A Night of Good Eats

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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What a delicious Sunday night dinner! I whipped up a big batch of pasta with all of the fixings and baked a yummy batch of cookies with enormous chunks of dark chocolate for dessert. It was a night of good eats! 😀

For dinner, I started by cooking a package of whole wheat and ground flaxseed linguine from Nella Pasta.


And then I combined leftover sausage, spinach, and marinara from last night’s pizza dinner to create a hearty meat sauce. I amped up its nutrient profile by throwing in some fresh spinach that blended right into the sauce.

I decreased the nutritiousness of the meal by adding a piece of Texas Garlic Toast. Texas Toast tastes frickin’ amazing, but the ingredient list is so scary! 😯 Oh well, eating one piece won’t kill me– and it was SO worth it! 😉


I ate dinner in front of the TV while watch the Pats with the guys. I snapped a pic of dinner on the kitchen counter before plopping down on the couch.


And, for dessert: Chocolate-Almond Butter Cookies!!! :mrgreen:


After my cookie mishap last week, I decided to utilize a plate for my dessert. The physical act of putting cookies to a plate and eating them one at a time, definitely helped me pace myself and satisfy my sweet tooth after just 3 cookies– instead of a the whole batch!


Chocolate-Almond Butter Cookies

Makes approximately 36 cookies



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks (I broke a Scharffen Berger bar into pieces)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds



  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until batter is blended evenly.
  • Use a tablespoon to portion cookies on a greased baking sheet, approximately 1-2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on wire rack.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Amazing cookies! Seriously, they are AWESOME! But, they’re awesome because they have a TON of sugar and a whole stick of butter in them. They’re definitely the type of cookies that you bake and share with others! I’m glad that the guys are eating them while they watch the game– otherwise, I’d devour them myself!

I can’t believe the weekend is just about over. It flew by! Enjoy the last few hours! 😎



  1. That pasta looks so unique. And that garlic bread ingredient list IS scary, but, oh well — you enjoyed it! Good idea about plating the cookies, too: I always find that taking a portion, plating it (thereby visualizing it = mental satisfaction), and then putting the rest away is much better than just “digging” into a bottomless container/bag, etc.

  2. This is TOO funny… I would never have expected a food blogger to be eating texas toast, but I literally had an internal WAR with myself in the freezer aisle a few weeks ago. I LOVE THIS STUFF but it’s, as you said, a bit scary. You may have just given me the go-ahead that I needed to purchase it, though.

    thanks 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. I’ve never had texas toast- it looks really good!

    The “put it on a plate” tip is a great one… that way, you know what you’re working with and it’s much more enjoyable! 🙂

  4. that sounds like a great recipe! i don’t know how you do it… I just tried to make some cookies with some random things I had on hand and OMG gross! i ended up throwing them out!

  5. So glad you enjoyed it! Our pasta is available for special order, just check out our blog at nellapasta.wordpress.com. We also have some fun holiday gift ideas so check it out!
    Thanks Tina!

  6. never had texas toast!! looks like buttery deliciousness…I am all about moderation…you MUST treat yourself once in a while 🙂 it looks fabulous…as do those cookies!!

  7. I absolutely love this blog. Thanks for a very real look into a very healthy lifestyle, indulgences included! It’s so nice to see someone who is working hard to stay healthy AND balanced!! I love the photos and the content, and I’m totally inspired! Keep up the great work…and I can’t wait to try the cookies!!

  8. I know what you mean– my boyfriend gets mad when I make cookies because he ends up eating them all! I used to live with a lot of roommates and would share the wealth!

  9. I have to admit…I’ve never succumbed to the Texas Toast, but it has been a close call MANY times. Now, seeing your photo of the TT…I don’t think I’ll win my internal battle the next time around. It looks delish!

  10. I made cookies tonight too and my batch had 1.5 sticks of butter… and I made them large so that 1 would satisfy me, but they are too delicious to stop at just one. Oops. Sounds like a fun night and great eats! 😀

  11. I’ve never had Texas Toast, but just looking at it, I know I would love it!

    Baked goods are my number one weakness! Good job moderating this batch!

  12. i made the cookies for my roommate and me tonight! they’re unusual (i used nonfat yogurt rather than sour cream, which gave them a nice tang) and really buttery and delicious! we’ve each eaten a bunch!

  13. I’m a huge pasta fan. I remember in high school every Friday before the football game the coaches would take us to Olive Garden to eat spaghetti. I loved that part of the day.


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