Start with a can of sardines- use only one piece per meal. Sardines are rich in omega-3's and DHA, but you do not want to over-do it with the DHA. A little is perfect, too much is bad. Sardines are also a sustainable resource, and they are low in mercury. And the smell is way too tempting to finicky eaters.
You can easily divide the other sardines up for future meals, and make your money stretch further!
Then I like to mash the sardine piece up in the bowl.
Add the freshly ground turkey patty- turkey meat is full of lean protein, but make sure it hasn't been sitting in your freezer for months. 3-4 is a good "shelf life" of ground meat. After that, the nutrients begin deteriorating, even in the freezer. (Also turkey is full of tryptophan, the chemical that makes you sleepy. For my dog, it helps to calm her down!)
Then I like to add a dash of pro-biotics & pre-biotics. Baer is prone to loose stools sometimes and she can get anal gland issues, so this keeps her stool firm. (TMI, sorry!)
Then I mash everything together, and viola! Happy dog.