Dogs are born meat lovers. The homemade meaty meals recipes crave protein and often try to charm you with their baby browns into giving them second helpings. Resist, resist. You want your dog to be fit and healthy.
Here are some fun main dish recipes to make. If you ask me, then my personal favorite is Canine Casserole, but your dog may howl in delight when you fill his bowl with Marvelouswutt Meatballs.
The best news is that some of these recipes are also pleasing to people’s palates. So, schedule a time for you and your dog to enjoy a dinner date together. And, pass the mutt meatballs, please!
Homemade Meaty Meals Recipes for Dogs:
1. Canine Casserole:
As I said, this is the perfect recipe for my dogs. In fact, when I had been to the canine taste testers at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center in Seal Beach, California. They gave this dish a very positive seal of approval. Thereafter, a second longer and actually leaped on top of the serving table before I could put the food bowl down on the ground.
When I tested over German and a Labrador—Pit Bull mix, demonstrated the best manners by slowly but methodically licking their bowls clean. Chinook, a Husky with one brown and one blue eye, won the speed contest, inhaling a full bowl within 33 seconds, while an Australian Cattle Dog mix, proved to be the pickiest. She strategically nosed out all the carrots and gulped down the rest of the casserole.
I wish to thank these five delightful dogs and all the volunteers at the Seal Beach shelter for the opportunity to “test market” this casserole.
- 2 cups brown rice, uncooked
- 1/2 pound ground chuck hamburger
- I teaspoon vegetable oil
- I garlic clove, crushed
- 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
- Cook the rice in a steamer.
- Steam the carrots and broccoli until tender.
- Warm the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the hamburger and garlic and sauté until cooked through.
- Combine all the ingredients.
- Allow cooling before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
2. Dog Delights:
For dogs with good appetites —or. if you want to make enough food that lasts a week. Try this recipe. Your dog will say Woof!
- 2 medium yams
- 3 cups cooked brown rice (natural. unprocessed)
- 1½ pounds beef liver (or chicken liver)
- 1½ pounds pork shoulder blade steak (fat and bone removed)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Wash and dry the yams. Using a fork. stab each yam twice to produce two series of holes. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until a fork can easily slide through the yam.
- In a skillet. brown the liver on both sides. Cook until done but not overly done. It’s okay if the center is a little pink. Set aside.
- Place a little oil in a frying pan and brown the pork shoulder blade steak on both sides. Cook until done. The center should not have any hint of pink.
- In a food processor. combine all ingredients in three batches, using two parts meat to one part yam and one part rice. Blend until the mix has achieved a putty consistency.
- Pat the mixture into hamburger-size patties — about 3 or 4 tablespoons per patty.
- Place patties in resealable plastic bags or storage containers.
- Freeze portions intended for consumption later in the week. Store servings for today and tomorrow in the refrigerator.
3. Yummy Meal -For baby dogs:
Here’s a yummy meal for puppies that you can make in mere minutes.
- 3 small jars beef or chicken baby food
- ½ cup Cream Of Wheat
- In a glass bowl. mix the baby food and Cream of Wheat with a spoon.
- Cover the bowl with a lid and place it inside the microwave. Set it to high for 3 to 4 minutes. 3. Cool before spooning out.
4. Mutt Meat Balls:
Your dogs can have some awesome fun and hone their fetching skills by tossing him a few of these meatballs at dinnertime.
- ½ pound ground beef
- ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 carrot. finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg. whisked
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium•sized bowl.
- Scoop out by the spoonful and roll into mini-size meatballs.
- Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonfat cooking spray.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. 6. Cool and store in the refrigerator in a container with a lid.
5. The Mixture:
This odd collection of ingredients may cause your nose to turn up, but its pure delight for your dogs.
- 2 raw carrots, shredded
- ½ cup green beans
- 1 cup cabbage
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tin sardines
- 2 eggs
- 1 14-ounce can of baked beans
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- In a blender or food processor, purée the carrots, green beans. and cabbage.
- Brown the ground beef with the olive oil in a large saucepan. Stir in the egg.
- Add the vegetables. baked beans, sardines, and garlic to the beef.
- Simmer over low heat, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Cool before serving.
6. Howling Stew:
Your dog will bay at the moon for the second servings of the dish.
- 4 ounces ground beef
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 hard-boiled egg, mashed
- 2 slices white bread
- 1 teaspoon calcium carbonate
- Brown the ground beef in a pan over medium heat.
- In a large bowl, mash together the cooked beef, the rice. the egg, crumbled pieces of bread. and calcium carbonate. Stir well.
- Cool before serving.
Veterinary nutritionists say dogs placed on “crash diets” run the risk of losing more muscle mass than excess fat. If your dog needs to go on a weight reduction diet. work with your veterinarian to formulate a diet plan that gradually cuts back on your dog’s daily calories. Ideally. a dog that is 30 percent overweight should take about six months to reach an ideal weight through reduced portions. This slow but steady plan melts off the pounds — and keeps them off.
7. The Beefovers:
It is time to clean out the fridge. Your dog will drool for this medley of goodies leftover in your refrigerator.
- 4 ounces lean ground beef
- 1 cup grated or cooked carrots
- 4 ounces low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese
- 1 cup cooked and chopped green beans
- 1 teaspoon bonemeal powder
- Cook the ground beef in a pan over medium heat. Drain off the fat. Allow meat to cool.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
8. Bacon Meal:
Here is something about bacon — maybe the smell, maybe the taste — that is absolutely irresistible to a dog. This is a highly popular meal among my canine taste testers.
