Vegedog™ Recipe Instructions

Start with fresh ingredients and prepare food as you do for other family members.

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Transition Gradually

Mix a small amount of the new food in with the old food and adjust the proportions over a week or longer. You can start with up to 25% new food on the first day. Digestive enyzmes, like lactose-free Prozyme® Plus, are especially beneficial during the transition, while the digestive tract makes adjustments.

Organic & Non-GMO Ingredients

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients and herbicides can cause gastrointestinal issues, food allergies, and more. Soy, canola, and corn that is not organic IS almost certainly genetically modified in the USA. Compassion Circle strongly recommends organic food for you and your animals!

Digestive Enzymes

Almost every process in the body requires enzymes. Digestion is no different. Digestive enzymes are produced in the body and found in plants and raw foods. These enzymes are heat sensitive, so cooking and processing food destroys the natural enzymes. We recommend adding plant-derived enzymes (lipase, amylase, protease, and cellulase) to any cooked food. Amylase is a particularly important aid for the digestion of carbohydrates. Prozyme® Plus – available from Compassion Circle – maximizes the absorption of valuable nutrients by up to 71% and greatly aids digestion. Adding digestive enzymes to the diet can decrease the food requirement by 25%! A little raw food doesn’t supply enough enzymes to compensate for the enzyme loss in cooked food.

Vegetables - YES, Please!

Adding daily veggies (never onions) to the diet is ideal. Vegetables add few calories, but add variety, vitamins, and minerals. Dogs are appreciative of “people” food such as raw cauliflower florets, asparagus spears, and celery stalk chew toys. Pureed raw vegetables are a wonderful addition to meals. You may also add cooked sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, corn, or squash. Uncooked, chopped zucchini, broccoli, and green pepper are also good additions. It is best to keep the amount of veggies in the diet to about 10% or less to ensure your dog is getting enough protein from the protein sources in the following recipes.

Food Yeast - VegeYeast

Food yeast adds high quality protein, B vitamins, and flavor while helping deter fleas. Our VegeYeast is a modified brewer’s yeast. It is more acidic than other yeast powders, thus beneficial for the urinary health of dogs. Stir yeast powder into the food so chunks are uniformly coated.

You can use nutritional yeast or regular brewer’s yeast in recipes if you prefer. Nutritional yeast tastes cheese-like and comes in maxi-flakes, mini-flakes, and powder. When using maxi-flakes, double the volume (not the weight) measurement.

Initially, it is best to weigh out the type of yeast you choose to use, in grams, on a kitchen scale. The gram measurements in the recipes are more accurate than the volume measures. Yeast is required to meet the B vitamin requirements for your dog. If a yeast allergy is present, you may substitute a crushed 50mg B complex vitamin in each 2-3 day recipe. The Vegedog™ supplement does contain a small amount of selenium yeast. If your animal has a severe yeast allergy, our supplements are not recommended.

OIL - EFAs ARE IMPORTANT

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are particularly important. The omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid (LA), is crucial. Dogs can produce the other fatty acids they need with enough linoleic acid in the diet. This includes the production of arachidonic acid.

When a recipe calls for sunflower oil, it is to meet the linoleic acid (LA) requirement. The following oils are a comparable substitute for sunflower oil: safflower oil, evening primrose oil, grape seed oil, and hemp oil. If you use a different oil, understand that your dog needs 1/2 teaspoon (2.47mL) of one of the above oils for every 15 lbs (6.8 kg) of body weight each day to meet the linoleic acid requirement.

Omega-3 fatty acids are provided by the flax ingredients in the recipes. Flax ingredients provide the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). You may substitute 2/3 teaspoon (3.3mL) of flaxseed oil for 1 tablespoon (7g) of ground flaxseed, or vice versa.

Store oils in the refrigerator. Smell and taste them before use to be sure they are not rancid.

Seasonings

Imitation bacon bits, stevia (a sweet herb)*, imitation meat, spirulina, pureed vegetables, and favorite table scraps from your own meals increase palatability, although you’ll find it hardly necessary for palatability.
*DO NOT use xylitol in dog food. It is toxic.

