10 Ingredients in 10 Minutes or Less

When it comes to making homemade dog food, one common concern dog parents express is that it takes too much time. I would like dog parents to understand one important factor: How much time it takes is largely up to you. And below are 10 ingredients to help familiarize you with this idea.

Many homemade dog food recipes, snacks or toppers can be whipped up in just a few minutes. There are also many items you can put together quickly, and then let the cooking vessel do the rest (oven, crockpot, large soup pan, etc).

When it comes to making dog food, time does not need to be a major concern.  Contact me to get started on a more nourishing, health-supportive diet for your dog.

1. Fresh Vegetables.  The choices are seemingly endless. Broccoli, kale, squash, spinach and so much more.. A little light steaming or a couple minutes in the microwave will cook your vegetables to a bright, vibrant color in just a few minutes.

2. Frozen Vegetables. Already cut up and ready to go, just give these a rinse and steam or microwave.

3. Raw Fruits or Vegetables. A slice of banana, a handful of blueberries, a wedge of watermelon … you get the idea.

4. Quick Cook Oatmeal. Plain quick oatmeal cooks in the microwave in just a couple minutes.

5. Eggs. Scrambled eggs cook in about three minutes.

6. Ground Meats. Ground meats are so convenient for recipes, and can cook through in about 10 minutes.

7. Canned Sardines. Pop the can, give a rinse and you’re good to go with plain, no salt added sardines.

8. Nut Butters. Peanut butter is a classic dog fave, or try almond or cashew butter. A lick or two from a spoon usually goes over well with my dog. No xylitol varieties only (fatal to dogs).

9. Cheeses. Small amounts of some cheeses are dog friendly. Cottage cheese, cheddar, etc. can be offered in small amounts.

10. Yogurt. Opt for no sugar added items with no xylitol either (fatal to dogs). Try plain, vanilla or blueberry varieties

PS – Raw food and raw bones also take little time. This site is about homemade cooked food, but there are many dogs who really thrive on raw diets.  There is still some controversy about raw diets. Although I serve mostly cooked, I do offer raw meaty bones to my own dog.  Many holistic veterinary practioners and nutrition advocates recommend raw, meaty bones for keeping teeth clean, offering some mineral content, and providing important mental stimulation. Never serve cooked bones.

Putting It All Together. So now that you know of at least 10 ingredients that cook up quickly, you may be asking yourself how you can put some of these items together to make nourishing, health-supportive meals. Get in touch with me and we will work on it together. And see my Dog Food Journal for many healthy, dog friendly ingredients!