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Martha's Dog Food

Martha fixes this yummy dog food mix every morning for her dogs.

  • Servings: 1
Martha's Dog Food

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April Spring 2008

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked ground beef
  • 1/4 cup dry dog food
  • 3 tablespoons cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons boiled sliced carrots

Directions

  1. Form ground beef into 3 or 4 small meatballs. Add to a medium bowl along with dry dog food, cottage cheese, and carrots; mix until combined. Serve to your dog immediately.

Reviews (40)

  • jacksonn 23 Apr, 2013

    Thanks for lovely share Martha.People don't know how important healthy food are. I have 12 years old Golden Terrier and I always prepare him homemade food. Do you know dogs can live 27 years! Please don't give them commercial food. There are lots of healthy homemade food recipes here, you can prepare them easily. please give them healthy food.

  • DawnLyne 12 Apr, 2013

    Martha, thanks for doing your homework when making dog foods! So many don't realize garlic, onion, excess salt & sugar are NOT ok for dogs to have on their diet! I LOVE your treat and daily food recipes for dogs! Especially the use of a variety of flours!

  • AngelHappyYuki 5 Mar, 2013

    Raw beef is fine because it's radiated to kill any harmful pathogens. Raw chicken can be a problem b/c it's not radiated to kill off bacteria. The reason beef is radiated is b/c humans like to eat med/ rare beef, therefore the gov't req. beef to be radiated for our safety. However, no one eats chicken rare etc, therefore it is not necessary to radiate chicken. Fully cooked chicken will kill off the disease causing microbes. (Micro-bio Class is fun!)

  • thisgirlluvs2cook 4 Nov, 2012

    You shouldn't feed your dog raw hamburger. And mixing it with dry dog food sort of defeats the point of making your own food, especially for healthy reasons

  • clmason64 22 Jul, 2012

    Just learned I've been feeding my girl too much processed dog food. Learned that raw is the way to go.
    Through my surfing, I stumbled upon this recipe.
    Sophie loved it!!! Thx Martha!!!!

  • CanineCountry 8 Aug, 2011

    This sounds great however my research points to dogs having a variety of meat each week such as poultry, red meat, lamb.After much searching a raw pet food supplier asked me to try their food. The easiest are their "mixes" of ground meat, organ, bone and varieties of vegetables. Dogs are not true Carnivores but Omnivores who like their veggies and fruit. My last dogs were 15 and never had their teeth cleaned thanks to the ground bone and raw bones they received. Look at Oma's Pride. Very good!

  • speedemn 31 Jan, 2009

    I have read from a few sources that you should NOT mix raw meat with dry dog food since those ingredients break down differently in the stomach. It is best to feed one or the other at a single time.

  • lyniferinsydney 6 Jun, 2008

    I make food for my dog and she loves it. I buy a pack of fresh pet meat from a local butcher (all the scraps minced) to this I add, spinach and any leafy greens, peas, carrots, garlic, a little olive oil and fresh grated carrots and then a tub of cottage cheese. I bag it in small sandwich bags and freeze, defrosting in the microwave when required!

  • ccbolton 9 May, 2008

    I do know of a food that has no corn, wheat or by-products that wasn't mentioned. don't know if it's ok to do this or not but if you want to check it out go to healthypetstuff.net it would be a good food to start a partially raw diet with. Take the ingredient list to your vet. It was developed by a vet.

  • P6950 28 Apr, 2008

    I have had 5 Saint Bernards in 20 years. All lived long lives. I feed my Saint human food only, protein, Vegetables, and a touch of carbohydrates.No problem for her finishing her food. This AM 2 chicken breasts, spinich and bacon

  • poohbear1125 26 Apr, 2008

    since i saw the show of martha feeding her bulldogs that mixes diet, i have started doing the same thing. i have always known certain steamed veggies are grate for your dog .i have 3 female BOSTON TERRIERS and they LOVE it. i give it to them 3 times a week. thanks martha.