Textured Soy Protein (TVP)

We highly recommend using organic, non-GMO soy products! Textured soy protein (TSP), also known as textured vegetable protein (TVP®) or soya chunks, is a defatted soy flour. Measure TSP (textured soy protein) before reconstituting. Flakes and granules must be reconstituted. Add 7/8 cup boiling water (207mL) to each cup of TSP (237mL) and let it absorb the liquid. Textured soy protein chunks (which are larger) may require brief simmering before ready for use. Recipe cup measures are based on 1 cup of dry TSP weighing 96 grams.

About the Recipes

Recipes are based on a 44-lb. (20 kg) adult dog. Vegedog™ is for adult dogs (over 10-12 months old) and can be used for pregnant dogs if they are allowed to eat more of the recipes. It is most ideal to use the Vegepup supplement for pregnant dogs. Lactating dogs and puppies need the Vegepup supplement.

The Vegedog™ supplement needn’t be cooked or heated. It can be added after meals are prepared, but it is best to mix the supplement into warm food.

Ingredients can be prepared separately, then all mixed together, or you may come up with your own method.

Prepared meals may be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, with or without the supplement added.

If you use your own recipes, instead of the following, an adult dog of 44 lbs. (20kg) will get about 2-1/4 tsp. (10g) of Vegedog™ per day. Mix that amount into the total amount of daily food, or divide between daily meals. See the adjacent chart for serving sizes for different weight dogs.

cut vegan kibble

Soy Kibble

Use this recipe to make kibble or biscuits. To make biscuits for treats or snacks, form the dough into larger pieces and/or use your favorite cookie cutter.

Kibble and biscuits help keep teeth and gums healthy. We recommend including wet food in the diet to add moisture and improve urine concentration. If you primarily feed kibble, add pureed veggies, sauce, or water to increase the moisture content of the diet.

  • Protein 20 %
  • Fat 13 %
  • Calories 3760 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4-1/4 cups whole wheat flour (635g)
  • 1-2/3 cups whole soy flour (190g)
  • 1/2 cup corn meal (50g)
  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed (14g)
  • 3 tbsp. VegeYeast or yeast powder (25g)
  • 1-2/3 tbsp. Vegedog™ (24g)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (1.9g) OR 2 tsp. soy sauce (12g/10mL)
  • 3-1/2 tbsp. sunflower oil (49g/52mL)
  • 3 cups water, as needed (700mL)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150˚C)
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry mixture. Slowly add water as you determine how much is needed.
  4. Stir with a large strong spoon to form soft dough.
  5. Flour hands and counter top to keep dough from sticking. Empty the bowl onto the counter top. Knead the dough by folding it on itself several times until smooth, proceeding as if making a pie crust.
  6. Roll dough to no more than 1/2” (1.25cm) thick, and smooth in place on a cookie sheet, kneading into corners.
  7. Prick the dough with a fork to prevent bubbles.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. Don’t bake so long that the edges get brown and brittle.
  9. With a large chef’s knife or pizza cutter, cut newly baked slab into 9 (or 12) parts (on a cutting board). Cut twice horizontally, and then cut vertically 2 or 3 times. Cut each of the resulting rectangles into kibble sized pieces by cutting first in one direction, and then the other. Piece sizes are determined by the size of your dog.
  10. Separate kibble pieces onto two or more cookie sheets and place in a warm oven (at its lowest temperature) for two or three hours until crunchy dry. Direct sunshine makes an energy efficient drier. Kibble is dry enough when you can’t compress pieces with finger pressure.

Notes

You can flavor kibble or biscuits by using marinara sauce or vegetable broth in place of some of the water used to make dough. Alternatively, you can add nut or seed butter for flavor. These extras are certainly not necessary, as kibble is tasty as-is. Be sure any ingredient you add for flavor is low in sodium and be certain nut and seed butters DO NOT contain xylitol. Xylitol is toxic to dogs.

