When it comes to my fur baby, Bevo, I have what seems to be one of the pickiest eaters ever, his breed tends to be. For four years he has shunned his food more often than eating it when put in front of him. His meals which usually consisted of chicken, rice and dog kibble weren’t goo enough for my picky eater. Often times, Bevo would go too long between meals that he would vomit up bile due to his empty stomach. In fact, this occurred more often than not.
With all of the recent, and excessive, dog food recalls I have removed kibble from his diet altogether.
This summer, Bevo accompanied us to Florida for an extended stay at my dad’s house. We started feeding Bevo the same homemade recipe as my dad’s schnauzer, Molly. It’s nothing short of a miracle (ok, that’s a little exaggerated, but if you have a finicky eater, you would understand). Thanks to my dad, our little man now eats every morning and evening when the food is placed in front of him and licks his bowl clean, every single time. Not only he is getting rich nutrients from this recipe which has put him at a very healthy weight, but his bowel movements are now consistently solid and he goes on a regular basis. Overall, we believe his health has improved dramatically over the last six weeks.
It’s always a good idea to consult with your pet’s veterinarian when implementing any changes to your pet’s diet to ensure it meets your pet’s daily nutritional needs.
You will want a big bin to mix everything in as this makes close to a month’s worth of meals for your dog. Recipe is below the slideshow.
Here is the recipe (super easy if two people tackle this together):
- 6-7 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped in chunks.
- 6-7 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2 pounds total of chicken gizzards (which are nutrient-rich organs heart and stomach) and chicken livers.
- One large frozen bag of cut green beans
- One large bag of frozen peas
- Two sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped in chunks
- Minute Maid Instant Brown rice (enough to make at least 8 cups)
- Additional items that makes food prep easy include: Bin, scoop to mix everything, sandwich bags and either half-gallon or gallon sized freezer bags.
- Dice the frozen green beans in a blender if you want them cut in smaller pieces.
- Add all frozen vegetables to the bin and mix with a scoop.
- Using a microwave-safe bowl, cook the chunks of sweet potatoes for five minutes. When done, pulse in the blender & then add to vegetable mix and stir.
- Bring water to a boil and boil chicken breasts and thighs until cooked. Let cool. Pulse in blender and add to vegetable mix and stir.
- Pan sear chicken gizzards until cooked, drain any excess water while cooking, if necessary, pulse in blender and add to vegetable mix and stir. This can look like pate so when I pour it out of the blender, I spread it out to make stirring it up easier.
- Cook 8-9 Cups of Brown Rice following the instructions on the box. Add to bin and stir thoroughly.
- Make little “boats” with the sandwich bags. I make around fifty to get started.
- Scoop one cup of the food mixture into a sandwich bag. This is based on my 18 pound dog. Your portion may vary depending on your pup’s size.
- Seal the sandwich bags and store several in the freezer storage bag. We use the half-gallon bags so we store six sandwich bags= six meals.
- As you get low on portions, pull another bag out of the freezer and let defrost in the fridge.
- Heat for 30-35 seconds and serve. Heat up time will vary based on how much you put in a bag, as well as your microwave.
- This batch made 53 Cups of food which works out to 26.5 days worth of food.
- It’s much easier to do with another person, especially when bagging the food. I scoop the food, my husband seals the bags and then together we load the freezer bags. If it’s just you, no biggie! My dad does this on his own once a month.
- I get 6-7 lbs. of chicken breasts from Sam’s Club for a reasonable price.
- You can also pick up bulk quantities of sandwich and freezer baggies from Sam’s Club if you have a membership.
- Change up the protein. Add black beans, garbanzo beans, and/or canned tuna or salmon for variety. I heat his food up and then add canned salmon or tuna. Heating either of those is pretty stinky.
- This costs a little over $0.50 per meal based on one cup servings!!
- Add Omega 3 oil and multivitamin for dogs if you’d like. Talk to your vet about these additions.
Have a good recipe for your fur baby? Post it below in the comments!
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