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Feed Wholesome Balanced Homemade Recipes

As a vet and a Mum and a dog lover, I just knew that I had to get it 100% right when I transitioned our little family dog (and myself!) onto a plant-based diet in 2019. Once I knew I had it 100% right for Ruff, only then could I share in the foods he loves with you.

And my goodness does he love his food! He races home after walks to hoover down either the homemade food or the complete biscuits, and he adores the homemade treats that we make that are extremely high nutrient. Ruff loving the food has been so important to us as a family, and it being balanced has been my most important factor as a vet.

But being a vet also means that I am very aware of getting it wrong and the last thing that I want is to cause not only my own dog any harm, but any of your dogs any harm. My passion is to ensure that when choosing to feed our dogs plant-based; we all get it 100% right!

 

Our Homemade Family Recipes

WE ARE HERE TO ENSURE THAT YOU GET IT 100% BALANCED FOR YOUR DOG

 

 
 

Our Umami Homemade Family Recipe

Our Umami family homemade recipe

This tasty recipe is easy to make and uses wholesome ingredients you have in your kitchen cupboards

Boil these ingredients together and then blend:
Quinoa – rinse well before cooking to remove bitterness
Frozen peas
Chopped cauliflower, carrots and kale (remove woody stems from kale)
Red lentils – soaked and rinsed 24 hours prior to cooking
Wholewheat pasta (can also choose normal pasta or rice pasta)

Nutrient rich topping made with –
Sunflower oil or rapeseed oil
Omega 3 Algae oil capsules
Desiccated coconut
Ground almonds
Chopped fresh basil and parsley and dried oregano
JUST BE KIND supplement
Mix in some oat milk to form a paste

 
 

Our Terrific Tofu & Turmeric Family Recipe

Terrific tofu and tumeric family homemade dog food recipe

Tofu has one of the highest amounts of protein to feed your dog – and this recipe is delicious!

Boil these ingredients together and then blend:
Tofu or tempeh can be used in this recipe
Quinoa – rinse well before cooking to remove bitterness
Lentils from a tin – rinsed and drained
Chopped cauliflower, green beans, carrots and courgette
Red kidney beans – drained and rinsed
Millet flakes
Oats

Nutrient rich topping made with –
Sunflower oil or rapeseed oil
Omega 3 Algae oil capsules
Desiccated coconut
Turmeric
JUST BE KIND supplement
Mix in some oat milk to form a paste

 
 

Our Feed the Rainbow Family Recipe

Our feed the rainbow family recipe
This recipe can be cooked in a pressure cooker or a pot on the stove. It is easy to make and colourful and your dog will love it.

Boil these ingredients together and then blend:
Red kidney beans and canellini beans from tin drained and rinsed
Brown rice
Red lentils and green lentils – soaked for 24 hrs
Chopped sweet potato, kale, cabbage & button mushrooms
Oats

Nutrient rich topping made with –
Sunflower oil or rapeseed oil
Omega 3 Algae oil capsules
Desiccated coconut
Pure peanut butter
Grated apple with skin
JUST BE KIND supplement
Mix in some oat milk to form a paste

Polenta combined with textured soya protein is a winning combination to provide all the essential amino acids – this is our most cost-effective recipe and ideal for larger dogs or fussy dogs as it is so tasty!

Ingredients:
Polenta
Textured soya protein
Spring greens, courgette, broccoli & carrots
Tomato paste

Nutrient rich topping made with –
Linseed (flaxseed) oil
Omega 3 Algae oil capsules
Ground almonds
Chopped fresh parsley and mint
JUST BE KIND supplement
Mix in some oat milk to form a paste

 
 

Our Supersprouts Family Recipe

supersprouts family recipe
Supersprouts is possibly one of our healthiest recipes as sprouted lentils and alfalfa result in a reduction in anti-nutrients (phytates) that are in legumes so everything about this recipe is healthy!

Ingredients:
Edamame beans or broad beans (frozen)
Sprouted alfalfa, chopped sweet potato and kale
Sprouted lentils and drained chickpeas from a tin
Quinoa – rinsed to remove bitterness

Nutrient rich topping made with –
Sesame oil
Omega 3 Algae oil capsules
Tahini paste
JUST BE KIND supplement
Mix in some oat milk to form a paste

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR HOMEMADE RECIPES
No questions are too basic or ‘silly’ as some owners have said. These are some questions asked by clients that will hopefully help you –
Why does everything get mashed or blended once it is cooked?

