We know you love your pets and want the best for them. When it comes to animal food, a home-cooked meal can deliver superior nutrition and be a healthful dietary addition. 

Looking for inspiration? Here are a few of our favorite tried-and-true recipes. 

Chicken Fried Rice

This recipe is intended for adult dogs without special dietary needs. One serving meets half the daily requirements for protein, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, potassium, and chloride for a 40-pound dog; bonemeal and supplements meet remaining micronutrient requirements.

  • 1½ teaspoons organic canola oil
  • 1 cup boneless, skinless chicken breast cubes (½-inch pieces)
  • 1 /8 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 /8 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 /3 cup green peas, thawed if frozen
  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free tamari
  • 1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil, or ½ teaspoon dried
  • ¾ cup cooked long-grain brown rice
  • Bonemeal powder (about 1 teaspoon)
  • Pet-specific multivitamin and mineral supplement

1. In a wok or nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring, until chicken is no longer pink.

2. Add peas, carrot, tamari, and basil. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until carrot is tender-crisp. Remove from heat and stir in rice. Let cool until just warm to the touch.

3. Stir in bonemeal and supplement (amount varies depending on size of dog and brand). Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately.

PER SERVING (numbers do not reflect supplements): 938 cal, 40g fat (20g mono, 11g poly, 9g sat), 106mg chol, 45g protein, 84g carb, 9g fiber, 1544mg sodium

—David Bastin