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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Make-Ahead Breakfast Hack: How to Make Sheet Pan Eggs

Make-Ahead Breakfast Hack: How to Make Sheet Pan Eggs

True story: We are ALL about make-ahead meals here at B+C. If you’re cooking for a crowd, they’re an easy way to keep your get-togethers fun and stress-free. Our newest favorite? Sheet pan eggs! Read on to see how to make ’em for your next brunch party or busy work week.

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Ingredients:

— 12 eggs

— 1/4 cup whole milk

— salt and pepper, to taste

— 1 cup zucchini, chopped and sauteed in olive oil (we used leftovers!)

— 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced

— 5-6 pieces of prosciutto, crisped

— 1/3 cup kalamata olives, sliced

— 1-2 Tablespoons chopped oregano, thyme and parsley

— 1/2 cup feta cheese

— toast, for serving

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

2. Add zucchini, tomatoes, prosciutto, olives and herbs to the egg mixture. Stir to combine. Pour egg mixture onto baking sheet. Top with feta cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.

3. Remove eggs from the oven and cut into squares. Serve on toast with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and sea salt. Enjoy!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

 

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Add zucchini, tomatoes, prosciutto, olives and herbs to the egg mixture. Stir to combine. Pour egg mixture onto baking sheet. Top with feta cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.

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Pour egg mixture onto baking sheet. Top with feta cheese.sheetegg5

 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.sheetegg6

 

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Cut your sheet pan eggs into squares. Serve on toast with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and sea salt.breakfasteggs4

 

The perfect make-ahead breakfast or brunch for a crowd!breakfasteggs2

 

You could also pack these babies up for on-the-go snacking.breakfasteggs3

 

 

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Anyone’s New Year’s resolution involve dieting?  I know at our house it does.  Yes, now that the holidays have been put away it’s time to get back to normal eating and perhaps back to a diet.

To my husband that means eating low-carb and even Keto.  Whenever he went on one of his strict no carb diets I always ended up making 2 different dinners, no or low carb for  him and normal for the grandkids.  Well not this year!  I decided that low-carb or Keto friendly doesn’t mean that those not on diets can’t enjoy the same foods.  Seriously!  So I embarked on a journey to find dishes that would meet my husband’s needs and be tasty enough for the whole family!  I’ll be sharing recipes as I go!

My first keto friendly dish enjoyed by everyone in the house are these Zucchini Pizza Boats.  They are absolutely delicious, even for those who don’t particularly care for zucchini.  (That would be the grandson who refused to eat anything “green”! But he loves these Pizza Boats!)

This is such as easy recipe to make and it is seriously yummy!  It’s a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies!

They’re a meal on their own, but feel free to serve them with Garlic Bread if you feel the need for carbs.  I serve them with a nice crisp salad of mixed greens with Italian dressing.  Very nutritious!

The recipe calls for Marinara Sauce, you can use store bought, your favorite homemade sauce, or try some of my yummy homemade Marinara Sauce.

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Ingredients:

3 Large Zucchini

1 Tbs. Olive OIl

1 Lb. Ground Beef

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning

2 Cups Marinara Sauce

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cooking spray

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Heat oil in frying pan.

Place ground beef in pan and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning.

Cook until meat is crumbly.

Add marinara sauce and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes.

Combine 3 cheeses and stir in half of cheese mixture into beef mixture.  Set aside.

Cut off zucchini stems and cut each zucchini in half lengthwise.

Using a melon baller scoop out insides of zucchini, save the insides for later uses.

Place Zucchini boats on to baking pan.

Spoon meat mixture into each boat making sure each boat is filled to the brim.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over each boat.

Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to turn brown.

Serve hot with salad or garlic bread.

 

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. Heat oil in frying pan. Place ground beef in pan and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Cook until meat is crumbly. Add marinara sauce and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes. Combine 3 cheeses and stir in half of cheese mixture into beef mixture.  Set aside. Cut off zucchini stems and cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller scoop out insides of zucchini, save the insides for later uses. Place Zucchini boats on to baking pan. Spoon meat mixture into each boat making sure each boat is filled to the brim. Sprinkle remaining cheese over each boat. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to turn brown.  Serve hot with salad or garlic bread.
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Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

This roast vegetables formula uses the simplest of fall vegetables; creamy sweet butternut squash, tender yukon potatoes, juicy zucchini, the sweetest carrots and crisp bell peppers. Mixture the veggies works as a result of the more durable veggies square measure roast ten minutes longer than everything else. You’ll be able to additionally modification up the veggies.

The flavor combination is lovely and the sprinkle of cheese at the end, even lovelier! Roasted vegetables would make a stunning and vibrant Thanksgiving side dish.My Mama-in-law shared this recipe with us last week and we’ve made it several times already. It’s pretty simple to make but takes a sometime to chop everything up.

Make Ahead Tip: You can chop all of your veggies a day in advance and refrigerate in ziploc bags overnight. Just be sure to keep your potatoes refrigerated in a bowl of cold water so they don’t change color.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers: It reheats really well on a pan for lunch the next day and you can puree it to make baby food.

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Ingredients
6 medium yellow potatoes, unpeeled and sliced into 3/4″ to 1″ thick pieces
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and sliced into 3/4″ – 1″ thick pieces *see tips below
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 large or 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 3/4″ thick rounds
2 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, cut into 1″ pieces
1.5 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste
Freshly grated black pepper, to taste
Extra light olive oil, or avocado oil, or vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded parmesan or mozzarella cheese
Instructions
1. Start with the vegetables that take longer to bake: place potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and 1/2 of chopped garlic into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper and 1 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste. Stir to coat the veggies evenly. Divide this mixture into your two prepared baking pans and roast uncovered at 450˚F for 10 minutes.2. In the same mixing bowl, combine remaining veggies: zucchini, bell pepper, remaining chopped garlic, 1 Tbsp olive oil, black pepper and 1/2 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste and stir well to combine. Remove roasting pans from the oven and quickly place the mixed vegetables evenly over the top. Return to the oven and roast an additional 20-25 minutes or until potatoes and squash are tender and easily pierced with a fork.
3. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese and place under the broiler for 1-2 min or until cheese melts.

 

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Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

This is the best soup I have ever had. It has lots of vegetables, Italian sausage, and even tortellini. Soup is one of my favorite foods and this one tops the list. and it is easy and fast. You will pass this  Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup recipe along to your family and friends.

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Ingredients

1 (3.5 ounce) link sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef stock
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
4 tomatoes – peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup tomato sauce
1 zucchini, chopped
8 ounces cheese tortellini
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Directions

1. Place the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat and saute for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon, add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 more minutes.

2.Next add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any fat that may surface.

3. Add the zucchini, tortellini, green bell pepper and parsley to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.

 

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