Healthy and Easy Homemade Dog Food (GF, DF)
Keep your dog healthy and happy with this easy homemade dog food. Packed full of nutritious whole foods. Your dog will love every meal time.
Making your own dog food doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. With this easy homemade dog food. It takes less then 25 minutes to make from scratch. Keeping your dog healthy doesn’t have to be confusing although it might seem that way to start with.
Trial and error is how I narrowed down what ingredients to use in the final recipe. You can do your own research to find out what food is safe for dogs to eat. There is a lot more food out there that dogs can eat than I first thought. Of course there is also food your dog shouldn’t eat so be careful.
This Is the second homemade dog food recipe I’ve posted here on the blog. The first one can be made in a slow cooker which makes for more hands off process. The reason I have switched to this recipe is because my dog can’t eat large quantities of rice anymore.
Why make your own dog food?
The great thing about making your own dog food is the ability to cater it to their taste and needs. Your also in complete control of the ingredients being used.
Furthermore you can cater it for the budget you have to spend. In the photo above you can see i used both yellow sticker reduced price 20% fat beef mince. As well as reduced price lambs liver. If your on a tight budget then it is still possible to make your own healthy dog food.
If you know when your local supermarkets does their food reductions then you can grab some great bargains. Otherwise you can buy frozen beef mince which is cheaper than the fresh kind. I normally buy frozen 20% fat beef mince from Asda.
What’s really in store bought dog food?
Store bought dog food can be pretty unhealthy depending what brand you buy. It’s also hard to tell exactly what is in the dog food as they don’t list the ingredients like they do with human food.
Ingredients listed on canned dog food will usually say “meat and animal derivatives”. For example, if it’s a can of beef and vegetables then it might say meat and animal derivatives (41%, including 4% beef). Which means that only 4% out of the 41% is actually beef the rest can be made up of any other meat or animal derivatives.
This is one of the main reasons for why I got interested in making my own dog food. Not being able to know exactly what was in the food I was feeding my dog was worrying. Since I and many other people treat their dog like one of the family. Since I wouldn’t feed my family or myself food that I didn’t know what it was made out of. Then why should I feed my dog that way.
I have a border collie called Lexi who turned 10 in july. Since she is getting older her dietary needs have changed. I want to be able to help her stay as healthy and active as possible for as long as possible. Lexi may be ten but she is as lively and happy as ever. Most importantly she loves meal time and cleans her bowl everytime.
Don’t forget to check out the other dog food recipe below
With store bought dog food I used to struggle to find a brand Lexi would enjoy for more than a few weeks at a time. If your dog is a fussy eater then making your own dog food could be the answer to your problem.
- Beef mince
- Lambs liver
- Bell peppers
- Ground ginger
I have one very satisfied doggy at meal times. Lexi loves the food I make her and she is as active and happy as ever. Switching to homemade dog food is the best decision I’ve made.
Healthy Homemade Dog Food
- 800 grams Beef mince Fresh or frozen
- 2 tins Sardines in brine 120g tins (drained weight 84g)
- 125 grams Lambs liver
- 400 grams Potatoes
- 200 grams Carrots
- 150 grams Broccoli
- 100 grams Bell peppers
- 50 grams kale
- 2 whole eggs including the egg shell
- 2 tsp Ground ginger
- 2 tsp Ground turmeric
Add fresh or frozen beef mince to a frying mince and cook on medium high until completely cooked through and no pink bits are left.
Add lambs liver to a frying pan and cook on medium high until completely cooked through.
Add water carrots, broccoli, peppers to a medium sized sauce pot. Bring to a boil over a medium high heat. Once the water comes to a boil add the two eggs and cook for 10 minutes.
Prick potatoes with a fork, place on a plate and microwave on high for 8 minutes.
Once the potatoes are finished cooking cut and peel them.
After the vegetables and eggs are done cooking drain the water and add half the veg ad one egg to a food processor.
Add half the mince, lambs liver and half the potatoes to the food processor. Along with half the kale, ginger, turmeric and one tin of sardines.
Blitz the food together for 20-30 seconds on medium depending on how powerful your food processor is. For me this creates a smooth texture. You can blend it less for a chunky texture.
Scoop out the food into either individual portions or one air tight container.
Repeat step 8 with the other half of the ingredients.
Again either individually portion it up or store in one air tight container. Keep the food in the fridge or you can freeze half of it depending how much your dog eats.