Do It Yourself Dog Food
Do you home cook your dog's food? Us too! Have you ever experienced those nights when you suddenly realize you're out of food and you have to cook? That's when you think to yourself, "I sure wish there was something to speed up the home cooking process without sacrificing any of the nutrition of a fresh meal." Well now there is! Our D.I.Y. products were invented for people just like us, and they are about to make your life a whole lot easier.
Our D.I.Y. Products
Tater’s Veggie Blend™
Frozen to preserve all of the vitamins and nutrients out Veggie Blend™ makes home cooking your dog food as easy as hamburger helper! Our Veggie Balls ™include the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals so you don't have to worry if your dog is getting the proper nutrition they need! Available with oats or without and we also have a vegan option!
Tater’s Veggie Blend™ is homemade dog, simplified! Made with fresh, wholesome ingredients, Tater’s Veggie Blend™ is a frozen vegetable, fruit and herb mix with added vitamins and minerals to provide your dog with the nutrition they need to stay fit and healthy.
Our Veggie Blend™ gives you the freedom to control the type, and amount of protein that goes into your dog’s food. So it’s the perfect addition to a raw diet or for feeding dogs with special dietary needs and allergies.
To prepare, just pick your choice of meat, add one Veggie Ball™, and stir. It’s that simple! It’s never been so easy to feed your dog the delicious and healthy diet they deserve! Available with Oats or Grain-Free.
Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, Organic Carrots, Zucchini, Squash, Green Peas, Rolled Oats, Organic Celery, Organic Green Beans, Nutritional Yeast, Blueberries, Cranberries, Papaya, Pumpkin, Cod Liver Oil, Garlic, Kelp Powder, Ascorbic Acid, Lecithin, Tricalcium Phosphate, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flax Seed Meal, Ginger Root, Carob Powder, Rosemary, Parsley, Organic Tamari Soy Sauce, Vitamin E.
Grain Free Version is the same as above, without Rolled Oats.
Vegan TVB™ Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, Organic Carrots, Zucchini, Squash, Green Peas, Rolled Oats, Organic Celery, Organic Green Beans, Nutritional Yeast, Blueberries, Cranberries, Papaya, Pumpkin, Flax Seed Oil, Garlic, Kelp Powder, Ascorbic Acid, Lecithin, Tricalcium Phosphate, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flax Seed Meal, Ginger Root, Carob Powder, Rosemary, Parsley, Organic Tamari Soy Sauce, Vitamin E.
Below is a chart of how our homemade dog food, fully prepared with your protein, stacks up to the competition!
Monkey's Mouthwatering Munch Recipe:
Monkey's Mouthwatering Munch™ is our fully prepared dog food recipe using our Veggie Blend™ and your choice of protein. We believe protein should make up 57% of your dog's food since they are carnivores after all!
Our food is perfectly balanced to make sure your puppy grows up to be strong and healthy and your dog has the nutrition they need until they're sporting some gray fur!
Wonder how much it costs to cook your own dog food? Below is a cost comparison for some of the top quality dog foods. Unfortunately dry dog food isn't even in the same category as our foods so we hope you'll ditch the kibble, break out the pots and pans, and join us in our dog food revolution!
Muffin's Mineral Mix™
Already have a dog food recipe you love? Great! We have the perfect addition for it! Our mineral mix contains all the things your dog needs from natural sources so it's easy to digest and absorb!
When home cooking for your dog its important you add a daily vitamin or mineral mix to their feeding schedule. Even when feeding raw or freshly cooked meals there are certain vitamins and minerals that need to be added to create a healthy well rounded meal for dogs of every age. In the wild, dogs would have consumed every part of the animal they ate, that includes the fur, bones, and organs.
So even though your homemade food is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, dogs need a properly balanced mineral mix to make sure they're getting what they need to stay healthy!
Don't home cook, but looking to add more nutrition to your dog's food? This is the perfect addition! Add as a topping to your dog's existing food to give them a healthy boost.
Have a poop eater in the house? Some poop eating dogs can have mineral deficiencies, which is why they go looking for somewhere else to get it! Add this perfect blend to your food to kick that nasty habit!
