cans chicken broth, split peas, lentils, frozen peas and carrots, and chopped zucchini to a boil then simmer until vegetables are soft, about 45 minutes.
- Using a blender, add all vegetables, broth and sweet potatoes, puree until well blended. (Warning) Do not overfill your blender or you will have a big mess. Fill your blender to the 1/4 mark and use a little broth for each blending. Store in plastic container until cooled, then in fridge until ready to pour into muffin tins. (Yorkies cannot get the nutrients from vegetables unless they are mashed or pureed.)
- Peel skin off sweet potatoes while still warm on the cookie sheet, put into blender and pulse-puree with your vegetables. Set in refrigerator overnight so that mixture thickens.
- Fry chicken livers until no pink is showing. Place chicken liver in blender with 1/2 cup water and puree, add to vegetable mixture in fridge along with the Eggshellent Calcium.
- Boil chicken gizzards and hearts in 2 cups water for 20 minutes, add to blender using same water and combine with your pureed vegetable mixture.
- When chicken has cooled, dice. Make sure you include the crispy skin in your recipe! Your dog needs the fat in this recipe to make it well balanced! Pour a little chicken broth over meat mixture to keep it moist and add flavor as you are placing the cut meat into bowl. Add both oils and set aside in fridge until cool.
- Using a frying pan coated with 1/8 cup olive oil, beat eggs with a fork and cook till until firm. Add to chicken. Put in refrigerator to cool.
- Using paper lined muffin tin for individual servings, fill with 1/2 vegetable mixture and top with eggs and chicken. Freeze, setting muffin tins slightly off center so that they will not smash the product on the bottom tins.
- Freeze for about 4 hours, pop each muffin out and secure in Ziplock Freezer bags.This recipe makes 76 days of food for both of my Yorkies who eat 2 times a day. I feed 1/2 of a muffin to each of them once in the morning and once in the evening.
- Always consult with your veterinarian before feeding any homemade recipe to your pet!
- Soaking the dry beans for 12-24 hours will help to minimize possible gastric distress (gas) your dog may get from the beans.
- I usually cook 1-2 whole chickens for my family the day before I cook for my dog so that I can use all of the skin from both chickens in my dog food recipe the next day! Just take the skin off your family's chicken after baking or skin them prior to cooking so you don't have to worry about what spices are ok to serve to your dog. I do not recommend any spices! This recipe tastes great and there is no risk of accidently using a spice that may be toxic to your dog as this varies with breeds! The fat content will change from 7 grams to 10 grams which is more nutritionally sound for your dog.
- Varying your selection of meats is recommended. Ground turkey and ground beef are both good alternatives to chicken to give your dog variety especially if they cannot tolerate chicken. If you choose ground beef, use beef liver as the liver source. Do not exceed the liver portion of this recipe. Pork is not recommended for Yorkies as they cannot process it easily and may lead to pancreatitis. Make sure you brown all meat thoroughly and drain off the fat before mixing with vegetables.
- Pumpkin can be a good alternative for the potatoes in my recipe but other vegetables can cause excessive gas, bloating and diarrhea. Do not give your dog onions or garlic of any type whole or powdered. See the page on “Foods Toxic or Poison to Yorkies” on this site! Salt and other spices are not recommended and not necessary. The addition of chicken broth will flavor the recipe, taste it yourself! Chicken Bullion is very high in sodium so I prefer broth instead.
- Your meat to vegetables should look like this: 1/3 meat (Oil basted baked chicken breast with skin, browned ground turkey or beef), 1/3 starch (brown rice or sweet potato), 1/3 vegetable (carrots, peas, green beans, zucchini, spinach or pumpkin). Dogs do not need starches in their diets so if your dog cannot tolerate them omit the starches. If you choose to leave the starches out your new mix should be 1/2 meat and 1/2 vegetables.
- Fish oil, Calcium and vitamin D are essential for your dog’s health and are not provided in this recipe! Please add these supplements to make sure your dog has a well-balanced and healthy diet.
- Sardines packed in water (with bones) once a week (2.25oz) will provide your Yorkie with omega 3 fats, vitamin B12, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin D, Calcium, vitamin B3, B2 and choline.
- Eggshellent Calcium is a product that is 100% ground eggshells and provides calcium.