September 27, 2021
Making your pooch a quick meal or a snack can be fun for you both, especially if you turn the meal preparation into a weekend family activity.
Cooking for your dog at home is also an excellent way to help them get much-needed vitamins, nutrients and protein without the unhealthy additives of processed foods that line grocery store shelves. If you have a medium-to-large dog or more than one dog and are trying to stretch your dollar, you can add to their homemade diet a once daily ReadyPetGo 6-in-1 Chicken, Cheese and Bacon Flavor Multivitamin Chew, which has Glucosamine to help support bone and joint health.
You’ll want to block out about 2 and half hours of meal prep time, which leaves you time for clean-up as well. You can enlist your kids (if they are school age) to help with doing things like pulling apart cooked chicken, grating carrots or rolling out the dough for homemade treats. Be sure to make room in the pantry, fridge or freezer for storing the meal and treats.
This recipe is for a yummy chicken and vegetable dish that takes about 15 minutes to prep, 30 minutes to cook and will feed two large dogs for about four to five days. It’s a simple combination of rice, minced chicken and vegetables (ie broccoli). Vets often recommend boiled chicken and white rice as a “reset” for any digestive issues, so why not do that more than for urgent need? It’s a low-cost, easy and healthy meal . . . and you can even split it with your pup! Just don’t forget the vegetables to make sure those added nutrients are included.
Another highly rated recipe is peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats. Prep time is 15 minutes, cook time is 85 minutes, and it makes about 25 treats. You’ll need flour, eggs, canned pumpkin, peanut butter, cinnamon and a dash of salt. You can get the kids to roll out the dough and cut the treats with a super cute doggie bone cookie cutter. Be sure the peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol, which is a sweetener that is very toxic to dogs. You can also try using unsweetened all-natural peanut butter from a local or online grocer that sources organic foods.
To make it extra fun, you can make a sugar-free frosting using this recipewhich uses cream cheese, honey, cinnamon and bacon bits. If you really want to get creative, you can do your own variation on the ingredients for treats and frosting but just be sure to do your research so the ingredients you use are safe and nutritious.
If your doggie loves creamy treats such as pup cups, you can make your own version that’s super easy and just takes about 15 minutes. This is a great recipe for younger kids because they can help by putting the frozen yogurt, peanut butter and bananas in the blender. Blend the ingredients for about 15 minutes then pour them into four to five ice trays (which you can get for a dollar at the local Dollar Tree). For about $15 for a set of four, you can get these cute reusable mini freezer cups that are better for medium-to-large dogs so they get a larger portion than the ice cube treats.
While we’re on the subject of peanut butter, you can’t beat filling a Kong toy with the spread and putting in the freezer, then giving it to your pup for a treat that lasts a long time. It’s especially good if you have to leave your dog alone in the house for a while.
Following these recipes and cooking tips will help you keep your pooch pampered, as well as giving your dog delicious, nutritious foods that will become family favorite right away: your favorite to prepare, and your dog’s favorite to eat!