Guest Post: 3 Simple Reasons to Get Homecookin’

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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Hello from Atlanta, Georgia!  First of all, let me start by saying that I have been a loyal Carrots ”˜N’ Cake reader for well over a year now.  Tina has had a huge impact on my quest not only for health, but as well as finding out that I can balance my healthy eating by indulging in all of my favorite foods.

homecookedemMy name is Emily, lovingly called Em by my friends and family, and I have a little blog that I started last May called homecookedem’s blog.  My blog name says a lot about me.  I truly love eating at home – for many reasons!

First of all, my husband Andrew is an amazing cook.  He never follows recipes and has pretty much taught himself everything he knows about cooking.  There’s something very romantic about working together to prepare a nice meal.  Cooking at home gives us a chance to reconnect after a long day over a warm meal.

Also, eating at home saves us a lot of money.  I don’t know the exact amount we save each month, but by only going out to eat about once a month, I’m certain we save at least $200 per month.  When you think that we’re saving around $2400 in year, that is a huge benefit in itself!

We all know that eating at home is overall much healthier.  By cooking at home, we can rest easy knowing exactly what is being put into each of our meals, with Love of course being the ingredient used most often!  We both have a passion for pizza, french fries, and hamburgers.  But by making them at home we can transform these favorites by using gluten-free crust for pizza, baking our fries, and making veggie burgers in lettuce wraps. My husband has celiac disease, so eating out can make it a challenge to know for sure that the foods or products used do not contain gluten.  And there is no tempting platter of desserts brought to out dinner table once dinner is finished!

I am not trying to make a claim that you should never eat out at restaurants.  Andrew and I really enjoy going out every once in a while for a nice relaxing meal that we don’t have to cook.  Some dishes from our favorite restaurants just simply can’t be recreated as perfectly. Getting all dressed up and getting in the car to go out for the night is much more exciting than it would be if it was a normal occurrence.  There just seem to be a lot more benefits from eating at home most of the time and it works for us.


Gluten Free pizza with chicken, pineapple, and green peppers



  1. I totally agree with you! Going out to eat should be a SPECIAL occurance! My roomate and her bf go out every night! Spending tons of money n she is always broke!

  2. I’ve been a lot better about cooking at home lately. Now I just have to find some more recipes. I tend to get overwhelmed by recipes with long lists of ingredients or foods I’ve never tried before. But, I bought lees today for the first time to try making potato leek soup so I’m on my way.

  3. I definitely think it’s fun to cook at home! I love knowing exactly what is going in my food and being able to make modifications to make the meals healthier. I also find that a lot of times it’s nicer and more relaxing just to eat at home – it’s much quieter and you don’t have to rush to finish your meal.

  4. Tina, thank you for the opportunity to be featured on your fabulous blog!! What an honor!! 🙂 And thank you to all of the above commenters for such positive feedback!!

  5. Great guest post! I couldn’t agree more that home cooking is an incredibly relaxing activity. This may sound weird, but I love preparing my own meals and connecting with the food I prepare. Knowing everything that goes into to it just gives me a certain assurance and joy.

    It’s so easy to fall into the take-out/eat-out trap, but less is more when you reserve dining out for special occasions. I’d rather save my money for an unforgettable meal at my favorite restaurant than waste it on some forgettable fast-food/take-out joints.

  6. Awesome post. I actually prefer eating at home because I know what exactly I’m eating. And yes, when we do eat out it’s much more special. 🙂

  7. I would love to see the recipe for baked fries as I am always looking for ways to enjoy the tasty potato without blowing up. French fries are one of my downfalls.

  8. Susan,

    For baked fries, simply slice up your potatoes in fry shapes, preheat your oven to 450 degrees, spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray, put your potatoes on the pan and season them, and let them bake for 15 minutes, turn them, and then bake appx. 15 more minutes or until done.

    Hope this helps! 🙂

  9. I definitely agree with you about eating at home! My hubby and I live in Europe and with the exchange rate right now, it saves us a lot of money eating at home!! I love cooking/baking, and so does my hubby! We like to connect at the end of the day like you guys do too! Plus, we KNOW what goes into our food including fat and salts! Then, I don’t feel guilty when I eat a cookie that I have made because I know exactly what went into it!

  10. Loved your post, Em! I think that is so true – eating at home is so good for us, on so many levels! And I think with more and more people having food allergies, it’s just another reason to cook at home.

    That pizza looks amazing, by the way!

  11. Yay Em for the guest post! So true about the benefits of eating at home *and* how eating out is more special when it’s a less common occurrence 🙂

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