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10 Best Gourmet Dog Food Recipes for a Healthy Dog

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10 Best Gourmet Dog Food Recipes for a Healthy Dog

Have you ever come across a time where you’ve asked, “I wonder whether what I’m feeding my dog is actually good?” Most commercial pet foods these days include so much fillers – eg. processed parts of other animals, that it has become difficult for consumers to figure out what’s good and what’s bad for their dog. That is why commercial pet foods are relatively cheaper as compared to veterinary approved dog food – which cost a bomb.

As a result, there are an increase in dog-owners taking their dogs’ diets into their own hands. Yes, it is true that making wholesome home-cooked food for our dogs is great because it gives us the control as to what goes into their diets. But the problem of how much nutrition goes into it still persists.

To help you with a diet that is not only delicious but also has enough nutrition for your dog, check out these 10 healthy gourmet dog food recipes that we have picked out for your best friend.

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    1. Brown Rice and Chicken in a Crockpot

    This recipe includes carbohydrates which most dog meals are lacking because there is always the misconception of dogs not needing carbs when they actually do!

    Ingredients: 

    Carbs
    1 cup of brown rice
    2 cups of water

    Vegetables
    1/2lb of green beans
    1 medium sweet potato
    3 medium carrots

    Protein
    2 boneless chicken breasts or 4 chicken thighs

    Directions: 

    1. Place all ingredients into a crockpot
    2. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours
    3. When done, break chicken into bit sized pieces
    4. Serve an appropriate portion and refrigerate excess. Can be kept for 3-4 days.

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      2. Scrambled Eggy Spinach and Salmon

      Most dog owners have never fed eggs to their dogs before for fear that they might have an upset stomach. But eggs are actually good for your dog as they have good digestible protein and a range of vitamins!

      Ingredients: 

      Healthy fats
      2 eggs
      1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

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      Protein
      1/2 can of skinless salmon

      Vegetables
      1/2 cup of thawed spinach

      Directions: 

      1. Heat skillet over high heat
      2. Add spinach and salmon to skillet and cook through
      3. Add eggs and stir for 2 minutes scrambling it
      4. Serve when cool

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        3. Beef Stew

        This recipe is packed with proteins and vitamins. It can also be stored in the fridge for about a week. Your dog will definitely thank you for this!

        Ingredients: 

        Protein
        1 pound of beef stew meat

        Carbs
        1 small sweet potato

        Vegetables
        1/2 cup of carrots, diced
        1/2 cup of green beans, diced
        1/2 cup of flour
        1/2 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of olive oil

        Directions: 

        1. Cook sweet potato in microwave oven for 5 to 8 minutes
        2. Cook stew pieces in a stew pot for 10-15 minutes with oil
        3. Remove the beef pieces and retain the drippings
        4. Add water and flour to the drippings to create a gravy
        5. Add vegetables and meat into the gravy and cook for 10 minutes
        6. Serve when cool

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          4. Turkey Rice

          Turkey has always been clean meat for humans and it is perfect for dogs too. A great source of protein and good carbs provided by the brown rice in this meal, it is definitely something your dog will enjoy.

          Ingredients: 

          Protein
          1 pound of ground turkey

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          Carbs
          2 cups of brown rice

          Vegetables
          1/2 cup of brocolli
          1/2 cup of carrots
          1/2 cup of cauliflower
          1 teaspoon dried rosemary

          6 cups of water

          Directions: 

          1. Place water, ground turkey, rice and rosemary into a pot
          2. Stir until ground turkey breaks up and is evenly spread
          3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat
          4. Simmer for 20 minutes
          5. Add vegetables and cook for 5 minutes
          6. Serve when cool

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            5. Chicken Jerky

            We’re not leaving the snacks out, as this one is a great recipe to make your dog go bonkers and always come back for more!

            Ingredients:

            2 – 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts

            Directions:

            1. Preheat oven to 200 degress
            2. Make sure chicken breasts doesn’t have any fat
            3. Cut into 1/8 inch strips
            4. Bake for 2 hours until strips are dry and hard
            5. Serve

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              6. Hearty Meatballs

              Meatballs shouldn’t be enjoyed by humans only! Spread the love to your dogs by making this meatball dish that is full of protein, fibres and good Omega 3 fats.

              Ingredients: 

              Protein
              500g of ground beef

              Fruit
              1/2 cup go raw grated apples

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              Vegetables
              1 tablespoon of parsley flakes

              1/4 cup of honey
              2 tablespoons of Omega 3,6 oils

              Directions: 

              1. Mix all the ingredients together and make into balls
              2. Either bake or pan fry it with olive oil
              3. Serve

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                7. Yoghurt Treats

                Dogs need calcium as well as humans and they are not getting enough unless they are taking supplements or vet approved dog food, which can be really expensive. Why not try making these easy yoghurt treats that can give your dog a healthy dose of calcium?

                Ingredients: 

                1/2 cup to a cup of plain yoghurt
                1/2 cup to a cup of strawberries
                1/2 cup to a cup of blueberries

                Directions: 

                1. Puree all ingredients with a blender
                2. Mix ingredients and pour into a mould
                3. Serve

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                  8. Fish Dinner

                  Always thought fish were for felines and bones for canines? Fish are indeed good for dogs and especially for a long silky coat of fur. Try feeding this fish dinner to your dog and feel the difference in his or her beautiful locks.

                  Ingredients:

                  Protein:
                  1 can of salmon
                  1 egg

                  Vegetables:
                  1 medium carrot
                  1 potato
                  1 celery

                  3 tablespoon of flour
                  1 tablespoon of olive oil

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                  Directions:

                  1. Chop potatoes, celery and carrot into bit sized pieces
                  2. Pat salmon dry and mix with flour and eggs
                  3. Form salmon into small patties
                  4. Fry patties and stir fry vegetables for 5-8 minutes after taking out patties
                  5. Serve

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                    9. Chicken Casserole

                    We all love a warm, homely casserole. And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pamper your best friend with this chicken casserole dish. They’ll definitely be in the kitchen all day waiting for you to serve them one of these!

                    Ingredients:

                    Protein:
                    2 chicken breasts

                    Vegetables:
                    1 cup of chopped vegetables (green beans, carrots or brocolli)
                    1/4 cup of rolled oats

                    2 cups of chicken broth
                    1 tablespoon of olive oil

                    Directions:

                    1. Chop chicken and cook in skillet with oil
                    2. Add chicken broth, rolled oats and vegetables in pan and simmer for 15 minutes
                    3. Serve

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                      10. Chicken Salad

                      This chicken salad is as healthy as it gets. With fresh greens and free-range chickens, this is the ultimate dog detox meal.

                      Ingredients:

                      Protein:
                      500g Organic Free Range Chicken

                      Vegetables:
                      1 cup of Quinoa
                      3 cups of chopped kale
                      3 handful of green beans
                      2 zucchinis

                      Directions:

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                      1. Boil Quinoa in 2 cups of water
                      2. Slice chicken into strips and sauté in skillet with olive oil
                      3. Add vegetables and stir fry
                      4. Stir Quinoa in
                      5. Serve

                      Featured photo credit: Dog Food via doggyfoods.com

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