Gourmet Homemade Meals For Your Dog

A Portioned Meal Given Twice A Day
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You Know What Your Dog Is Eating When You Prepare It Yourself.

Recall of commercial dog foods have become common place. When you research what those companies put in our loved ones' food, disgust was just the primary reaction. Anybody who love their dog(s) would immediately cease to patronize these businesses. In this money-wheeling & dealing world all these business-minded crooks can just unfold another business name and another inviting pet food product to entice another cycle of new buyers. That I know the food my dog, a labrador retriever, is eating is safe; that I know the food she is enjoying is nutritious; and that I learned along the way that it is more economical on my budget. Imagine, organic, natural, safe and nutritious meals for your pet without costing you an arm and a leg!

The weekly meal would consist of variations on grains between brown rice or oatmeal, a mixture of meats and organ meats, the standard vegetables of carrots and green beans or when my budget allows, salmon. Brown rice can be purchased at $15 per 25 pound bag in your local Asian store. I purchase fresh carrots and frozen green beans. I go to the Clearance Section of Safeway(Carrs) or Fred Meyer's for meats and organ meats. Clearance section does not mean garbage, you know. For bargain-hunters like me, these savings are a necessity.

A bowlful of nutritious love.
A bowlful of nutritious love.

Vitamins & Minerals Abound In This Meal

I have found this link http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/poultry-products/667/2 that details all nutritional elements of the ingredients included with this meal.

Note: Ease up serving beef liver. Too much of liver can be toxic.

My labrador retriever has maintained her weight between 60 to 65 lbs. ever since I started cooking for her. Her coat is soft and a lot of people could not believe that a dog can actually have fur that is that soft.

Because of her highly moist food, I brush her teeth every night. Our ritual is set nightly after my own toothbrushing, hers is next. Her vet is extra pleased that she has clean chompers, healthy gums an no doggy bad breath.

Recipe yields six days of two meals per day. Two cups per serving each breakfast and each dinner.

4 Cups Brown Rice

1 -32 Ounce Bag of Cut Green Beans, thawed

2 Pounds of Carrots, washed and quartered, unpeeled

1-8 Ounces Beef Liver

1-8 Ounces Chicken Gizzards

1- 6 Pounds Full Chicken, boiled, skinned and boned


Use a rice cooker to cook the brown rice. Put an extra cup of water to make the brown rice moister. Set aside to cook after cooking. To cook brown rice in rice cooker will take approximately 15 minutes.

Put whole chicken in a big stainless steel pot and submerged in cold water. Boil the chicken till chicken is fully-cooked (no blood or raw flesh). Boiling a whole chicken might take an entire hour. Do not put any spices, salt or pepper when boiling the chicken. Salt substance is present in all the ingredients. Discard scum or as much fat from top. (SEE NOTE below regarding making a clear broth with this chicken.)

Add the quartered carrots when chicken is half-way done.

Add the chicken gizzards or chicken hearts or chicken liver.

Add the green beans.

Turn off stove. Remove the chicken separately and put into a bowl to be skinned and boned. Cut the cooked chicken flesh into bite size pieces. Discard chicken bones and skins. Chop the organ meats coarsely.

Remove and separate the carrots for chopping and set aside. Set aside the green beans.

Save the broth for your use or as drink for your pet. I keep this broth in a container in the refrigerator. When it is chilled, remove more fat that floated on top.

Set aside all items to cool.

When all items are cool, put the cooked brown rice in a big stainless bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients: small pieces of chicken meats (no bones, no skins); chopped organs and vegetables. Mix to combine. You can add some broth to make the meal moister.

Scoop two cups of mixture and put into plastic containers. Freeze the rest of filled containers.

Thaw what you need only.

NOTE: To make multiple uses for this food---meaning for you and your dog, boil the chicken alone, no spices, salt or pepper or any of the ingredients. Just a clear broth. The clear broth you can freeze in plastic containers for your soup, pasta, grains, etc. Or you can refrigerate some for your dog's drink. Remember to always remove the scum or extra fat.

SAFETY NOTE: Salmonella Beware. Always sanitize your sink and wash your hands thoroughly when handling raw poultry. Wash and sanitize all tools and equipment that got in contact with the raw chicken. Measure one capful of bleach with a gallon water. Use a clean empty bucket for your sanitizer. Better be safe than sick.

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rich_hayles 5 years ago

What a great recipe! I will give it a go and see how my dog gets on with it.

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daisynicolas 5 years ago from Alaska Author

Thanks. Your dog would be anticipating each meal...not that he or she never does. But whenever I prepare this meal...my dog knows mommie is preparing her food.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

I just might have to give this recipe a try. The picture looked really good, almost good enough for a person to eat. Oh it probably is! You have a lucky puppy dog there.

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daisynicolas 5 years ago from Alaska Author

It's bland food, but definitely for people too. Just add flavorings. I actually had it for dinner one lazy evening when I didn't want to fix something for myself.

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emilybee 4 years ago

That is very cool. If I had a dog I'd cook this for them! Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

Tanja Star-Busmann 3 years ago

Yes I cook this way - with bio-beef - but can you re-freeze green beans..not sure! Will try the poultry today

I make biscuits for my small Dackel. A large bowl of oats, some rye flour, water, olive oil (or another type) lots of parsley, and a small tea-spoon of peanut-butter to make it tasty (naughty). I let it dry/cook in a low oven until crisp when cooled. takes ages...Have fun!

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Peggy W 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

I cook for our dog Skippy and have cooked also for our past dogs. I would have to skip the green beans in this recipe since Skippy does not like them and picks any green beans out of any mixture that I create. Good thing that there are many alternatives for veggies.

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daisynicolas 13 months ago from Alaska Author

Thank you for visiting and commenting. What I have not included here, is pureeing the entire meal for easy digestion. Your dog will eat the green beans wither him/her knowing they're there.

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