Most synthetic vitamins and minerals are not easily absorbed from dog food. Our blend is made from all natural sources so your dog's body can enjoy all the benefits each ingredient has to offer! Add Muffin's Mineral Mix™ to every meal to make sure your dog stays healthy!
Nutritional Yeast,Kelp Powder, Ascorbic Acid, Lecithin, Tricalcium Phosphate, Flax Seed Meal, Carob Powder.
Does your dog enjoy our D.I.Y food products? Well never run out again! Sign up for our 'Wag Bag™ to make sure your dog gets their favorites delivered right to your door!
Here at Homegrown Hounds™ we want everyone to feed their dog a wonderful home cooked meal, and so we've included our own recipes below for you to create at home! We also have dog food cooking classes at our store. Check our event calendar to sign up for the next class!
Monkey's Mouthwatering Munch™
Although Tater's Veggie Blend™ allows you the freedom to create your own recipe, here's one below to try. Bon appétit!
Don't have time to make the Veggie Blend™? Order here, delivered to your door!
Monkey's Mouthwatering Munch™
Use this recipe when preparing a meal using Tater's Veggie Blend™.
Yields 4.5 cups
- 1 1/2 lbs of The Protein of Your Choice (preferably ground for easier cooking and eating)
- 1 Egg
- 1 Grain-Free Tater’s Veggie Blend Veggie Ball™ (thaw overnight in refrigerator if preferred)
- 1 cup of Water
- 1/2 cup of Rolled Oats (if using raw meat, cook oats with water before adding)
Note: If you are making your own Tater's Veggie Blend™ use 1 cup of it in place of a Veggie Ball™.
- Add protein and water to a deep skillet and cook on medium-high for 10 minutes.
- Add eggs and rolled oats, stir in.
- Continue to cook until meat has reached desired doneness and oats are cooked through (they will become transparent when done).
- Remove from heat, and stir in Veggie Ball™. Stir until completely dissolved and well blended.
- Test the temperature, if cool, serve and enjoy!
Please Note: If using raw meat, cook oats with water before combining with meat and thaw out the Veggie Ball™ in the refrigerator overnight for easy mixing.
Store in refrigerator in air tight container for up to 5 days, or freeze if storing for longer. When using frozen portions, thaw in refrigerator overnight before serving.
Feeding Guidelines for Monkeys Mouthwatering Munch
For adult dogs feed 1 1/2 cups of food for every 20 lbs of your dog’s weight per day. For puppies feed up to twice the adult amount. For pregnant or nursing mothers feed up to three times the normal adult amount.
Tips for Cooking
- Stir continuously for a finely ground food. The more frequently you stir while cooking, the less chunks of meat you'll have in your finished product, which is great for small mouths!
- The frozen Veggie Balls™ help to cool down your cooked protein. If you cook right before feeding time, as most do, then it can be a little hard for your dog to wait while it cools down. Adding the frozen Veggie Balls™ to the freshly cooked meat will help cool the food down as they dissolve, making it just the right temperature once they're melted! Just make sure to remove the pan from the burner before adding the Veggie Balls™!
- Choose your protein wisely. When choosing a protein it's important to look at a couple of factors, such as protein type and fat content.
- When feeding dogs it's important to have a high fat content. So look for ground meats that have a ratio of 85/15. Ideally it's best to have a blend of organ meat as well, but that can be harder to find unless you have a local butcher. Note: Since it is the organ used to filter out toxins, livers are best avoided unless organic.
- Different proteins can also heat or cool your dog. If you're dog is generally hot, then you can feed them turkey, rabbit or cod to help cool them down. If you're dog is generally cold, then you can feed them chicken, beef, venison or lamb to help warm them up. There are also neutral proteins for dogs that are already just the right temperature, such as pork, duck, quail, goose, eggs, and most fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines & catfish). It's also a good idea to feed cooling proteins in the summer when it is hot, and warming proteins in the winter when it is cool.
- In the wild dogs would consume various proteins, so it's also a good idea to rotate different proteins to give your pooch some variety! Get more info on proteins in our blog at healthydog.guru
Tips for Serving
- Always serve food at room temperature. Microwaving the food to warm it up can be effective, but only microwave for a few seconds, or else it will be too hot to eat! You can also heat up some water (a pyrex measuring cup in the microwave for a minute or two works well) and add it to the food. This will help keep your pup hydrated and warm up your munch at the same time!
