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.


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’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. Thanks for the great dinner recipe! My mom and I tried a risotto recipe a few weeks ago and now have a huge container of arborio rice to use up, this looks awesome!

  2. I would tell my teenage self to dream big and stop trying to prove myself to others. Do it for me and not to validate myself. I used to use this as a fuel to drive me (and it worked)…but at age 35 its just time to stop the nonsense. I have nothing to prove unless it is to myself.

  3. Good morning!
    My friend and I were JUST having this conversation (about high school, etc.) and I would definitely say this to my teenage self, “Enjoy this time… but know that there’s soooo much more waiting for you….”
    Thanks, Tina!
    Have a great day!

  4. I made almost the exact same thing for dinner last night–minus the feta! Need to try it with that!

    I would tell myself that I need to value who I am. No grade, man, or number on the scale defines your self worth. Figure out what’s important to you, and your path will fall into place. Too bad I’m just figuring that out now that I’m 31!

  5. Ooo, thanks for sharing that recipe! I am always looking for yummy vegetarian friendly dishes…especially easy ones that include spinach and mushrooms!

  6. I wish I could learn to like mushrooms! That recipe looks delish. Mushrooms always look good to me but I just done like em’ 🙁

    If i could talk to my teenage self I would tell her not to sweat the small stuff bc 10 years later those things do not matter anymore, they really did not matter then.

  7. I would tell myself that the guy I’d meet in Algebra class my senior year is a wonderful guy & marrying him is the best decision I’d ever make!! 😉

  8. Thanks for the recipe! I have a container of mushrooms in my fridge that I need to use ASAP!

    As for what I’d tell myself…
    1) You are not as heavy as you think you are.
    2) These people that you are “cool” are not. Stop worrying about them.
    3) Have more fun!

  9. Your dinner looks tasty! And I am drooling over your pots and pans. I have a link on my desk top to the 6 quart deep saute pan so I can oggle over it whever I want 😉

    I’ve been in a dinner rut myself. The weather has been warming up and I’ve been working on ‘cool weather food’ and am not transitioning quickly (hence no blog posts last week)… last night ended up making a merot meat sauce pasta bake for B and for the sake of my slim down project, I had (am working on for the blog) a baked tofu with peanut sauce, roasted veggies & quinoa with nooch.

    If I could say anything to teenage Mary:
    1) it doesn’t matter if ‘everyone’ thinks your nerdy
    2) embrace your nerdyness (lol)
    3) being ‘cool’ doesn’t mean anything after you graduate

  10. I would tell myself that things will get better, EVERYTHING happens for a good reason and to stop caring about making everyone happy and what others think. oh sometimes i wish I could call my teenage self and give her some advice!

  11. Hmm, I guess I would tell my teenage self that the best is yet to come and it will look nothing like my teenage self predicted!

  12. oddly enough, I would tell myself to run and just be active in general.
    I was by no means overweight or unhappy as a teen, but I was pretty insecure and shy. My Momma was always trying to get me to be more active because she knew it would help, but I pretty much ignored her-I was a teenager haha. When I started running in college, it gave me a reason to feel good about myself and it gave me something I could be proud of myself for. It majorly raised my self-esteem.
    I think I would have had a lot more confidence in myself if I had taken her advice and been more active as a teen.

  13. I would say, enjoy your teenage metabolism while you have it 🙂 That, and none of this will matter in 5 years. The best is yet to come.

  14. I would tell myself to stop being so obsessive. I worried about who liked me, who didn’t like me, what I was eating, what I wasn’t eating, etc.

  15. I would say “You Are NOT FAT!”
    For most of my childhood/teen years I felt like a fat girl. I see photos of that time and I was not fat at all. Why did I think that???

  16. I’d tell myself to not worry so much about what other people think, and maybe date around a bit more. (that sounds bad, but in my 20’s, I had one LONG serious relationship…and I kinda missed out on the dating scene and meeting new people..I’m now VERY happily married, so it all works out in the end, but if I could have a “do over” that’s what I’d do.)

  17. So many things to tell…

    People like you and want to be friends with you so be friendly back. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Spend a little more time studying and paying attention in class (would have saved me a lot of arguements with parents). Don’t worry what other people think about you. Do what you want to do – like running track. I really wanted to do it and chickened out but I’m making up for it now. 🙂

  18. 1. It gets so much better after high school.
    2. These people you think are so cool won’t be a blip on your radar in a year.
    3. Stop overplucking/wearing Abercrombie/straightening your hair! Embrace your natural beauty!

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