Have you ever marveled at how much our dogs are like us? They crave love, like to keep a sleep schedule, and enjoy a bowl of hearty good food. What’s more, they can suffer from some of the same ailments as we humans such as gut discomfort, skin issues, and fatigue. Around here, we treat our dogs like family (we bet you do the same!) and that means we look at their diet as part of their overall health plan.
When life allows, we like to make their food at home, and whether that becomes their daily meal or a once-in-a-while treat, it always includes bone broth. Why? Because along with being delicious, bone broth is high in minerals, amino acids, glucosamine and many more valuable nutrients that our dogs deserve.
Below are four of our favorite homemade dog food recipes we make with bone broth.
TBV (Turkey, brown rice, veg)
Turkey is a great go-to for homemade dog food as it’s an easy-to-cook and inexpensive source of protein. By cooking rice in bone broth, the goodness gets absorbed into the grain, packing in both more taste and nutrition.
- 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
- 3 cups LonoLife Reduced Sodium Chicken Bone Broth
- Put the 3 cups of bone broth mixture (use serving amounts on packaging) in either a large saucepan or a rice cooker and cook the rice.
- 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.
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious
Does your dog love his dry kibble but you’d like to know what actually goes into it? Make your own! This recipe shows you how.
- 6 cups of flour — white, whole wheat or oat
- 3 large eggs or four medium eggs
- 1 cup of powdered milk
- 1/3 cup baking oil
- 2-1/2 cups of LonoLife Low Sodium Beef Bone Broth
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with a light coating of baking spray and set it aside.
- Pour the flour and powdered milk into a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine the ingredients and set the bowl aside.
- Mix the eggs, baking oil and bone broth in the second mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix into a thick, moist dough, similar to bread. Add any additional ingredients that you wish to mix in, such as the cheese, shredded meat, pureed fruits or vegetables. If the dough is too dry, add some additional liquid; if it is too wet, add some additional flour to get a smooth consistency.
- Use the wooden spoon to spread the kibble dough onto the greased cookie sheet until it is approximately one-half inch thick. Place the tray in the oven.
- Bake the dog food for approximately 45 minutes until it’s brown and firm to the touch. Pull the cookie sheet from the oven and allow to cool.
- Remove the baked “cookie” from the tray and break it into bite-sized pieces for your dog. Store the crunchy dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe adapted from The Nest
CHICKEN RICE BALLS
Chicken, sweet potatoes, eggs… What’s not for a dog to love? These handy little chicken rice balls are easy to freeze and packed full of dog-friendly nutrition.
- 4-5 cups cooked brown rice (cook in LonoLife Beef Bone Broth according to the package instructions)
- 16 oz frozen peas
- 2 plain whole chickens, about 4 lbs each
- 2 small bunches fresh parsley leaves
- 2 medium orange sweet potatoes (yams), chopped
- 2 small-medium bunches kale, stems removed
- 8 whole carrots, chopped
- 8 eggs
- Roast chicken in 350′ oven for about 1 hour 25 minutes or until juices run clear. As chickens are roasting, cook the rice (4 cups bone broth & 2 cups rice) and let cool.
- Peel and chop yams, and carrots, add to a large stock pot with about 1/2 cup water. Add in peas, kale and apple. Allow to boil then simmer until carrots and yams are tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to remove any liquid to a food processor, add fresh parsley and pulse until pureed.
- Cook scrambled eggs, plain.
- Cool chicken, then pick apart and add meat to a large stand mixer. On medium speed, mix until chicken is shredded. Add in cooled rice, veggie puree and eggs . Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out portions onto a lined baking sheet. Flash freeze then place portions in a freezer safe container/baggie.
- To use, keep a day or two worth in your fridge to thaw. I microwave thawed portions for 22 seconds, frozen for about 45 seconds. Feed to your furry baby.
Recipe adapted from Mommy, I’m Hungry
This is such an easy-yet-wholesome meal for your dog that you might want to have a second pot set up for the two-legged beings in the house. Why a second pot? Because dogs can’t have some of the more aromatic ingredients we humans like to add to a casserole, such as onions and garlic.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 cups LonoLife Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 cup chopped vegetables (carrots, green beans, potatoes, broccoli)
- Oil for frying
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- Start by chopping the chicken breasts into bite size pieces and sauté them in oil until cooked.
- Add the chicken broth, rolled oats, and chopped vegetables in the pan and simmer from 10 to 15 minutes.
Get creative with these recipes and try switching out the protein for salmon, duck, lamb or pork. Most freeze well — just remember to freeze them in single serving sizes that you can pop in the fridge to defrost overnight, making it easy to have (canine) breakfast ready in the morning.
Also, it’s a good idea to talk to your vet about the right amount of sodium intake if your dog has kidney, liver or heart disease.
But most of all, ENJOY the utter adoration from your dog as he realizes that life in your house just got even better, thanks to the homemade dog food goodness he now finds in his bowl.