Cooking for your dog ensures that you always know exactly what he is eating. Commercial dog foods have long lists of ingredients and often use multiple preservatives. Homemade dog food, even as an occasional treat, gives you a healthy alternative to feeding your treasured pet inexpensively. Dogs need meat as well as vegetables and grains for complete nutrition.
Rice and Hamburger
Pour four cups of water into a large pan. Add in half a pound of hamburger meat and half a cup of uncooked rice. Brown rice is preferable for the best nutrition.
Chop half a cup of vegetables into small pieces. Use more than one type of vegetable, and avoid ones that may cause gas, such as broccoli. Carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach are good choices. Pour the vegetables into the pot.
Add one teaspoon of vegetable oil to the pot and boil the mixture until the hamburger meat and vegetables are thoroughly cooked.
Remove the cooked mixture from the heat and allow it to cool thoroughly. Drain any excess liquid. Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for several days.
Minty Rice and Hamburger
Pour 10 cups of water and five cups of uncooked rice into a pot and bring to a boil.
Add two pounds of hamburger and five tablespoons of dried mint to the pot. Bring the mixture back to a boil, then reduce heat and allow it to simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.
Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool thoroughly before serving to your dog. Serve only as much as your dog will eat at one time, and store leftover food in the refrigerator. The mint in the mixture helps to freshen his breath.