Clean Fingers Laynie’s Best 10 Recipes of 2020

Clean Fingers Laynie's Best 10 Recipes of 2020

Let’s count down Clean Fingers Laynie’s best 10 recipes of 2020. You can find your new favorite recipes or rediscover old ones!

Normally, I don’t get too excited for a new year. Unsurprisingly, 2020 was hard for so many people. But, we survived, and we made it to 2021. And that, my friends, is something to celebrate! On a personal note, it also means Clean Fingers Laynie is officially 2 years old!

Even though I did not post as much last year, I still want to share the 10 most popular posts from 2020. It’s a great way to remember your favorite recipes. Or, it may also help you discover new ones you may have missed.

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How to Use Up Extra Summer Zucchini

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At your wits end trying to figure out how to use up extra summer zucchini? I gathered over 25+ healthy ideas and recipes to use it all up!

Before today, if you searched for the word “zucchini” on the blog, you would have received zero results. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about that. But, if you’ve been following me on social media, you know our garden exploded with zucchini this year. Not. Even. Joking. After using about 12 extra-large zucchini, my hubby brought in 6 more! I was at my wits end trying to figure out out to use it.

Luckily, I have so many wonderful friends and family who gave me lots of ideas on how to use it! So, if you have the same problem I did, I’m sharing all the ideas and recipes I received on how to use up extra summer zucchini! If you have any recipes or ideas you love, be sure to share them below in the comments!

As I try more recipes, I’ll be updating this post. So, be sure to bookmark this one for later (links included at the bottom of the post)!

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Homemade Gluten-Free Dog Treats (3-Ingredient)

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Homemade Gluten-Free Dog Treats

Dogs love these 3-Ingredient, gluten-free, homemade dog treats. They are quick and easy to make and can help you save money by using pantry ingredients.

Last year, for National Puppy Day (March 23), I shared a recipe for 4 Ingredient High Quality Homemade Puppy/Dog Training Treats. Our dogs LOVE these treats, and they were such a lifesaver training our new puppy Orla.

Little did I know that recipe would become the MOST POPULAR recipe on my blog. (THANK YOU!) Seems like you and your furry family members love those treats as much as I do. So, I thought it would be fun to share another recipe. This one only requires 3 ingredients, and these homemade dog treats are gluten-free! Plus, they can also be used when training your dogs.

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How to Use your Instant Pot as a Double Boiler

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Glass Pyrex Bowl and Instant Pot Double Boiler

Use your Instant Pot as a Double Boiler to ensure slow, even heating for melting wax or chocolate, or cooking any sauce too delicate for direct heat.

Instead of buying special double boiler pans, make your own with an Instant Pot. Better yet, it’s quick and easy to do. Other than an Instant Pot, you only need a large mixing bowl.

Using an double boiler helps you easily melt chocolate chips or almond bark. (It’s perfect for making Instant Pot Chocolate Candy!) Plus, you can also use it to make delicate sauces and to prepare eggy custards.

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How to Save Money on Ground Beef

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Ground Beef Saving Money Tricks

Save money on ground beef by buying in bulk, portioning the hamburger into smaller amounts, and freezing for later use. For more savings, buy when it’s on sale!

Most of my money-saving tricks come from my parents. And this idea to save money on ground beef is no exception. While we were growing up, my parents always kept an eye on when meat would go on sale. And when it did, we would stock up and freeze it for later use.

So many people are on a tight budget, and every dollar saved counts! So, if you want to learn how to save money on ground beef too, keep reading on!

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Clean Fingers Laynie’s Top 10 Recipes of 2019

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Here are the top 10 recipes Clean Fingers Laynie’s fans couldn’t wait to click and feast on in 2019. Find your new favorites or rediscover old ones!

When I decided to start the blog, I wanted to share my tried and true recipes with my family and friends. I never imaged how much I would learn or how much work it would be. But, I’ve connected with so many wonderful people who love food as much as I do, and I want to keep inspiring others to cook more at home.

On December 26, 2018, I clicked the purchase button to register my domain. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t very apprehensive and overwhelmed at the thought of maintaining a food blog for the coming year. But I pushed through my fears, and I couldn’t be prouder to say Clean Fingers Laynie is officially 1 year old!

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Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute

Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute -- Clean Fingers Laynie | This Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute takes less than 5 minutes to whip up and requires only 2 ingredients! Great to prep ahead and store in the pantry!
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This Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute takes less than 5 minutes to whip up and requires only 2 ingredients! Great to prep ahead and store in the pantry!

Making your own *almost* sugar-free brown sugar is so quick and simple. You only need to mix two ingredients together for 5 minutes, and you have your own low-carb brown sugar substitute.

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4 Ingredient High Quality Homemade Puppy/Dog Training Treats

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Finished Homemade Dog Training Treats

Yesterday (March 23rd) was National Puppy Day! This day was established by Colleen Paige in 2006.

National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.

– Colleen Page,

My husband and I recently welcomed a new puppy into our home! We have a 3 1/2 year old Bernese Mountain dog named, Snugglepumpkin (Snugs for short), and we felt it was time for her to have a sister. Orla was born on January 9, 2019, and she came home with us on March 1, 2019.

Snugs and Orla (March 2019)

If you are here, I’m sure you know how fun AND difficult it can be to train a new puppy. Everything is a brand new experience for them, and they are continually learning!

When 1 1/2 year old Snugs came home with us, it took us about 4 months to fully train her. Unsurprisingly, we are still in the process of training Orla. Thankfully, she has potty training down!

Buying training treats all the time can be very expensive, and many of the ingredients used in the treats are not very wholesome or “natural”. In an effort to save money, and to feed our girls a more healthy treat, I set out to make my own homemade dog treats.

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Avoiding “Keto Flu” on a Low-Carb Diet

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When you are on a low-carb diet, “keto flu” symptoms can strike any time–not just during the first week or two! But, you may not have to suffer! Avoiding “keto flu” on a low-carb diet is easy when you learn what foods and supplements to add to your diet to alleviate electrolyte deficiency symptoms.

What is the “Keto Flu”?

Overall, I love the low-carb diet! It doesn’t involve buying specialty products or prepackaged food. When eating a low-carb diet, my appetite dramatically decreases, I no longer have intense sugar cravings, and my afternoon energy slumps are practically non-existent. Additionally, this is the healthiest and most consistent way I’ve found to lose weight without feeling deprived.

If you have started a low-carb diet, you know how rough the first several days can be while your body is adjusting from being a sugar-burner to being a fat-burner!

Dog Wrapped in a blanket with "keto flu" or "electrolyte imbalance"
Avoid “Keto flu” symptoms! Balance your electrolytes through your diet!

“Keto flu” is a term used to describe flu-like symptoms associated with beginning, or during, a very low-carb ketogenic diet. However, it is not a “flu” at all; the “keto flu” should really be called electrolyte imbalance.

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