Properly dried kibble can be stored in a closed container for up to 3-months. Refrigeration is not necessary or desirable.

kibble blocks

No Soy Kibble

Like the Soy Kibble recipe, this recipe can be used to make kibble or biscuits. To make biscuits for treats or snacks, form the dough into larger pieces and/or use your favorite cookie cutter.

Kibble and biscuits help keep teeth and gums healthy. We recommend including wet food in the diet to add moisture and improve urine concentration. If you primarily feed kibble, add pureed veggies, sauce, or water to increase the moisture content of the diet.

  • Protein 28 %
  • Fat 8.5 %
  • Calories 4669 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (21g)
  • 1/3 cup VegeYeast or yeast powder (54g)
  • 2-1/4 tbsp. Vegedog™ (32g)
  • 2-1/2 tbsp. hemp protein powder (25g)
  • 1/3 tsp. salt (1.3g) OR 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce (9g/7.4mL)
  • 5-1/3 cups whole wheat flour (815g)
  • 1-2/3 cups wheat gluten flour (75% protein)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil (56g/59mL)
  • 1-1/3 cups (340g or 2 small cans) tomato paste
  • 4 cups water, as necessary (950mL)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150˚C)
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry mixture. Slowly add water as you determine how much is needed.
  4. Stir with a large strong spoon to form soft dough.
  5. Flour hands and counter top to keep dough from sticking. Empty the bowl onto the counter top. Knead the dough by folding it on itself several times until smooth, proceeding as if making a pie crust.
  6. Roll dough to no more than 1/2” (1.25cm) thick, and smooth in place on a cookie sheet, kneading into corners.
  7. Prick the dough with a fork to prevent bubbles.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. Don’t bake so long that the edges get brown and brittle.
  9. With a large chef’s knife or pizza cutter, cut newly baked slab into 9 (or 12) parts (on a cutting board). Cut twice horizontally, and then cut vertically 2 or 3 times. Cut each of the resulting rectangles into kibble sized pieces by cutting first in one direction, and then the other. Piece sizes are determined by the size of your dog.
  10. Separate kibble pieces onto two or more cookie sheets and place in a warm oven (at its lowest temperature) for two or three hours until crunchy dry. Direct sunshine makes an energy efficient drier. Kibble is dry enough when you can’t compress pieces with finger pressure.

Notes

Properly dried kibble can be stored in a closed container for up to 3-months. Refrigeration is not necessary or desirable.

Garbanzo Recipe for Dogs

Basic Garbanzos

Soak garbanzo beans in water until doubled in size. Change water as necessary to keep from fermenting. Soaking overnight is recommended. To soak overnight, the water level should be a few inches over beans to allow for expansion. Cover the soaking dish in a clean towel.

A method of quick soaking is to boil the legumes for 5 minutes, then allow them to sit in the hot water for 1 hour. Change the water before cooking.

Legumes can be cooked with a potato or piece of kombu to increase digestibility. A crock pot is the most convenient way to cook legumes.

(Image note: There’s no rice in the garbanzo recipe, but a small amount of leftover rice and spinach is added here. It’s my favorite lunch, and easily blended or mashed with Vegedog™ and flaxseed or hemp oil to become the perfect meal for your pup.)

  • Protein 23 %
  • Fat 10 %
  • Calories 2935 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 cups cooked garbanzo beans (1.61kg/2.37L). Start with 3-2/3 cups uncooked garbanzo beans (725g). If you use canned garbanzo beans, use 8 cups of canned beans (2.1kg/1.9L). Do not add additional salt or soy sauce when using canned beans; no more sodium will be needed.
  • 3 tbsp. VegeYeast or yeast powder (27g)
  • 1 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. hemp oil (16g/17mL)
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed (7g)
  • 1-1/4 tbsp. Vegedog™ (18g)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (1.15g) OR 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce (8g/7.4mL)
  • Optional: Seasonings such as parsley, basil, spirulina, Green Mush,™ AND/OR up to 1 cup steamed or chopped veggies (150g).