The secret to homecooking a plant-based diet, is to make sure that everything is well cooked and blended. Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than we do and they do not chew their food like we do – some owners describe their dogs as ‘hoovering’ their food! For this reason, by blending everything, it ensures that your dog can get the maximum nutrition from the food.

It is possible to bake most of our recipes which is better for fussier dogs as it gives them something to bite into and it makes the food tastier.

The Just be Kind supplement must not be added to the cooking or even the hot food as this destroys the valuable vitamins.

Always add the supplement at the end along with the oil and fresh herbs to make a ‘nutrient rich icing’ that you either mix into the cooled cooked food, or add it as a topping or as a filler if making ‘sandwiches’ with the baked food. We advise batch cooking to make it easy and practical for you to feed plant-based homemade long term.

WHY DOES EVERYTHING NEED TO BE WEIGHED WHEN HOMECOOKING?

It is so important when homecooking for your dog, to weigh all the ingredients (once we send you the tailormade quantities for your dog) and get the balance just right as every weight of dog has a different requirement. The reason for this is that a Chihuahua has a much greater surface area than a Great Dane for example, so this means a higher protein requirement (as a higher surface area means more protein-requiring fur).

Together with the a top vet nutritionist in Germany, we have done all the calculations for you. Just follow our family recipes and use the correct amount of supplement, and you will have certainty that you are feeding a 100% balanced plant-based and highly nutritious (and delicious!) home-cooked diet.

Can I mix the dry biscuits with the wet homemade food?

Absolutely and it will make the homemade food last longer. The quantities you are weighing will be the same, but if half the daily ration is made of dry biscuits mixed into the homemade food, it will last twice as long.

We do advise using the top recommended and balanced dry foods – TRY SAMPLES OF THE TOP FOODS

Are the vegetables' weight the weight of all the vegetables or individual kale, cauliflower and sweet potato?

Where the vegetables are grouped together in the measurements we send; the weight is for all the vegetables weighed together. Remove any woody stems of the kale so that more of the leafy foliage (full of nutrients) is used. Remove the skin of the sweet potato prior to cooking.

What is the best Algae oil capsule to use?

We advise using these Vegetology Algae oil capsules that complement our JUST BE KIND supplement perfectly! They are human grade and contain the highest and purest form of the essential Omega 3 EPA. As they are ‘human capsules’ (you can benefit from them too:), they do not carry the heftier price tag when marketed for our pets….and they are completely safe for our pets!

It seems like an awfully long time to boil everything for 40 minutes

We agree that for us to boil all our food together for so long does seem contra-indicated as all the important nutrients may be lost. It is very different in our dogs as they cannot fully absorb the nutrients unless everything is well cooked and carefully mashed or blended.

Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they instinctively gulp their food, so the digestive process only starts in the stomach and intestines. Their intestinal tract is shorter than ours so they need everything already broken down to be able to absorb all the amino acids and nutrients from the food (or you will spot whole seeds or peas coming out the other end!)

By adding in the oats, or millet, or polenta to the remaining nutrient rich broth; we ensure that no nutrient rich water gets thrown away – some dogs will even drink the broth quite happily without the addition of the oats. It is worth keeping some broth and freezing it for emergencies as this broth is ideal for any dogs suffering from a tummy bug or recovering from an anaesthetic. The vegetables used are soothing and cleansing to their digestive tract.

What are the best oils to use?

Sunflower oil (or rapeseed oil) has the highest amount of linoleic acid that is essential to our dogs so it is the oil of choice for your dog to obtain their vital Omega 6’s. Our recipes also use sesame oil and linseed (same as flaxseed oil) also for their high Omega 6 content, and dogs find sesame oil particularly palatable!

I have a number of dogs or different weights - how do I measure accurately?

We advise cooking in batches for dogs that are of similar weights  – cook for them together and if you have a number of small dogs, cook for them separately to the large dogs. We appreciate that it will not be 100% accurate, but makes it more manageable for you with a number of dogs.

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