Food Recipes for Dogs
The following recipes are for dogs of normal weight, activity, and general health. Please always check with your Vet to ensure that all new foods, their portions, and ingredient balance introduced are suited to your dog’s needs. Dancing Dog Blog or its principals cannot be held responsible for any reactions your dog may have.
Regardless of other recipe suggestions, do not include onion or garlic, considered toxic and possibly toxic in that order by the ASPCA poison control center. New information comes to light about human food effects on dogs, so make it a habit to check the list at the ASPCA’s website. Be aware that home cooking for your dog may require supplements (like bone meal, vitamins, etc.), so do your research on what’s available, consult your Veterinarian, and work with a well-reputed holistic or other pet supply store focused on knowledgeable service.
When using pasta, decide if the type suits your pet’s feeding style. If they gulp their food, or have a problem with their teeth, consider the type of pasta used…you may prefer flat cut noodles. All pastas used should be whole grain, better for you, too!
The Joy of Cooking For Dogs
1. Sassy Doggie Casserole
A quick and easy, balanced meal for your furry friend.
- 1 lb of any single meat (do not feed turkey or chicken skin)
- 1 finely chopped carrot
- 1 finely chopped potato
- 1 finely chopped celery stalk
- 1/2 cup sliced green beans
- 1 tablespoon reduction of cooking juices
Mix all of the ingredients together in a casserole dish. Add water until the dry ingredients are just covered; put lid on casserole dish. Microwave on high for ten minutes, then microwave on medium for ten additional minutes. Let cool for at least one hour—check that it’s warm enough to excite the senses, but cool enough to eat before serving to your dog.
2. Droolin’ Good Goulash
A well-rounded recipe that is sure to become a canine favorite.
- 1 pound of any kind of ground meat
- 2 cups of cooked brown rice
- 2 cans of vegetables, or 3 cups of fresh green veggies (kale, spinach, green beans, not corn)
- 2 chopped hard boiled eggs (very well crushed shells optional)
- 1 can mackerel
- 6 ounces of chopped chicken livers or gizzards
Pulverize vegetables in a blender, then mix all of the ingredients together in a large pot. Cover with water, then mix well. Cover pot and simmer for approximately two hours, stirring occasionally. When cooking is complete, let it cool; separate into small baggies or containers, then freeze until needed. Thaw a serving by placing in the refrigerator first thing in the morning.
3. Ruff Risotto
This Italian themed recipe takes your dog’s taste buds on a real adventure.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil to sauté
- 1 peeled, finely chopped potato
- 3 or 4 sliced button mushrooms
- 2 oz cooked, whole grain rice
- 2 oz canned sweet corn(organic)
- 3 oz cooked chicken cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
Sprinkle lightly with sesame oil before serving
Heat the olive oil up and sauté the potato until it is translucent. Add the mushrooms; keep stirring, adding the rice and sweet corn. Add the chicken then stir a bit longer; reduce the heat to low. Stir an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the yogurt, reduce heat to lowest possible setting. Cover and let cook for five more minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow it to cool completely, then sprinkle with sesame oil.
4. Bulky Puppy Pasta
This bulk recipe provides enough food to last your pooch for a while, while bringing a taste of Italy to the bowl.
- 2 pounds shaped pasta (i.e., elbow macaroni)
- 2 pounds brown rice
- 32 ounces of cottage cheese
- 1 package chicken legs, quartered
- 1 pound chicken liver
- 1 pound mixed vegetables
- Italian seasonings
Mix liver and rice in pot and a 2-to-1 ratio of water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 40 minutes. Season chicken with seasonings and cook in oven for 1-1/2 to 2 hours at 400 degrees. Boil pasta in another pot for 8 to 10 minutes; put veggies in colander then pour pasta over them to strain. Mix deboned chicken, rice, pasta and cottage cheese and serve when cooled.
5. Canine Cabbage Rolls
This is a great diet for pups who need to lose a bit of weight – or just to add a bit of variety to their regular fare.
- 6 large cabbage leaves
- 1/2 cup cooked, shredded chicken breast
- 2/3 cup cooked white rice
- pinch of salt
- pinch of oregano
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 1 can low sodium chicken stock
- 1/3 cup cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Boil cabbage leaves until they are tender enough to roll. While leaves are cooling, mix chicken, rice, oregano and salt in a bowl. Add yogurt, then mix until creamy. Put 2 tablespoons of chicken mixture in each cabbage leaf; roll up and place in baking dish. Pour chicken stock over rolls, cover and bake for thirty minutes.
6. Crispy, Crunchy Meat Treats
Cook these up and keep them handy for a tasty alternative to a regular dog food dinner.
