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!
- Monkey's Mouthwatering Munch
- Tater's Veggie Blend
- Toto's Tasty Poochcakes
Although Tater's Veggie Blend™ allows you the freedom to create your own recipe, here's one below to try. Bon appétit!
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 overnight for easy mixing.
Store in refrigerator in sealed container for up to 3 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!
- 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. If you're feeding a puppy or a younger/more active dog, then it's important to have a high fat content. So look for ground meats that have a ratio of 85/15. If you're feeding a senior dog, or a dog who needs less fat in their diet look for a lower fat protein, such as 97/3. Different proteins can also heat or cool your dog. So 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!
- 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™!
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!
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 4.5 cups
- 1 cup Sweet Potatoes (cooked)
- 1 cup Carrots (cooked)
- 3/4 cup Zucchini
- 3/4 cup Yellow Squash
- 1/2 cup Celery
- 1/2 cup Green Peas (frozen)
- 1/4 cup Green Beans (frozen)
- 2 tblspn Canned Pumpkin (optional)
- 1 tblspn Blueberries (frozen) (optional)
- 1 tblspn Cranberries (frozen) (optional)
- 1 tblspn Papaya (optional)
- 6 cloves Garlic (peeled)
- 1 small slice Ginger Root (optional)
- 1 tsp dry/1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary
- 1 tsp dry/1 tablespoon fresh Parsley
Starting with the harder/frozen vegetables first, put all vegetables in food processor or blender and puree. Depending on the size of your blender you may need to work in batches and blend together in a large bowl. 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.
Looking for that perfect dog-friendly cake recipe to celebrate your pooch's birthday? Well look no further! This recipe 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!
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.