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    Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

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    A picture of some home cooked food I couldn't help but to have some bites of myself!

    I have been cooking now for my bullies for geez.... probably close to 2 years.

    I pretty much use the same "base" and switch it up. I also give a NuVet on days I home cook as well.

    Ground Chuck Hamburger, boiled. Drain fat/grease and add 2 cups water or broth. I will also add chicken, fish, or whatever else I may need to get eaten but usually it's just hamburger.

    10% potatoes, rice, pasta, cous-cous, ect. (starch)

    2 16 ounce cans of lentils (not drained) or 1 cup dried lentils, soaked and cooked. I use mostly red kidney beans but will use just about any type and mix all the dry beans up for variety including chick peas and garbonzo beans, butter beans, black beans, pinto beans, ect.

    10-15% veggies I usually use a Normandy style fresh frozen mix from costco, but they also have a stir fry, and also whatever I may need to use up in my crisper I will chop up as well. No onions, don't forget!


    First I will cook the beans if they are dry beans, if not I cook and drain the hamburger, then add the starch and beans, then toss the frozen veggies on top. I will let it cook for an extra 45 mins or so until the starch is cooked.

    I like to chop up the veggies into smaller pieces. I do not like to over cook the veggies or they will lose their nutritional value. So steaming them on top works well.

    Each time I want to feed them I will put a large amount in a bowl and reheat it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Less depending on how much but I am talking about 5 cups of food.
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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    I'll have to try this for Cortana. Thank you for sharing!

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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Thanks for sharing Lisa! My 15-yr old wants to sample mine too!!!

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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Looks good enough to eat!!!

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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    I made a big batch today for our dogs. I bought some beef short ribs that had been marked down at Kroger. I cut the meat off and gave everyone a bone. Of course, the Corgi and the Cairn made theirs last and chewed on the for a while. I was still cutting meat off of the second pack, looked down and Gidget's was G.O.N.E.

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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Hmmmm interesting!


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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Quote Originally Posted by bullmama View Post
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    A picture of some home cooked food I couldn't help but to have some bites of myself!

    I have been cooking now for my bullies for geez.... probably close to 2 years.

    I pretty much use the same "base" and switch it up. I also give a NuVet on days I home cook as well.

    Ground Chuck Hamburger, boiled. Drain fat/grease and add 2 cups water or broth. I will also add chicken, fish, or whatever else I may need to get eaten but usually it's just hamburger.

    10% potatoes, rice, pasta, cous-cous, ect. (starch)

    2 16 ounce cans of lentils (not drained) or 1 cup dried lentils, soaked and cooked. I use mostly red kidney beans but will use just about any type and mix all the dry beans up for variety including chick peas and garbonzo beans, butter beans, black beans, pinto beans, ect.

    10-15% veggies I usually use a Normandy style fresh frozen mix from costco, but they also have a stir fry, and also whatever I may need to use up in my crisper I will chop up as well. No onions, don't forget!


    First I will cook the beans if they are dry beans, if not I cook and drain the hamburger, then add the starch and beans, then toss the frozen veggies on top. I will let it cook for an extra 45 mins or so until the starch is cooked.

    I like to chop up the veggies into smaller pieces. I do not like to over cook the veggies or they will lose their nutritional value. So steaming them on top works well.

    Each time I want to feed them I will put a large amount in a bowl and reheat it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Less depending on how much but I am talking about 5 cups of food.
    can you add this to there dry food diet as well?

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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Yes, a lot of the time they get half home cooked and half kibble, or as like a canned food topper too.


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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Cool! I'll have to try that

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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Quote Originally Posted by bullmama View Post
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    A picture of some home cooked food I couldn't help but to have some bites of myself!

    I have been cooking now for my bullies for geez.... probably close to 2 years.

    I pretty much use the same "base" and switch it up. I also give a NuVet on days I home cook as well.

    Ground Chuck Hamburger, boiled. Drain fat/grease and add 2 cups water or broth. I will also add chicken, fish, or whatever else I may need to get eaten but usually it's just hamburger.

    10% potatoes, rice, pasta, cous-cous, ect. (starch)

    2 16 ounce cans of lentils (not drained) or 1 cup dried lentils, soaked and cooked. I use mostly red kidney beans but will use just about any type and mix all the dry beans up for variety including chick peas and garbonzo beans, butter beans, black beans, pinto beans, ect.

    10-15% veggies I usually use a Normandy style fresh frozen mix from costco, but they also have a stir fry, and also whatever I may need to use up in my crisper I will chop up as well. No onions, don't forget!


    First I will cook the beans if they are dry beans, if not I cook and drain the hamburger, then add the starch and beans, then toss the frozen veggies on top. I will let it cook for an extra 45 mins or so until the starch is cooked.

    I like to chop up the veggies into smaller pieces. I do not like to over cook the veggies or they will lose their nutritional value. So steaming them on top works well.

    Each time I want to feed them I will put a large amount in a bowl and reheat it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Less depending on how much but I am talking about 5 cups of food.
    Do you have the exact recipe? How much do you think this costs per week? Trying to compare the cost with Stella and Chewys raw patties. Which would run around $30 for a 6 day supply. Thanks.

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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Quote Originally Posted by Maddie View Post
    Do you have the exact recipe? How much do you think this costs per week? Trying to compare the cost with Stella and Chewys raw patties. Which would run around $30 for a 6 day supply. Thanks.
    I start with a 5lb chub of ground beef, but this makes a lot- you can freeze portions though. The ground beef is about $12- bag of dried beans $1, bag of fresh frozen veggies or whatever you have in the crisper- a few bucks... Rice or pasta, or even a couple of eggs.... Couple of potatoes or yams.... Less than $1

    Just make sure you are giving a supplement along with it if you do decide to home cook since there is no way to know for sure if nutritional values are being met completely. That's one of the reasons I got to really using nuvet was when I started home cooking. The supplement is 50 cents a day but worth it even if you are feeding kibble.


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    Re: Home Cooked Diet Base Recipe

    Quote Originally Posted by bullmama View Post
    I start with a 5lb chub of ground beef, but this makes a lot- you can freeze portions though. The ground beef is about $12- bag of dried beans $1, bag of fresh frozen veggies or whatever you have in the crisper- a few bucks... Rice or pasta, or even a couple of eggs.... Couple of potatoes or yams.... Less than $1

    Just make sure you are giving a supplement along with it if you do decide to home cook since there is no way to know for sure if nutritional values are being met completely. That's one of the reasons I got to really using nuvet was when I started home cooking. The supplement is 50 cents a day but worth it even if you are feeding kibble.


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    Your recipe is making me hungry. LOL... How many days does this last you?

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