Beef

In general, dogs should eat about 2-3% of their body weight daily. 
Puppies should eat about 2-3% of their expected adult body weight.

Dog caloric intake varies wildly from dog to dog depending on activity level, age, metabolism, breed, gender, reproductive status, if it is spayed/neutered and ideal weight. As always, experiment, use common sense, and talk to your vet. Our general guidelines are as follows:

Dog weight in pounds

Cups of food per day

5-20

1.5 to 2

20-50

2 to 3.75

50-70

3.75 to 4.75

70-100

4.75 to 6


Beef is loaded with essential amino acids that are needed by dogs of all ages. It is a quality source of protein that helps your dog build muscle. The fat in beef can help your pup feel full and the vitamins and minerals help keep your pups coat and skin healthy. Beef is an excellent source of zinc, iron, selenium and vitamins E, B12, B3 and B6. Beef is rich in omega-3 fats, beta-carotene, lutein, and conjugated linoleic acid, all of which support cell development and energy.


Recipe #1:
Beef, kidney beans and peas
Yields approximately 11-12 cups of cooked food
1 T. olive oil
3 lbs. ground beef
3 oz. chicken liver
12 oz. can kidney beans
2  C. peas
3 T. Top Dog Meal Completer

Cook top -

1. In a large skillet, add beef and chicken liver. Spread the beef out so it has an even thickness then mostly cover with water. Bring to a boil and cover with a lid. Turn heat down and simmer until no longer pink in the center. Break into desired size pieces.
2. Add kidney beans and peas, mix well and cook until heated through.
3. Transfer meat and veggie mix to a large bowl and let it cool.
3. Add oil and Top Dog Meal Completer and mix well.
4. Divide into portions to refrigerate or freeze.

Recipe #2:
Beef, butternut squash, carrots, peas, kidney beans and quinoa
1 T. olive oil
2 ½ lbs. ground beef
3 oz. chicken liver
1 ½ C. butternut squash (peeled and cubed)
2 shredded carrots
½ C. peas
15 oz. can of rinsed kidney beans
1 C. cooked quinoa
2.5 T. Top Dog Meal Completer

Cook top - 

  1. In a rice cooker or on the stove top cook quinoa. ***
  2. In a large skillet, add beef and chicken liver. Spread the beef out so it has an even thickness then mostly cover with water. Bring to a boil and cover with a lid. Turn heat down and simmer until no longer pink in the center. Break into desired size pieces.
  3. Add butternut squash, carrots and peas to the cooked meat.
  4. Add kidney beans, mix well and cover with a lid. Turn heat to low until cooked through.
  5. Transfer meat and veggie mix to a large bowl, mix in quinoa and let it cool.
  6. Once cooled, add oil and Top Dog Meal Completer and mix well.
  7. Divide into portions to refrigerate or freeze. 

*** Use 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water.

For quinoa on the cook top: Put water and quinoa in a small pot and bring water to a boil. Once it's boiling lower temperature to a simmer uncovered until cooked through (15-20 minutes).

Slow cooker - 

  1. In a 6 quart slow cooker add ground beef, chicken liver, quinoa, butternut squash, carrots, peas  and 1 cup of water.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours
  3. When it has finished cooking, mix in kidney beans, turn off the slow cooker and cover with a lid until beans are heated through. 
  4. Let cool completely then mix in oil and Top Dog Meal Completer.
  5. Divide into portions to refrigerate or freeze.

* This recipe has the consistency of mashed potatoes so it is perfect if your dog needs very soft food. 

Recipe #3:
Beef, spinach, carrots, egg, broccoli, bell pepper, pasta
1 T. olive oil
3 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. fresh spinach
3 oz. chicken liver
2 chopped carrots
1 C. broccoli
1 bell pepper
2 eggs (no shells)
1 ½ C. cooked pasta
3 T. Top Dog Meal Completer

Cook top - 

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta.
  2. In a food processor add spinach, liver, carrots, broccoli, bell pepper and eggs. Puree into a paste.
  3. Put beef in a large bowl and add the puree. Mix very well.
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add mixture and cook until no longer pink.
  5. Transfer meat and veggie mix to a large bowl, mix in pasta and let it cool.
  6. Once cooled add Top Dog Meal Completer and mix well.
Divide into portions to refrigerate or freeze.

Recipe #4:
Beef, zucchini, green beans, sweet potatoes, spinach
1 T. olive oil
3 lbs. ground beef
3 oz. liver
1 lb. fresh spinach
1 zucchini
1 C. green beans
1 1/2 C. sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
2 eggs (no shells)
3 T. Top Dog Meal Completer

Cook top - 

  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook the sweet potatoes until cooked through.
  2. In a food processor add spinach, liver, zucchini, green beans and eggs. Puree into a paste.
  3. Put beef in a large bowl and add the puree. Mix very well.
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add mixture and cook until no longer pink.
  5. Transfer meat and veggie mix to a large bowl, mix in sweet potatoes and let it cool.
  6. Once cooled add Top Dog Meal Completer and mix well.
  7. Divide into portions to refrigerate or freeze.