Instructions

  1. Drain water from soaked beans.
  2. Cover with fresh water and simmer with the lid on until legumes are soft. (60-90 minutes.)
  3. Drain thoroughly and crush warm beans with a potato masher, fork, or food processor.
  4. Mix in other ingredients.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers portion in a covered container or freeze in portion size containers.
lentils

Basic Lentils

Soak lentils in cold water for 2-4 hours before cooking. You may also sprout lentils for 24-hours, then drain. Sprouted lentils need to be broken up in a food processor or blender for dogs. Sprouting lessens the protein content but increases other nutrients.

Legumes can be cooked with a potato or piece of kombu to increase digestibility. A crock pot is the most convenient way to cook legumes.

DO NOT cook lentils with bay leaves. Bay leaves are toxic to dogs.

  • Protein 29 %
  • Fat 8.5 %
  • Calories 2960 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10-1/4 cups of cooked lentils (2kg/2.4L). Start with 3-1/2 cups uncooked lentils (700g).
  • 2-2/3 tbsp. VegeYeast or yeast powder (24g)
  • 3-1/2 tbsp. sunflower oil (49g/52mL)
  • 2-1/2 tbsp. ground flaxseed (17.5g)
  • 4-1/2 tsp. Vegedog™ (20g)
  • 1/3 tsp. salt (1.4g) OR 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce (10g/7.4mL)
  • Optional: Seasonings such as parsley, basil, spirulina, Green Mush,™ AND/OR up to 1 cup steamed or chopped veggies (150g).

Instructions

  1. Drain water from soaked beans.
  2. Cover with fresh water and simmer with the lid on until legumes are soft. (30 minutes.)
  3. Drain thoroughly and crush warm beans with a potato masher, fork, or food processor.
  4. Mix in other ingredients.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers portion in a covered container or freeze in portion size containers.
Tofu

Tofu & Oats

Extra-firm tofu is preferable. The protein content in tofu increases slightly with firmness. We highly recommend using only organic soy products. 

Various types of oats may be used. The most accurate way to measure oats for the recipes is to use a kitchen scale and the gram measurement. That said, there is flexibility in the recipes and a kitchen scale is not necessary.

Simply prepare the oats and mix in the additional ingredients. You may add tofu into the cooking oats to warm the tofu.

  • Protein 22 %
  • Fat 13 %
  • Calories 3575 kcal

Ingredients

  • 7-1/4 cups uncooked oats (650g). This makes 14-1/2 cups when cooked (3.12kg/3.33L). Grams to cup measurements for oats vary. See the nutritional facts on your oats and use 650g of uncooked oats.
  • 3 cups extra-firm tofu (735g/710mL). The cup measure is of tightly packed cups of extra-firm tofu, not cubed.
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste (198g)*
  • 1 tbsp. VegeYeast or yeast powder (9g)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp. hemp oil (21g/22mL)
  • 2 tbsp. Vegedog™ (28g)
  • 1/3 tsp. salt (1.4g) OR 2 tsp. soy sauce (10g/7.4mL)
  • Optional: Seasonings such as parsley, basil, spirulina, Green Mush,™ AND/OR up to 1-1/2 cups steamed or chopped veggies (225g).

Instructions

  1. Water to oat ratio should be 2 to 1 for cooking. More water can be used if desired.
  2. Simmer oats until soft. Cook time varies depending on thickness of oats.
  3. Add tofu to warm oats.
  4. Mix in remaining ingrdinets.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers portion in a covered container or freeze in portion size containers.

Notes

* The tomato paste in this recipe is primarily to add potassium. If you are omit the tomato paste, cooked sweet potato and carrots are good sources of potassium.

You can also season and bake tofu with your favorite sliced veggies. You’ll end up with components of a meal for everyone in the family. Use a sheet pan and cook at 400 degrees F. for about 30 minutes. Use some of the veggies and  3 cups of tofu for this recipe. Tofu does not need to be cooked, but it’s certainly best heated; your dog will likely agree.

Oats and TSP Recipe

TVP & Oats

TVP – Textured Vegetable Protein

TSP – Textured Soy Protein can be used in place of TVP.

