DIY Homemade Dog Food

DIY Homemade Dog Food

Keep your dog healthy and fit with this easy peasy homemade recipe – it’s cheaper than store-bought and chockfull of fresh veggies!

 

I never thought I would be one of those dog owners who made homemade human food for their pups. Not in a million years.

 

But when Butters recently fell sick with an upset stomach, our vet advised us to feed him a bland diet – chicken and rice without any kind of seasoning. So that’s what we did – we poached a chicken, shredded it in a food processor, and mixed in some white rice and fed him this bland diet for 3 days.

I never thought I would be one of those dog owners who made homemade human food for their pups. Not in a million years.

 

But when Butters recently fell sick with an upset stomach, our vet advised us to feed him a bland diet – chicken and rice without any kind of seasoning. So that’s what we did – we poached a chicken, shredded it in a food processor, and mixed in some white rice and fed him this bland diet for 3 days.

That’s when I started to do some research on homemade dog food, and I have been so amazed as to how many different kinds of vegetables dogs can have. And with the help of Balance IT, you can create so many different recipes for your pup!

Now the best part about making homemade dog food – just like making anything at home – is that you know exactly what is going into the dog bowl, and not any of that questionable gelatinous gunk from the canned food.

But it’s important to note that dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans for their proportional body size, such as:

  1. High-quality protein (meat, seafood, dairy or eggs)
  2. Fat (meat or oil)
  3. Carbohydrates (grains or vegetables)
  4. Calcium (dairy)
  5. Essential fatty acids (egg yolks or oatmeal)

Now this recipe here has a balance of 50% protein, 25% veggies and 25% grains, but the ratios can easily be adjusted to suit your pup’s breed and/or needs.

Once you’ve made your batch, you can divide them up into single servings, note the date, and freeze it. When ready to serve, you can defrost it in the fridge overnight and nuke it for 15-30 seconds. That’s it! Now who knew that making dog food would be this easy?

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3. Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely.

 

PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PET’S VETERINARIAN AND USE PERSONAL JUDGMENT WHEN APPLYING THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR OWN DOG’S DIET.

 

 

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Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! Today’s the day we celebrate our nation’s independence. Checking out a parade, hanging out by the pool and protecting our dogs from fireworks are the only things on our agenda. Oh, and grilling, of course. BBQ food is an absolute must on the most patriotic day of the year. Because really, is there anything more American than hamburgers and hotdogs? We didn’t think so.

As you prepare to chow down with family and friends this afternoon, why not prepare something special for your dog? She’ll likely be waiting beneath the grill anyhow, hoping for human food to hit the floor. Unfortunately, most traditional BBQ foods are dangerous for dogs and can make them sick. Providing your pup her own tasty meal will keep her out of harm’s way and help her feel like she’s part of the celebration.

Check out a few of our favorite dog-approved Fourth of July recipes below!

Ingredients

1 cup water

8 strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

Instructions

Rinse strawberries and blueberries.
Mix ½ cup water and strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with blueberries.
Pour strawberry mixture into star-shaped ice cube trays. Repeat with blueberry mixture.
Pop them in the freezer for 2-4 hours and serve!


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Easy and Healthy Seasoned Grilled Chicken Breasts

Easy and Healthy Seasoned Grilled Chicken Breasts

Marinated and seasoned grilled chicken breasts, so full of flavor, you won’t even notice they’re healthy! This marinade direction I’m sharing nowadays is that the direction I exploit to infuse and season the chicken breasts I grill weekly for meal preparation. As a result of when operating 10-plus hour work days, UN agency needs to return home and create dinner? I’ve even enclosed many dish concepts to travel with these grilled chicken breasts too so you are covered for dinner for the whole week!

If you recognize ME then you recognize that I eat grilled chicken salads for dinner. And that I ne’er get uninterested in it. And that I HATE sauce (it’s a texture factor for me), thus my dish consists of a mixture of butter lettuces and romaine lettuce, some croutons and a grilled misshapen. With however flavor us this chicken is, you don’t even want sauce anyways!

