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5 Quick and Easy Dog Food Recipes : Get Happy Woofs All the Way!

Since quite a few of our articles here have to do with homemade dog food, we thought why not add one exclusively for dog food recipes - and so, here we are!

What we have for you here is a set of 5 quick and handy recipes that are designed to be easy for even the most basic of cooks to whip up. And we feel confident that when served to your doggo, sprinkled with your love and affection (obviously!), these dishes are bound to elicit happy tail wagging and woofs all around!

And if you're wondering about the nutrition part, please don't. Be rest assured, each of these recipes is healthy for your pupper, with a good balance of nutrients factored into each dish. 

Each of these dishes has one main base ingredient. That way, you can pick and choose the one that your doggo prefers best. In other words, you'll find that we have something here for all your canine food connoisseurs - be they chicken buffs, egg aficionados, veggie lovers, or even fish fans!

And we know that little tips go a long way in making things even better! So we made sure each recipe also came along with its own 'Flavoring Additions' section, which is a little something to jazz up the dish for those discerning doggos in each lot! 

So let's begin! 

1) Egg, Brown Rice, and Spinach Extravaganza

First up we have something for all the canine egg aficionados in the house! Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium making them a very healthy food for dogs. 

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Preparation Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, add the brown rice and water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  3. After it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 40-45 minutes, until the rice is cooked and the water is absorbed.
  4. Add the chopped spinach to the pot and stir.
  5. Crack the eggs into the pot and stir continuously until the eggs are fully cooked.
  6. Let it cool before serving it to your dog.

Flavoring Additions:

  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil: Flaxseed oil is another source of omega-3 fatty acids and can be added to the meal after it has cooled.
  • A pinch of parsley: Parsley is safe for dogs and can help freshen your dog's breath.

2) Egg, Oatmeal, and Blueberry Buffet

This is another scrumptious, egg-based option packed with a buffet of flavors and aromas! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups water

Ingredient Alternative: If you don’t have blueberries locally available in your region, then you could use apples (de-seeded) or pears in their place. Both of these substitute ingredients are high in fiber and serve as good sources of vitamins for your pupper! 

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, add the oatmeal and water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  3. After it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the oatmeal is cooked and the water is absorbed.
  4. Crack the eggs into the pot and stir continuously until the eggs are fully cooked.
  5. Stir in the blueberries.
  6. Let it cool before serving it to your dog.

Flavoring Additions:

  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds: Adds a nice crunchy texture and overall appeal to the dish. These can be mixed in after the meal has cooled. The bonus here is, chia seeds are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • A small pinch of cinnamon powder: This can give the dish a pleasant aroma that can bring your pupper running when he/she gets a whiff of it. Moreover, it’ll go along as a great addition to the oatmeal and blueberry combination.

3) Chicken, Barley, and Broccoli Bonanza

And now for all the chicken buffs in the house. Chicken is a great source of protein for dogs, which helps build strong muscles. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup barley, uncooked
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups water or unsalted chicken broth

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, add the chicken, barley, and water or broth.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  3. After it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 40 minutes, until the barley is cooked.
  4. Add the chopped broccoli to the pot and stir. Cover and let it cook for another 10-15 minutes until the broccoli is soft.
  5. Let it cool before serving it to your dog.
  6. You could store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Flavoring Additions:

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil: Adds a great aroma to the dish. Make sure to add this to the meal after it has cooled. The plus here is that coconut oil can improve your dog's skin, coat, digestion, and immune system. 
  • A small sprinkle of dried basil: Basil can provide a pleasant aroma and entice even the most discerning of noses among canines.

4) Salmon, Sweet Potato, and Zucchini Zest

And now for the fish fans, seafood-loving puppers! Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that support heart health, brain function, and a shiny coat in dogs. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups salmon, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups water

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, add the salmon, sweet potato, zucchini, and water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  3. After it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until the salmon is cooked and the sweet potato and zucchini are soft.
  4. Let it cool, then stir in the fish oil and dried thyme.
  5. Serve the cooled meal to your dog.

Flavoring Additions:

  • A pinch of turmeric: It can be a tasty addition that might be appealing to some dogs. The benefits of this addition are that turmeric is safe for dogs and has anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • A small sprinkle of dried thyme: Thyme is safe for dogs in small amounts and can provide a pleasant aroma to make the food more appealing. 

5) Quinoa, Green Beans, and Carrots - A Veggie Lover Meal

For those puppers that have been put off meats for specific health-related reasons or those that particularly have shown a preference towards all the vegetables in their diet, here's something that is sure to get them drooling! While vegetables come packed with vitamins and natural fibers, quinoa on the other hand is a gluten-free grain that is high in protein and provides all nine essential amino acids.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. In a medium-sized pot, combine the quinoa, green beans, carrots, and water.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  4. After it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until the quinoa is fluffy and the vegetables are soft.
  5. Let it cool, then stir in the olive oil and dried rosemary.
  6. Serve the cooled meal to your dog.

Flavoring Additions:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil: This can be added when the meal has cooled a bit. Olive oil is not only a great source of omega fatty acids, which is great for your dog's skin and coat, but it also tends to be very appealing for dogs.
  • A small sprinkle of dried rosemary: Rosemary is safe for dogs and can provide a pleasant aroma to make the food more appealing.

In conclusion, providing your beloved canine companion with homemade meals can be an immensely rewarding experience.

These recipes, which include a variety of main ingredients such as chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, and grains, offer well-rounded options for your dog’s nutritional needs. And you've seen that by including vegetables, grains, and dog-safe herbs and oils for flavor, you can cater to even the fussiest of eaters.

As always, a word of ample caution - Consulting your vet before making significant changes to your dog’s diet is always advisable.

That said, with a dash of love and a sprinkle of care, these groovy homemade dishes can contribute to a healthier, happier, and more vibrant life for your furry friend. Bon appétit to your good ole' pupper!

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