Bailey Mae is well-loved and well-fed. The latter is due, in part, to this easy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe.
We hadn’t realized just how well-fed she was until one day she rolled over for someone to pet her belly and was coughing and carrying on.
She’d put on some weight, and since we want her to be around as long as possible, we started cutting back her food.
It’s frustrating trying to determine if the experts are for a grain-free diet or if it is not good for your dog’s food?
Perhaps your dog needs to be on a grain-free diet because of weight or food allergies, add more diced sweet potato, butternut squash, pumpkin to this recipe, and omit the rice.
There is a variable where even some experts state that kibble is dangerous.
Where were those experts when the kibble was first introduced?!
Then there is trying to keep up with the constant recalls.
I mean it’s crazy trying to figure out what is safe for our dogs to eat.
Ask your veterinarian before switching to light vegan dog treats.
Kibble wasn’t enough for her anymore.
She flashed her big brown eyes at us, making them dramatically sad for effect, in hopes she could have just a little table scrap.
This is when I started making Bailey Mae and Jeb Instant Pot Dog Food.
It’s really easy, it takes 30 minutes, and the dogs absolutely love it.
It may be the best dog food.
I love that I control what they are eating.
I can add more or add less of a particular ingredient as I choose.
I also think about how much I hate feeding my humans processed foods.
I KNOW that’s not good for them.
Did you know processed dog food is just like that?
Think about that.
We love our fur babies and yet for the sake of “cheaper” or lack of knowledge, we choose to feed them processed dog food.
Learn how to check your dog food.
We talked to Bailey’s veterinarian and were told dogs need lots of protein, but also fat, and fat-soluble vitamins as well as healthy carbohydrates (by the way, an all-raw diet lacks these carbs).
Keep in mind there are foods that you should not feed your dogs.
Bailey Mae and Jeb love it.
They *think* it’s human food..the same stuff we’re eating.
There is no reason why, with some added spices, it wouldn’t work like a human’s meal.
They will eat it cold, but well, we still spoil them and serve it to them heated up.
I just add a little hot water to the jar, put the lid back on, and give it a shake or two.
I want to be clear; we still feed our dogs kibble–just more of this instant pot homemade dog food and less of the kibble.
Then pour it on to their serving dish and watch them lick their chompers as I set it down for them to eat.
If this seems like too much work, you could purchase a similar vet formulated, healthy dog food called Pet Plate.
It’s healthy and free from all the bad parts.
Find out the Pet Plate cost to compare with this homemade recipe.
In three weeks, after switching her to this dog food made in the Instant Pot, Bailey Mae trimmed down so she can go on longer walks, roll over for belly-love, and she’s nowhere near the beggar she once was thanks to this dog food recipe!
Here’s my Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe, it’s not just for helping dogs lose weight, it’s a great option for everyday food.
Because our dog’s health should be as important as watching our credit score.
I put half of the mixture into a gallon-sized ziplock bags and store in the refrigerator.
The other half I place in half-pint jars and store in the refrigerator.
Jeb and Bailey Mae each eat one full jar each day, in addition to their kibble.
I give them half of the jar at lunch and half of the jar at dinner.
I recommend checking with your veterinarian as to how much your dog should be eating each meal.
Please remember that dogs need meat as a first ingredient.
Before you make vegan food for dogs, please discuss with a veterinarian to make sure your dog’s health is front and center and will not be put at risk.
In fact, whether you are switching brands or switching from commercial dog food to homemade dog food, your first priority should always be that your dog gets all their needed nutrients.
Please, first, consult with your vet before going entirely homemade.
This recipe is healthy, safe, and nutritious for dogs, but it is not intended as a complete diet for your dog.
This recipe is intended as a delicious, wholesome supplement to your dog’s regular diet, not a complete meal replacement.
Your dog will like this delicious treat; I sometimes add 1 cup blueberries for the antioxidants, vitamins, and extra boost of low-glycemic carbs to this homemade dog food recipe.
Dogs need fruits and vegetables, and some great fruits to try are
diced apple (but not the seeds)
fresh pineapple (with all spines and skin removed)
mango (without the pit)
watermelon (rind and seeds removed)
peaches (no pit)
You can also cut back on every day food waste by adding these:
Brussels sprout tops
diced cabbage cores
bruised or mushy fruit (check to be sure its dog-safe)
I keep these items in a gallon bag in my fridge until I am ready to make a batch of homemade dog food.
This recipe also adds coconut oil.
Coconut oil is one of those foods that are just as beneficial for dogs as it is for humans!
The saturated fat in coconut oil is awesome for your dog’s energy levels and the shine in their fur coats.
Add a spoonful of coconut oil for your fur baby to reap the rewards.
In older dogs, coconut oil helps keep their metabolism going strong.
And while this is Instant Pot Homemade Dog Food with Chicken, you can substitute the chicken for pork, beef, turkey, etc.
Lamb and rice dog food can help those dogs that have allergic reactions to other types of ingredients.
While I encourage you to experiment to give your dog a variety as you implement this Instant Pot Homemade Dog Food into their diets, please
Do NOT Add These Foods To Your Homemade Dog Food
anything with chocolate or cacao
onions or leeks
anything with xylitol
garlic (unless directed by your vet) and other allums
raw bread dough
NOTE: Xylitol is an all-natural alcohol sweetener that may be present in all-natural peanut butter.
ALWAYS read your ingredients and be familiar with them, especially if you plan to use in your dog’s recipes.
Xylitol can be deadly to your dog.
Never give any ingredient that contains Xylitol to your dog.
Just because it says “all-natural ” doesn’t mean it’s safe!
Be Gentle and Make the Switch
Your dog’s digestion system is sensitive, so you’ll want to switch to homemade food gradually.
Start by mixing one part homemade food with four parts of your pet’s current food.
Over the course of up to 2 weeks, gradually increase the amount of homemade food, while gradually decreasing the amount of commercial food.
Please consult your vet prior to making any homemade dog food.
Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
1 whole chicken
3 cups chicken broth (without onions as an ingredient) or Bone Broth
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups baby spinach
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 cups rice
Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe Directions:
Add everything to the Instant Pot
Press Manual for 30 minutes
Quick Release when it beeps
Remove chicken from bones and shred.
Store in airtight containers
I have made this so many times, and sometimes I have added leftover veggies.
It’s a great basic recipe to add to (just do your research and don’t include anything that is harmful to a dog).
- 1 whole chicken
- 3 cups chicken broth (no onions in ingredients)
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 cups rice
- 1 cup blueberries (optional)
- Add everything to the Instant Pot
- Press Manual for 30 minutes
- Quick Release when it beeps
- Remove chicken from bones and shred.
- Store in airtight containers
You can save time by using a rotisserie chicken already cooked. We also save our leftover meat throughout the week and use it in place of the whole chicken.
You can substitute pork or a combination of proteins (pork, beef, chicken, turkey, etc.)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 quarts Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 424mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g
Nutritional information may not be accurate