I sometimes grill up a batch of this chicken the night before I’m going back to figure, thus after I get off of labor I will simply get through, knock out my unit chores (get the mail, water the plants, feed the dogs, etc), do a fast exercise then nosh on some dinner. And currently that we tend to area unit transitioning to 12-1/2 hour shifts at work return Gregorian calendar month, meal preparation are even a lot of important!

I don’t have a smoker or fancy BBQ. Just plain oil’ gas grill… Thus i used to be excited to receive Smoking-O’s rings, that area unit designed to feature that smoke and charcoal flavor to food roast on a gas grill! You don’t have to be compelled to pre-soak the Smoking-O’s either such as you do with wood chips…you simply heat your grill up, place a smoke ring on the grill straight from the package, let the ring lightweight and smoke, then you’re in business! Instant flavor supplemental to your food! And then easy…because if I will bang, you’ll be able to do it! Click here to envision Smoking-O’s out and to look at the video on however the merchandise works!

 

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INGREDIENTS

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat (about 6 breasts)
1 packet McCormick’s Grill Mates Mesquite Marinade
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Sweet Mesquite Seasoning
1 tablespoon bacon salt
1 tablespoon garlic pepper
1 tablespoon Lawry’s Seasoning Blend

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a bowl add the Sweet Mesquite Seasoning, bacon salt, garlic pepper and Lawry’s Seasoning Blend.

2. In a large ziplock bag, add the entire packet of mesquite marinade and the water. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands to work the marinade and water together so they are incorporated.

3. Add one chicken breast into the ziplock bag and sprinkle with a tablespoon of the spice mixture and sprinkle with a 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands (on the outside of the bag) to work the chicken breast into the marinade. Continue to add the chicken breasts into the ziplock bag, one breast at a time, sprinkling each breast with the seasoning mixture and Worcestershire sauce. Continue this layering method until all the chicken breasts have been added into the ziplock bag.

4. If you need more liquid, add a little more Worcestershire sauce or water to the marinade. If you want more seasoning in your marinade, add additional amount of desired seasonings. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands to work the chicken into the marinade. Set aside.

5. Make sure your gas grill is clean before turning it on high heat to preheat the grill. After the grill has heated up, place one Smokin-O’s smoke ring on a hot spot on the grill and close the lid. Allow smoke ring to light and smoke (approximately 7-minutes).

6.Once smoke ring is smoking, use tongs to place the chicken directly on the grill. Reduce the heat to medium-high and close the lid. In 7-8 minutes, use the tongs to flip the chicken over. Close the lid and let the chicken cook.

7. Allow chicken to cook for an additional 8-10 minutes. Check chicken and flip again, if needed, or let the chicken cook for a few additional minutes on the second side. Cook chicken until it is completely cooked through, approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165-degrees. Cook time will vary on how thin or thick your breasts are.

8. Once chicken is fully cooked, use clean tongs to remove the chicken from the grill, and place chicken breasts on a plate or in a reusable container (if you are meal prepping). Cover the container and let the chicken rest for several minutes before slicing to eat.

9.Turn off the grill and close the lid. Let the Smokin-O’s ring sit on the grill until it completely burns out.

10. Serve chicken with desired side dishes or on top of a salad.

 

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Homemade Doggie Biscuits

Homemade Doggie Biscuits

Doggie biscuitsWe’re all very busy working on our gift lists just like Santa’s little elves.  In all the hustle and bustle of the season we sometimes forget to give our furry little friends a little something.

We’ve been giving not only our family pets Christmas gifts for years, we give our pet lover friends gifts for their fur balls too.  I’m not sure who started this tradition and when we started, but I do know that we all love it!

I know sometimes things get too crazy and you think do I have to think of pet gits too?  Not to mention pet gifts at the pet stores can be ridiculously expensive,  sometimes hard to fit into a Christmas budget specially if you have lots of pet friends.  But you don’t have to break the bank on buying gifts for the furry critters or your friends that have some.

