Rating: 4.38 stars
107 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 10

This is a healthy addition to, or replacement for, your dog's daily meals that he will happily devour.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
45 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 75 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 1/2 cup servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the chicken leg quarters in a large pot, and fill with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 40 minutes. Remove the legs and allow to cool. Strain and return the cooking liquid to the pot. Once the legs have cooled. Remove and discard the skin and bones; chop the meat, and set aside.

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  • Stir the brown rice into the reserved chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid, and add the rice to the bowl with the chicken.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly and no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Pour off any excess grease, and place the beef into the bowl. Stir in the oats, spinach, broccoli, kidney beans, carrots, cottage cheese, and olive oil. Store the dog food in resealable containers in the freezer. Thaw the daily portions overnight in the refrigerator.

Cook's Note:

Dogs love the flavor of garlic, but too much will make them anemic. Use it sparingly or not at all.

For variety, try adding one of the following:

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup pumpkin in place of the carrots

cooked, cracked wheat in place of either the rice or oats

black beans or chickpeas, mashed, or lentils in place of the red kidney beans

steamed and finely chopped celery or cauliflower

steamed peas

shredded cheese

mild, cooked fish

scrambled eggs

fish oil in place of olive oil

Nutrition Facts

401 calories; protein 16.7g; carbohydrates 27.9g; fat 25.1g; cholesterol 42mg; sodium 242.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (96)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
A very good base..and ratio of veggies, carbs and meat... Rachel Ray had a similar one...she gave me the idea of 1 bunch parsley, chopped, added at the end not cooked... My dog has cancer and I need to restrict carbs. I use lots of greens. My vet had me use pumpkin. But what I want to share is that it needs calcium and the vet said to give him 2 Tums. Heck with that.... I put it in a pressure cooker, the bones dissolved, no kidding. I add liver, at the end and change veggies as I find them. I will never use store dog food again... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/31/2011
on webmd, they state that garlic can be toxic to dogs. I would research and consider removing that ingredient. Read More
(57)
107 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
A very good base..and ratio of veggies, carbs and meat... Rachel Ray had a similar one...she gave me the idea of 1 bunch parsley, chopped, added at the end not cooked... My dog has cancer and I need to restrict carbs. I use lots of greens. My vet had me use pumpkin. But what I want to share is that it needs calcium and the vet said to give him 2 Tums. Heck with that.... I put it in a pressure cooker, the bones dissolved, no kidding. I add liver, at the end and change veggies as I find them. I will never use store dog food again... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2008
This was my first attempt at making dog food at home. It is a raving success. "Buster " our 7 year old Beagle mix rescue dog devoured it on the very first serving and continues to do so. After several days on it now I can say that it treats him and his digestive system much better than the very expensive dry commercial dog food we were feeding him. This recipe is a bit time consuming and I will check this site for other dog recipes but I will make this one again. The only other issue is that he would not eat the kidney beans so I'll maybe double up on the rice. This recipe made 8 pints and he gets two of them a day. Checking on the calories this falls within the requirements for a 28 1/2 pound dog and allows for a milk bone or two a day. I'll do some checking on the need for any additives but like one blogger said "Yeah and where do they come from?" Thanks for a great recipe from me and from Buster- his tail wags constantly while "dining" now!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2009
My dogs started this in January, there is less waste and my beagle's ears are no longer full of wax/allergy ick ALL the time. I had tried all the no grain high end specialty foods and pre-packaged raw foods but the dogs responded better to this. I wish I had before and after videos of their energy and and health issues. Give it a try. Lastly, since I have three dogs I added Lentils to make the recipe more cost effective. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
This really tasted great, but after a few days of eating the leftovers, I hurt my back trying to lick myself. I'm doing much better now, and am getting more and more flexible. Maybe someday... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2009
This recipe is awesome! It's a bit of a bummer that it takes so long to make, but if that's what it takes to have a healthy puppy, I think I can sacrifice the time. I decided to make this after I had been feeding her top of the line store bought dog food; she started itching herself excessively (even though she gets advantage regularly) and her ears were getting smelly and funky (even though I clean them with a solution regularly). I'm losing faith in commercial dog food and with all of the recalls lately, I'd rather feed my dog something I know is safe! I used fresh broccoli and spinach and chopped them up into TINY pieces for my 4lb dog. She gobbled this down so quickly, it was amazing. I will update my review after I've been feeding this to her for a while, but definitely the prettiest and best smelling dog food I've ever seen. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2009
This is a great base recipe. The blue berries are a fantastic idea, I would also add some flax seeds and, if your pet is older, some glucosomine. I would leave out the beans. If you are looking for a dog food recipe because your dog does not respond well to store bought, (ie- skin problems, allergies, etc), you should try leaving out the beef and or chicken and trying alternate protiens like fish or venison. Also the pumpkin contains a LOT of fiber, which is great for a constipated dog, (in fact if your dog is ever constipated a can of pumpkin pie filling should do the trick), so a messier stool may result if you use too much. Also I would be very cautious with the cottage cheese as most dogs are lactose intolerant, but a tiny bit for texture would probably be alright. Thanks for this recipe!!!! One more thing-the fish oil would deffinately be better than olive oil! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/31/2011
on webmd, they state that garlic can be toxic to dogs. I would research and consider removing that ingredient. Read More
(57)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
I have 2 dogs an average sized male Doberman with typical skin allergies and a donkey sized Mastiff. This food is great for them both not to mention cheaper. My dogs love this food so much I have to watch them eat so they don't steal food from each others' bowls. When I fed them the food that costs 65 for a 35lb bag they would sit and stare at me or leave food in the bottom of the bowl. Not anymore. My personal additives: pork roast since I have one dog with a beef allergy but cook it VERY thoroughly dogs can get trichinosis too. I've also added asparagus and a tablespoon of plain yogurt with live cultures just before serving to cut down on the gas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2010
This recipe is a miracle. My little Yorkie won't eat a thing. He was under weight and he would starve himself. I tried every dog food under the sun. The first time I made this recipe he gobbled it down plate after plate. He has been on a diet of this food only for about 4 months now and he is a completely different dog. He is happy a good weight energetic basically everything you want for your little best friend. Now when his plate is empty and he is hungry he barks for me to fill it. Thanks so much for this amazing recipe. It's easy and 1 batch lasts me a few weeks.:) Read More
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