Monday, August 25, 2008

Cooking for your Canine

This is just a quick post to share a great recipe I got from a friend for home made dog food. I have some exciting bead news coming very soon, but in the meantime, here's how you can make a tasty treat for your dog at home with simple ingredients.

If you're concerned about the additives in commercial dog food, or just like the idea of doing something nice for your furry best friend, this recipe will make enough to keep you and your buddy licking your lips for some time.

Home Made Dog Food Recipe

6 cups long grain brown rice, cooked in 9 cups water (for 45 minutes)

2 1/2 pounds ground turkey
2 heaping TBL's crushed garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce

10 eggs

1-16 oz pkg frozen chopped broccoli
1-16 oz pkg frozen mixed veggies

1 large can pumpkin
2 cans white beans

1/3 cup mixed vitamins *
1/3 cup bone meal *

In a large pan cook turkey, garlic and soy sauce until almost done. Add eggs, cooking til set. Add both frozen veggies and stir til defrosted. Turn off heat. Add vitamins and bone meal. Stir well. Add pumpkin, beans, and rice. This filled three of my kitchen's largest containers and mixing it was a workout, but you can freeze it in smaller containers and thaw when needed.

Mixed Vitamins ** (I found these ingredients at Whole Foods)
2 cups Nutritional Yeast
1 cup Lecithin Granuales
1/4 cup Kelp (Seaweed) Powder

My 80 lb. dog will get 2 cups of this twice a day. Your mileage may vary.


Deb said...

What a gorgeous dog Patty. I'll bet (s)he is spoiled too!

Patty said...

Hi Deb,

Yep, he sure is (grin). Can you believe someone abandoned him? He's just the sweetest guy ever.

One thing I forgot to mention about this dog food (and was startled to discover myself the other day) -- it colors their poop a very whitish shade of yellow! Must be the pumpkin. Or the white beans.


Right Turn ArtWerks said...

Great recipe! I love the fur babies in this allergy testing to Michigan State can testify for one of them who has suffered at the hands of a "flea", or rather flea saliva. Making sure they get healthy meals is a must and and the ingredients you name are top notch. Love your site!

Patty said...

I'd like to post an update to this post. While my heart was in the right place to try and feed my dog in a healthy way, while on this diet he lost a good deal of weight and caused our veterinarian some concern. He recommended that we put him back on a commercial dog food (Science Diet's organic version) and once I did that he gained back the weight he lost. It's wise that any dietary change like this should be undertaken with your vet's knowledge and input.


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