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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
Ground Quail with Threaded Herring
I feed my dogs ground quail from Columbia River Pets that I order through our local raw food co-op. I like quail because it's a protein that all of my dogs can eat. Rodrigo has sensitivities to chicken, turkey, and pheasant. The only bird he can eat is
I mix the quail with fermented vegetables, which are a natural source of fiber, antioxidants, and probiotics. And I add an organ blend from GreenTripe.com.
I add a duck neck (sometimes duck feet) to the dish as a source of bone and for the crunch. I love the sound of my dogs crunching bones. The ground quail has bone already, so this meal is higher in bone than others, however, since I balance over time, I don't worry too much about it.
We received the threaded herring from Raw Feeding Miami and I was so excited about trying a new fish with my dogs. Everyone loved the herring except Sydney. She ate it once, but after that, she'd take the fish out of her dish and put it on the floor (gotta love raw feeding). So no herring for her, but it was a hit with the other dogs. She likes sardines and carp, though.
I like to add fish to my dogs' diet as a natural source of Omega 3 fatty acids; for my dogs, whole foods are easier to feed and make raw feeding less expensive. I still alternate fish with Bonnie & Clyde fish oil, salmon oil, and phytoplankton, because I have found products/brands that I trust. Check out my Supplement Page to see everything I add to my dogs' diet.
I feed my dogs raw eggs at least 4-5 days a week. I buy them from friends who have chickens and there is a brand at our local grocery store that offers organic, pasture raised (yep, in a real pasture) eggs at an affordable price. I live in a rural area and eggs are really popular here and I've noticed the prices going up. I try to find them for $3-$4/dozen whenever I can.
I add eggs because they're a reproductive food and I've learned that reproductive foods are nutrient rich, a healthy source of protein, and great for the skin and coat.
Raw Dog Food Ingredients
I make dog food in batches; enough to last 3-4 days. The ingredients in this week's meal include:
- 10 lbs of ground quail
- 4 lbs of organ blend
- 2 lbs of fermented vegetables
For breakfast, I add a duck neck (or two duck feet) daily and a raw egg every other day. And I added 1-2 of the threaded herring to each dish every
Supplements for DIY Raw Feeding
Check out my Supplements Page for a full list of supplements (mostly whole foods) that I add to my dogs' diet.