6 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
4 lbs boneless skinless chicken thigh
6 raw eggs
7 oz chicken liver
3 oz chicken gizzards
3 oz chicken hearts
4 oz canned sardines in spring water, drained
1 ½ lbs unpeeled sweet potatoes
10 oz unpeeled carrots
8 oz broccoli
4 oz kale
8 oz butternut squash
4 oz blueberries
12 oz green beans
6 oz pumpkin puree
¼ cup parsley (stems included)
8 oz apple
6 oz quick cooking oats
8 oz cooked garbanzo beans
3 tbsp ground sunflower seeds
3 tbsp ground pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tbsp ground chia seeds
If you are a dog owner that is tired of continuously hearing about pet food recalls, perhaps it’s time to try out home cooked dog food. It’s an easy way to help your dog enjoy a happier and healthier life. Dry dog food is typically made from processed ingredients with very little nutritional value for our pups. It provides pups with essentially the bare minimum nutrients they need to survive.
If you want your dog to enjoy a diet that is rich in protein, healthy fats, fiber, and other essential nutrients, a home cooked diet is the way to go.
What Are the Benefits of Homemade Dog Food?
Home cooked dog food can help you provide your pup with better nutrition, improved digestion, longer lifespan, and a better quality of life. Dog owners often notice that their pups have a shinier coat, more energy, healthier stools, and a better quality of life after switching to a homemade dog food diet.
If you decide to switch over to home-cooked dog food, make sure you are providing your pup with a veterinary-approved formula that is easy for them to digest and receive health benefits from. Trying to measure out a balanced and nutritious diet for your dog on your own can be quite difficult and time-consuming, which is why purchasing fresh dog food from a company like Kabo makes so much sense. You can actually have vet-approved meals that are customized based on your dog’s breed and size delivered right to your doorstep.
Taking your dog’s health into your own hands and feeding them home cooked dog food is great for both you and your pup. However, do some research to make sure your dog doesn’t have any food allergies or dietary restrictions before feeding them home cooked dog food. This is particularly important if they suffer from any preexisting health conditions. You might also need to make changes to the ratio of protein to grains and veggies in order to meet all of your dog’s dietary needs.
Let’s take a look at a healthy home cooked dog food recipe to try out below.
1) The first step is to use your electric pressure cooker on the “Bean/Chili” setting to cook 4 oz of dried garbanzo beans in 2 cups of water. Cook the beans on High Pressure for right around 20 minutes. You should end up with about 8 oz of dried beans. Make sure you double-check the garbanzo beans to ensure they are thoroughly cooked. After they are cooked, drain the beans and allow them to cool. Empty out the contents of your electric pressure cooker. Note: If you are short on time, you can also purchase canned garbanzo beans and drain them.
2) Cut up the chicken meat into fairly large chunks while trimming off the majority of the fat. Chop up the chicken liver, chicken hearts, and chicken gizzards as well. Place about half of the meat into the electric pressure cooker pot with 1 ½ cups of water and cook it on low pressure for 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release. Move the chicken meat to a large pan and drain out the broth.
3) Finely chop up the vegetables, fruit, parsley, and sweet potatoes in a food processor or by hand. Grind up the cooked garbanzo beans from earlier in a food processor as well.
4) Place half of the cooked chicken back inside the electric pressure cooker with 12 oz of the chicken broth and half of the vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes on low pressure. Make sure you use the manual pressure release this time.
5) Add in 3 beaten eggs, 4 oz of ground-up garbanzo beans, half of the ground seeds (minus the flax seeds, which will be added at the end), half of the sardines, and 3 oz of uncooked oats.
6) Stir everything up well to ensure all of the ingredients are evenly mixed in.
7) Allow the eggs and oats to cook along with the other ingredients in the warm covered pot. After everything has cooked for a few minutes, remove the inner pot from the electric pressure cooker and allow all of the food to cool off.
8) Put the batch of cooked food into a large bowl and repeat the steps mentioned above for the next batch of home cooked dog food.
9) Add in the flax seeds and use a food processor to make sure that all of the ingredients are all mixed in well together. You can try out the Pulse function on the food processor to make sure that the home cooked dog food is the perfect consistency for your pup. You want the consistency of the food to be mushy and thickly pureed. Make sure you emphasize breaking apart the chicken to help your dog with digesting it.