Commercial dog food contains low-quality meats, cheap fillers, and toxic chemicals — and aside from being potentially dangerous for your pet, it's expensive. If you truly want to give your dog the vitamins and nutrients he or she needs, then homemade dog food is the way to go. Give your beloved pets the nutrients they deserve with these all-natural, preservative-free homemade dog food recipes.
Rice, Veggies, and Turkey
This doggie dish by Damn Delicious is not only healthy, but super simple to make. Made with a few key ingredients — brown rice, turkey, and veggies — this DIY meal packs a punch when it comes to nutrients and is a quick-and-easy way to meal prep for the week. Just divide your dish into single servings, label it with the date, and freeze it. Then, whenever you're ready, defrost it in the fridge overnight and place it in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds.
Chicken & Veggie Slow Cooker Recipe
Worried about her pup's stomach issues, A from Pearls and Sports Bras decided to take matters into her own hands by creating this slower cooker chicken and veggie recipe. The recipe makes up to three weeks' worth of food for A's 20-pound pooch and can be left on low while you go to work for the day. All you'll need is two to three pounds of skinless chicken thighs and breasts, one sweet potato, two carrots, some frozen green beans, a bag of frozen peas, one large apple (seedless), and one can of kidney beans.
Vegan Black Bean Bowl
In hopes of fixing her dog's digestion problems, Annie from Vegannie decided to switch things up and cut the meat out of her pup's diet. Since doing so, she's found Ginger is happier (and healthier) than ever. At just 64 cent per serving, this hearty black bean bowl, filled with brown rice, black beans kale, and one sweet potato, is a winner.
Who said casseroles are a holiday dish? According to Anna from Dogsaholic, a casserole is the easiest way to give your dog the nutrients he or she needs for less than half the price of commercial dog food. Made with two chicken breasts, one cup of chopped veggies, and ¼ cup rolled oats, this doggie dish is a 15-minute must-have recipe.
The Ultimate Superfood Recipe
This homemade dog food recipe by Serena from Pretty Fluffy is simple to make and is packed with doggie superfoods, like quinoa, the “superfood of all superfoods.” Quinoa is not only an excellent source of protein, but it's been shown to reduce the chance of diabetes, particularly in middle-aged dogs.