DIY Pork Bowl

For those who prefer to fully take the reins on their journey to Truly Raw, we’ve partnered with a certified canine nutritionist to create our DIY Raw Recipes series. These meals incorporate our DIY Parts products and other raw ingredients and are step-by-step recipes that you can follow to ensure you’re feeding your pet a complete and well-balanced raw meal. 

This recipe is balanced for All Life Stages to Nutritional Research Council (NRC) nutritional guidelines for dogs by our in-house certified canine nutritionist. This recipe is complete and balanced as it is written, and any ingredient changes or substitutions can affect the balance of the recipe. 

Pro Tip: It is recommended to rotate recipes containing neck bones with recipes containing other meaty bones to avoid potential dietary hyperthyroidism due to residual thyroid hormones that may be left on necks. 

Batch recipe ingredients.

Recipe total yield = 224 ounces = 14 pounds 

Recipe calories per ounce = 44.5kcal/ounce 

Recipe macronutrients = 16.1% protein, 9.15% fat, 1% carbohydrate 

Required prep supplies.

Meal containers, freezer space, cutting board, knife, kitchen food scale, spice grinder, blender. 

How to calculate appropriate feeding amounts for your pets.

This is a very general guideline for calculating feeding amounts: 

Adult dogs: 2% of bodyweight for inactive dogs, 2.5% of bodyweight for most average dogs, and 3-4% of bodyweight for highly active dogs.  

Puppies: Puppies will typically start at 8-10% of their bodyweight at 8-10 weeks of age. The percentage will slowly decrease as their weight/age increases. You want to feed enough that your puppy is not underweight, but not enough to make them chubby so take care to monitor their weight gain as they grow and adjust feeding amounts as necessary.  

Example: A 45-pound healthy, average adult dog fed at 2.5% of their body weight should be fed 18 ounces of food per day. 

*Every dog is an individual and their metabolism is unique to them. Feeding amounts should be adjusted as needed. If a dog is too thin and health issues have been ruled out, increase daily food. If a dog is too heavy and health conditions have been ruled out, decrease food

Meal prep instructions.

  1. Calculate how many days the recipe will last for your dog based on how much they should be fed daily, according to the calculation instructions outlined above. This recipe batch can be doubled or tripled if you’d like to prep additional food and have the appropriate freezer storage space. Set out the required amount of air-tight storage containers to hold the meals. For example, if your dog eats approximately 1lb per day, the recipe as is would last for 14 days, and you would need 14 containers that are large enough to hold 1 pound of food. Larger dogs will need larger containers and feeding amounts, while smaller dogs will need smaller containers and amounts. 
  1. Thaw meat ingredients.  
  1. Grind chia seeds for optimal digestion in a spice grinder. Place in a bowl and add the powder supplements (open any capsules). Mix chia powder and supplements thoroughly. 
  2. Portion out each ingredient as evenly as possible into the meal containers. 
  3. Place 2-3 containers in the refrigerator and store the rest in the freezer. Remove 1 container from the freezer each day as 1 thawed container is used. Daily containers can be split into 2 meals per day if desired.  
  4. An alternative prep method would be to use a grinder that can handle small meaty bones and grind all ingredients together and mix thoroughly, then portion as needed. 

Prepping Pro Tip: Use the total weight of ingredients rather than weighing each daily amount for each ingredient. In the example of prepping this recipe for 14 days, take the total 240 grams of liver and divide into meal containers as equally as possible. No need to weigh ingredients individually for each day.  

Nutritionist Tip: Blue mussels are not the same nutritionally as green lipped mussels. Green lipped mussels are good for joint health but do not provide enough manganese like blue mussels do. Therefore, green lipped mussels should not be used in this recipe. Green lipped mussels will be labelled clearly as such and usually are from New Zealand. Blue mussels will just be labelled as generic “mussels”. The Panapesca brand is a common option found in grocery stores.