There are many reasons making homemade food for your dog is a bright idea—from the undeniable health benefits to the amount of money it can save you. There’s just the pesky problem of the time commitment. Well, we’ve got your solution. Bust out your crockpot or that Instant Pot you got for the holidays, because these healthy dog food recipes couldn’t be easier. Unless, you know, you got your dog to make them.
Homemade Dog Food in the Instant Pot
There’s a reason the Instant Pot is so popular: apparently, it really does hold up to the promise of being 7 different kitchen gadgets in one. The geniuses over at Gnowfglins have perfected this dog food recipe that takes full advantage of their own Instant Pot. Simply brown the ground meat, add the rice, and throw fresh or frozen veggies on top. Fruit can be added at the end for extra antioxidants and fiber, along with coconut oil that keeps coats shiny. It’ll freeze for up to three months.
This delightful chicken and sweet potato dish from The Tasting Buds is exactly what the doctor (or veterinarian) ordered. Even picky eaters adore the flavor, and you’ll love how simple the ingredients are – frozen chicken breasts, veggies, and rice. Throw everything together in your Instant Pot and voilà. A youthful, happy pup is in your future.
Instant Pot has a tasty suggested dog food recipe featured on their site, as it turns out. As noted by other readers, you can probably leave the salt out—your pup won’t even notice it’s missing. What your dog will notice is the tasty combo of lentils, potatoes, kale, and chicken. They’re all packed with nutrients to help your dog live a long, healthy life.
Cheap and healthy, this recipe from Tales from the Back Road even includes finely ground egg shells for a kick of calcium. This dish boasts brown rice (good source of fiber), plus spinach, carrot, peas, and chicken thighs for added protein. Double or triple the recipe and store what’s left in the freezer for a quick dog dinner fix!
Homemade Dog Food in a Crockpot or Slow Cooker
Haven’t yet jumped aboard the Instant Pot train? Not to worry – we’ve got you covered with a few simple recipes that are easily thrown together in that trusty crockpot.
Life in Pearls and Sports Bras brings us a yummy recipe that’s grain-free and great for dogs who sometimes deal with digestive issues. The pork, broccoli, beans, spinach and yams are dog staples, plus you can throw in a scoop of yogurt or cottage cheese for additional protein and calcium.
Your four-legged friend will like this delicious treat from 12 Tomatoes. Perfect for dogs with sensitivities because it’s free of corn, wheat, and soy, it’s also packed with good stuff like ground beef, squash, and peas. Practically impossible to mess up, this recipe just requires you to combine everything in the pot and let it simmer all day. The smells will get your dog super pumped for dinner time.
Let’s be honest. Yes, this dish from Slow Cooker Kitchen is going to look absolutely gross once it’s cooked, but your dog won’t care in the slightest. This recipe is high in iron, plus it packs in the protein with the eggs and yogurt. Designed to promote wellness, it’s not exactly an everyday dish, but you can store the leftovers in the freezer and pull them out when your dog needs a boost.
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