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Homemade Dog Food Recipe

This homemade dog food recipe is filled with hearty ground turkey and is all-natural. Skip the kibble and try something fresh.  Rascal’s homemade dog food recipe is filled with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, and zucchini squash and macaroni noodles.

Please note** I am not a veterinarian, just a loving dog Mom, and I highly recommend consulting with a vet that practices homemade / human-grade dog food practices before changing your dog’s diet. This meal plan has worked wonderfully for us and I hope it does the same for you. 

You can grab all the shopping items and products used for this recipe over on The Inspired Home from this post!

A large pot of homemade dog food filled with ground turkey, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and zucchini squash.

Our golden retriever Rascal eats a 100% human-grade dog food diet.

Jared and I always joke that we could eat Rascals food with enough sriracha.

Let me preface but saying that I NEVER thought I would be the type of person that made their dog’s food homemade.

After Rascal turned a year old or so, he started developing really strange eating habits.

He wasn’t finishing his food, had loud intense stomachaches, and frequently threw up.

We went through a number of blood tests. He had been diagnosed with things like pancreatitis, anxiety and one vet even thought he had parvo. We were stressed and at a loss at how to more forward. That is until we did an allergy test.

We uncovered that Rascal was allergic to a dozen different food items, one being beef, the main ingredient in his traditional dry dog food.

Our Vet introduced us to an all-natural human-grade dog food company called ‘Just Food for Dogs’. The company sells premade food and teaches people how to make a homemade dog food recipe at home. Once we started this all-natural diet the stomach aches subsided and he was the happiest we had ever seen him.

A golden retriever puppy outside being walked with a leash and his owner.

At first the thought of homemade dog food was so daunting and just downright ‘boogie’.

I can honestly say that making his food doesn’t cost much more than the prescription diet he was on beforehand.

After watching the documentary ‘Pet Fooled’ we realized just how unregulated the dog food industry was and started to feel stronger about our homemade switch.

Is homemade dog food good for dogs?

While I am not a vet, and I certainly can’t speak for all animals (pun intended) I can tell you that switching to homemade dog food made the world of difference for Rascal. We had a very unique case with him and his food allergies, but we have also seen other positive changes.

On traditional dog food Rascal was lethargic, he shed in abundance and his appetite was mediocre.

Since the dog food switch he has been energetic, focused, and calmer. On a traditional diet we’re vacuuming at least once a day but now 1-2 a week. We no longer have to coax Rascal into mealtime and have finally developed a great eating schedule.

How much homemade dog food should I feed my dogs?

This will definitely vary from dog to dog and I highly recommend speaking to your vet before going homemade. Generally speaking, for every 10 lbs your dog weighs is roughly 1/2 cup of prepared food.

Rascal weighs 75 lbs and we feed him about 3-3.5 cups of food per meal (2 meals per day).

Step by step process on how to make a homemade dog food recipe.

Ingredients for Rascal’s homemade dog food:

  • Olive oil
  • Ground Turkey
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini squash
  • Broccoli
  • All-Natural Chicken Stock or water 
  • Macaroni noodles (I love DeLallo) 
  • Omega 3 Oil
  • Dog Food Supplement 

Ingredients on a black and white tray for homemade dog food recipe.

How do you make homemade dog food?

  • Food Processor: Before I start cooking a batch of homemade dog food, I blend up all the vegetables in my food processor. This Cuisinart food processor is my go-to. It’s a bit smaller than traditional food processors (we don’t have a lot of counter space) but works just as well as a larger model. Blending up the veggies nice and fine will speed up the cooking process.
  • Dutch Oven: I make the entire batch in my large Le Creuset round Dutch oven. I love using a Dutch oven because I can ground the meat first, and then finish off the batch right in the same pot. The process is very similar to making chili… except for dogs. Ya know…Dog Chili. (Yes, you can also use a crockpot. Just add all the ingredients and set it on high for 4 hours).
  • Measuring Cups: Rascal has his own set of measuring cups now because it makes measuring out food ingredients and the finished batch WAY easier.
  • Meal Prep Containers: This is basically meal prepping for your dog, so you will need some great Tupperware. 

A golden retriever dog eating homemade dog food in a standing bowl in a kitchen.

Recipe Variations:

  • Protein: Rascal digests ground turkey really well but you can try ground beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and Rascal’s personal favorite: venison. If you don’t have a meat grinder you can ask your butcher to grind it for you or cut it up super fine before cooking.
  • Vegetables: Spinach, butternut squash, cranberries, cauliflower, apples, green beans. Here is an entire list of AKC approved fruits and vegetables you can give your dog. 
  • Grains & Carbs: Rice, quinoa, barley, whole grain pasta, and potatoes can be great options. If you can believe it, Rascal is actually allergic to rice. I wish I were kidding.
  • We add in a supplement nutrient blend from a company called ‘Just Food For Dogs’ very similar to dog vitamins as well as Omega oil to make sure he is getting enough healthy fats. I highly recommend adding both of these into your dog food so you can rest assure that they are getting proper nutrients.

