5 Homemade Dog Food Recipes For 2020 (We Won’t Tell Anyone If You Sneak A Bite)

January 1, 2020
DIY Homemade Dog Food

​With the new year already here, we all start to stress about changing our eating habits for the better. But while we watch our waistline, we often give our furry friends the same kibble, day in and day out. Often times, we don't even bother to look at what's in it. 

Here's your chance to start the new year off right, for both you and your dog and let them try one of these five amazing DIY dog food recipes that are easy, cheap, and sure to have your dog begging for more.

​This recipe has a good balance of ingredients with 50% protein (from peas and ground turkey), 25% vegetables (from zucchini, carrots, and spinach) and 25% whole grains (from brown rice). But depending on your dog's individual nutrition needs, the recipe can be easily adjusted.

So what's the best part of this one? Making this one at home can be considerably cheaper than many of the popular all-natural dog foods you can find in your local store!

​You know Scooby loves his Scooby snacks! Well now he's got a full meal thanks to Happy and Yummy. This DIY dog food is great on so many levels (can we say sweet potatoes?), but what's really nice about this one is that a full batch will last a full week! Oh, did we forget to mention this one is made in a slow cooker? Hello easy street!

Seriously though, this one requires minimum work for you and maximum enjoyment from your special doggie. Here's a little tip for this one. If you have a large enough slow cooker, or like us with multiple Instant Pots, make this one in bulk. The recipe can be frozen and it thaws easily.

​We all know that Humans are allergic to certain foods, but dogs? Yep, you better believe it. Some dog breeds are much more susceptible than people to gluten intolerance. This awesome recipe makes use of coconut oil, pumpkin puree, ground turkey, whole grains, and a plethora of other veggies that even the most picky dog will enjoy. This one actually smells so good while it's cooking we've been tempted to take a test taste. (Okay, okay... we did, but we won't tell anyone if you do.)

​We completely understand that making homemade dog food can be time consuming, and it may not be realistic to try and incorporate it into your doggie's regular routine. Because of this, the creator of this fabulous recipe only incorporates home cooked meals into her pup's diet about twice a week. If you're up to doing it more often that, muy bien, but twice a week is WAY better than never!

This recipe sticks to the basics when it comes to choosing ingredients. It makes use of protein from pork and beef, whole grains for some fiber, carrots, apples, and even some blueberries for anti-oxidants and some kale to round things out.

​When cooking dog food (or any food for that matter) in a slow cooker, it's important that the chosen vegetables can stand up to the long cooking times. With ingredients like brown rice, ground beef, kidney beans, carrots, butternut squash, and peas, it's a recipe designed to make sure that what you end up with isn't just big pot of mush. Although, let be honest here, it'd still taste the same. One of the excellent benefits to this one is because there is so much fiber here, it should freeze well. This means that you can cook in large batches and drop it in the freezer for later.

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