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Cooking For Your Dog

beef quinoa broccoli sunflower oil vitamin premix homemade dog food ingredients

Quinoa Dog Food Recipe

7 oz (raw weight), beef, cooked

1 cup quinoa, cooked
1 cup broccoli, cooked
1 teaspoon sunflower oil
3 teaspoons Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins

This homemade dog food with quinoa recipe is a great grain free alternative for your active dog. This recipe promotes a healthy coat while keeping your dog satisfied and energized.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Recipe Yield:

This quinoa dog food recipe with beef will yield approximately 3 cups of food, equating to 875 calories (Kcals), approximately enough servings of food for one day for a 35 lb dog to maintain weight.

Batch Cooking Ingredients:

3 lbs (raw weight), beef, cooked
1 3/4 lbs (dry weight) quinoa, cooked
2 1/2 lbs broccoli, cooked
7 teaspoons sunflower oil
1/2 cup Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins

Batch Cooking Yield:

This recipe will yield approximately 7 1/2 lbs of food. Equating to 6,000 calories (Kcals) Approximately enough servings of food for one week for an 35 lb dog to maintain weight.


ground beef being cooked for your dog

Step 1:

How to boil ground beef for dogs

In a large skillet or pot place cubed or ground beef. Add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer gently for about 30 minutes or until beef is cooked.

Remove from heat. Drain excess liquid.

chop broccoli to bite size when cooking for your dog

Step 2:

Making broccoli digestible for your dog

Broccoli cut into very small pieces.

Place 3/4 to 1 inch of water in a saucepan with a steamer and bring to a boil. (Note that is you don’t have a steamer, you can simply put the broccoli directly into an inch of boiling water.) Add the broccoli to the steamer and cover; reduce heat to medium and let cook for 5-6 minutes. The broccoli is done when you can pierce it with a fork. As soon as it is pierce-able, remove from heat, drain and let cool.

combine cooked quinoa, beef, broccoli when cooking for your dog

Step 3:

Preparing quinoa for homemade dog food

A quinoa seed is flat and has a pointed oval shape. The seeds can be found in several different colors, including yellow, red, brown and black. When cooked, they expand to about three or four times their original size. They also have a unique texture; the seeds themselves are smooth and creamy, but the tail has a crunchy texture. Quinoa has a natural coating, called saponin, that can make the cooked grain taste bitter or soapy, rinsing the quinoa just before cooking will easily remove the coating. Place quinoa into a fine-mesh strainer.

Rinse thoroughly with cool water for about 2 minutes. Rub and swish the quinoa with your hand while rinsing. Drain.

To prepare the seeds, bring one part quinoa and two parts liquid to a boil, then cover and reduce it to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until the grains are translucent. Remove the pot from heat and let stand for 5 more minutes, covered. Remove the lid — You should see tiny spirals (the germ) separating from and curling around the quinoa seeds. Fluff the quinoa gently with a fork, and let cool.

Step 4:

Add sunflower oil

Sunflower oil is added as a source of linoleic acid. If you would like a substitute oil you can add Wheat germ, Walnut or Corn oil in the amount of 1.2 teaspoons per 1 teaspoon.

cooking for your dog combine all ingredients and add vitamins and minerals

Step 5:

Supplements to add to homemade dog food

When the beef, quinoa and broccoli are cool to touch you can add the Azestfor nutritional supplements. Combine all ingredients and serve.

Heat destroys the potency of vitamins.

Watch Instructional Video: Cooking For Your Dog:


The recipe can be prepared in large batches and frozen. It will keep for up to a year in the freezer, or one week in the fridge. Freezing vitamins preserves their potency. I would recommend portioning the food into meal size servings before freezing it.

To defrost a frozen meal – put it in the fridge overnight.

Feeding Guidelines:

We suggest dividing the daily amount into two servings, one in the morning and one in the evening. Every dog’s nutritional requirements are a little bit different due to age & amount of exercise. If your dog is losing weight, increase food by 1/4 cup a day, if they are gaining weight reduce accordingly.

Weight of Dog / Amount to Feed to Maintain Weight

5 lbs     2/3 cup (4.4 oz) per day

10 lbs   1 cup (7.5 oz) per day

15 lbs   1 1/2 cups (10.5 oz) per day

20 lbs   2 cups (13 oz) per day

30 lbs   2 1/2 cups (17.5 oz) per day

40 lbs   3 cups (20 oz) per day

50 lbs   3 2/3 cups (25.5 oz) per day

60 lbs   4 1/4 cups (29.5 oz) per day

70 lbs   4 3/4 cups (33 oz) per day

80 lbs   5 1/4 cups (36.5 oz) per day

90 lbs   5 3/4 cups (40 oz) per day

Ingredients beef quinoa broccoli dog food recipe

Shopping Check List:




Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins

Sunflower Oil

Freezer bags or other storage containers

Read Our Reviews!


  • My dog will eat this recipe willingly, but it isn’t her favorite and the quinoa is very messy! A lot of it ends up on the floor. I probably won’t be making this recipe very often.

    Bailey on

  • What about for growing dogs. My puppy is 6 months old and I would like to transition him to fresh food, but not sure if the supplements here are for growing large breed puppies.

    Susie on

  • My dog Cleopatra she doesn’t have any teeth cause she is now 9 years old what should I cook for her because she is also very picky when it comes to her food????

    Alexis Guarin on

  • I just bought the azestfor today. My dog Charlie is a 3 year old bloodhound and he eats 1.75kg per day (His weight is 105lbs) What would be the amount of Azestfor he needs to take per day?

    Lilly Abreu on

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