The way we make dog servings is through a ratio. For this meal, we will have 75% regular meat (turkey, pork, etc.), and 5% ofall meats (organ meats). 15% of this meal will be fruits and vegetables, and the final 5% will be carbs. We also add ground up eggshells and some ground ginger to add extra nutrients, but are completley optional. If you are confused on how to create a ratio for your own dog, check out the ingredient list for a simple conversion.
-75% Pork and turkey (around 8 cups)
-5% Ofall meats - hearts and gizzards (around 1/2 cup)
-5% Lentils (around 1/2 cup)
-15% Fruits and Vegetables (around 2 cups total); We used a 1/2 cup of baby spinach, 1/2 cup of kale, 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree (NOT the same as the pumpkin pie filling), 1/3 cup of chopped carrots, and 1/3 cup of blueberries.
-(Optional) We also add in some parsley (a 1/2-1 cup), ground up eggshells (around 1 tsp per serving at the end), a 1/4 cup of coconut oil (for some healthy fat) and some ground ginger (around 1 tsp).
1. Put a pan on the stove with 3/4-1 cup of water, and add your ground pork and turkey (75% of your meat) to start cooking on medium-low heat.
2. In another smaller pot, you can start cooking your lentils (also medium-low heat).
3. While you are gently cooking your meat and lentils, you will need to cut up your ofall meats into edible chunks for your dog. Preferably smaller chunks so that they spread more evenly throughout the meal.
4. Then roughly chop up your spinach and kale.
5. If you have decided to use different fruit than those we have listed, you may want to chop up your fruit right here otherwise, chop up your carrots (your blueberries can go into the mixture as is).
6. Check on your meat to make sure that it is fully cooked, and if your lentils are done you can gently mix your lentils into your meat.
7. Add in your fruits and vegetables (spinach, kale, pumpkin, blueberries, and carrots).
8. Here you may choose to add in ground ginger, parsley, and coconut oil to mix into the meal.
9. Stir gently to make sure your ingredients are spread evenly.
10. Once it has cooled down, if you made a large amount of dog food you may want to separate the meals into single serving bags. Depending on how old your dog is, and how much they weigh, you will need to proportion the meals differently. (We will have a blogpost soon on how to calculate that). But generally you can separate the meals into half cup proportions, and feed them to your dog twice a day.
11. Use freezer safe bags so that you can keep the rest of the meals fresh, and take out of the freezer 24 hours prior to feeding time.
If you would like to see our YouTube video to help you visualize how to recreate this meal at home, check it out below!