Fresh food is just as healthy for your dog as it is for you! All those colors mean healthy food-based vitamins and minerals that promote health. Especially for dogs who have eaten brown food their entire lives -- a good dose of some color does them wonders. Here is a simple way to introduce some home cooked food into your dog's diet. Just give about half of whatever you usually feed them, and half homemade food. They will scarf it down and ask for more, I guarantee it!
1. Go buy a big honking package of any protein (I used chicken thighs), some starch (I used barley, sweet potatoes and butternut squash), and something green and preferably in season. The idea is to have lots of different colors and rotate your ingredients so you are using produce that is in season.
2. Put everything in the crock pot
3. Add some liquid. I used bone broth because I happened to have some cooking, but you can use water or store bought low sodium broth too.
4. Add some seasonings -- oregano, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper -- for example. Add lots of love.
5. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
6. Add hardy veggies like Brussels sprouts in last 15 minutes of cooking. Add delicate veggies like spinach or kale at end and just stir them into hot food.
7. If you used chicken or any meat with bones, de-bone it. Never feed dogs cooked bones. You knew that.
8. Stir to mix and toss in your delicate veggies.
9. Keep in refrigerator for 10 days, if it lasts that long, or freeze.
10. Enjoy the extraordinarily happy dog love you receive in return for all the love you've put into making this healthy meal for your best friend!
Disclaimer: This food is not meant to be feed for every day of the rest of your dog's life, this meal is not complete and balanced. This meal can be fed as a supplement to a complete and balanced commercial dog food diet for a short term. If you wish to feed your dog a homemade diet on a regular basis, it is possible, but you should consult with a veterinary nutritionist.