A jar of peanut butter being scooped out with a spatula.

What kind of homemade snacks can you make a dog?

  • Peanut butter: Rascal has his own dedicated jar of peanut butter. He loves a traditional kong but you can also mold and freeze peanut butter in any shape for a quick frozen treat. When the jar is almost finished I break out my peanut butter spoon.
  • Greek Yogurt Ice Cream: In the summer we blend up unflavored Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and peanut butter. Place a spoonful or two into a silicone cupcake pan and freeze for a few hours. These make for a great dog ‘ice cream’.
  • Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes: Rascals favorite easy treat. We love bringing these over to family and friends’ houses so Rascal always has a healthy treat on hand.
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Homemade Dog Food Recipe

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 meals for a 75 lb dog 1x
  • Category: Paw-sta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dog Food

Description

This homemade dog food recipe is made of ground turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini squash, broccoli, and macaroni noodles. This large batch recipe comes together in one large pot or can be made in a slow cooker. 


Scale

Ingredients

2 tbs of olive oil

3 lbs. ground turkey

3 medium sweet potatoes

3 carrots, peeled

2 zucchini squash

1 cup of broccoli florets

3 cups of chicken stock or water (no salt added)

20 ounces of macaroni noodles


Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven heat oil on medium heat. Add ground turkey, begin to break it down, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until mostly cooked through.
  2. With a food processor finely chop sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, broccoli. Add in vegetables and stock to turkey.
  3. Add in the chopped vegetables and cook on a strong simmer for 7-8 minutes or until veggies are tender and cooked through.
  4. Mix in your cooked pasta noodles to the turkey vegetable mixture. 
  5. Portion out meals accordingly. For every 10 lbs is roughly 1 cup of food per meal. Example: If you have a 20 lb dog they will eat 1-1.5 cups of the batch per meal (2-2.5 cups total per day).Rascal weighs 70 pounds and eats about 3-3.5 cups per meal (7 cups total per day) 

 


Notes

Slow Cooker: Yes you can make homemade dog food in a slow cooker. Add in all the ingredients and cook on high for 4 hours. This does cook down some of the nutrients as the mixture cooks longer but it is can be an easier cooking method depending on your kitchen/time. 

Please note** I am not a veterinarian, just a loving dog Mom and I highly recommend consulting with your vet that practices homemade / human-grade dog food practices before changing your dog’s diet. This meal plan has worked wonderfully for us and I hope it does the same for you. 

Keywords: dog food, homemade dog food, natural dog food

6 Comments

  1. Chelsea
    July 29, 2020 / 3:56 pm

    I have been having issues with my German Shepherd. Being picky, allergies, and just losing weight from being so uninterested in her food. She’s been on Honest Kitchen Dehydrated food which I love but you guessed it she hates. I started adding in ground chicken, pork and other meat options and she ate it so fast as soon as I put it down. So I went to the Internet and my head was spinning with all the information!!!

    I found you blog that answered all of my questions: How much should she be eating, what do I need to put in to, and how to make a big batch for the week or two weeks?

    I went to the store the next day got all of the ingredients I did not have a food processor so I boiled all the veggies together to make them soft enough. then Added the cooked ground chicken and cooked Pasta with a squirt of omega every time I heat up a plate for her.
    SHE LOVED IT!!

    And I love that she eats when I put her food down and all of it! she’s back up to 80 pounds and thriving!!!

    Love this blog and would love any other recipes that you have. I kinda have just been going back and forth from rice to pasta and changing the meat from beef to chicken to Pork
    Always keeping the Sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, squash, and blueberries or cranberries the same!

  2. Betty Moore
    July 25, 2020 / 2:55 pm

    Can you freeze this and thaw to feed? I have a lhasa apso, about 18 lbs

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      Author
      July 27, 2020 / 10:05 am

      Hi Betty! Yes, you can freeze the mixture and defrost the night before or the morning of before feeding.

  3. Amanda Ritchie
    July 16, 2020 / 6:13 am

    My girls are finicky when it comes to their food. We eat as a family and they beg so we give in and share our food with them. My bad, I know I started a bad habit. I have tried homemade dog food in the past and Ginger liked it at first then said no way. Pepper hasn’t had homemade dog food yet.

    My question is what is the shelf life of prepared food. Once we have cooked it I was going to portion size and put in the freezer. Also can we mix dry dog food in with the cooking process?

    We want to get them on a feeding schedule too. I’m excited to try once again because the dog food at Walmart is over. My girls won’t touch it. Ty so much you guys. I will keep you posted….Yay!!

  4. Kevin
    July 11, 2020 / 11:01 am

    Rascal is a good dog, he is deserving of only the very best.

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      Author
      July 14, 2020 / 11:40 am

      It is def true 😉 He loves his homemade meals!

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