- 1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1-1/2 cups rice flour
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 teaspoon chicken or beef broth
- 1 jar canned baby food meat (any variety)
Combine all of the ingredients well; form into a ball and roll flat. Cut out desired shapes. Bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
7. Barkin’ Turkey Omelet
Whether it’s the day after Thanksgiving – or just for the fun of it – this is one dinner that your dog will surely delight in.
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup cooked, diced turkey meat
- 1/2 cup cooked, chopped vegetables
- 1/2 cup grated cheese
- l tablespoon olive oil
Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan; spread whisked eggs and potatoes in pan. Layer on the turkey and the vegetables in equal,alternating layers. Cover and simmer until the egg is cooked and the ingredients are warm. Sprinkle on the shredded cheese; cook until melted. Cool, cut into wedges and serve.
8. Cereal For Dinner
This nutritious cereal is a crunchy way to feed your pet dog a delectable dinner.
- 1/2 cup grated cheese (any variety)
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 3 teaspoons applesauce
- 3 teaspoons wet dog food (any without gluten, byproducts corn)
- 1/2 cup cooked vegetables
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- non-fat milk
Mix together the cheese, oil, wet dog food and applesauce; add vegetables, and flour. Add enough milk to form a ball easily; cover and chill for one hour. Roll out and cut into desired shapes; cook in preheated, 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 15 minutes or until pieces are golden brown.
9. Puppy Pizza
Humans aren’t the only ones who are crazy about pizza; cook this time tested favorite for your dog and witness true culinary bliss.
- 3-1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup organic corn meal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- 4 mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 lb ground meat, cooked
Combine crust ingredients; spread in pizza pan and bake in preheated 325 degree Fahrenheit oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Mix together topping ingredients and pour on top of finished crust; put back in 200 degree Fahrenheit oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
10. Snoopy Spaghetti
Let your dog experience an Italian feast by whipping up this tasty – and nutritious – doggy spaghetti; he or she will be sure to beg for more!
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, browned
- 1 package whole grain spaghetti
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1/2 can olives no pimento
- 1 small can sliced mushrooms
- 2-3 cups cooked frozen vegetables
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Italian seasonings to taste, (no garlic or onion)
Boil spaghetti; set aside. In separate pan, cook meat, sauce, olives, seasonings and mushrooms until heated thoroughly. Separate portions of the spaghetti noodles onto individual serving platters; add meat sauce liberally to the top of the spaghetti. Either mix the vegetables in with the sauce, or serve on the side to create a truly balanced doggy meal.
Yummy Tummy Cake
Makes one 9-inch cake (or 6 cupcakes)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated fresh carrot
2 large whole cage-free eggs
1 cup organic all purpose flour
¼ cup brown sugar or honey
2 TBL carob powder (use carob, never chocolate!)
2 TBL organic flax meal or seeds
2 TBL dried organic Calendula flowers
1 TSP ground cinnamon
¼ TSP salt
1 TSP baking powder
1 TSP baking soda
Optional: ¼ cup unsweetened carob chips
Preheat oven to 325º
Grease and flour cake pan to prevent sticking
Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment or hand mixer, beat eggs with oil and sugar [or honey] until well mixed. Mix in grated carrots.
Sift dry ingredients together and add. Do not over mix. Fold in carob chips if using.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until center springs back when pressed. Cool and decorate.
(Dessert cake recipe a gift from Paw Luxury.com)
The turkey omelet sounds really good for a pup... I'll have to try that one out when I have some time, thanks!
Wild mushrooms that grown in your yard and in wooded areas are toxic to dogs. Mushrooms we eat are not. But as I noted in the introduction, it is always good to check with the ASPCA poison control because news about problems with human foods are discovered and published there. If you don't feel comfortable adding the three mushrooms to that recipe, leave them out. You could also purchase Dr. Harvey's vegetables and use a portion of that in your cooking. It gives you a great variety that is tough to duplicate in home cooking. It also makes it easy to mix into the protein and fats you have prepared,
The Goulash sounds delicious. I might try some myself - no need for the blender for my portion! Also been looking into some raw food diets for sparky.
Thanks for the recipies. I done a some of research of homemade dog food. They were ahead of the trend...
I home cook for my female papilion and look forward to trying these recipes. Please folks read the labels on commercial pet food. Home cooking is really the best and most healthy method of feeding your pet.
Your pup is welcome. Don't forget if your puppy is in the first 18 months of his or her life, you should add1 tblspn of cottage cheese for every 10 lbs of weight and 1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt for every 5 lbs of weight, unless your vet says otherwise:)