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Dog Food Recipes: Turkey Vegetable Rice Meal

Linda Sarhan has been a freelance writer and researcher for 20+ years and has a B.A. in English and creative writing.

Turkey Vegetable Rice Dog Food

Turkey Vegetable Rice Dog Food

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Our dogs are a part of the family. We love them just as much as we love our own kids. So why are we still feeding them the same processed garbage from a bag day in and day out? Before humans domesticated our furry canine friends, they lived in the wild. They hunted. They foraged. They had variety. They sure didn't wait for the shake of a bag or the sound of a can opener opening a can. So why do we expect them to eat it now?

According to Modern Dog, rice is not just good for an upset stomach, it is also packed with nutrients to keep your dog healthy. Brown rice is higher in protein than white rice. According to Dr. John Tegzes, VMD, DABVT, brown rice is also higher in fiber compared to white rice, which is higher in carbohydrates. Either rice, as long as it is a higher quality, is fine to feed your dog depending on your dog's dietary needs.

Peas are an excellent source of vitamin B, potassium, thiamin, and phosphorous. However, only use fresh or frozen peas for your beloved pet. Carrot are also a great source of nutrients, such as fiber, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. They also help fight plaque build-up and polish your dogs teeth if served in raw form. According to PetMD, zucchini and spinach is also an excellent nutritional source for your dog. Ground turkey is a great source of protein, potassium, niacin and selenium. Fortunately, this recipe contains all of these ingredients.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

50 min

1 hour 5 min

8 (1 cup) servings



  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen


  1. Pour 3 cups of water in a large pot. Cook brown rice according to instructions on the package.
  2. In a large Dutch oven pot, add the olive oil and heat on medium heat to prevent the meat from sticking to the bottom. Make sure you do not over heat the oil.
  3. Add the ground turkey to the Dutch oven pot and cook for about 5 minutes until browned. Break up the ground turkey while it cooks so that it appears to crumble when fully cooked.
  4. Next, stir in the baby spinach, carrots and zucchini. Continue to cook until the spinach wilts.
  5. Then add the cooked rice. Cook mixture for 3-5 minutes to make sure it is heated thoroughly.
  6. Let it cool completely before serving to your dog.
A meal your dog will thank you for!

A meal your dog will thank you for!

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Additional tips:

  • Do not vary from this recipe. There are certain foods that will make dogs sick and even kill them.
  • Do not add seasonings, such as spices and herbs. Some can be deadly to your pet.
  • Prepare a large batch ahead of time and store in the freezer. Consider using plastic freezer bags and measuring it out into single servings.
  • If frozen, place in refrigerator overnight to unthaw. Once unthawed, microwave for about 30 seconds.

Disclaimer: Although, it is proven that preparing your dog's food can be healthier, not all dogs are the same. Please consult your veterinarian before changing your dog's diet. He or she will know the health history of your dog and can tell you what diet ingredients will be best for your dog.

© 2015 Linda Sarhan


Linda Sarhan (author) from Lexington KY USA on May 28, 2019:

Yes, you can substitute chicken for turkey. Yes, some vegetables have nutrients that are beneficial for dogs.

Kawalnain Kaur from New Delhi on May 22, 2019:

Can i substitute chicken for turkey?

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 29, 2015:

Dogs eat veggies? My old dogs eat meat, ehgs and rice only

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