Here’s a simple dog food recipe we thought we’d share. 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 12-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!
Homemade Easy Instapot Stew for the Dogs
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. NOTE: If you’re removing kibble completely, you’ll need to add supplements for full nutrition. We use Vegedog along with 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).
- 1 Tablespoon turmeric
- 3-4 pounds meat of your choice, chopped (We switch between beef, turkey & lamb)
- 1 can rised 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
- 1-2 heads broccoli, chopped
- 3-5 carrots, chopped
- 1-2 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)
- Chop all ingredients into dog-friendly chewable bites
- Add all ingredients except for kale to the Instapot, plus 1 cup of water.
- Set Instapot to “stew”, takes about 30 mins
- 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 with other food, but our 50-60 pound dogs usually get two big ladles for dinner