Last Night’s Dinner

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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I’m going to do things a little different this morning. 😉

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve slacked on posting my dinners lately. It’s mostly because they’ve been really boring. Last week, for example, I ate cereal one night, yogurt another night, and a peanut butter and banana sandwich another. There’s nothing wrong with these meals, but they’re not very exciting either.

This week, however, I got my act together and planned some dinners for the week. This, of course, helps with my grocery budget and the types of meals that I cook.


Last night’s dinner was creamy Arborio rice with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and crumbled feta. It was quite delicious”” definitely better than expected!

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Arborio Rice with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Feta


  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 10-ounce package of sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 bag of unthawed frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Feta crumbles
  • Garlic Gold 
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook Arborio rice in chicken broth. (I used these instructions.)
  • Coat sauté pan with olive oil. Add mushrooms, spinach, Garlic Gold, and salt & pepper. Sauté mushrooms until they are soft.
  • Once rice is finished cooking, stir in grated Parmesan.
  • Combine rice and veggie mixture; stir well.
  • Serve with feta crumbled sprinkled on top.

Makes 4 servings

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The feta was key to this meal. It really enhanced the flavors of the mushrooms and spinach.

The best part about this meal is that it took practically no time to cook since you can easily prepare the rice and veggies at the same time. It was also really filling. It’s a keeper!

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After dinner, I enjoyed a piece of whole wheat bread with almond butter and chocolate chips on top.

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[fast forward to this morning]


Mal asked me to cook him breakfast this morning, so I made us a big batch of oatmeal with all of the fixings.

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In the mix:

  • Oats
  • Banana
  • Pecans
  • Raisins
  • Ground flaxseed meal
  • Almond butter

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I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk.

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Question of the Day

If you could say one thing to yourself as a teenager, what would you say?



  1. 1) Don’t be so worried about being ‘cool’. The cool people won’t be your friends in ten years time – the nerdy elementary school friends will be friends for life.

    2) Kiss the boy.

  2. I love the question of the day. I went to the beach yesterday and I was surrounded by obnoxiously loud teenagers. It was so annoying. I was still thinking about it this morning and I wondered if I was the same way. I probably was. ew.

    I would look back to myself and say, “Your Mom is right, that guy is an idiot, you should break up with him ASAP!”

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