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Recipe: Home-Cooked Pet Meals: It’s Easy, Healthy, & Fun

Easy Recipes For Pets 3 min read
Recipe home cooked pet meals

A well-balanced diet is a key to keeping our pets healthy. A poor diet could result in a compromised immune system and many health complications for our beloved animals. So, what does a healthy, nutritious diet for a dog or cat look like?

With all the options out there from home-cooked to raw, dried, or canned food, it can get a little overwhelming. The truth is, there is no single way of feeding our pets. But, if pet parents need a guiding rule for their pet’s diet, it would be this:

Any pet diet should be a balance of lean proteins, fats, carbohydrates, organic vegetables, herbage, water, and a mix of natural minerals and vitamins.

At NHV, we love home-cooked pet meals made with healthy, organic ingredients.

At NHV, we love home-cooked pet meals made with healthy, organic ingredients. Carefully prepared, home-cooked meals that take into consideration the dietary needs of your pet’s age, breed, and health conditions, are free of the toxic ingredients (additives, colors, modified substances, preservatives) that are found in some commercial brands of pet food. These toxic ingredients can build up in the body and can cause kidney or liver issues down the road, or cause other health conditions like heart disease or skin problems. Feeding home-cooked is fun, easy, and a great way to show your pet just how much they mean to you.

Here’s a recipe that we love. It’s great for dogs and cats. This specific recipe is more of a “topper” – meaning we use it over their regular high-quality canned food to give them extra nutrients. In fact, we just made this yummy home-cooked meal for our new puppy Chaya and her cat brother and sister.

RECIPE: Chicken Liver and Blueberry Delight

Home cooked pet recipe

This home-cooked pet recipe lasts about 4 days for our puppy and 2 cats.


  • Celery (1/2 stalk)
  • Blueberries (1 cup)
  • Carrot (1)
  • Pear (1)
  • Apple (1)
  • Pealed acorn squash (1/2)
  • Beans (handful)
Liver food for dogs and cats

Chicken Liver (1.5 lb)

A little tip: Organ meat is a fantastic source of protein, iron, folic acid, and B vitamins for your pet. Whenever possible, use organ meat as your protein source.

Dog food recipes

Step 1: Roughly chop up all fruits and vegetables. (not blueberries)

Pet food homemade

Step 2: Add all chopped vegetables and fruit (not blueberries) into a blender and pulse until everything is finely chopped, but not mushy.

Home made pet food

Step 3: Put these finely chopped ingredients, blueberries, and the liver in a large pot with enough water to cover.

Home cooked pet food

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil (for fat). Cook on medium heat until water is reduced and the mixture is dry (should take about 45min).

NHV Daily Supplement Pack

Once cooked, let it cool, and then store this healthy mix in your fridge. Reuse whenever needed. When feeding adds NHV’s Daily Supplement Kit for pets. Adding these natural herbal remedies will help increase the amount of overall nutrition your pet receives. These herbal remedies help promote healthy skin and coat, help reduce inflammation, scavenge free radicals, help fill nutritional voids, and stimulate digestion.

Need a specialty recipe?

Is your cat or dog suffering from a condition like a kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, or cancer? Dr. Amanda Nascimento brings her expertise to help your pet with food to nourish and heal the body. You can get a customized veterinary nutrition plan – Personalized for your pet’s individual needs!

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine in 2010 and graduate studies in veterinary pathology (MVSc. 2012 and PhD 2016) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of São Paulo. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Dr. Nascimento will be hosting her own blog series and sharing her knowledge with our extended NHV family.

Published: March 31, 2017

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