Dog Food Recipe Nutritious Ground Beef and Vegetables
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!
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.
- 12 pounds ground beef (80/20)
- 1/2 pound beef liver
- 1-cup green split peas (Dry)
- 1-cup lentils (dry)
- 2-14oz package frozen peas and carrots
- 6- zucchini (sliced)
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 24 eggs (lightly beaten and scrambled firm)
- 3-48oz cans beef broth
- 3 teaspoons Eggshellent Calcium
- 1/8 cup vegetable oil
- 1/8 cup canola oil
- 1/8/cup olive oil (for eggs)
- Soak Split peas and Lentils overnight for 12-24 hours in 6 cups water, then drain, rinse and discard water.
- In large stockpot cook ground beef until pink is completely gone, drain fat. Set aside in fridge. Cook livers in fry pan with a 1 cup of water 15 minutes or until cooked well, drain water. When cooled, chop and put in blender with 1/4 cup beef broth to puree. Add to ground beef mixture and set in refrigerator overnight.
- Prick sweet potato with fork and bake at 400 degrees for 90 minutes or until very soft. Peel skin and discard, mash potato with fork or blender, add to vegetable & meat mixture, see instructions below.
- Put green peas (dry), lentils (dry), sliced zucchini, and frozen peas and carrots in saucepan, add 3 cans of beef broth. Bring to a boil then simmer for 45 minutes or until soft. Make sure beans are thoroughly cooked. Mash by hand, or puree in blender. (Yorkies cannot get the nutrients from vegetables unless they are mashed or pureed.)
- Using a blender, add all vegetables including broth, and peeled sweet potatoes, puree until well blended. (warning) Do not overfill your blender or you will have a big mess. Fill your blender 1/4 full and use a little broth for each blending. Add Eggshellent Calcium. Set aside in refrigerator overnight.
- Using 1/8 cup olive oil or non-stick spray to coat your frying pan, add lightly beaten eggs and scramble till very firm.
- Add scrambled eggs to meat mixture. Mix in both oils.
- Next day, scoop cold vegetable mixture into cupcake paper lined muffin tin filling to about 3/4. Pat down to flatten, add ground beef and egg mixture to the top of your muffins. Put in freezer. When putting multiple muffin tins in the freezer set them off center on top of each other so that they are not squishing the product below!
- If you do not have muffin tins you can wrap in daily or individual serving portions using Saran wrap and put into Ziploc Freezer bags to freeze. (That is how I did it the first time before I thought of the muffin tin) The muffin tins saved me at least an hour of total preparation time. Put muffin tins in the freezer for 4 hours, using a butter knife, slide down one side of each serving to pop the little "puck" out! At first, it might seem that they are not going to come out but after sitting a few minutes out of the freezer, they will loosen enough to pop out. You can use paper cupcake holders which makes it much easier! Repackage into zip-lock bags. This recipe makes 56 days of food for my 7.5-pound Yorkie who eats 2 times a day, so you will make 112 muffins. Always consult with your veterinarian before feeding any homemade recipe to your pet!
- Cooing vegetable and meat mixtures overnight prevents build up of water crystals and helps prevent freezer burn during the freezing process.
- 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.
- Soaking the dry beans for 12-24 hours will help to minimize possible gastric distress (gas) your dog may get from the beans.
- 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.