Recipe By nursekja
Published Aug 9th
Prep 20m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 50m
Servings 10 cups Calories 290.6

My dog is getting older and his health has become more of a priority. I worry about how many nutrients kibble may lose through the cooking process. So, I developed this homemade dog food recipe to include all of the vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that my dog needs. It took me a bit of research to figure out what foods in what proportions to use. The protein ingredients include liver and poultry (dark meat poultry is best), sunflower oil for linoleic acid, and 10 other essential amino acids that dogs must get in their diet.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 pounds ground chicken
  • 6 ounces chicken livers, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seed oil
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2 Place carrots, apples, and water into a pot. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. 3 Crack eggs and whisk together in a bowl; place eggshells onto a baking sheet.
  4. 4 Bake eggshells in the preheated oven until dry, 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. 5 Remove eggshells from the oven and pulverize using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder.
  6. 6 Place ground chicken, chicken livers, eggs, ground eggshells, and sunflower oil into a large skillet. Heat over medium heat, mixing occasionally, until ground chicken is browned and crumbly and livers are no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. 7 Place spinach on top of meat mixture in the skillet and cover with a lid to steam until soft, about 5 minutes.
  8. 8 Mash softened carrots and apples using a potato masher and add to meat mixture; mix together.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 290.6
  • Carbohydrate 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol 242 mg
  • Fat 12 g
  • Fiber 1.6 g
  • Protein 37.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.7 g
  • Sodium 144 mg
  • Sugar 4.3 g

Chef's Notes

Use organic apples to avoid pesticides and be sure to remove all apple seeds. They are toxic to dogs; Store 3 days' worth in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Freeze extra in 3-day portions and defrost in the refrigerator on the first day of use. Heat each cup for 45 seconds in the microwave and let cool before serving.


  1. How much should I feed a 35 lb dog on this recipe? I'd really like to switch to this as I feel like it might help my dog and honestly it sounds like it might be money saving.
  2. Relatively easy and my pup loved it!
  3. Super easy. Made this for my 12year old greyhound/lab as he's growing older I felt I needed to give him a extra kick of nutrition. This recipe makes so much I would recommend this to anyone wanting to try to make thier own dog food.

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