  • Noe2rs65 26 Apr, 2008

    I have fed my dogs raw food for more than 20 years and because of that fact I have dogs who live twice as long as the breed life expectancy. My dogs do not suffer from allergies and other common conditions which are caused by feeding dogs inappropriate foods. Dogs should not be fed grains or grain based foods.

    Marthan n n n n n s diet could be a good diet by using ground whole chicken and a variety of ground raw veggies. Use what you have in your garden Martha!

    Carri from Illinois

  • Noe2rs65 26 Apr, 2008

    While it is true that the above diet is not an ideal diet, it is not because of the use of raw meat.

    People sometimes perceive raw-feeding to be a "trendy" fad, when in fact factory-made, cooked dog food is what's relatively new. How did your grandparents or great-grandparents feed their dogs?

    Australian vet Dr. Ian Billinghurst has often described how he watched cancer and heart, liver and kidney disease begin a steady, frightening rise in Australia's dog population after processed dog food was intro

  • zocola 26 Apr, 2008

    Several dogs in our area have become ill because their owners are feeding them these homemade diets. Make sure that the diet you feed them has all the nutrients that a dog needs or give them a supplement. My dogs started having kidney problems because of the high protein. Go figure.

  • sauvie3 25 Apr, 2008

    Treat Recipe: 1 lb. chicken liver, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1 cup whole wheat flour, one handful of spinach, 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin, several cloves garlic, 1 or 2 eggs with shellls, 1 banana.. Blend all and pour over a sheet of alum foil on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cut in small cubes to use in training. Consistency is good for training treats. Adjust ingredients according to what you have on hand. Use egg shells only if your blender can pulverize them. Note: I know, I know ... corn meal

  • cleongatl 25 Apr, 2008

    Fo those wary of serving your pet raw meat, another option may be to sear the meat quickly on high enough heat to kill surface bacteria and then chop it up. (The more surface area, the more chance of contamination; hence ground beef has lots of surface area that has been exposed to potentialy contaminated surfaces)

  • cleongatl 25 Apr, 2008

    Oprah had her vet on her show once and if I remember correctly, he suggested raw meat as a first choice, cooked meat second, high quality canned meat third, and mix with dry fourth. Obviously, one needs to be careful and buy high quality ingredients. Given the spate of meat recalls recently, esp. raw ground beef, I would buy it whole and grind it myself if at all possible.

  • ltownsend 25 Apr, 2008

    My dogs have been on a raw diet for 4 years and are extremely healthy because they don't have any carbs - dogs were not intended for filler. The only dry kibble I would feed them is dehydrated dry food. Dogs have a short digestive track that can handle raw food - remember, they're not human!!

  • Gr8pl8ts 25 Apr, 2008

    I would NEVER give my dog uncooked meat!!!

  • loreneg 24 Apr, 2008

    i have been feeding my 3 JRT"s a raw diet their whole life and they are thriving.
    My question is I was always told NOT to mix raw with kibbble?? It is harder for them to digest... Anyone comments on this I appreciate

  • jhw516 23 Apr, 2008

    Glendam, not all commercial kibbles are as you describe. Dr. Goldstein always advises looking for a super premium kibble with meat as the first ingredient, no corn or other fillers. Raw is not for everyone. Homecooked is another option. Nature's Variety, Evangers, and Canidae are just a few of the best kibbles. Read the Whole Dog Journal's list of preferred dry foods.

  • jhw516 23 Apr, 2008

    Leeks, you can refrigerate the leftovers for a day. Or reduce the recipe!

  • jhw516 23 Apr, 2008

    sferrell, what's your point??!!

  • jhw516 23 Apr, 2008

    A lot of the comments here are rather primitive. If your vet is against raw feeding, period, look for a new one. Raw diets aren't appropriate for all dogs, so if your vet has a reason why such a diet wouldn't work for your dog, listen. But don't give in to the myths that raw diets cause worms, etc. Do your homework. And buy high quality meat and bones.

  • sferrell 22 Apr, 2008

    Dogs are scavengers, they can survive on garbage

  • Leeks 22 Apr, 2008

    Fresh vege, cottage cheese, ground beef all all great for a dog. However, I find the recipe to be considerable in volume and weight for just one small dog. Please explain, maybe I just don't understand.

  • Leeks 22 Apr, 2008

    I agree with the ingredients in the recipe for the dog, however, I find the volume and food weight tooo much for one small dog. Can someone explain.

  • aunttamroo 21 Apr, 2008

    I talked to my veterinarian about feeding raw meat and he advised against it because it can cause liver and kidney damage.

  • glendam 21 Apr, 2008

    I believe that you shouldn't feed your pet what you woulndn't feed yourself.
    Knowing what is in the foods we eat is important, just as important as knowing what is in your pets food. For those who feed their pets processed kibble, read the ingredients, many have things in them that you've probably never heard of. They are fillers, not very good for your pet.
    Knowing a little more and having control of what your pet is eating may have your pet living a longer healthier life.

  • glendam 21 Apr, 2008

    I believe that you shouldn't feed your pet what you woulndn't feed yourself.
    Knowing what is in the foods we eat is important, just as important as knowing what is in your pets food. For those who feed their pets processed kibble, read the ingredients, many have things in them that you've probably never heard of. They are fillers, not very good for your pet.
    Knowing a little more and having control of what your pet is eating may have your pet living a longer healthier life.

  • glendam 21 Apr, 2008

    I believe that you shouldn't feed your pet what you woulndn't feed yourself.
    Knowing what is in the foods we eat is important, just as important as knowing what is in your pets food. For those who feed their pets processed kibble, read the ingredients, many have things in them that you've probably never heard of. They are fillers, not very good for your pet.
    Knowing a little more and having control of what your pet is eating may have your pet living a longer healthier life.

  • sferrell 21 Apr, 2008

    Dogs are scavengers, they can "survive" on garbage

  • sferrell 21 Apr, 2008

    Dogs are scavengers. They can "survive" on garbage and roadkill- but they won't thrive. I'd rather spend my time

  • sferrell 21 Apr, 2008

    Dogs are scavengers. They can "survive" on garbage and roadkill- but they won't thrive. I'd rather spend my time

  • WendyBay 21 Apr, 2008

    I appreciate your improving your dog's meal. It will always be better but when people are on limited time or income it is important to stress there are good/excellent commercial blends. Dogs will survive if the micronutrients are balanced.

  • DeeLynnJ 21 Apr, 2008

    I agree with feeding raw meat to dogs, but how often do you worm your dogs to make sure the advantages of raw meat don't cause negative results.

  • sferrell 21 Apr, 2008

    This would be a good diet for transitioning a dog to a raw food diet. Processed food is as unhealthy for your pet as it is for you (if not more so) because of the poor quality of ingredients used and the lack of enzymes that are necessary for the body to assimilate the nutrients from the food consumed. Lastly, DRY pet food forces your pet to consume much more water than is natural or normal in an attempt to digest it's food. Pets that eat raw don't ever die from bloat!

  • tricialee5 20 Apr, 2008

    Checking with your pet's vet before changing their diet is always a good idea. Martha's recipe suggestion looks like just that: a recipe suggestion. Do you have a healthy recipe for dog treats? And cat treats?

  • Minneygirl 19 Apr, 2008

    My golden retrievers have been thriving since I switched them to a diet similar to Martha's--they have more energy, their teeth stay cleaner, and the most noticeable improvement has been their now thick, glossy coats of hair. I vary the meat, sometimes using ground lamb, or salmon or turkey. Instead of carrots I've used green beans or squash. This diet is so much better than 100% processed food! Do start adjusting your dog to raw foods very gradually, though--but they do adjust.

  • crystaldawnmiller 18 Apr, 2008

    Please keep in mind that a raw food (or partially raw) diet is not ideal for every dog. Please don't let this influence how you feed your dog without discussing it with your veterinarian or an animal nutrition expert.

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