This is a balanced dog food recipe that my veterinarian recommended to me a few years ago. I want my dogs to live long & healthy lives, so I make their food myself! I like knowing exactly what is in their food. It can get pricey, but hospital bills are even pricier. Healthy food = good health!
This recipe is completely balanced and my dogs LOVE it. They have super shiny coats, healthy teeth, and good breath!
You can make a large batch of this once or twice a month and keep it in the freezer until you need it. I make about 11 pounds of food and it will last almost a month for my two small adult dogs (about 10 lbs each). In addition to this food, we add a little kibble to their bowls. You don’t have to do this, but it was what our vet recommended for Remy & Leeloo.
Check with your veterinarian for how much food your dog needs per serving. My two dogs are about 10 lbs each.
This recipe has 40 calories per ounce. To see the original recipe posted on Youtube by Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib, click here. This video can provide more information on the nutrients in this recipe.
Cooked or Raw?
I gently cook the food for my dogs, but this is still a great recipe if your dog is on a raw diet.
If you choose to cook the food, do so without any oil on a nonstick pan on low heat. Be careful not to sear the meat- you want to gently cook it until it is just done. You can make patties, large chunks, or break it down into mince if you prefer.
Very lean ground beef- I get all of my ingredients from Sprouts and I use 93% lean ground beef. This is the main source of protein and has to be lean since dogs have a high amino acid requirement.
Hempseed– excellent source of essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. This balances the fats. I bought mine from Sprouts but it is also available an Amazon here. You can also use hempseed oil but be very careful with the heat if you are going to cook it. Hempseed oil becomes very unpleasant to dogs if exposed to high heat.
Sardines – meets vitamin E & D requirements. You can also use cod liver oil. Use canned sardines in water, not oil.
Ground ginger- packed with manganese, which supports connective tissue health. This benefits ligaments, tendons, joints, and muscles.
Kelp powder- packed with iodine and is AMAZING for teeth and coat health! You can purchase the one I use here. I highly recommend this stuff- my dogs have great hair & teeth, and they have super fresh breath!
Eggs & eggshells- eggs are a great source of folic acid and vitamin b12. The eggshells are totally edible and provide the calcium needed for adult dogs, but not puppies.
Beef liver- provides copper, zinc, and iron. Sprouts sells them in frozen packages that are convenient to use- 4 individually wrapped 4 oz portions.
Broccoli, red bell pepper, & spinach- veggies add antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, and fiber.
How to make it
(measurements and instructions provided in recipe card at the end of this post)
Begin by mixing together the ground beef, eggs, kelp, ground ginger, hempseed (or hempseed oil), sardines, and pumpkin puree. The pumpkin puree is not part of the original recipe, but I have added it to this by my vet’s recommendation.
Save half of the eggshells and set them aside.
Drain the water from the sardines before you add them in. Try to break them up as much as you can before mixing so that it is evenly distributed throughout the recipe. When it is well combined, set it aside.
Next, add the veggies, eggshells, and beef liver to a food processor and blend until everything is evenly chopped. You may need to do this in batches if your food processor is small.
Add the blended ingredients to the beef and mix until well combined.
Portion out the food according to your dog’s daily food intake requirements. Remember that the uncooked food will be ok in the freezer for weeks, but only for a few days in the fridge. Portion accordingly. I do not like to keep cooked dog food in the fridge for more than 4 days.
The food is ready to serve raw, or you can gently cook it. Cook without any oil on a nonstick pan on low heat. Be careful not to sear the meat- you want to gently cook it until it is just done. You can make patties, large chunks, or break it down into mince if you prefer.
Here is a recent picture of our pups! Remy (left) and Leeloo (right) are mother and daughter. We adopted them last year and we love them so much!
I fed this recipe to my previous dog Lucy, who passed away last year from kidney failure and extreme arthritis. She was very old when she passed, but I am not sure exactly how old. I miss her so much.
It is SO important to me to make sure I am feeding my dogs the best food possible. I want them to live long, healthy lives. Your dog will love this recipe, and they will be in excellent health 🙂
Balanced Dog Food Recipe
- 7 lbs lean ground beef 90% +
- 3/4 cup hempseeds or 1/3 cup hempseed oil
- 16 oz canned sardines in water or 4 tsp cod liver oil
- 4 tsp ground ginger
- 4 tsp kelp powder
- 8 eggs pasture raised
- 4 egg shells
- 15 oz pumpkin puree (1 can, unsweetened)
- 8 oz beef liver
- 8 oz broccoli
- 8 oz spinach
- 8 oz red bell pepper
- Begin by mixing together the ground beef, eggs, kelp powder, ground ginger, hempseed, (or hempseed oil), and sardines. Drain the water from the sardines before you add them in.Save half of the eggshells and set them aside.
- Try to break up the sardines as much as you can before mixing so that it is evenly distributed throughout the recipe. When it is well combined, set it aside.
- Next, process the veggies, eggshells, and beef liver. You may need to do this separately if your food processor can't find everything. I process everything separately, except for the bell pepper and eggshells- I process those together.
- Add the blended ingredients to the beef and mix until well combined.
- Portion out the food according to your dog's daily food intake requirements. The dog food will be good in the freezer for weeks, but only for a few days in the fridge. Portion accordingly. I do not like to keep cooked dog food in the fridge for more than 4 days.
- The food is ready to serve raw, or you can gently cook it. Cook without any oil on a nonstick pan on low heat. Be careful not to sear the meat- you want to gently cook it until it is just done. *Note- If using hempseed oil, cooking the food on high heat for a long period of time will make the hempseed oil taste really bad to the dogs, so be really careful about "gently" cooking it!Let it cool completely before storing in the fridge, for up to 4 days.