10 DIY Homemade Vegetarian Dog Food Recipes

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In this day and age of health-conscious consumers, more and more humans are eating less and less meat, and many have decided to forgo meat entirely, making the leap to vegetarianism. Dogs, of course, are not naturally vegetarians. They are omnivores, designed to thrive on both meat and plants.

Completely vegetarian diets are not generally recommended for dogs. However. an occasional vegetarian meal can be quite healthful. Most vegetables are rich in antioxidants. vitamins, and minerals that your dog’s body craves, and they make a welcome treat for your dog.

Some Of the recipes in this blog also feature tofu, a terrific protein source often touted by health care professionals for its nutritional benefits. Whenever possible, select vegetables that were organically grown.

Pesticides and herbicides leave only a small residue on vegetables, but many health care experts believe that they can build up in the system over time, possibly leading to health problems. If organic vegetables are not available, be sure to carefully wash the produce you do buy.

Homemade Vegetarian Dog Food Recipes:

1. Veggie Casserole:

Your pooch that proudly sports pink ribbons on her blond ears. possesses pup-like energy. She’s also one lucky dog. Her owner(you) may be a longtime vegetarian, cooks most of her meals, using mostly organically grown ingredients. She especially barks approval for this dish.

EQUIPMENT:

  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Steam the vegetables in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic. olive oil, salt. and black pepper. Stir well. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour into a large serving container and drain off excess water. Sprinkle with the cheese.
  4. Allow to cool before serving.

2. Doggy Vittles:

Treat your vegetable-loving dog to this fortifying dish.

EQUIPMENT:

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2/3 cup grated cheese
  • ½ cup finely Clwpped Carrots
  • ½ cup finely chopped zucchini
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg. beaten
  • 1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Blend thoroughly.
  3. Pour the mix into a casserole dish.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Cool and Serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

3. Veg Stew:

What? No meat? No problem. Your dog will lap up this hearty stew and beg for seconds!

EQUIPMENT:

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 green pepper. diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 zucchini. sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1 24-ounce can of tomatoes, chopped (save the juice)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes,
  2. Add the vegetables, tomatoes with juice, basil, sugar. and seasonings.
  3. Bring to a boil. then reduce the heat to low and let simmer, covered. for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Let cool before serving.

4. Potato Casserole:

Here’s a sensational spud dish for your bud.

EQUIPMENT:

  • 3 medium potatoes, sliced thin % cup canned corn
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 carrot. grated
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Layer the bottom of a medium-sized casserole dish with the sliced potatoes.
  3. Arrange the corn. cottage cheese, and carrot in layers on top of the potatoes.
  4. Slowly pour the milk over the layered vegetables.
  5. Top the dish by sprinkling on the yeast and the cheese.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. or until the cheese melts and turns a golden brown.
  7. Serve cool.

5. Tasty Green Beans:

This glorious green dish is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day — or any day, for that matter.

EQUIPMENT:

  • 1 15-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • I pound green beans, cooked and sliced
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, blend the soup, milk. and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Place the green beans on the bottom of a casserole dish. Pour the soup mixture over them.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the cover and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  6. Return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes more. or until the cheese has melted,
  7. Cool before serving.

Fiber Facts:

Fiber, in the right amounts, can be a dogs best friend. It lets your dog feel full on fewer calories. TOO little fiber in your dog’ diet can lead to diarrhea. Too much can cause constipation and dehydration. Work with your veterinarian to find a good balance. Good fiber sources include apple and tomato pomace, citrus pulp, oat bran, peanut hulls. rice bran, soybean hulls, and wheat.

6. Irresistible Tofu:

Tofu is the chameleon of all foods — it tastes like whatever it is cooked with. Even better, it’s loaded with soy. a good source of protein.

EQUIPMENT:

  • 4 ounces tofu. in small cubes
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil. divided
  • 2 cups kidney beans
  • 2 cups whole grain rice — A vitamin-mineral daily supplement for dogs, crushed.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fry the tofu with 1 tablespoon oil in a pan on the stovetop. Add the kidney beans and cook over low heat for 10 to I5 minutes.
  2. Steam the rice per package directions.
  3. In a large bowl, blend the tofu-bean mixture with the rice, remaining oil. and vitamin•mineral supplement.
  4. Let cool before serving.