This year we’ll be giving out homemade doggie biscuits.  They are very easy and inexpensive to make and you can package them in any type of container you like.  We’re packing ours in pint size Mason jars, it’s sort of the double gift, the jar can be used throughout the year for more treats!

I baked these treats in about an hour using just a few ingredients, many of which I already had in my pantry.  I used rolled oats, ground flax seeds, and olive oil along with the other ingredients for a tasty and healthy treat.  Rolled oats are a good source of fiber and the flax seeds and olive oil are good for skin and coat.  My Siberian Husky, Cannoli, loves them.  She’s my taste tester!

Here’s my recipe!  It will make 24 bone shaped dog treats about 3″ long and 1/2″ thick

Ingredients:

2 cups flour – organic if you have it
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup  flax seed meal
1 small jar of chicken in chicken broth strained baby food
1 small jar of carrot strained baby food
3/4 + cup water
1/4 cup Olive oil

Directions:

1.  Mix all ingredients except water together in large bowl.

2.  Knead dough, adding water about 1/4 cup at a time until the dry ingredients are all mixed in and you can form a ball.

3.  Roll out dough to 1/2″ thickness.

4.  Cut desired shapes with cookie cutters or use a glass to make round shapes.

5.  Place biscuits on parchment paper covered baking sheet.

6.  Re-roll dough until you have cut it all into biscuits.

7.  Brush both sides of biscuits with olive oil.

8.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.  Turning biscuits halfway for even browning.

9.  Remove from oven and cool on racks.  Cool completely before placing in containers.

Store at room temperature in sealed containers.  It will keep for 2-3 weeks or place in freezer to store longer.

Doggie biscuits
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Easy dog biscuit recipe my pup loves them!
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24 Biscuits 15 Minutes
Cook Time
45 Minutes
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Easy dog biscuit recipe my pup loves them!
Servings Prep Time
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45 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Biscuits 15 Minutes
Cook Time
45 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Biscuits
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except water together in large bowl.
  2. Knead dough, adding water about 1/4 cup at a time until the dry ingredients are all mixed in and you can form a ball.
  3. Roll out dough to 1/2" thickness.
  4. Cut desired shapes with cookie cutters or use a glass to make round shapes.
  5. Place biscuits on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  6. Re-roll dough until you have cut it all into biscuits.
  7. Brush both sides of biscuits with olive oil.
  8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turning biscuits halfway for even browning.
  9. Remove from oven and cool on racks. Cool completely before placing in containers.
  10. Store at room temperature in sealed containers. It will keep for 2-3 weeks or place in freezer to store longer.
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Mango Yogurt Pup Pops

Mango Yogurt Pup Pops

 

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

I’m always trying new treats for my Siberian Husky, Cannoli.  This summer to keep her cool I’ve been making her frozen dog treats which I call Pup Pops.   I use fruits, veggies, juices, and other ingredients I have on hand.

A friend recently dropped off  a big sack of fresh mangoes.  I found my kitchen filled with quickly ripening mango.  I decided to use some of them to make these frozen pup pops.

Mango is said to be the “king of fruit”.  It’s loved not only for its sweet taste, but also for its healthy benefits. Mangoes are filled with vitamins and minerals that promote good health for both humans
and their pets!*

I chopped up this sweet juicy fruit, mixed it with plain Greek yogurt, and came up with a really yummy treat.  They were so good I couldn’t resist snacking on them too.  This is truly a treat that you can share with your favorite fur ball.  My Cannoli loves them!

I use styrofoam cups to freeze the pops in.  It makes storing and  unmolding them easy and neat.  Just tear off the foam before you give it to your pup.  I fill the cups about halfway but you can make whatever size you want.  You can also use ice cube trays or any other plastic container to freeze them in.

Ingredients:

1 ripe mango
1 pint plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.

Stir mango into yogurt.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Spoon mixture into molds.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.

*Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not.  Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous.  When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the “meat” of the fruit and don’t cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.

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Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops
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Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.
  2. Stir mango into yogurt.
  3. Spoon mixture into molds.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.
  5. *Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not. Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous. When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the "meat" of the fruit and don't cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.
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