I began to search the internet and YouTube for recipes to make my own dog food. I tweaked the recipe to fit my lifestyle and my dog's needs. So I'm sharing with you my own recipe.
Homemade Dog Food
1 large roaster crock pot
3 lbs ground meat, hamburger, turkey, chicken, or lamb (you decide or mix and match)
2 cups brown rice
8 oz green beans
8 oz carrots
8 oz peas
NO CORN OR WHITE RICE OR PASTAS WHITE POTATOES. DOGS CANNOT DIGEST THIS WELL
You can add in fresh vegetables instead of frozen. You can add apples to this also. Do not add any seasonings at all. They are not good for dogs and this is what you are trying to avoid.
Add about 2/3 water to crockpot.
Then add all other ingredients. Set on low and cook for about 5 -6 hours. Mash with potato masher from time to time. If it looks like it may burn, add more water.
After it is done, mash and stir well. Let cool completely. Divide into freezer bags. This will last about 4 days in the refrigerator thawed and in the freezer for 3 - 6 months. This batch will feed 2 30 lb dogs for about 5 - 7 days. Tailor the amount you feed your dog to his activity level. Here's a food chart to help calculate. http://www.natureslogic.com/dogs-feeding-chart/
I feed my 45 lb Border Collie about 2 1/2 cups a day. I feed my 25 lb mini Australian Shepherd about 1 1/2 cups a day. I feed my Chihuahua about 2/3 cup a day.
My dogs love this food and it has been working well for them. It costs me about $10 - $12 a week to feed them this--not really much more than commercial dog food. I hope this helps those of you who love your fur babies find an alternative, healthy way of feeding them. Happy feeding.