Healthy homemade dog food recipe

 

I prepared this meal for my dogs today. It’s one of their favorite and they somehow know when I’m cooking it. They are so well behaved and obedient, I petty much can get them to do anything 😀.
This recipe has red kidney beans which contains toxins that are harmful to dogs in its raw/uncooked state. However, cooking the beans at high temperatures for at least 15 minutes destroys these toxins. Well cooked kidney beans usually takes, for me, between 1-2 hours of boiling and about 25-30 minutes in a pressure cooker. The recipe also has coconut milk from freshly juiced coconut flesh, which is optional. This adds extra flavor and nutritional value.

Ingredients
2 cups diced potatoes with skin (medium size)
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups well cooked red kidney beans (not mushy, liquid drained)
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup coconut milk

Method:

  1. Boil potatoes and carrots for 10 minutes
  2. Add olive oil in a pot and then add coconut milk. Stir
  3. Add potatoes, carrots and beans. Mix well
  4. Cover for 3 minutes.

Serve according to the weight of your dog.

Kwen is 70 lbs and she gets 2 1/2 cups 2 times per day. We were feeding her 3 cups x2 daily and she got overweight, so we had to take it down a notch. Seeing that winter is approaching, we’re thinking of feeding her 2 cups 2x/day, as she’s not very active at that time of the year.

As the saying goes, “too much of one thing isn’t good”, So don’t make a huge batch that lasts forever….moderation is the key. Every meal I cook usually lasts for 3 – 4 servings for each dog and it also depends on the ingredients used. For example, if I cook eggs (usually partially cooked) it’s just for one serving. You don’t want to store cooked eggs for a long period of time.

And, Did I mention how scrumptious my meals are? Even humans enjoy them… I can attest to that 😋. When it comes on to cooking food for my dogs, my philosophy is, if it’s not fit for human consumption in terms of quality and freshness, then it’s not fit for the dogs either. So NO CONTAMINATED/SPOILED/BAD FOODS. That’s a huge No No.

vegetables

Backyard Gardening. Home-grown veggies used in the recipe.

 

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So now you’ve made a batch of food that should last for a few days, how do you store the remainder?

Food should always be stored in air tight containers and refrigerated. DO NOT feed your dogs frozen or extremely cold foods. Give it ample time to get to room temperature, or preheat before serving. Only preheat what is needed; repeated thawing and heating will cause foods to go bad faster.

Do you have any tips or ideas to add to this recipe? Please leave your comments below.

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