One starting point for getting your dog on the road to good nutrition is understanding the difference between quality leftovers and table scraps. Most people have good-quality food leftovers from their meals, such as pieces of sirloin steak, roast beef, chicken or turkey. With any excess fat removed, these leftovers are fine to add to your dog's kibble or to use as the protein source in a properly formulated home-prepared diet. Leftover rice, pasta and safe vegetables that are plainly cooked, with no butter or fatty sauces, can be used as carbohydrate sources in a home prepared diet. In addition to good-quality food, most people have bits of fatty or fristly meat and rich gravies or sauves left over from their meals. These table scraps are not nutritious, and we don't recomend feeding them to your dog.