Recipe: Cheap Homemade Dog Food Meal

Being a pet owner on a budget can be a struggle. We want to provide the best quality products for our dogs, but the better the product, the more expensive it is. This is especially true with pet food. Homemade dog food is one of the most healthy options, and it can be done on a budget! This cheap homemade dog food recipe can get you started on the right track.

It's easy to spend a fortune on dog food, especially homemade recipes. Making sure to buy the healthiest ingredients possible gets very costly. Organic, natural, high-quality ingredients are much more expensive than the low-quality options.

Cheap Homemade Dog Food Meal RecipeReducing the cost of homemade dog food is all about the ingredients. Some tips to follow when looking to cut your homemade dog food costs include:

  • buy ingredients in bulk when possible
  • try to use ingredients that you already have on hand
  • buy ingredients that are in season
  • use leftover ingredients before they go bad

If you follow these tips and look for cheap homemade dog food recipe options, you'll be able to make healthy, nutritious food that is catered to your dog's specific nutritional needs.

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Cheap Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Cheap Homemade Dog Food RecipeIngredients

  • 4 pounds of ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1.5 cups dry brown rice
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 4 cups fresh spinach


First, you'll need to cook the rice according to the instructions on the box. While the rice is cooking, add the olive oil to a large pot and brown the turkey on medium heat. It will take 15-20 minutes to brown this much turkey, so you'll have time to prepare the other ingredients while you wait.

Put the sweet potato in the microwave for 3.5 minutes. Once it's cooked, flip it over and cook it for another 3.5 minutes. Once it's cooled, cut the sweet potato into cubes that are bite-size for your pup.

cheap homemade dog food recipeOnce the turkey is completely cooked, add the cooked rice, tomato sauce, cubed sweet potato, and spinach to the pot. I cover the pot and let it sit for about 2 minutes to wilt the spinach. As you'll see in my video guide above, this makes the spinach much easier to mix into this cheap homemade dog food recipe.

Once the food has cooled, you can serve it to your dog. The serving size for this recipe is about 1/2-3/4 cups of food per serving for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. You should feed it twice per day. For example, if you have a 40-50 pound dog, you would feed him 1-1.5 cups in the morning and 1-1.5 cups again in the evening.

Remember that less active dogs and dogs with a slower metabolism won’t need to eat as much food as active dogs. It’s best to consult your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist about the proper serving size for your pet and whether or not you should be adding any supplements to this homemade dog food for allergies recipe.

Homemade Dog Food

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Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.