This Doggy Hamburger Helper natural dog food recipe is a well rounded meal that is vet approved for your dog. You will want to make this recipe work for you by making it larger or smaller depending on your dog’s needs and size. A larger dog will eat more than a smaller dog. Also, dogs that get more exercise than others will also need more.
If you are unsure as to what the serving size is for your pooch, ask your vet. They can tell you how much to give per meal. Remember to tell your vet whether you plan to serve with a commercial dry food or alone to get the proper portion size. You will need the following ingredients to make your Helper:
o 2 cups of ground beef
o 4 hard boiled eggs
o 1 cup cooked plain oatmeal
o 2 jars of baby food carrots
o 2 jars of baby food green beans or peas
o ¼ cup of cottage cheese
There are 2 ways to prepare this dish, cooked or raw. If you are going to cook your dog food you will first want to begin making your Doggy Hamburger Helper by frying the meat in a frying pan in a Tbsp of canola oil. This will give him the amount of good fat that he is required to have in his diet each day. Cook the oatmeal as directed on the package. Chop up the boiled eggs and add to a large mixing bowl.
Pour in the jars of baby food, add cooked ground beef and oatmeal, cottage cheese, and mix together well. You can substitute the oatmeal for a pasta type of your choice. Cool and serve at room temperature. When choosing to serve your Doggy Hamburger Helper raw, you will simply not cook the meat. Everything else will be prepared the same way.
Storing the Doggy Hamburger Helper is very simple. If you have prepared a week’s worth of food you will have to freeze a few portions as well as refrigerate. You can only store your doggy helper in the fridge for up to three days safely. After that, just like your own food, it must be discarded. The rest can be easily in the freezer. Add the proper serving of meal to a freezer baggie or container and seal.
If using baggies you can flatten to save room. Each day take out one baggie or container and thaw in the refrigerator. If you feed your dog early in the day, you may want to take the meal out the day before or at least the evening before. Do not thaw on the counter, as you risk introducing bacteria to your dog’s food. This is especially true if you are feeding the raw version of this meal. Once the helper has thawed, you can allow it to stand at room temperature or microwave till warm before serving. Either way your dog will be very happy to have this nutritious meal.