Cheap Homemade Dogfood

March 10, 2010

Author Notes: If you actually looked at what goes into dry, bagged dog food, you would be ashamed to feed it to your little babies. I was on the hunt for a healthy dogfood that wouldn't break the bank and came up with a recipe that includes beets, spinach, carrots, chicken livers, rice, barley, garlic and sage. It's done wonders for the dogs and they can't keep from drooling every time we dish it out.cheapfoodhere

Makes: enough for 2 large dogs for 5 days


  • 3 cups Uncooked whole grain brown rice
  • 2 cups uncooked barley
  • 2 cups chopped raw carrots
  • 2 cups fresh chopped beet root
  • 1 cup fresh chopped beet tops
  • 1 cup fresh chopped spinach
  • 2 cups chicken livers
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dry sage
  • 12 cups water
In This Recipe


  1. Combine ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 45 min to 1 hour. Keep pot covered, stirring every 15 minutes.
  3. Add water as needed until the rice and barley are cooked.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Ronald September 17, 2017
Lorie L. August 20, 2016
You can't give your dog garlic!
Lizthechef March 10, 2010
We live in a home dominated by two cats - do you have a recipe for kitties? I believe they have higher protein requirements.
dymnyno March 10, 2010
My fur children , Floozie and Smuggler (Portuguese Water Dogs) would probably love this as long as the whole pot tasted like chicken livers??
aargersi March 10, 2010
I thought you were kidding at first - but this is a great idea! Miss Gingersnap (aka The GForce) loves her veggies - especially anything grilled (I think they tend to come out with essence of Mr L's steaks) and squash of any type (she and I had delicata last night) and also she's a nut for edamame, peas, fresh carrots (peeled and sliced please for Miss Thang) ... our fur kids need their veggies too!