Easy Instapot Stew for Dogs (Meat, Veggies + Turmeric)

by | Jan 28, 2019

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Homemade Easy Instapot Stew for the Dogs

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Here’s a simple dog food recipe we thought we’d share. A comfort meal for our best buddies. Make once in a while for special days, or you can start rotating this into their regular meal plans. We make this twice a week for our dogs and it’s a part of their overall meal plan.

Studies have shown that curcumin, a compound in turmeric, may reduce inflammation in humans and dogs. We’ve seen it help humans with our own eyes, and we want our dogs to reap the benefits, especially because Spot, our 13-year-old, has a history of mast cell tumors (he’s fine now!) and Tulip, our 8-year-old, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma (she’s on Week 6 of chemo and doing great, thankfully). Your pups will adore this!

NOTE: If you’re removing kibble completely, you’ll need to add supplements for full nutrition. Dogs can’t just eat this human food alone, they need other special nutrients (like taurine, calcium, magnesium, Vitamins B, E and D, etc).

We use Vegedog (there are others like Dog Greens) for those supplements, along with Honest Kitchen Beef Bone Broth and FortiFlora probiotics (p.s. as an amazon associate we may receive commission if you buy it after clicking on those links) and probiotics, but talk to your vet about the best solution for your pups.

We cook this a few times a week as supplement to their regular dog food (we’re currently transitioning from high quality grain-free kibble to raw food + homemade stews like these with vitamin supplements).


  • Author: Meaghan Thomas
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: dog food


  • 1 Tablespoon organic high grade turmeric
  • 34 pounds meat of your choice, chopped (We switch between beef, turkey & lamb)
  • 1 can rinsed beans of your choice (We use either kidney, chick peas, black, pinto or lentils. Beans MUST be cooked or they can be dangerous to dogs. Avoid fava, baked or refried beans. )
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped
  • 12 heads broccoli, chopped
  • 35 carrots, chopped
  • 12 apples, chopped
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • OPTIONAL: green beans, blueberries, brussel sprouts, celery, cucumbers or peas (Double check online if you are tempted to add anything else. Some foods can be TOXIC and even DEADLY for dogs, like onions, cherries, mushrooms, etc. Always “check before you chuck” in the Instapot)


  1. Chop all ingredients into dog-friendly chewable bites
  2. Add all ingredients except for kale to the Instapot, plus 1 cup of water.
  3. Set Instapot to “stew”, takes about 30 mins
  4. When it’s done and beeps, add kale (or any other leafy green) on top so it wilts into the stew. Let it cool & serve.

We supplement our dogs diets with other dog food, but our 50-60 pound dogs usually get two ladles for dinner every night. Check with your vet on how much your pet should get. And remember what mentioned earlier about this not being their only source of food/nutrients. Happy cooking – you’re about to have some happy dogs!

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  1. Do you feed once a day?

    • Hi Barbara! We do feed daily. They get two scoops a day, supplemented about about 40% (for their weight requirement per day) high quality grain-free dry dog food. Our holistic vet said can’t do only homemade dog food unless you get proper vitamins because they need taurine and a bunch of other stuff that can’t come from these whole foods. But you can do only homemade dog food if you work toward a balanced diet and use things like Vegedog to give them vitamins they need: https://compassioncircle.com/product/vegedog-supplement-27oz/ (this is not a paid endorsement). Note: We are not a vet and we recommend talking to your vet before changing a dog’s diet.

  2. Can you freeze this recipe?

    • Yes, works well frozen!

  3. I thought you had to add pepper to tumeric for its benefits?

    • Hi Susan! Yes, black pepper can help absorb/digest curcumin, which helps better “activate” turmeric’s anti-inflammatory benefits, but in our experience, dogs tend to not want to eat food with pepper as it’s too ‘spicy’ for their sensitive noses/taste. But a small amount should be fine (double check with your vet, we’re not experts here on that). But please note that we have heard from a vet that a large amount can cause stomach problems or other health issues in pups. For us humans, we strongly encourage pairing turmeric with black pepper to increase its health benefits (our turmeric latte drink mix has high quality organic black pepper for that reason). Great question, and thank you for it!


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