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Recipe: Simple Quinoa Dog Food

Quinoa is well known as one of the best superfoods for humans. These powerful little seeds are grain-free and high in protein. Quinoa was also one of the very few plant foods that provides sufficient amounts of all 9 essential amino acids. This simple quinoa dog food recipe is as healthy for your pup as it is you!

Because of its high nutritional contents, quinoa is a common ingredient in vegetarian and vegan diets. This superfood is also low in calories, low in fat and cholesterol-free. It's rich in fiber, magnesium, iron and vitamin B12.

Making homemade dog food allows you to cater recipes to your dog's needs. Homemade recipes don't include fillers. Every ingredient has a purpose. This simple quinoa dog food only contains 4 ingredients, and it's an ideal choice for dogs with a sensitive stomach.

Simple Quinoa Dog Food Recipe

Simple Quinoa Dog FoodIngredients

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup carrots (chopped)


Along with being a limited ingredient recipe, this simple quinoa dog food is also very easy to make. This recipe only makes 4-5 cups of dog food, but you can make it in larger quantities and freeze for use at a later time.

First, heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan until fully melted. Add the turkey and cook until browned. Drain all the excess fat.

homemade dog foodWhile the turkey is cooking, you can cook the quinoa in a saucepan. Prepare the quinoa according to the instructions on the package. Drain any excess water after the quinoa is finished cooking.

Once the turkey and quinoa are finished, mix all of the ingredients together. My dogs enjoy the added crunch of raw carrots. If your dog doesn't enjoy raw vegetables or has dental issues that make it difficult to chew, you can steam or boil the carrots to soften them.

I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of this simple quinoa dog food for every 20 pounds of body weight per serving. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. So, if your dog weighs 20 pounds, he would eat 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening.

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. As I mentioned, you can also make this recipe in bulk and freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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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.