Home Cooking For My Dogs

Home Cooking For My Dogs
I have been home cooking for my dogs over the last 15 years. During that time, my dogs have enjoyed great health, shiny coats and overall happiness. I have six dogs in the house now and they are very contented with their menu.

Many times people are concerned that their dogs have bad breath and are gassy. Well, you get out of your dog exactly what you put into him!

Read the label

If you feed sub-standard food, canned or dry, your dog may have gastric reactions. If you are spending your hard earned money on dog foods that are cheap and you think that’s ok, then maybe you need to become familiar with the ingredient label.

Just as it is important for you to understand the ingredient label on the foods you eat, you must understand the ingredients that are included in your dog’s food.

There are many books available in bookstores that go into detail, discussing the disgusting ingredients that are added to pet foods.
Please, do you and your dog a favor and become knowledgeable about this. It will help your dog to enjoy better health and save you trips to the vet. Perhaps, some of these “ingredients” cause tumors, cancers or liver problems in our dogs. Your dog’s health is not worth risking.

Do not believe the statement that” dogs will eat anything “including garbage. Perhaps, if they are starving.
In order to keep your dogs healthy, they must eat a good diet. I always add a dry organic kibble to their bowls for a little crunch. This mixes very well, with chicken, meat loaf or vegetables.
I am not talking about feeding your dog table scraps that should be thrown away. I am talking about feeding your dog human grade food–food that you could also enjoy.

So, here’s a couple of recipes that my dogs love.

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My Dogs Favorite Meat Loaf
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

The ingredient that makes this a favorite is turkey, not beef. This is very easy to make and the whole family can enjoy this recipe, as it’s all human quality. Of course, it’s a toned down version–NO ONIONS.

If you want onions for your family, you could always make an onion gravy for your portions.

1 pound ground turkey–either the 85/15 blend or the 93/7. Ground turkey breast is a little to dry. Do not buy the blends with the Italian seasonings.
1 whole egg–beaten
1/2 cup ketchup–or more to taste
1 cup bread crumbs(purchased or you can make your own)
salt and pepper
3/4 cup of diced sweet red peppers. I also like to add the yellow and orange peppers if I have them on hand. Adjust your portions. I DO NOT use green bell peppers.
For variety, you can add cooked brown rice, maybe a 1/2 cup, or shredded carrots. Again, you decide how much to add.

I spray a loaf pan with Pam and then sprinkle with breadcrumbs.If you don’t have a loaf pan, then use a baking pan and shape into a loaf.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and place in your prepared baking pan.

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour–your oven may vary.

I mix this with some of their dry food or serve alone.

They love it. If the family is also having meatloaf, I sometimes make a mushroom gravy to spoon over the slices. Of course, you can always put ketchup on it.(and don’t forget the mashed potatoes! Yum!)

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Chicken Breasts
Yes, I know that boneless, skinless chicken breasts are expensive, but they are a food that all the family can enjoy. There’s no waste and they bake very quickly. They can be spiced up for the family by putting different sauces or gravies on them.

Buy these when they are on sale and put a few extras in your freezer.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On a baking sheet lay out the chicken breasts that you are baking.

Sprinkle with a little black pepper and garlic powder.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until done. There’s no bone, so it doesn’t take that long.

When done, I cut these up in small bites and add to their bowls with some cooked brown rice or vegetables that they love.

My dogs love cooked carrots, green beans, cooked broccoli, beets, sweet potatoes. You can use canned sweet potatoes and cut them into small bites.They also like canned great northern beans. Small portions, of course.

You can also wrap a chicken breast in foil on a bed of cooked brown rice . This bakes up really nice. The rice gets a really nice flavor from baking with the chicken.(This is a great family recipe and very easy and quick to prepare.)

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Doggy Stew
I usually roast a chicken for this or if you have leftover chicken, that’s good,too. You do want some white and dark meat in this recipe. Your portions can vary depending on how much stew you want to make.

2 medium carrots, washed and cut into small bites.
2-3 stalks of celery, washed and cut into dice.
2-3 medium white potatoes, peeled and cut into dice
1/2 or more of a sweet red bell pepper, washed and cut into dice.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
8 cups of good chicken broth, preferably all natural. Of course, if you make your own, that’s great, too!
Have on hand cooked brown rice or basmati.

In a heavy bottomed dutch oven or pot, heat 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil and cook the celery, red pepper, carrots and potatoes. When they are soft, add 8 cups of good chicken broth. You may use dry or fresh herbs, like parsley, thyme. You be the judge on your seasonings. NO Raw GARLIC or ONIONS for your dogs, tho. I do sprinkle garlic powder, as it is safe and works as a great flea preventive.

Let this simmer on the stove, the same as you would for any stew. When it’s ready, serve it over some cooked rice for your dogs. Don’t get it to soggy, tho. You can add some dry food to their bowls, also.

My dogs love this. And the family loves it, too. We just adjust our seasonings individually.
For your family, offer a beautiful, leafy green salad and some artisan bread.

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Crock Pot Chicken

This is super easy.

Take a whole chicken and season to taste, place in the crock pot on high and let it slow cook for 6-7 hours.

This can cook while you are at work or at home. This makes a wonderful moist chicken, much like a rotiserie chicken from the grocery store. You can add your own sides and share some warm pieces with your dog.

If the chicken has the little bag of liver, heart and neck, put that in the crock pot also. Dogs love the dark organ meats.

Also, the chicken makes it’s own broth. No need for you to add water. The chicken broth is great. Just pour it thru a strainer and put it in the refrigerator. When it gets cold, you can scrape off the fat. Then you can use it in recipes and also, put it on your dog’s dry kibble to moisten it up and give a little flavor.

This is a win-win recipe for everyone.

Reminder
NEVER give your dogs chicken bones. They can splinter and cause choking or death.
Do not give your dogs chicken skin or fat. Also, chicken thighs are too fatty. If you have a small dog, cut all foods into small bites to avoid choking!
Never, ever give your dogs onions, chocolates of any kind, or raisins or grapes. These are all very toxic to dogs!!!
As we all remember the pet food recall, be sure to check what type of dry food you might be serving your best friend. Pay a little more for ORGANIC, NATURAL, or HOLISTIC food. Read the labels to make sure it’s not filled with questionable ingredients. If you are not sure, search the Internet for those labels that were recalled. You’ll save money and heartache in the long run.

Your dog will thank you for this.

BONE APPETITE and BOW WOW!!