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Now that we've covered how to calculate your dog's metabolic weight, needed nutrients for your dog's diet, and other key information for your dog's nutritional profile, it's time to share some of my favorite balanced homemade dog food recipes!
(In case you'd like a refresher, you can see our previous guide on how to translate what your dog weighs in pounds into metabolic weight for your dog's needed nutrient profile here.)
As a nutritionist who has formulated and prepared food for more meals than I can count, I've put together a few guidelines that I've found make life easier and deliver the food ingredients in a healthful, digestible form for dogs. (These will apply to your recipes overall, and not all the ingredients noted in these guidelines are in this particular recipe.)
Cook per the instructions on the package, but for dogs grains need to be overcooked. Make sure they are almost mushy for your dog to eat. Sometimes soaking the grain overnight is helpful for this.
Cook the meat according to the recipe description. If ground meat says baked, bake it in the oven on 400 degrees until fully cooked and crumbled. Get rid of the leftover "juice" or fat from the ground meat - don't add to the batch of food. Pan fry means cooked in a pan. Dry heat means baking in the oven.
If baking fish, once that is cooked you can use the juices from the cooked fish in the batch.
Trim the raw organs down to easier pieces to work with for cooking. Remove any white parts of the organs. Using some water, simmer the organs in a pan and if needed add water to continue cooking thoroughly. It usually takes about 10-15 minutes to cook completely. Cook them on low-medium heat, slowly turning them over throughout. When the organs are a light pink inside they are usually cooked.
Cook the veggies as instructed per in the recipe, either steamed on the stove in boiled water or in the microwave. Puree them in a blender together so they are easier to digest and set them aside. They can be pureed raw but some dogs do not digest them as well as if they've been cooked.
Set veggies to the side - you don't want to add them to your batch of food until the very end. If you are using sweet potatoes, set those aside once cooked.
If the recipe calls for eggs - one egg in its raw weight weighs about 50 grams or 1.7oz, follow the ingredient description for how to prepare whether raw, scrambled, or hard boiled eggs.
As you are cooking you can assemble the cooked meat, any eggs, canned food, and grain into a batch of food and mix together. You are going to use the pureed veggies or cooked sweet potatoes as the "carrier" to add and mix in your batch supplements.
You can feed all the supplements daily if you'd like but some can be mixed in and frozen - see the minerals listed in the batch supplement column in the recipe. Those that are listed in the daily supplements column cannot be frozen since studies proved these supplements can degrade and be destroyed in freezing.
Bonus tip - start your prep with a clean and organized kitchen (emptied dishwasher) which I always find somehow helps immensely!
For this ground turkey dog food recipe, you're using cooked ground turkey, 7% fat which is lean ground turkey to keep your calories on target.
You can add additional fresh veggies your dog likes for some variety, just be mindful this will increase calorie intake. You'll want to make sure all veggies are prepared correctly since dogs cannot digest raw vegetable.
You can also add fruits which most dogs love: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries - just make sure they're mashed or tossed in the food processor before adding to your dog's food.
Looking at our macronutrient distribution of calories, we have a nice balance of protein at 50.9%, fat at 36.2%, and carbohydrates at 12.9%, and a total of 995.45 daily calories. Just what we were shooting for in our formulation.
You can see the full nutritional breakout in the recipe link below with amounts of each nutrient within amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins detailed for the recipe designed for your 35 lb, young, active, adult dog.
Access it in the recipe box below!
Your dog will love it and you can feel confident you're giving your dog only the best ingredients, completely balanced so your dog can thrive!
Now that you have a ground turkey homemade dog food recipe for a 35 lb dog, continue to the next guide for a raw recipe for a 65 lb dog here.
Or hop over to the Home Cooking Channel if you'd like to ask a question in the Community discussion and start any of the other step-by-step guides in Home Cooking Basics or Recipes.
If you ever need more personalized nutrition guidance, please reach out!
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