Vegetarian Dog Food Recipe #2

Naked Burrito

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Put a vegetarian burrito in your dog, not a vegetarian dog in a burrito

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice (many dogs much prefer this to white rice)
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup kidney beans
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup sweetcorn

Method

  1. Boil rice with a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan for 30 minutes
  2. Meanwhile mix the beans, kale and sweetcorn in a bowl
  3. Let the rice cool and serve together
  4. (for a full burrito, serve on a bed of oatmeal mixed with water)

More vegetarian dog food recipes to come, as well as a series on vegan dog treats!

Easy Vegan Dog Treat #1

Peanut Butter Banana Extravaganza

Vegan treats for dogs that your pup will actually enjoy…

Ingredients

1 ripe banana (mashed!)
1/2 cup peanut butter (no added sugar)
3/4 cup wheat germ (flax seed or wholewheat flower also OK!)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C fan (200C non-fan)
  • Combine the three ingredients into a dough (add water if consistency is too thick)
  • Roll out dough and use a cookie cutter to shape
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until crisp

Doggie Cookie Cutters

Try these for cutting your biscuit treats!

And there you have it – the first vegan dog treat in your repertoire.

Doggie Birthday Cake!

Vegan Doggie Birthday Cake Recipe

I lived in Japan for 5 years until February 2018, and the doggie birthday cake boom was fully in swing. There were recipes on all of the normal Japanese recipe websites, and even pop up cafes where your dog would sit with you and be served a proper meal, fit for human consumption, but tweaked for the puppy’s pleasure.

That might be a bit too far… but I did take a shot at making my very own vegan doggie birthday cake, using a Japanese recipe.

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Ingredients

2 medium sized sweet potatoes
2-3 slices of carrot
1/2 an apple
1 broccoli stem

Method

  1. Peel the sweet potatoes, and slice them
  2. Blast the sweet potato, broccoli stem, and carrot slices in the microwave at 800W for 5 minutes in a microwaveable bowl to soften
  3. Meanwhile, thinly slice 1/4 of an apple (see pic below) until you have a collection of wafer thin translucent slices. Microwave for 1 minute
  4. Carve a few bite-size semicircles out of the remaining 1/4 of the apple
  5. With the slices of  apple, roll up a few layers to make a number of rose-shapes (see pic below). Lay on side and cut a bit off the narrow end to allow the rose to stand.
  6. Take the soft sweet potato slices, and push through a strainer (or a sieve) until a smooth paste has been created. Using a cake frame, create a circular potato cake
  7. Cut the carrot slices into heart shapes, and slice the broccoli stem into leaf shapes
  8. Places onto the sweet potato cake, and place the apple roses on the broccoli stems to represent a rose and its leaves

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VOILA! Bon appetit!

And there you have it, your very own vegan dog birthday cake

Vegetarian Dog Food Recipe #1

Colours of Ireland

Ireland Flag
Green (peas), White (quinoa) and Orange (sweet potato)

First up in my little book of recipes, is one of the staple dishes of my vegetarian dog food diet, based on three core ingredients – peas, quinoa, and sweet potato.

Simple, easy.

And for desert, chopped banana (but that doesn’t really match with the Irish theme…)

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1 large sweet potato
1 cup frozen garden peas

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and cut sweet potato into chunks
  2. Place potato on baking tray and leave of middle shelf for 30-45 minutes
  3. Add water to pan and bring to boil
  4. Add quinoa to pan and simmer on low heat until water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy
  5. Microwave peas in bowl of shallow boiling water for 2 minutes of 800W, or alternatively, boil for 2 minutes in medium sized sauceplan
  6. Mix quinoa, peas and quinoa, and serve to your pup
  7. (chop ripe banana and serve for dessert!)

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More vegetarian dog food recipes to come, as well as a series on vegan dog treats!

The 4 Ds of Dog Food

What Is In Commercial Dog Food?

‘Dead, Dying, Diseased, and Disabled’ Meat Present in Pet Food

My decision to go down a vegetarian dog food option come from many influences and opinions, but reading, listening, and watching about what goes into commercial dog food in particular had a high shock impact on me.

Dead, Dying, Diseased, and Disabled meat is commonplace in pet food for dogs. I won’t post the graphic video here, but having ‘Made in US’ or other seals of quality won’t necessarily help matters, as a California-based dog food rendering plant was found to be using meat from animals put down in veterinary surgeries in undercover video that can be found on YouTube.

That’s cannibalism.

This is why I’m passionately for knowing what goes into my pets’ food, and I use a mix of the below prepared and unprepared vegetarian dog food options,

V-dog Dog Food Traditional Flakes 15 Kgvegetarian dog food

Sources:

https://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/companion-animals-factsheets/meatless-meals-dogs-cats/

https://v-dog.com/blogs/v-dog-blog/5-dirty-secrets-of-the-pet-food-industry

The 25 Year Old Vegan Dog (That’s 175 Dog Years!)

