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Welcome to Raw Foodie Friday where I'll be sharing recipes of what I feed to my dogs. Every week, I receive an email from someone who wants me to give them a balanced raw food recipe. I've attempted to do this many times in the past, and I found that I didn't have the experience; especially back when all of my raw meals were made with a base mix. Today, I make raw meals on the fly daily, and my dogs are thriving, and I'm excited to share those meals with others who need inspiration.
I no longer focus on balance per meal. Instead, I balance over time which allows me more flexibility. If I'm running low on an ingredient, I don't panic because my dogs' raw meals will be out of balance. Instead, I add something else and adjust their diet later in the week or the following week.
Ask yourself – do you eat a balanced diet each meal or per day?
So here is a recent recipe…please feel free to ask questions in the comments.
Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe
I feed ground emu to add a red meat to my dogs' diet and because Rodrigo can eat it. My dog has a sensitivity to many proteins and emu was a winner so it's a big part of my dogs' raw diet.
I source the emu through our local raw food co-op and purchase several hundred pounds each year. This is only ground meat, so I have to add organs and bone.
I order an organ blend produced by GreenTripe.com. It contains beef heart, tongue, lungs, liver, spleen, and pancreas with green tripe. I typically add one 2-pound chub of the organ blend to every four pounds of raw dog food, no matter the protein. It's not an exact science but it's working for my dogs.
Vegetables are about 5% of my dogs' raw diet and add antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber. In the case of fermented vegetables, they are also adding a natural probiotic. I alternate between my vegetable mix, fermented vegetables, and a base mix by Dr. Harvey's (Raw Vibrance). In this recipe, I added 1-pound of fermented vegetables to each 8-quart bowl of raw that I mixed up.
On Thanksgiving, I asked my mother-in-law if I could have the turkey carcass and she said YES!!! This is a big deal because she's one of the best cooks I know and for her to pass on making soup with the carcass is cool! She loves her grand-puppies.
I tossed the carcass along with a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 10 cloves of garlic, and a few baby portobello mushrooms. Why the mushrooms? We had some on hand and I was afraid that they'd go to waste. I hate it throwing away food, especially when we have four dogs that eat a fresh food diet. I stored the bone broth in freezer-safe containers to thaw during cold winter days.
Why bone broth? Because it makes food extra yummy. I love adding it in the winter to give them warm bellies on cold days. There is some controversy over the benefits of bone broth. Some people believe that it adds extra nutrients and supports good joint health; others believe that it's just something to tempt picky eaters. I'm not sure what the truth is, but it's easy to make and the dogs love it.
I use a ladle to pour the broth and meat over the food; I don't have a specific serving amount because I use this as a meal topper.
- Bone Broth for Dogs – Recipe
- Misconceptions and Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs
- Is Bone Broth Safe for Dogs?
Raw Dog Food Ingredients
I make food in batches; the following will last several days for my dogs.
- 10 pounds of ground emu
- 4 pounds of the organ blend
- 2 pounds of fermented vegetables
- 2 pounds of bone broth
Supplements for DIY Raw Feeding
The more I learn about raw feeding, the fewer supplements my dogs need. Check out my supplement page to learn what supplements my dogs get: