A dish bursting with flavor: Fresh cuts of beef with a veggie mix (fresh spinach, lima beans, carrots, and peas), along with tri-color quinoa and scrambled eggs, blueberries, and a dash of cottage cheese.
This is just one of the delicious meals you can make for your Beagle.
If you’ve thought about making home-cooked food for your Beagle, you’re not alone. Lots of pet parents choose to make their dogs homemade recipes for lots of reasons.
Let’s dive into why homemade recipes can be a good idea, the types of foods that you can offer your Beagle, and an offer for a super-awesome cookbook.
The Benefits of Home Cooking for a Beagle
#1 An easy way to avoid detrimental ingredients.
There’s some really great store-bought brands and a whole lot of subpar ones. And navigating those can be a headache for pet parents. When you make homemade meals and snacks for your Beagle, you’re completely in control of the ingredients, which makes it super easy to only stick with what’s healthy.
Just some of the things that can be in manufactured dog food include fillers (like cheap coarse corn and cereal by-products), meat by-products (animal parts deemed not fit for human consumption), genetic meats (comes from questionable sources), food coloring (can cause allergies, neurological issues and more), and chemical preservatives (can cause a wide range of health issues).
#2 Easy control of wheat and grain levels.
Many pet parents assume that their dog has a sensitive to grains; but in fact, it’s wheat (and in turn, gluten) that causes the problems. When you home cook for your Beagle, you can choose exactly how much wheat they have and there’s lots of options in regard to healthy grains (different types of rice, oatmeal, quinoa, and more).
#3 Tailored meals to please picky eaters.
Some Beagles will eat anything that’s placed in front of them, but many do have a preference for certain foods. So, one of the fantastic aspects about making homemade dinners for a Beagle is that you can tailor them to what makes your Beagle happy. If your guy loves fruit, you can add in lots of berries. If your gal loves fish and carrots, those can be in each meal (and you can play around with the other ingredients).
There’s no denying that warm meals made at home, with juicy meats, crisp veggies, sweet fruits, and creamy sauces will please any dog over dry bland ‘same old’ dog food.
#4 Bulk cooking to save time and money.
How much money you can save by home cooking for your Beagle depends on what sort of proteins, veggies, and other ingredients you use. For example, meals with a salmon base and lots of fresh vegetables are going to cost more than turkey-based meals with frozen veggies. But, overall, making meals at home is usually cheaper than buying dog food since you can buy ingredients in bulk and then cook in bulk (freezing portions for up to 3 months).
Delicious and nutritious fish & egg dish with carrots, lima beans, and zucchini, tri-colored quinoa, and fresh blackberries
#5 It’s easy for just about everyone. No special cooking skills are needed.
If you’re not a pro in the kitchen, that’s usually not a problem. The book that we offer here (more ahead) is packed with 40 recipes that all require just very basic kitchen skills (like stirring, cutting things up, boiling, etc.). And the good news is that Beagles don’t care about the aesthetics of food, they just want the awesome taste.
#6. It’s not time-consuming.
You may have hesitated to start home cooking for your Beagle because you have better things to do than be in the kitchen all day. We hear you on that. But what’s great about homemade food is that once you find some recipes your Beagle loves, you can cook in bulk (doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling recipes). This means you can just prepare your Beagle’s food a few times a month, if you wish.
Wholesome Foods a Beagle can Eat
Just knowing what foods a Beagle can eat isn’t super-helpful if you’re not sure how to put them together to create delicious meals, so we’ll get to that next. But let’s take a quick look at some of the wholesome foods that can be found in some great homemade dinners and snacks:
Proteins: White chicken meat or turkey, lean beef, fish (mackerel, whitefish, salmon, herring, walleye, flounder, cod, swai, haddock, tilapia, and others), lamb, veal, bison, organs (chicken hearts, liver, kidneys), and pork (this should not be the main protein source, but can be added to other meat-bases). Additional sources of protein include beans such as lima beans, kidney beans, and butter beans (must be cooked). And, eggs are an awesome source of protein.
Vegetables: Peas, carrots, spinach, zucchini, green beans, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato, and potato. There are other that can be given in moderation such as asparagus, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli. Tomatoes are just fine and are usually added into meals as an ‘extra’; do not give the stems or leaves. Beats are okay too, but are typically reserved to add color when baking homemade treats.
Grains: Oats, oatmeal, brown rice, white rice, quinoa. If no gluten intolerance, wheat and its derivatives including flour. With flour (which is a base for many dry dog treats), substitutions can be made including a mixture of tapioca flour & cornstarch, almond flour, coconut flour, and more.
Fruit: Apple (no core, no seeds), banana, blueberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, huckleberries, kiwi, mango, nectarines, peaches (no core, no seeds), pear (no core, no seeds), pineapple, plum (no core, no seeds), raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, watermelon, and orange. Coconut is a healthy fruit when given in moderation but is normally incorporated into treats alongside other ingredients.
Dairy: Certain cheeses (given in moderation) that have low levels of lactose (Colby, Monterey Jack, Swiss cheese, and cottage cheese) and plain whole white yogurt. A bit of buttermilk or cream cheese may be incorporated into certain home cooked meals or baked treats.
Oils, seeds, nuts: Fish oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, peanut butter, ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal.
Herbs/spices/garnishes: Basil, coriander, dill, fennel, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme. Dogs can also eat cinnamon, ginger, and peppermint when incorporated into recipes.
Incidentals: Typically incorporated as part of baked treats, dogs can consume baking powder, baking soda, honey, coconut milk powder, and dry milk powder.
Cookbook for making homemade meals for a Beagle
If you’re thinking about making the switch from commercial food to homemade food for your Beagle, you’ll want to check out a book that we’re now offering, The Healthy Wholesome Cookbook for Canine Family Members.
In this book, you’ll find 40
nutritious and delicious recipes.
There are 21 unique meals with all sorts of protein-bases, creamy sauces, and a variety of fruits and veggies.
• Echo’s Easy Egg Scramble
• Bono’s Berry Breakfast
• Lollipop’s Liver Bonanza
• Max’s 3-Blend Meatloaf
• Fargo’s Fish and Eggs
• Velvet’s Lip-Smacking Veal & Chicken Medley
• Banjo’s Beef Mashup
• Sammy’s Steak Stew
• Blossom’s Beef Berry Quinoa Mix
• Yolonda’s Yogurt-Marinated Beef Blast
Scout’s Sunshine Chicken Mix
• Yogi’s Yum-Yum Turkey Dinner
• Sullivan’s Salmon Dinner
• Faith’s Pan-fried Fish Feast
• Luca’s Doggo Lo Mein (Chicken or beef)
• Poppy’s Pasta Supreme
• Marley’s Cheesy Meatball
• Lucy’s Light Lunch and Tank’s Turkey Takeover (both low-calorie meals)
• Eddie’s Easy-Does-it Blend (for upset tummies)
• Samson’s Simple Dinner with Add-ons (our #1 at-home method of testing for food allergies)
And, of course, Beagles need snacks and treats too. So, you’ll find 19 tasty treat recipes.
• Nutty Cheese Drop Biscuits
• Frosted Peanut Butter Cookies
• Classic Peanut Butter & Coconut Oil Paws
• Veggie Crunch Bones
• Carrot Cheese Squares
• Sweet Potato Puffs (soft treat)
• Frozen Double-Fruit Yogurt
• Frozen Yogurt Split Treats
• Coconut Berry Macaroons
• Frosted Pumpkin Cookies
• No-Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Balls
• Mixed Berry Muffins
• Mini Stuffed Fruit Disks
• Berry Crunch Bones
• Blueberry Dot Chews (soft treat)
• Banana Oat Bites
• Chicken Veggie Bites
• Liver Crunch Bites
• Fun Fruity Birthday Cake