One Blog Post, Two Delicious Recipes

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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Let me tell you, there was some good eatin’ at the Haupert household last night. Here are two delicious recipes that I think you’ll want to try!

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Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Red Onions

Serves 4


  • 3/4 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into thick wedges
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 10-12 ounces whole wheat pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 425*F.

In a large bowl, toss together Brussels sprouts, red onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Hi, Murph.

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Add mixture to a large rimmed baking sheet and roast until veggies are golden brown, approximately 25 minutes.

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Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed.

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Then, cook bacon as directed and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any extra grease.

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When cool, break bacon into pieces.

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Add the roasted veggie mixture, bacon, and Parmesan to the pasta and toss to combine.

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Eat and enjoy!

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Mmm! This pasta dish turned out so well. Maybe it’s just because there were so many of my favorite flavors in it? I mean, Brussels sprouts + Parmesan + bacon is always a winning combination for me!

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For dessert, I whipped up a delicious batch of Frosted Date-Nut Cookies. Ooooh, yes, I did.

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Frosted Date-Nut Cookies

Makes 1 dozen cookies



  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup powered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Combine pitted dates and water in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add date puree and remaining cookie ingredients in a large bowl and mix until smooth.
  4. Portion batter using a tablespoon onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are firm to the touch and cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, combine butter, powered sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  6. When cookies are finished baking, remove from oven and allow to fully cool before frosting.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

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  1. Oh my gosh! That pasta dish looks and sounds so good! I’ll have to try it soon when bf isn’t home, as he hates Brussels… lol.

  2. The cookies look great. That frosting is such a simple and effective one.

    I am craving bacon Tina. Craving it so so bad. But I cannot find any organic, or hormone-free stuff where I live. This is a problem for me. I also have an intense craving for ground turkey and chicken sausage. But again, where I live (and with my finances) I simply cannot find the organic or “happy” stuff. I’m not perfect with buying organic and hormone-free chicken because I either often cannot find or afford, but I try to do that on a 50-50 basis and make a balance. But with things like bacon and ground meat, I’m not sure if I should do this or not.

  3. I love your recipes! Your ingredients are simple and luckily, I can find them all abroad πŸ™‚ Some recipes are too complicated and products are more limited in Europe. Thanks and keep em comin!!!

  4. Yum! I love Brussels sprouts, and adding bacon to them seems like the perfect idea. I have been wanting to try them with prosciutto for awhile now, so this looks like a recipe I could easily mix-and-match the ingredients to try something new.

  5. I just made a roasted tomato and kale pasta with bacon and it was amazing. No I know what to do with some Brussels sprouts I have in the fridge. Yum!!

  6. Looks delish! I know you do a lot of crossfit, i was just wondering why you haven’t gone paleo? My friend is a crossfitter and he said they ‘endorse’ the paleo lifestyle. I know they obviously don’t make one eat that way, but i was just curious of your opinion. Hope you have a great day!

  7. I have to give myself a high five for being nominated for Fitness’s Magazine’s Fiteratti Award in the category of “Best Healthy Eating Blog”!

  8. How do you feel about strapping a handful of those cookies to Murphy’s back and sending him on this way? They look delicious and I’d love to spend an afternoon playing with a cute little pug! Let me know what you think. πŸ˜‰

  9. I just “pinned” your recipe! My husband loves pasta but I don’t make it very often, but I love brussell sprouts so many this is how we can meet in the middle?! Also, your cookie creations are always so creative, can’t wait to try these ones!

  10. I just made this pasta dish tonight and it was incredible!! Only thing I did different was add roasted red peppers and used brown rice pasta. Yummy!!!

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