Homemade Pet Food
 

Homemade Recipes for the Pampered Pet

HEALTHY CORNUCOPIA FOR DOGS
Yield: About 8 Cups

1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup celery, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup carrots, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup acorn squash (or yellow squash), coarsely chopped
1/2 cup zucchini, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup tofu
1/2 cup portabella mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon tamari (or natural soy sauce)
Dash of oregano
Dash of rosemary
4 to 6 cups spring water

Combine all the ingredients in a stainless steel pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil then lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, or until the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and let cool. Serve at room temperature topped with one or all of the following condiments: Parmesan cheese. Yogurt, a sprig of parsley, 1 teaspoon crushed garlic, and 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger. Using ziplock bags or plastic yogurt containers, make up meal-sized portions and freeze whatever you won't use within 3 or 4 days.

SPOT'S CHICKEN STEW
Yield: 20 cups | Serving Size: See below

2 1/2 pounds whole chicken or turkey (bones, organs, skin, and all)
1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
1 cup green peas
1 cup coarsely chopped carrots
1/2 cup coarsely chopped sweet potato
1/2 cup coarsely chopped zucchini
1/2 cup coarsely chopped yellow squash
1/2 cup coarsely chopped green beans
1/2 cup coarsely chopped celery
1 tablespoon kelp powder
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
11 to 16 cups spring water

For dogs only: Add 8 ounces whole barley and 6 ounces rolled oats, and adjust the water content to a total of 16 cups or enough to cover the ingredients (I don't recommend the grains portions for cats).

Combine all of the ingredients in a 1O-quart stockpot (stainless steel, please) with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat as low as possible and simmer for 2 hours (the carrots should be quite soft at the end of the cooking time). Remove from the heat, let cool, and debone the chicken. With an electric hand mixer, or using a food processor and working in batches, blend all the ingredients into a nice puree; the stew should be slightly thicker for dogs and more soupy for cats. Using ziplock bags or plastic yogurt containers, make up meal-sized portions. Refrigerate what you'll need for three days and freeze the rest. Be sure and seek your pet's advice on ideal meal sizes.

Serving Size: Amounts will vary depending on age, activity level, current health, weight, and season, but here are some guidelines. The average adult cat will eat roughly 1 cup a day. Because dogs vary so much in size, consult the table below. The amount shown should be split into at least two meals daily.

DOG'S WEIGHT TOTAL DAILY PORTION
Up to 10 pounds 1 to 11/2 cups
11 to 20 pounds 2 to 3 cups
21 to 40 pounds 4 cups

For each additional 20 pounds, add 2 cups. Remember, all pets are individuals, so let your intuition and observations guide you.

BIG MACK FOR CATS
Yield: About 10 cups | Serving Size: 1/2 Cup

1 1./2 pounds mackerel fillets or sardines (fresh, if possible, or frozen, never canned)
1/2 pound green beans, coarsely chopped
1/2 pound carrots, coarsely chopped
1/2 pound celery, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon kelp powder
4 to 6 cups spring water

Combine all of the ingredients in a stainless steel pot with enough water to cover. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the carrots are tender. Remove from the heat and let cool. With an electric hand mixer, or using a food processor and working in batches, blend all the ingredients in to a nice puree. Using Ziplock bags or plastic yogurt containers, make up meal-sized portions and freeze whatever you won't use within 2 days.

Recipes from the book, Whole Pet Diet: Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats, by Andi Brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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