Kathy’s Basic Dog Food


Makes 20 cups

My friend, Austin musician Kathy McCarty, gave me this blueprint recipe when I started cooking for my dogs, and since then I’ve tweaked it to my dog’s taste. Use the meat in any combination to make different flavors to keep your dog interested. This is an ideal “special occasion” meal, but if you’re planning to transition your dog to a 100-percent DIY diet, I recommend supplementing with vitamins and minerals.

Super easy

Kathy’s Basic Dog Food


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pounds uncooked brown rice
  • 1 pounds carrots
  • 4 pounds ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey, organs or a mix)
  • 1 pounds frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cups chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1/2 cups chopped fresh mint and/or rosemary (optional)

Kathy’s Basic Dog Food Directions

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a big pot.
  2. Add the rice, cook according to the package instructions and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, grind the carrots (or chop with a knife into carrot “pennies”).
  4. Heat a big frying pan or Dutch oven and add the ground meat. As it begins to cook, add the carrots and peas, stirring them into the meat. When the meat is browned and the vegetables soft, pour the mixture into the cooked rice.
  5. Add the chopped herbs and stir well. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator. (It freezes well, if needed.)
  6. Consult your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for your dog’s weight.
  7. Add optional toppings to each serving, if desired.
  8. Optional toppings: Coconut oil, ground chia seeds, or turmeric (1/8 t. for every 10 lb. of body weight, daily). Flax seed (½ t. daily)

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