DID YOU KNOW? One of the Oldest Dogs To Have Lived Was Raised on a Vegan Dog Food Diet!

Vegan Dog Diet Has Health Benefits and Saves Earth’s Resources

If you are vegetarian, if you are vegan, your dog can be a vegetarian dog or a vegan dog too. Meat protein starts with the consumption amino acids in plant-based food products, so skip out the middle man!

“…if you eat the right things and keep on exercising you can extend your life” Anne Heritage, owner of Bramble the Dog

As I mentioned in my ‘can a dog be vegetarian?’ blog, I spoke about how a vegetarian dog food diet can actually be healthier than dog food based on meat.

Bramble, one of the oldest dog to ever have lived, was brought up on a vegan diet, consisting of mainly red split lentils, rice, and textured vegetable protein, as revealed in an interview with V-Dog.

The owner of this incredible pup, Anne Heritage, has successfully raised a number of dogs to a ripe old age of around 20 on a vegan diet.

What came as a shock to me however, was that it was not health reasons that initially inspired Anne to her decision to raise vegan dogs.

Anne credits books such as Diet For a Small Planet with influencing her decision to not only go vegan, but be convinced in a vegan doggy food diet too.

“Plain and simple, our desire to feed ourselves and our dogs flesh foods is destroying the planet. It’s really become catastrophic and we need change. A plant-based diet for dogs saves a ton of valuable resources like water and land as compared to a meat-based diet.”

Anne’s incredible journey with her Vegan Dogs can be read HERE

Here ‘s my argument when it comes to a vegetarian dog diet based on the environment… The ecological footprint of bringing up a dog on meat is the same as a 4×4 car!
That’s a gas guzzling Range Rover Sport in your doggie dish. This is usually such a misunderstood part of feeding your dog, as most of the argument fall under the ‘do dogs need meat?’ and ‘can a dog be vegetarian?’ health-based questions I always hear.

Studies show that to produce 1 kilogram of beef, 160 times more land is required, and more than 10 times more water is required than for 1 kilogram of potatoes, grain or similar food staple.

You do the maths…

THE THREE MAIN INGREDIENTS OF BRAMBLE’S VEGAN DOG DIET

RESOURCES:
https://v-dog.com/blogs/v-dog-blog/bramble-the-collies-secrets-to-living-to-age-25
https://www.care2.com/greenliving/vegetarian-dog-lives-to-189-years.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/dogs-eco-footprint-a-hummer-study-says/

Vegetarian Dog Food eBook Reviews

Books on Vegetarian Dog Food

I have spent the last 6 months rather obsessed with how to feed my Malinois on a vegetarian diet (both vegetarian dog food and the ethics of vegetarianism in dogs) and have read a lot around the subject.

I work in sales and my company has a lot of incentives with the carrot being £50 Amazon gift vouchers. I’ve therefore done my fair bit of research and will post the buying links for each book and give my honest opinion.

Simple Little Vegan Dog Book

I wasn’t sure whether to get this one as the customer avg review was around 3.5, but then I realised that some of the comments were from the ‘dogs are meat eaters‘ gang who also think that the world is still flat.

Overall, I really liked this book. There are plenty of illustrations, and I would recommend this book to those who aren’t expert cooks, as some of the detail is quite simple. You might also need to refer to Google to check the British equivalent of some of the Americanised terms here, but the results of the food were fantastic. I buy 100% pure peanut butter from myprotein.com and the peanut butter treats came out amazingly – I think my Malinois is an addict…

VEGGIE PUP RATING: ★★★★☆

PRICE: £6.89 at time of purchase

BUY HERE

Plant Based Recipes for Dogs

In my opinion, the best book out there, and the book that utterly convinced me that dogs should go veggie or vegan (or rather, we make that decision for them). Not only was the book itself just so eye-opening and educational, but the stories of the successes owners have had through switching to a plant-based diet is tear-jerkingly touching…see some of the review below and I’ll let them make your decision on whether to buy this book.

VEGGIE PUP RATING: ★★★★★ (Can I give this one 6 stars?)

PRICE: £9.99 softback (cheaper as an eBook)

BUY HERE

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Vegan Dog Food: The Ultimate Guide To Your Dogs Health

I admit, I got this because it is cheap…

It’s not a bad eBook, but come on, EGG IS NOT VEGAN! *Sound of Palm on Forehead and a Rustle as I Shake My Head*

I’ll stop being mean now. I do like the message, it’s very passionate about the fact that a dog can live a life of content, and sometimes better, on a meat-free, vegan dog food diet.

VEGGIE PUP RATING: ★★☆☆☆

PRICE: £1.99 or FREE with Kindle Unlimited (which my Mother has, hee hee)

BUY HERE (unless its free of course)

So to conclude girls and boys, there’s definitely some excellent materials out there on vegetarian dog food, vegan dog food, and overall healthy dog diet. If you buy one book today, buy Plant Based Recipes for Dogs