4 Ingredient High Quality Homemade Puppy/Dog Training Treats

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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, www.nationalpuppyday.com

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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Instant Pot Italian Marinara Pasta

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If you are using your Instant Pot (or other multi-cooker) for the first time, or if you need a quick and easy weeknight recipe, look no further. This Instant Pot Italian Marinara Pasta recipe is so simple, fast, and tasty! The sausage, onion, and tomato sauce infuses into the pasta to create a flavorful Italian dish great for any night of the week!

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Quick and Easy Air Fryer Turnovers (Apple)

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Make quick and easy flaky, crispy, and gooey air fryer turnovers at home using any pie filling or additional add-ins (like nuts or Nutella)!

Confession: my husband and I have a serious addiction to Arby’s! We seriously can’t get enough! With our meal, each of us will get a turnover as a snack for later. Jonny’s turnover of choice is the apple turnover and mine is the cherry turnover. Here’s the thing though… I don’t like fruit pies. But, there’s something about those turnovers that have my heart. I think I like them so much more because they are not made with traditional pie crusts.

Since our addiction is reaching ridiculous proportions, I attempted to make the turnovers at home. I am so happy with how they turned out! To make a basic turnover, you really only need two ingredients (pie filling and pastry dough). Below, I explain how to make apple turnovers, but you can use this recipe with any pie filling or additional add-ins (like nuts or the Nutella I used in a few turnovers)!

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Low-Carb Crispy Garlic Butter Parmesan Wings

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A secret ingredient makes these finger-licking, baked low-carb garlic butter Parmesan chicken wings stay juicy and have an extra-crispy skin without frying!

I’ve been pushing myself outside my comfort zone by preparing foods I dislike or have avoided for years. There are some foods I still don’t like, but I have discovered other foods I really enjoy now! I’m so proud of myself for challenging my preconceived notions by giving foods another chance.

Wings are one of those foods I gave a second chance, and I’m so glad I did! I never expected I would love eating meat off the bone. The meat stays juicy, the skin is crispy, and the garlic butter Parmesan sauce takes these wings over the top! While this recipe is not low calorie, it is low-carb friendly.

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Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake

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Spoon and Ramekin of Low-Carb Chcocolate Lava Cake

Do you want know how many times I have made this low-carb chocolate lava cake? Well, I can’t tell you because I stopped counting… I make this single-serving dessert whenever I have a chocolate craving (whether or not I am eating low-carb). It is so rich and delicious you would never know you were eating something with around 2 grams of carbohydrates. Plus, you can make this ooey-gooey chocolate lava cake with less than 7 ingredients in less than 7 minutes!

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Copycat Johnny Carino’s Italian Nachos

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These Italian Nachos, developed by my dad, are a copycat for the appetizer found at the Italian restaurant, Johnny Carino’s. They would make a stunning appetizer for your Super Bowl party, but they are also amazing eaten as full meal. Since, the Carino’s in Utah closed, we can still enjoy these whenever we have the craving for them.

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Low-Carb Broccoli Soup

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Cropped Low Carb Broccoli Soup with Keto Garlic Butter Bread

My History with Broccoli Soup

Due to an unfortunate event when I was about 13 years old, I avoided broccoli soup for a long time. My dad made broccoli cheddar soup for dinner, and I kept finding little black “things” in my soup. Rather than eat the soup, I kept moving it around in my bowl inspecting the black things until I found one that had long legs… Ugh!!! By the time I made my “discovery”, my brother and my dad had already devoured their bowls of soup. My dad had not properly washed the broccoli while preparing the soup, and there were lots of little black bugs living in the florets of the broccoli. My whole family was thoroughly disgusted, and we threw away the uneaten soup. So, the moral of the story when using fresh broccoli is to wash your broccoli well!

A few years ago, I got the “bug” to try broccoli soup again. I have so many favorite recipes for other vegetable soups including potato soup, carrot soup, and cauliflower soup, and I wanted to give broccoli soup one more chance.

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Jonny’s 7-Layer Bean Dip

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Growing up, my family ate 7-Layer Bean Dip on almost a weekly basis, and I always enjoyed it. When I first met my husband Jonny, he introduced me to his version of 7-Layer Bean Dip. Consequently, I will never go back to the way my family used to make it!

My favorite 7-layer bean dip! Jonny's 7-Layer Bean Dip.
Jonny’s 7-Layer Bean Dip has been carefully refined over the years! It’s the perfect mix of fresh pantry ingredients. Give the best 7-Layer Bean Dip a try!

Compared to Jonny’s version, my family’s version is boring and bland (and remember, I used to eat it weekly). Jonny’s version of 7-Layer Bean Dip is the perfect mix of fresh ingredients and pantry ingredients.

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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!

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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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