Homemade dog food is a healthier alternative to commercial diets when done right. You can prepare homemade meals to suit your dog’s individual nutritional needs, using the healthiest ingredients available. This recipe uses turkey, vegetables, brown rice, and other safe and healthy ingredients, and you can substitute ingredients if needed.
As with most other homemade dog food recipes, you can substitute another protein source if your dog doesn’t like turkey. If your pet is sensitive to common protein sources, consider using lamb, venison, or rabbit instead.
You can also use any type of fruit or vegetable your dog likes. Some healthy options for dogs include:
- green beans
- sweet potatoes
Before substituting any ingredients, or even before feeding this exact recipe to your pet, consult your veterinarian or a trained canine nutritionist. There are some fruits and vegetables that can be toxic to dogs, such as grapes, onions, tomatoes, and avocados. You also need to be sure that the food you are feeding provides complete and balanced nutrition for your pet.
Recipe for a healthy turkey casserole for dogs
There are many great, nutritious foods that you can use to supplement your dog’s diet, whether they eat home-cooked meals or commercial dog food. The extra vitamins and minerals these foods provide will give your pup the boost they need and can help them stay healthier and happier for longer.
Recipe: Healthy Turkey Casserole for Dogs
Turkey is a highly digestible protein. This lean, white meat helps dogs build muscle and maintain a healthy body weight. It’s a great source of necessary nutrients like phosphorus, riboflavin, and as an added bonus, most dogs love the taste.
- Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 25 minutes
- Total time: 40 minutes
- Yield: around 14 cups 1x
- Category: cooked food
- Method: stovetop
- Kitchen: Dog Food
- 3 Pound. ground turkey
- 1 cup dry brown rice
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 cups spinach (chopped)
- 2 carrots (shredded)
- 1 zucchini (chopped)
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
Cook the rice according to the package directions. While the rice is cooking, you can prepare the turkey. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the ground turkey to the pan and fry until browned. Stir in the spinach, carrots, zucchini, and peas. Once the rice has finished cooking, add it to the mixture.
Cook all ingredients together over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove the food from the heat and allow it to cool completely before serving to your dog.
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 227
- Sugar: 0.8g
- Sodium: 106mg
- Fat: 10.6g
- Carbohydrates: 11.1g
- Fiber: 1.1g
- Protein: 24.8g
- Cholesterol: 87mg
How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food per 20 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. This is only a guideline. Lazy pets and older dogs may not need as many. It is extremely important to consult your veterinarian regarding the best portion size for your dog.
How to store: You can store leftover turkey dog casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze it and it will keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, so it won’t last nearly as long as commercial dog food.
For more informations
We post many recipes for homemade dog food and treats each month. For more recipes, cooking tips and pet food advice, visit our Recipes section. If you’re new to the subject of homemade dog food, I recommend reading more about How Much to Feed to understand portion sizes, What Supplements to Use to make balanced meals, and Storage for tips about the simple and easy way to store homemade dog food in the fridge or freezer.