Can’t Live Without ”˜Em

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

I love vegetables. Really, I do.

As a kid, my mom exposed my sister and me to many different kinds of vegetables. There was always a collection of veggies in our kitchen. My mom worked at a farm stand, so she always brought home fresh produce, which meant she’d prepare at least one vegetable, if not two, for dinner. My mom wasn’t “running a restaurant” (as she’d always say), so my sister and I had the option of eating the vegetables, making our own dinner, or going hungry. We quickly learned to like veggies! 😉

Many years later, I still enjoy eating vegetables, especially when they’re incorporated into fun dishes, like those in Mollie Katzen’s The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without.


I love this cookbook… and Mollie Katzen! 😀 I met her when I worked for the Dean of Harvard, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. Mollie is such a sweet, friendly, and down-to-earth person. I really enjoyed chatting with her about healthy living and, of course, her cookbooks.


In addition to a zillion delicious and easy-to-make veggie recipes, The Vegetables Dishes I Can’t Live Without is also an adorable cookbook. It’s full of drawings and doodles by Mollie herself.


Super cute, right?! 😉

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And the best part about this cookbook is the personalized message from Mollie inside. She wrote:

To Tina, fellow voyager! Eat many more leaves! Stems, too. All my best, Mollie Katzen.

Reading her words today still make me happy! 😀



For lunch, I whipped up a batch of Feta-Walnut Stuffed Cucumbers from The Vegetables I Can’t Live Without. This might just be my favorite recipe from the cookbook, but there’s still a bunch that I haven’t made yet. I might need to change that sooner than later! 😉


Mom, why are you taking photos of those cucumbers?!


On the side, I had a salad made with baby spinach, grape tomatoes, salt & vinegar chickpeas, and balsamic vinegar.


Awesome lunch.


After lunch, I had two Sandwich Thins with peanut butter and chocolate + peanut butter chips on top. Mmm! This treat never gets old.



Before lunch, I hit the gym for a treadmill workout. It’s cold and rainy here today, so I opted not to run outside. Now, I’m really glad that I swapped my 5-mile run earlier this week.


Track Workout 1

2 lap warm up, 6 X’s 400M, 2 lap warm down, 1 lap rest
Pace based off of 5k race time

Here’s the workout that I did on the treadmill this morning:

  • 0.50 miles @ 6.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 7.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 7.4 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.5 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 7.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.4 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 7.4 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.4 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.5 mph

Total: 4.0 miles in 36:32

I actually kind of like running on the treadmill for speed workouts. It definitely helps me push myself– much more than I could outside on the track. For instance, putting the treadmill up to 7.4 helped me push myself to keep that pace for the whole 0.25 miles. If I was outside, I’d probably slow my pace once I got tired. On the treadmill, I almost always keep my pace up until the end of the interval. See, treadmills aren’t all bad! 😉



While writing this post, I sipped on a mug of Winter Dream Tea that my friend, Beth, gave to me when she and her husband visited Mal and me in Boston last winter.


Nine months ago, Beth told me that this tea was delicious and I needed to try it. Somehow, I never did.

This afternoon, it was finally time to give it a whirl and it’s a-mazing, just like Beth said it would be. I used steamed soy milk instead of water, so it’s sweet and creamy and wonderful. The tea is a blend of rooibos, black tea, cinnamon, and spices. It’s perfect for this time of year.


Up next: Pug walk + dinner.



  1. I love this cookbook! One of my favorites, too.

    I feel that the treadmill has an unfair reputation. I, too, enjoy doing speedwork on the treadmill. It’s so easy to be aware of – and maintain – your pace. I sort of like knowing that, when I bump the pace up to 8.0, I *have* to keep up with it, or else I will fall off the treadmill and look like a total idiot. 🙂

  2. Those cucumbers look awesome. And I love the look of that cookbook. I am trying to like vegetables and I am trying to learn different ways to prepare them. Sounds great.

  3. I have been cut off from purchasing new cookbooks but I have to have that one. It’s nice and skinny so I should be able to sneak it onto my bookshelf without anyone noticing.

  4. When I was a kid I never understood the cliches about kids hating broccoli, asparagus, etc. because I loved them! As I got older I realized that many kids weren’t as open to new foods as I was. Now, I’m SO glad that my parents opened me up to different foods – I am not picky at all! 😛

  5. I did a speed workout on the treadmill today, too! I don’t have any tracks that are easily accessible, so I decided (during my cool down today) to schedule a biweekly speed workout on the tm! Speed keeps it interesting. 🙂
    BTW, I LOVED the Murphy post this a.m.!!!

  6. That stuffed cucumber recipe sounds great…..I just saved your tag to the recipe on to my favorites. I can’t wait to make it!! Mmm that tea sounds yummy with the soy milk!

  7. This looks like such a cute cookbook. I remember seeing this recipe before on your blog and wanted to make it but forgot. Thank you for reminding me about it. 😉

  8. OMG!! You’re using the same treadmill that I use at my gym!!!! That makes me so happy and more proud of working out!! 😀

    That’s a super-cute cookbook! I’m sure there’s a pumpkin recipe or two that you’re going to make soon! 😉

  9. Ok, my gym has those same treadmills and I just have to ask if the buttons bother you or if I’m just a crazy person. It bugs me TO NO END that you can’t use the number pad to punch in the speed you want and then just press enter for the belt to speed up like most treadmills I’ve used. Instead, you have to press the up arrow (which you have to push just right becuase it’s not very sensitive) a MILLION times to slowly get up to the speed you want. Is there a trick that I am missing??

  10. I am a fan of vegies, but it is difficult to think of new and exciting ways to prepare them. Thanks for the yummy recipes. Healthful living is something I am trying to make more of a priority in my life.

  11. FYI, I went right to Amazon and ordered this cookbook because of this post. I wanted that cucumber feta recipe! I’m hosting wine night with my girlfriends tomorrow night and I’m going to make it. Can’t wait to try other stuff in the book too. Thanks for the tip!

  12. Oh man, Mollie Katzen really is the best. When I give people my desert island cookbook list (and when I suggest essentials for people) it’s Moosewood all the way. It’s like a magic hat, and each time I dig in there is something else to discover every time.

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