- Feed twice a day. Feeding twice per day helps to give your dog added energy throughout the day and makes for a fun event two times a day! Plus splitting up meals can help to prevent bloat in larger dogs that require larger portions. Just take the total daily amount to feed your dog and split it up into equal portions. Meals should be served 8-12 hours apart.
- Add some yogurt! Yogurt is one of the only dairy products that is okay for dogs to eat and is actually very beneficial for the digestive system. It lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system and kills the bacteria that can cause ulcers and gastritis. Organic yogurt is recommended, and it must be unsweetened and plain. Add a small spoonful to each meal for optimum digestive health!
Tater's Veggie Blend™
If you're a wiz in the kitchen, you can make your own Tater's Veggie Blend™!
Use this Veggie Blend™ by adding it to the food you already feed as a nutrion-packed topper, or create a full homemade meal using our recipe, Monkey's Mouthwatering Munch™, to create a delicious homemade meal in minutes!
Please Note: This recipe doesn't include all of the added vitamins and minerals your dog needs, so make sure to supplement with a mineral mix or vitamin formulated for dogs. Purchase our Muffin's Mineral Mix™ in our online store.
If you are looking for something simpler, purchase our already made Tater's Veggie Balls™ that have all the below ingredients plus the added vitamins, minerals and oils your dog needs. Just add protein and stir, it's that simple!
Tater's Veggie Blend™
Yields Approximately 4 cups
- 2 cups Sweet Potatoes - cooked until soft
- 2 cups Carrots - cooked for 5 minutes
- 1.5 cups Zucchini - cooked for 3 minutes
- 1.5 cups Yellow Squash - cooked for 3 minutes
- 1/2 cup Celery - cooked for 3 minutes
- 1 cup Green Peas - frozen
- 1/2 cup Green Beans - frozen
- 4 cloves Garlic - peeled
- 2 tsp dry -or- 2 tablespoon fresh Rosemary
- 2 tsp dry -or- 2 tablespoon fresh Parsley
We recommend adding these to your Veggie Blend™, we use them in ours, but it's okay to leave them out if you're running low on time!
- 1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin
- 1/4 cup Blueberries
- 1/4 cup Cranberries
- 1/4 cup Papaya
- 1 small slice Ginger Root
Starting with the frozen vegetables and herbs first, place in a food processor or blender and puree. Add the remaining vegetables and puree until all chunks are gone and you have a smooth, even mixture.
Depending on the size of your blender, and the number of batches you make, you may need to work in batches and blend together in a large bowl. For bigger dogs or multiple dogs, we suggest doubling the recipe.
Place in an airtight container in refrigerator, use 1 cup of Veggie Blend™ in place of 1 Veggie Ball™.
NOTE: Keep your Veggie Blend™ in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use as needed.
Toto's Tasty Poochcakes™
Looking for that perfect dog-friendly cake recipe to celebrate your pooch's birthday? Well look no further! This packaged poochcake™ mix creates a wonderful muffin-like cake that dogs go crazy for. It's wheat-free and sure to be a hit at your next puppy party!
Make it even easier and buy Toto's Tasty Poochcakes™ already made at our bakery or online. Available in every size for the perfect party!
Toto's Tasty Poochcakes™
- 1 Package of Toto’s Tasty Poochcakes™ Mix
- 3 Eggs
- 3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Water
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare baking pan by lightly greasing. In a mixing bowl, blend together the package of mix, eggs, oil and water using an electric mixer or by hand using a whisk. Spoon batter into pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove cake from pan and let cool. Once the cake is at room temperature add icing, then serve and enjoy! (See chart below for cooking times.)
Refrigerate extra poochcakes in a sealed bag or container for up to two weeks, or freeze if storing for longer. When using frozen portions, thaw in refrigerator overnight before serving.
Toto's Tasty Icing™
- 1 Package of Toto’s Tasty Icing™ Mix
- 3 tablespoons Water
- 1 tablespoon All Natural Peanut Butter (optional)
In a bowl, mix together all ingredients until smooth. Add icing to cake once cooled.
Purchase any of our recipes ready made at our Deli and Bakery or Online!
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