Joanne Kristin has diplomas in Journalism and Arts and Science from Fanshawe College in Canada.
Firstly, I would like to express that I am not a vet nor a dog nutritionist. However, I'm a passionate dog owner with experience in dog grooming and dealing with my own sick dog and am well-versed in dog nutrition due to my background of working at a pet store.
This recipe will give you a solid base to work with. It can then be altered to suit your dog's dietary needs. My dogs just love it, and it's way cheaper than buying bagged dog food that is full of fillers and byproducts. It just requires a little time every few weeks, a freezer, and a little love that I assume you naturally already have for your cute little pup.
In no way am I responsible for your dog's health, as you know, so make sure you know their allergies, and omit spices accordingly! All of these spices are safe for dogs in small quantities. However, too much can be harmful to your dog.
Note: Cats cannot eat oregano.
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1 hour 25 min
Serves 14 portions or so, depending on dog size
- 4 cups filtered water
- 8 pounds ground lean beef
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 teaspoons powdered turmeric
- 2 teaspoons powdered ginger
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup steamed carrots
- 1 drizzle manuka honey, per bowl
- Cook your 92 percent lean, 8 percent fat beef in a pan, until brown. If your dog has a weight problem, simply use chicken or fish. You can alternate proteins every time you make it as well. I usually cook the beef in 2 separate batches, due to the amount. For chicken, I roast in the oven with a little coconut oil at 375 for about 25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Make brown rice. Follow the direction on the package. A rice cooker is a great investment if you plan on doing this often. Note: It will take longer to cook brown rice than white.
- In a big bowl, mix your rice and beef or chicken together, once everything is cooked properly. If you're using chicken or another protein, make sure you cut it up into smaller pieces, as you will be putting all of this in a food processor later on.
- Peel and cut your carrots into rounds. Steam your carrots, as steaming is the best way to serve your dog veggies, besides raw. Place your carrots into a steamer basket and place it over a pot with about a cup of water. Bring water to a simmer and cover. Allow carrots to steam for about 11 minutes, or until tender. Drain carrots and mix with protein and rice.
- Fill a pot with 4 cups of filtered water and bring to a boil.
- Add olive oil, turmeric, oregano, ginger, parsley, rosemary and basil. Boil for about 10-15 minutes, or until half the water has evaporated. Add your spice gravy to your mix of meat, rice and veggies. Mix well. Let cool.
- In small portions, mix all of the ingredients together in a food processor. I usually keep out enough for 3 days and freeze the rest, gradually pulling out what i need through the week. Freezer ziplock backs work great to portion it out. If you have a small dog this will last a long time. Portion out your food according to your dog's size.
- Optional: Drizzle a little manuka honey occasionally on the food before serving. Manuka honey supports gut health and has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties. This is not recommended for dogs with weight problems or diabetes. 1 teaspoon is recommended for small dogs, and up to a tablespoon for bigger dogs.
- Beef and rice are a very good way to figure out your dog's allergies. If your dog has been suffering from allergies, omit all spices, and just serve them the beef and rice. It will settle their stomach, like a bowl of chicken noodle soup we humans tend to have when we are sick.
- If you think your dog is struggling with the spices, start with one, and gradually add another one the next time you make it. This way, you can find the culprit.
- Choose your own meat—salmon and chicken work really well too. There's no reason you can't try lamb or venison or any other protein you think your dog would like!
- This also applies to the veggies. Just make sure your dog can have them. Always avoid onions, garlic, chives, mushrooms, avocados, and rhubarb. In addition, avoid giving them grapes, raisins, chocolate, cooked bones, alcohol, pizza crust, artificial sweetener, and macadamia nuts.
- In my photos, you will not see carrots, as one of my dogs does not like them! I will make separate batches for both dogs (a Chihuahua/Pomeranian named Tila and an English Cocker Spaniel named Sassy), but in this case, I just happened to take photos when the carrots were omitted!
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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