5 Easy & Healthy Pet Food Recipes To Try This Quarantine

By Heidi Jones 36 days ago at 12:00 am

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While humans keep pondering over their next meal, expanding the variety and flavors, our animal companions often trudge through the same meal over and over again. The truth is you do not need to always feed them pet food formula and can cook some natural alternatives. Contrary to popular belief, you can keep your dog healthy and happy by feeding them the food that you cook in your home.

Before the advent of pet food, pet dogs customarily eat the same food as their human family. You can easily use the ingredients available at home to cook pet food that contains all the essential nutrients for your pet. As a pet owner, you are responsible for the health of your pet, and the food you feed them is one of the most important aspects with which you can have a positive impact on their health.

If your dog has intolerances, allergies, sensitivities to a certain food, or is a picky eater, cooking their food at your home gives you total control of the ingredients. You will need to avoid certain food ingredients that are toxic to dogs, such as avocados, garlic, onion, chocolates, grapes, and macadamia nuts. If you are new to the home, cooking the food for your pet, and unsure of the ingredients and recipes, this article will aid you by providing five easy and healthy recipes to try this quarantine.

1. Vegan Happy Dog Bowl

If you are vegan or vegetarian and want to avoid cooking non-vegetarian foods for yourself or your pet, then this recipe is ideal for you. This recipe uses wholesome ingredients that are bound to boost the health of your pet and the cooking procedure is simple and straightforward. If you are switching your pet to a new diet, ensure that you do it slowly to avoid overwhelming their digestive system.

Ingredients

  • 6 kale leaf stems
  • 1 can black beans
  • ⅔ cup brown rice and 1 ⅓ cup water
  • 1 large sweet potato

Recipe

  1. Break the kale leaf stems into 1-inch pieces and drain and rinse the black beans.
  2. Line the baking sheet with a tin foil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Use a fork to puncture the sweet potato in multiple places and put it in the baking sheet for baking for an hour in the oven.
  4. Place the brown rice and water in a stockpot and cook it by bringing it to a boil.
  5. After boiling, lower the temperature and let it cook at low temperature for another 45 minutes.
  6. Cut the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces after it cools down.
  7. Combine the sweet potatoes, brown rice, black beans, and kale leaf stems in a bowl.
  8. Divide the food into 3 equal servings and serve one of them to your dog at a time.

2. Peanut Butter And Banana Dog Biscuits

The peanut butter and banana dog biscuit is a recipe your dog will love and you can also use it as a treat. If you are trying to keep the weight of your dog under control, you will need to feed this in moderation.

Ingredients

  • 1 lightly beaten egg white for making an egg wash 
  • ½ cup wheat germ or oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg

Recipe

  1. Grease your cookie sheet and preheat your oven at 300-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Blend honey, egg, banana, and peanut butter by stirring thoroughly and add the wheat germ to make the dough.
  3. Cut into cookie size on the cookie sheet and brush with egg white.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes and let it cool on a wire rack.

3. Easy Crockpot Dog Food

The crockpot dog food uses a slow cooker to cook a variety of ingredients for making a complete meal for your dog. Since the crockpot is frozen, you do not have to cook dog food from scratch for every meal.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 ½ cup carrots
  • 1 ½ cup butternut squash
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice

Recipe

  1. Take a slow cooker and fill it with peas, carrots, butternut, kidney beans, rice, ground rice and 4 cups of water.
  2. Cook the ingredients for 2-3 hours at a high temperature or 4-5 hours at low temperature with occasional stirring.
  3. Let the crockpot cool and divide into individual servings before feeding your dog.

4. Doggie Cottage Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup carrots
  • 1 ⅓ cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef

Recipe

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Split the mixture into the different sections of a muffin tin.
  3. Bake the muffin tin in an oven for 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Allow the cottage pie to cool down and split it into separate servings and keep the remaining in the refrigerator.

5. Quinoa Banana Doggie Delight

This is a recipe that uses ingredients easily available in your home during the quarantine.

Ingredients

  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ⅔ cup quinoa grains
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 ⅓ cup water

Recipe

  1. Line the baking sheet with a tin foil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bake the sweet potato in an oven after putting it in a baking sheet.
  3. Place the quinoa and water in a pot and allow it to boil.
  4. After boiling, let the quinoa simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Cut the sweet potatoes into small pieces after cooling.
  6. Mix the sweet potatoes, banana, peas, and quinoa and split into separate servings.

Conclusion

The quarantine period is difficult for humans as well as their pet animals, as it is not possible to venture outside of your homes often to get things that are beyond the absolute essentials. Many ingredients that we use for cooking human food are usable for your dogs also. It is vital to understand how much food your dog needs and the right quantity of nutrients as every breed has different requirements.

Keep a note of the fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and essential oils that your pet requires in their daily diet to ensure you are meeting the nutritional requirements. You also need to take into account the weight of your dog and the food allergies that some breeds are prone to. With the right nutrients, your pet can overcome dietary deficiencies and any behavioral problems that arise from a nutritionally deficient diet. It is also a good idea to make the transition to a new diet slowly to avoid making their stomach upset.

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Posted in Health by Heidi Jones 36 days ago at 12:00 am

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