Beef & Sweet Potato Dog Food

I’d like to recap all the insanity of the past 6 months with my pets, but then you’d decide to never have them, so instead, I’m going to share this really cool idea with you :P.
Let’s get to it!

Yesterday I had to take my 7 year old Jack-Westie into the vet for some digestive issues. It was a pretty great visit, and the vet who was working with me seemed to have a very holistic approach to animal health, which I totally loved! Lately I’ve been buying organic kibble for my dog, since she is getting older now, I want to make sure she’s nice and healthy. Also, since going blind this past year, she doesn’t get as much exercise, so the goal is to keep her food low fat.

The vet told me that I could buy some special wet-canned food from their clinic, OR, I could go home and make my own, if I didn’t mind the work.

Well lady, you just sang my siren song.

She told me how to do it, and said I could use chicken breast, or lean ground beef. Boil the meat. Use 2 parts rice to 1 part meat. Keep it lean, un-fried, unseasoned.


I made some this morning while I was helping my daughter with her school, and let Buttons sample it as I went. She approved, rather obsessively actually… I’m not sure exactly how much I should be feeding her, but I was able to give her just over 1 cup this morning, and then I packed a huge jar with the rest. I’m thinking it’s at least 2 more days of food, and I need to keep her on home cooking for at least 5 days, to reset her system.


So I guess the “siren” part, is that I’m not entirely sure I want to give this up. I know it means more work, and I’m not sure how much money I would be saving, but this is definitely something I’ve thought about for a while now, and I love making things myself! It really is the kinda thing I’m into. If it’s the kinda thing you’re into as well, then maybe you’ll like to use my recipe as a starting point! Enjoy!

Beef & Sweet Potato Dog Food

1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium sized sweet potato
1 cup organic brown rice

  1. Place the ground beef in a small pot and cover with water. Do not season it, or try to cook the rice with it – the goal is to boil out all the fat, and rinse it off. The rice would only soak it in. Boil it for about 20 minutes, breaking it apart in the water. Drain and rinse, then set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Place 1 cup of organic brown rice (or white is fine) in a pot with 3 cups of water. No salt or oil. Boil for about 35 minutes, until the rice is very soft, almost mushy, and the water is absorbed. Add it to the ground beef in the bowl.
  3. Peel and dice your sweet potato. Cover with water and boil until fork tender. Drain and add to the bowl with rice and ground beef.
  4. I have a super handy potato masher that I used, but if you don’t mind getting your hands into it, fingers work best. Combine all of the ingredients well, and break up the chunks of meat so it’s easily distributed. Pack it into a jar and date it – I expect it has maybe 5 days of shelf life in the fridge.
Once her head went in the dish, I could not get her to look at me again. Even when I pretended there was a robber – I guess she decided to save the food instead of me  😉



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