7. Mac Mac Macaroni:

Think your kids are the only ones that crave macaroni? Just try out this recipe on your dog and watch him go bowWOW!

EQUIPMENT:

  • 1 12-ounce box elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces jack cheese. grated

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook the macaroni per package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the margarine in a large skillet over low heat. Stir in the flour. Once the flour forms a paste. add the milk and continue to stir for 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens,
  3. Add the cheese and let it melt. Remove the skillet from the stove.
  4. Pour the sauce over the hot macaroni and stir.
  5. Cool before serving. Store unused portions in a container in the refrigerator

8. Sweet Tortillas:

Become your dog’s best amigo — or amiga — by preparing these sweet, tasting tortillas.

EQUIPMENT:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 large corn tortillas
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large skillet. heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Lightly brown the tortillas on both sides, cooking one at a time. Add more oil as needed to keep the bottom of the skillet coated,
  3. Place the tortillas on paper towels to absorb excess grease.
  4. Sprinkle the tortillas with the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Cut the tortillas into bite size pieces and serve when cooled.

9. Veg Pancakes:

Begin your dog’s day with this hearty breakfast.

EQUIPMENT:

  • 2 White potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1 cup water cup grated cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Peel and grate the potatoes.
  2. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil, and warm over medium heat.
  3. Place the potatoes in the skillet and sauté. stirring frequently. for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the egg. flour. salt, and pepper.
  5. Mix potato and egg mixture with the pancake mix and water in a medium• sized bowl. Stir in cheese.
  6. Heat the remaining oil in a separate skillet.
  7. Pour 1/4 cup of the pancake mixture into the hot oil. Fry on both sides until golden brown.
  8. Place the pancake on a paper towel to absorb excess oil, and repeat steps 7 and 8 to make more pancakes.
  9. Cool before serving.

10. Iron rich Spinach:

Popeye would be proud to know your dog devours this iron-rich vegetable.

EQUIPMENT:

  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach. thawed
  • 4 garlic cloves. minced
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • ½ cup chicken broth

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Remove the spinach from the box and squeeze out the excess water.
  2. In a large skillet. sauté the garlic in the oil over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and stir well.
  4. Slowly pour in the chicken broth and cover the skillet. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and serve when cooled.

Related Questions:

5 Herbs that are healthy for dogs:

With a little research and some consultation with a holistic veterinarian or an herbalist. you can find a wide range of herbs to give to your dog. Here are a few common herbs and the effects they may have.

  1. Calendula is used externally to treat wounds and skin irritations.
  2. Chamomile alleviates anxiety, insomnia, and indigestion.
  3. Echinacea stimulates and strengthens the immune system.
  4. Peppermint soothes gas. indigestion. and colic.
  5. Slippery elm settles nervous stomachs and eases diarrhea.

What is the easiest way to serve herbs to dogs?

The easiest way to serve your dog herbs is to chop them fine and sprinkle them on top of his meals. whether it’s one of homemade or commercial dog food. Proper amounts will range from a small pinch for a small dog to several teaspoons for a 100-pounder.

You could also mix herbs into one of the recipes in this book. Fresh herbs are generally more potent than dried herbs and usually keep their flavor better when sprinkled. though dried herbs are easier to keep on hand year-round.

What is the safest way to serve herbs to your dogs?

Before treating your dog with herbs. particularly to solve a physical condition or illness, be sure to check with your veterinarian. Always consult a vet before giving any herb to a pregnant or nursing dog or a puppy.

The safest way to administer herbs is to start with a low dosage, observe the effects for a month or so, and adjust the amount accordingly. The right amount of herbs will be whatever is just enough to have the desired effect.

How to prepare herbal tea for Dogs?

A soothing cup of herbal tea always makes you feel better, doesn’t it? Well, it can do the same for your dog.

  1. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons dried herbs or 2 to 4 table, spoons fresh herbs.
  2. Cover. let steep for 10 to 15 minutes, strain well, and let cool.
  3. You can then pour the herbal mixture over your dog’s food.

If your dog prefers his food unadulterated, you can instead administer an herbal tea by squirting it into his mouth, along his lower back teeth. with a plastic syringe.

 

 


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