- 2 pounds beef liver 2 slices bacon. cooked
- 2 cups bread crumbs 2 garlic cloves. minced
- 2 eggs, slightly whisked
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- Put the liver in a large bowl and pour boiling water over it. Let sit about 10 minutes, then drain.
- Place the liver in a food processor and blend until it is a thick paste.
- Add the bacon, bread crumbs, garlic. and eggs, and mix thoroughly.
- Press this mix into the loaf pan. 6. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top has browned.
- Warm the oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour to form a paste.
- Slowly pour in the cold water and simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes, until the gravy thickens. Stir often. Pour the gravy over the liver loaf. allow cooling. and then serve. 10. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.
9. Meat Loaf:
Here’s a hearty meal that both you and your dog can davour.
- 2 slices whole-wheat bread
- 2 pounds lean ground beef cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon mustard garlic clove. minced
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- Preheat the oven to 350T.
- Cut up the bread into small pieces.
- In a large bowl. mix together all the ingredients except the ketchup.
- Place this mix into a nonstick loaf pan,
- pour the ketchup on top of the meat.
- Bake for 60 minutes.
- Drain the grease. Let the meat loaf cool before serving.
10. Beef Hearts Recipe:
You might not like the sound of it. but cooked organ meat is music to a dog’s stomach. Here’s a recipe that costs pennies to make but will seem priceless to your dog.
- 2 beef hearts
- 1/4 cup white rice cup bread crumbs
- 2 garlic cloves. minced
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup finely grated carrots
- ½ cup finely grated turnips
- Boil the beef hearts in a small saucepan with water over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Steam the rice per package directions.
- Chop the beef hearts into small pieces.
- In a large bowl. blend the beef hearts, rice. bread crumbs. garlic, oil, water, carrots, and turnips thoroughly using a wooden spoon.
- Allow to cool before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
11. Heavy Loaded Dish:
Your dog will think he’s in heaven on earth when you serve up this hearty dish loaded with vegetables, protein. and a dash of vitamin C.
- 1 pound beef kidneys
- 2 garlic cloves, minced cup water
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced zucchini
- 6 cups white rice
- 6 cups quick.cooking oats. uncooked
- 1 tablespoon safflower oil
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil vitamin C supplement. crushed
- Combine the beef kidneys and the garlic with the water in a large pot. Simmer over medium heat until the beef is cooked through. Add more water as necessary to maintain about one cup of water in the pot.
- Steam the carrots and zucchini with a little water in the microwave oven on high for 3 minutes.
- Steam the rice as per package directions.
- Add the oats, cooked rice. carrots, zucchini. safflower oil, flaxseed oil, and vitamin C supplement to the pan containing the beef kidneys and garlic.
- Remove from heat and stir thoroughly with a large spoon.
- Allow to cool before serving. Store leftovers in a container in the refrigerator.
12. Pork & Rice – Asian Food:
In the mood for some Asian food tonight? Bring out the wok and prepare this stir-fry that both you and your dog can enjoy.
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 2 tablespoons olive oil. divided cup peas cup green beans
- 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried parsley cup chicken broth pound roasted pork. thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce (low-sodium)
- 4 cups cooked rice
- In a nonstick skillet. cook the eggs and one tablespoon of the oil over medium heat for a few minutes. Do not stir.
- Place the eggs on a plate and cut them into little pieces.
- Heat the remaining oil in the skillet and stir fry the peas, green beans, and parsley for a few minutes over medium heat.
- Add the chicken broth. pork. and soy sauce and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the cooked rice and the egg to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. stirring regularly.
- Cool before serving. Store unused portions in a container in the refrigerator.
How do you find the right dog food from the supermarket?
Most days you probably just don’t have the time to prepare a delicious home-cooked meal for your pup. But when you are in the supermarket, strolling past those endless cans and packages with pictures of happy dogs, it’s a good idea to know a little more about the food you’re going to buy for your buddy.
Finding the Right Type of dog food from the supermarket or online. here’s a little bit of trivia.
The first commercial dog foods were introduced in the United States in the late 1890s. Back then. dogs ate baked biscuits made with a blend of meat. vegetables. and grains — no kibble.
Today, commercial dog foods come in these main forms:
In general. dry dog foods contain 35 to 50 percent carbohydrates. 18 to 27 percent protein. 7 to 15 percent fat. and less than 12 percent moisture. The hard pieces of kibble help prevent the major buildup of tartar and plaque on dogs’ teeth.
This form offers an irresistible taste and texture and typically contains 25 to 35 percent carbohydrates. 16 to 25 percent protein. 5 to 10 percent fat. and about 30 percent of water.
Obviously the all-time favorite among most canines, canned food costs the most per serving but delivers the highest palatability. Brands vary, but most canned foods contain 8 to 15 percent protein. 2 to 15 percent fat, and about 75 percent moisture.
Public Awareness: What should a quality commercial dog food contain according to the Association of American Feed Control Officials?
As required by guidelines established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, a quality commercial dog food product should contain the following:
- Guaranteed analysis of nutrients (percentage breakdown of crude protein, fat, fiber, and moisture)
- Ingredient listing in descending order of predominance by weight
- Additives listing
- Net weight
- Manufacturer contact information. including a toll free consumer information number
- Nutritional adequacy statement indicating if this product provides complete and balanced nutrition for all dogs or for a particular life stage
- Feeding directions that offer general guidelines
Just like in people’s food, additives are used in commercial pet foods to enhance quality. flavor. and the appearance of the food and to preserve freshness. The most commonly used additives include antioxidants (to keep fat from becoming rancid), anti-microbial agents (to slow down spoilage). colors (to improve appearance), and emulsifiers (to prevent water and fat from separating).