Homemade Dog Food

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love my dogs. Some may even say they are spoiled but I like to think of it as very well taken care of – ha. My yorkie Boyd has been a picky eater since he was a puppy. He’s known to go on long food strikes that result in me laying on the kitchen floor trying to convince him to eat. Well after a few attempts to try some fresh food from the store I decided to just start making food for him. I’ve been mixing about a little less than 1/4 cup of this food with his dry food every day and he loves it. Of course, Jade our lab also likes to have some mixed in with her dry food too! Jade also likes a heaping tablespoon of cottage cheese every morning on her food to keep her coat nice and shiny.

After searching through many recipes I came up with a mixture that seems to please the pups and hold up pretty well for about a week in the fridge.


  • 2-3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 lbs ground turkey – browned and drained
  • 2 lbs ground chicken – browned and drained (could also chop chicken breast)
  • 2 bell peppers seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup sliced or shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped spinach

After cooking the meat, I add all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl while the meat is still warm. I found this helps soften the veggies just a bit.


Once the mixture is fully cooled I transfer it to quart sized baggies and squeeze out all the air. I only packed what the pups would eat in about 4-5 days so that the mixture would stay fresh once it was thawed out. I labeled the baggies and froze them!


The food was puppy approved!


Any other ingredients you’d add?


One thought on “Homemade Dog Food

  1. Nice and easy. We feed a lot of strays here in Turkey and often find myself cooking up rice, vegetables (they do love their peppers) and either chicken or turkey (as they are the cheapest meat to purchase).

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