I have 4 dogs, ranging from 5 yrs - 17 yrs old (Terriers of all sizes). After the big dog food scare, I didn't want to take chances so I tried to figure out a healthy recipe for them, something that had all the nutrients and fat they needed. This is what I came up with and my dogs absolutely loved it! The nice thing about this recipe is that it can be eaten by the humans as well.

Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
36
Yield:
36 poochie cakes
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease 36 cups of 3 large muffin tins.

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rice with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered, and cook 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool several minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside.

  • In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, celery, ground beef, and eggs. Mix ingredients together using your hands or a sturdy spoon. Add salt, olive oil, rolled oats, and rice; mix well.

  • Fill each muffin cup with some of the meat mixture, and pat down the to make it firm. Bake 45 minutes, or until surface feels set. Cool on a rack 10 minutes or longer.

  • Remove the meat cakes by turning the muffin tin upside down over a sheet of aluminum foil. Tap each muffin cup to release the cake. Refrigerate or freeze in sealed plastic bags. NOTE: Do not feed to dogs while still hot.

Nutrition Facts

309 calories; protein 14.1g 28% DV; carbohydrates 12.8g 4% DV; fat 22.1g 34% DV; cholesterol 64.3mg 21% DV; sodium 73mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2008
My 13 year old Beagle has been going through chemo since last August. I was feeding him only chicken, rice, and vegetables mixed together, but he barely ate the rice or vegetables. With this recipe, he eats everything. I'll make it with ground chicken or turkey next time, so he can have both red and white meat. Thank you very much! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/21/2016
This recipe would be perfect if not for the ground beef. Never feed your dog regular ground beef. You must use extra lean. A high fat content is bad for the intestinal track. Causes cramping twisted intestines and/or diarrhea! Read More
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48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2008
My 13 year old Beagle has been going through chemo since last August. I was feeding him only chicken, rice, and vegetables mixed together, but he barely ate the rice or vegetables. With this recipe, he eats everything. I'll make it with ground chicken or turkey next time, so he can have both red and white meat. Thank you very much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2009
We make this all the time. I add liver that I chop into fine bits and we make it in 9x13 pans instead of muffin pans then cut it into squares and mix it in with dry dog food. It's time consuming to make and makes alot, but we just freeze it and it lasts for weeks and weeks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2007
Great recipe. I found ground turkey to be less expensive than ground beef and my dog loves it. I made most of this in loaf pans -- just like meat loaf -- and use a slab of it as a serving. This is the first time my dog has ever eaten everything in her bowl. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
I have been making homemade dog food from a recipe I developed about 2 years ago. The results to my dogs health have been fabulous and unexpected by me. I think this recipe is great however I used ground turkey instead of the beef and cooked the brown rice with a homemade broth. I think if you wanted you could also add different vegetables. My recipe is one I cook on the stovetop but I liked the idea of individual cakes. My recipe also includes all of the ingredients here except I use sweet potatoes. My dogs loved this one as a change from their regular food. One of the great things about a homemade diet is you don't have to be so careful to wean the dogs on or off their standard food. My dogs digestive systems are so healthy that they never seem to have upset tummies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2007
My old Belgian Sheepdog is now going through chemotherapy and this recipe has literally saved his life. He eats it with absolute relish and it has kept his energy level up despite what he is going through. All I can say is WOW! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2008
I made this recipe tonight and my chihuahua LOVED it! He gobbled it up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2009
I added some chopped garlic and ginger to the water for the rice then added some chopped brocolli to the recipe. My hubbie came into the kitchen as they were cooling took a taste and announced he really liked what I made for dinner. Now my hubbie is begging for the dogs food...move over roover! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
My dog recently had surgery and had to have a bunch of teeth removed so I made her a batch of these and she absolutely loves them. I made some smaller ones in the mini muffin tins and they're so perfect for treats! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2011
The recipe is misleading when it says to use a large bowl... I used one of those big metal bowls (the ones that everyone has you know the ones) and had to make half at a time and even then it just barely fit without spilling raw meat all over the counter. Also it took way more than 2 hours... I'm going into my 4th hour as I type because I've been baking 18 at a time and the last should be the 4th batch. Maybe its the size of my pans. Great recipe though. This is just a fair warning since no one else has mentioned it. Just make sure you have a lot of time and patience or even just cut the recipe in half. I'll be feeding this to the new puppy I'm getting tomorrow!! 1-2 a day mixed with kibble should do it. Hope she likes it!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/21/2016
This recipe would be perfect if not for the ground beef. Never feed your dog regular ground beef. You must use extra lean. A high fat content is bad for the intestinal track. Causes cramping twisted intestines and/or diarrhea! Read More
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