Yes… You read that title right. I am suggesting you and your furry friend share meals! I value my dogs’ health as much as my own, but as a student, I don’t always have the budget to buy fancy food for them and me. Recently, I started making my own vegan dog food using fresh organic ingredients and it turns out that it tastes pretty darn good! Now, I do use supplements and other ingredients for the dogs’ meals that I don’t add to my own, but the base of their meals works for both them and me.
It may sound weird to share food with your dogs, but the ingredients are inexpensive, healthy, and just plain delicious… This is true budget food!
- 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes, cubed
- 1 Head of Kale, chopped
- 1/2 Cup Spaghetti Squash, cubed (optional)
- 1 Cup Quinoa
- 2 Cups Beans or Lentils (I use a 50/50 mixture of mung beans and kidney beans)
- I start by steaming the sweet potato and squash. Once tender, I add the kale and steam for another minute then remove the pot from the heat. The mixture of veg can be left as is or can be pureed. I puree as my dogs are small and senior.
- Cook the quinoa as instructed on the package, usually in a 1:2 ratio of grain to water in a covered pot on low heat for 30 minutes.
- Dried legumes are usually cheaper than their canned alternatives and contain less sodium. To cook the beans or lentils, use a 1:2 ratio of dry legumes to water. Bring to a bowl then cover the pot and let simmer on low for 45 minutes or until soft. Note: It is important that legumes are well cooked for the dogs.
- The ingredients can be mixed together or stored in separate air-tight glass containers. I prefer to store them separately as it is easier for me to reheat my portions of food while leaving it cold for the dogs.
Average Serving Size: 1 tbsp per 5 lb.
- Nutritional Supplement (like VegeDog)
- Nut Butter
- Omega 3,6,9 + DHA oil
- Nutritional Yeast
- Ground Flax
- Non-Dairy Yoghurt (free of xylitol and unsweetened)
- Frozen Veg
I usually add 2-3 toppers per meal with 2 meals per day. These toppings are essential to adding healthy nutrients to their meal like probiotics, healthy fats, anti-oxidants, B12, and more.