Living Simply: 5 Reason Why I want to Eat Dog Food - RECIPES #nomnomnom #eatclean

5 Reason Why I want to Eat Dog Food - RECIPES #nomnomnom #eatclean

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1. A Meal for Your and Your Dog

Love cooking for your dog but never have the time? Rocky Kanaka, from The CW’s SAVE our SHELTER and founder of The Dog Bakery, has a solution.  This easy to make salmon meal for yourself can also be made for your dog.
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This recipe is designed for those who want to eat healthy and want their dogs to eat healthy as well but are always on the go. This is also one of the most eco friendly recipes we have seen. Instead of tossing things we would usually not eat such as broccoli stems, the recipe uses these as a key part to the dog’s delicious meal.
This recipe also has a bonus tip on what to do with that salmon skin that is usually thrown in the trash. “I get asked a lot if salmon skin is okay for dogs. While it is not safe if consumed raw, due to unwanted parasites, cooking in the oven for 20 minutes to make a crunchy, healthy, limited ingredient, organic, high omega dog snack that may help with heart health and give them a great skin and coat is a big win!” says Rocky.
And there is more, when you cook for your dog you are more conscious of what you put in your body. For all of those reasons and more we give this recipe four paws up!
 Healthy meals are important for you and your dog but the best thing about this recipe from Rocky Kanaka is it allows you to take time out of your day to spend time with your family – two and four legged! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 salmon portions SKIN ON  (1 oz per 10 pounds of dog plus any amount you would like
  • 1 squash
  • 1 head of broccoli (with stem)
  • 3 potatoes (any kind)2 carrots

DIRECTIONS: (FOR DOG'S MEAL)

  • Cut broccoli stem, peel carrots and cut squash. Keep the peelings as this is for your dog. Mix together and steam in rice cooker or bake in oven. Check out Rocky’s favorite rice cooker.
  • Air fry potato shavings after pouring in 1 table spoon olive oil in air fryer (or place in oven. 
  • Pan fry salmon in 1 table spoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping, pull off crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in dog bowl.
  • Once everything is finished cooking mix all together in dog bowl. Chop to small bitesize for ease and a cleaner floor!
WARNING: Your dog will be very excited about this meal but it MUST COOL. Let it cool for 15-20 minutes.

DIRECTIONS: (FOR THE HUMAN MEAL)

  • Cut broccoli, carrots, squash and steam in rice cooker (or bake in oven. Rocky’s favorite rice cooker)
  • Slice potato chips with a slicer.  If you only have a knife, make french fries instead. Trying to cut thin potato chips by hand is not easy.
  • Air fry potato chips after pouring in 1 table spoon of olive oil in air fryer (or place in oven). Check out the air fryer that Rocky LOVES.
  • Pan fry salmon in 1 table spoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping pull off crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in dog bowl.
 BONUS: Watch Rocky Kanaka’s video to see a bonus pro tip on what to do with Salmon skin that is usually discarded. Your dog will thank you! Check it out here: https://youtu.be/VPegaIwVzfc
2. The Old Standard



We call this meal by Damn Delicious the “Old Standard” because it’s made up of ingredients you’ve likely seen in many a homemade dog meal - brown rice, turkey and veggies. It’s healthy, easy to make and inexpensive. This is also the perfect meal to make in large batches and then freeze as single servings you can thaw for days and days! Damn Delicious was started by Chungah, a foodie without any formal training who turned her passion into a popular website and cookbook. She lives in California with her Corgi Butters, who we think it’s safe to assume inspired her foray into dog food recipes.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  • Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.Let cool completely.
3. Scooby’s Stew
These colder nights have us dreaming about soups and stews, which lead us directly to this doggie style stew created by Happy and Yummy. The story of the stew begins the way a lot of homemade dog food recipes do - Happy and Yummy creator Michelle’s pup got sick and she had to get creative with her meal making in order to right their upset stomach. The bug might have gone away, but the kitchen bug remained, and now their pups (adorable Finnegan and Buford) often receive homemade meals whether they require it or not! Michelle knew she wanted to create something she could whip up once a week and serve all week (another common thread we found across our recipe digging) and settled on a stew that that only takes about 15 minutes of prep and then 5-8 hours in a slow cooker. She says it stays fresh in the fridge for a couple of days and thaws beautifully while she makes human food the other nights of the week. She hilariously writes, “Be warned that it smells really good, and once you make it the first time, the dogs will stalk the crock pot and leave piles of drool on the floor in front of it while it finishes cooking. I recommend a strategically placed washable rug to address this situation to keep you from stepping in a giant puddle.” The stew is named after the sweet pup she originally made it for, Scooby, who lost his battle with cancer over a year ago. We’re so glad he’s forever immortalized with this delicious stew, sharing some of his favorite ingredients with puppies far and wide!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place ingredients in slow cooker in order listed, covering chicken completely with vegetables
  • Cook 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low
  • Remove from slow cooker, shred chicken and stir into rice and veggie mixture until evenly distributed.
  • Store covered in fridge for up to three days or freeze in single-serve portions.
4. Beef & Veggie Crockpot Creation



We obviously love Damn Delicious and Chungah’s creations, as two of her recipes made our list! This crockpot version of her previous recipe includes veggies that hold up a bit better in the slow cooker. We also love that she used beef, a protein we saw used less often in other recipes available online. She advises that the veggies in this recipe can easily be swapped out with anything your dog prefers (just be sure it's something you know they can have!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned

DIRECTIONS:

  • Stir in ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, peas and 4 cups water into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours, stirring as needed.
  • Let cool completely.
5. Chicken & Veggie Slow Cooker



We had a lot of luck with excellent dog food recipes found on sites not specifically catered to dogs. This gem is courtesy of lifestyle blog Life in Pearls and Sports Bras (cute!), run by a PA and lover of DIY and health and fitness tips who goes by A. A provides another chicken and veggie slow cooker recipe, it’s true, but this time - with apples! Yep, you read that right. When A’s pup Aylah started having issues with diarrhea, she switched her to a high-grade mix of wet and dry food that was breaking the bank and not always appealing to her pooch anyhow. After consulting her dogs vet, she came up with this recipe, Aylah licked her bowl clean and neither have looked back! She also has a few alternative recipes on her blog if you like this one and are looking to spice it up. We love the inclusion of fruit here, which we didn’t see much in the recipes we found elsewhere.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts
  • 2 c. frozen peas
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 large or 2 medium apples, cored and cubed (no seeds!!)
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 c. frozen green beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place meat in the crockpot and add water so that it just covers the chicken. Then, add potato, carrots, kidney beans, green beans, and apple.
  • Cook on low for 8-9 hours, when it is about finished, add the frozen peas and cook for another 30 minutes.
  • When finished, drain off excess liquid, add olive oil, and stir to mash (or place in a food processor).
  • When cooled, scoop daily servings into individual ziploc bags and freeze. Each night, remove one bag from the freezer and place in the fridge to defrost overnight.
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