Peggy’s Easy Beef Dog Food Recipe

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

I love when our readers reach out and offer us their own recipes to share with the community. Peggy sent me this one that she makes for her yellow Lab, Sampson. Since she has a bigger dog, this recipe makes about 5 to 6 days of food, as she adds 1/2 to 1 cup of kibble. Peggy also changes it up but substituting ground turkey and different green veggies.

Peggy’s Easy Beef Dog Food Recipe


1 cup of cooked brown rice

1 lb of lean ground beef

1 carrot, shredded

1 apple, shredded

1 cup chopped spinach

1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Place olive oil in a large frying pan. Cook beef on medium-high heat until completely brown.
  2. Cook brown rice in saucepan or rice steamer. Once cooked, add to ground beef in the frying pan. Stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Add shredded carrots, apple, and chopped spinach into the frying pan and reduce heat to medium-low heat. Stir continuously for 5 minutes.
  4. Let food cool to room temperature before serving it to your dog. You can store individual portion sizes and refrigerate or freeze until needed.

Benefits of Spinach for Dogs

Spinach is packed with vitamins and nutrients that can help to improve your dog’s health and well-being. But it’s a vegetable that is far too often overlooked! This green leafy treat contains high levels of vitamins A, B, C, and K along with beta-carotene, iron, and antioxidants.

These nutrients will help to:

  • Support the formation of healthy organs and structures
  • Support healthy eyes
  • Improve and support night vision
  • Boost the immune system
  • Regulate Energy
  • Kickstart your dog’s metabolism
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Slow the signs of aging
  • Improve skin and coat health

Unfortunately, most dogs aren’t too excited by the idea of chowing down on a bowl of spinach. If you’re going to enjoy the benefits that spinach has to offer, the best way to convince your dog to dig in is to serve the nutrition-rich vegetable as part of a tasty recipe like this food.

Benefits of Apples for Dogs

With high levels of vitamins A and C, potassium, and antioxidants, this crispy and delicious fruit is a great addition to your dog’s diet. They are also packed with fiber which can help to improve your dog’s digestion while also helping with weight loss.

One lesser-known benefit of apples is the flavonoid quercetin. Often referred to as “Nature’s Benadryl”, quercetin is an antihistamine. It helps to reduce many of the most common allergy symptoms including redness, irritation, and inflammation.  This is a great option for dogs that regularly suffer from seasonal allergies, allowing you to help manage their allergy symptoms without relying on chemical


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Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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