Diva Tasting: Homemade Dog Food

Something for the Fur Babies….

Homemade Dog Food


2 chicken leg quarters

1 cup brown rice

1 pound ground beef

⅔ cup rolled oats

1 (10 ounce) package chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

2 cups frozen chopped peas, thawed

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans – rinsed, drained and mashed

2 carrots, shredded

1 cup cottage cheese

½ cup olive oil


Place the chicken leg quarters in a large pot, and fill with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 40 minutes. Remove the legs and allow to cool. Strain and return the cooking liquid to the pot. Once the legs have cooled. Remove and discard the skin and bones; chop the meat, and set aside. Stir the brown rice into the reserved chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid, and add the rice to the bowl with the chicken. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly and no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Pour off any excess grease, and place the beef into the bowl. Stir in the oats, spinach, peas, kidney beans, carrots, cottage cheese, and olive oil. Store the dog food in resealable containers in the freezer. Thaw the daily portions overnight in the refrigerator.


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