Recipe: Vegetarian Homemade Dog Food

vegetarian homemade dog food

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There may be several reasons to choose to feed your dog a vegan or a vegetarian diet. The most common reasons are ethical (if the owners have turned vegetarian, they wish the same for their dogs) or health related reasons. Either way, it’s important to discuss this dietary change with your veterinarian or a certified canine nutritionist.


  • 1 cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup spinach (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup butternut squash (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup apple (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup pear (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup zucchini (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. low-fat cream cheese


The only ingredient that need to be prepared before mixing this recipe together are the black beans and quinoa. I used canned beans that are already cooked, but you could certainly boil fresh beans if you prefer.

Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the packaging. Mix all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Once the quinoa and beans have cooled, you can serve it to your pet.