We highly recommend using only organic soy products.

Various types of oats may be used. The most accurate way to measure oats for the recipes is to use a kitchen scale and the gram measurement. That said, there is flexibility in the recipes and a kitchen scale is not necessary.

TVP needs to be reconstituted with hot water. Use a scant cup of water for every cup of TVP. Add water and stir.

  • Protein 24 %
  • Fat 14 %
  • Calories 3545 kcal

Ingredients

  • 7-3/4 cups uncooked oats (700g). This makes 15-1/2 cups when cooked (3360g/3.7L). Using more water than 2 cups water to 1 cup of oats will increase cooked oat measurement. Base measurement on dry oats. Grams to cup measurements for oats vary. See the nutritional facts on your oats and use 700g of uncooked oats.
  • 2 cups dry textured soy protein (TSP) (240g)
  • 1 tbsp. VegeYeast or yeast powder (9g)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp. ground flaxseed (10.5g)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp. hemp oil (21g/22mL)
  • 2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. Vegedog™ (30g)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (1.9g) OR 2 tsp. soy sauce (12g/9.8mL)
  • Optional: Seasonings such as parsley, basil, spirulina, Green Mush,™ AND/OR up to 1-1/2 cups steamed or chopped veggies (225g).

Instructions

  1. Water to oat ratio should be 2 to 1 for cooking. More water can be used if desired.
  2. Simmer oats until soft. Cook time varies depending on thickness of oats.
  3. Reconstitute TVP with just under 2 cups (500mL) of boiling water.
  4. Mix together and mix in remaining ingrdinets.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers portion in a covered container or freeze in portion size containers.

Notes

This recipe requires very little preparation time.

Quick-cooking oats are easy to prepare; just add boiling water. You can pour water on the textured soy protein at the same time.

Don’t add so much liquid that the food becomes mushy.

Great additions to this recipe include (1) nut butters (2) banana, berries, and cinnamon (3) purees like pumpkin or sweet potato.

DOG TVP and Rice Recipe

TVP & Rice

TVP – Textured Vegetable Protein

TSP – Textured Soy Protein can be used in place of TVP.

We highly recommend using only organic soy products.

TVP needs to be reconstituted with hot water. Use a scant cup of water for every cup of TVP. Add water and stir.

  • Protein 28 %
  • Fat 9 %
  • Calories 3680 kcal

Ingredients

  • Begin with 3 cups uncooked rice (514g). Rinse and cook. The yield is roughly 9 cups cooked brown rice (1.8kg) or 9-1/2 cups white or parboiled rice (1.6kg).
  • 3 cups dry textured soy protein (TSP) (380g)
  • 1/4 cup VegeYeast or yeast powder (45g)
  • 1 tbsp. hemp oil (14g/15mL)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil (42g/44mL)
  • 2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. Vegedog™ (30g)
  • 1/3 tsp. salt (1.5g) or 2 tsp. soy sauce (10g/7.4mL)
  • Optional: Seasonings such as parsley, basil, spirulina, Green Mush,™ AND/OR up to 1-1/2 cups steamed or chopped veggies (225g).

Instructions

  1. Cook rice as indicated on rice packaging or on bulk bin. This is usually a 2 to 1 ratio of water to rice. It is beneficial to use a little more water than called for (ie. 2.25 to 1 ratio) and cook for the maximum amount of time suggested.
  2. Simmer oats until soft. Cook time varies depending on thickness of oats.
  3. Reconstitute TVP with just under 3 cups (710mL) of boiling water.
  4. Mix rice, TVP, and remaining ingrdinets.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers portion in a covered container or freeze in portion size containers.

For additional recipes and health information, see Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats (4th Edition) by Susan & Richard Pitcairn. Please reference the 4th Edition, as previous editions do not have the same focus on vegan dog recipes.

For More information on Green Mush™ – our plant-based, pesticide free, green superfood for animals that’s a wonderful addition to any of our recipes – please visit the Green Mush™ Information Page.

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