Peas and Thank You

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.

Awhile back, Mama Pea asked me to be part of her official blog tour for her new book Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love. Of course, I jumped at the chance. A few weeks later, her publisher sent me her new cookbook to preview.

When the package arrived at my house, I enthusiastically ripped it open. I even said “YESSSS” out loud and then did this weird Mary Katherine Gallagher-like jump and held the book over my head. I have no idea how it happened, but I was psyched to have Mama Pea’s cookbook in my hands.


I’ve been reading the Peas and Thank You blog for a long time now. It’s one of my favorites, and I read it everyday. Mama Pea’s posts are witty, cleaver, and absolutely hilarious (I love her one-liners about Pea Daddy and Pea Kitty), and her recipes are out of this world. Her new cookbook is no different.


The Peas and Thank You cookbook is FULL of amazing recipes”” and they’re really not just for vegans or vegetarians. The recipes look and sound so delicious, you won’t even realize that they are meatless. Even Mal was excited about a number of them, including Thai Veggie Burgers, Indian Shepard’s Pie, Lulu’s Mac and Cheese, and Pea Daddy’s Jambalaya.

I, of course, flipped immediately to the dessert recipes. In fact, within minutes of having the Peas and Thank You cookbook in my possession, I found myself in the kitchen whipping up a batch of Cutout Sugar Cookies. They were so easy to make and tasted ridiculously good. I also loved that they didn’t require a huge list of hard-to-find ingredients. I had all of them in my house already. Ok, I didn’t have any vegan margarine, but regular butter worked just fine! Mal and I finished the entire batch of cookies in less than 24 hours.


I love, love, love Mama Pea’s cookbook. I can’t wait to make more recipeas from it.

Three Questions Thursday

It’s Three Questions Thursday again! Here are this week’s questions!

I’m training for my first marathon and would love to see what training plan you’re following for your second marathon! would you be able to post it or send it to me?

Unfortunately, I don’t have my marathon training plan all laid out in one place. My running coach sends me my workouts week-by-week, so I do them as I get them. However, if you check out my training page that includes my DailyMile profile, you can get an idea of what type of mileage I am doing and when. You can also check out my TNT Training Schedule, which has all of my workouts from my first marathon.

I am in the market for a Garmin and was just wondering which model you use and if you are satisfied with it. Has it helped you in your running? Do you mind me asking where you got yours and how much it was? The 305 is on sale at Amazon right now for $130 and am thinking of biting the bullet.

I own the Garmin 305 and I LOVE it! Check out my Garmin 305 review. I bought mine from Amazon, but I can’t remember how much I paid for it. I actually think I paid a lot more than $130, so I think that’s a pretty good deal. Having a Garmin for my half and marathon training has been essential. I don’t think I could do it without one!

I gain muscle in my legs EXTREMELY easily, and I’d prefer to keep them leaner than bulky. During the Body Pump classes I have taken, I have omitted using weights for squats/lunges because I definitely don’t want my legs any bigger (bulky muscle). What are your thoughts on this?

As far as bulking up, I don’t think you have anything to worry about– unless, you plan on taking supplements or steroids! Muscles get big because of the presence of testosterone. Women generally have low levels of it, so they don’t tend to bulk up from lifting weights. Plus, Body Pump uses low weight and a ton of reps, which won’t give you those big, bulky muscles. Personally, I’ve seen my legs slim down and get more defined since starting to take regular Body Pump classes, and those two tracks are always my heaviest weights of the day.

Question of the Day

What are your favorite cookbooks?

P.S. There’s still time to enter my Ebates giveaway! And local folks: Make sure you enter my giveaway for an Eversave to Tommy Doyle’s! There’s locations in Harvard Square. Kendall Square, and Hyannis.



  1. My favorite go-to cookbook is Best Recipes Light by Cooks Illustrated. They have tested all of their recipes a million different ways to make it “lighter” and then publish the tastiest outcomes. Every single thing that I have made is incredible!

  2. Ahhh I keep reading everyone’s preview posts of Mama Pea’s cookbook and I cannot wait to get it!!! The cookies you made from the book look fabulous and it’s good to know how easy they were to make!

    ALSO good to know is how essential you think having a Garmin watch is for marathon training. I’m training for a half and have been going back and forth about getting one. My Sister just got one and is absolutely in love with it. She got the Garmin Forerunner 110. They are just soooo expensive. But yours seems like it has lasted you and will continue to last you… I gotta do it haha

  3. I want to get this cookbook!!! My fav recipes, truly, come from my mama and grandma. Otherwise, I do love my Nigella Lawson one, and I’m dying to get Babycakes’ cookbook as well as Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill! I basically am a cookbook hoarder. 😉

  4. That is a terribly difficult question as I managed a cookbook store and own about a thousand…. But, this week’s favorites: Heidi’s Super Natural Every Day (101 Cookbooks), Nigel Slater’s ‘The Kitchen Diaries’ – his journal of a years meals. Alice Hart’s “Vegetarian” – she’s British, and writes a column occasionally for the NYTimes…

    Have a great weekend Tina!

  5. Favorite cookbooks: Happy Herbivore Cookbook, Rachael Ray’s Look & Cook, any of the Cooking Light year in recipes cookbooks. I’ll have to check this one out, too!

  6. I just got my Garmin on Amazon for $130 too! They have a few newer models out, but they are essentially the same thing as the 305 — just a few more high-tech bells and whistles for the super hardcore athletes — which I most certainly am NOT. The only problem I’ve had with it is that it seems to have trouble working 100% in the city…I live in a really populated area, and sometimes I will have to run for about a mile before the satellites are finally picked up. I’m pretty sure this would be true of ANY gps watch/HRM, but something to consider if you’re worried about the cost. Good luck!

  7. thanks for your input on the garmin! I may begin training for a half marathon, and I’m realizing that there is no way I can train without it!!! I need to start a Garmin fund, though, woe is me college self….

  8. To the person who asked about Body Pump and weights, I feel your pain! I’ve never done that class, but I do know what happens when I start doing lots of lower-body weights. It’s not like my legs become huge “run guns,” but I do know it gets a little less-than-ladylike for some people.

    I’ve found that barre and pilates-type exercises work really well to work on the legs without bulking them up. I am in the process of reviewing some barre DVDs so that I can achieve the results without going to the $$$ classes.

  9. I think MP’s book will soon become my favorite!! I have a hard time sticking to a recipe, but I do like the Better Homes cookbook and Julia child’s cookbook! 😀 I love how MP’s book is so nice to look at and not cluttered, nor plain (from what I can see here)

  10. Sounds like a great recipe book!!

    I agree, women will NOT bulk up, even if they ‘easily’ do, in BP just because of the way the class is designed. As a BP instructor, watching the actual BP launchers (the international trainers) is amazing. They all have a lot of weight, but all of the women look fit, cut, strong, and slim. Besides, lifting weights is empowering!!

  11. Hi, Tina!
    Okay, I added Carrots ‘n’ Cake on my blog roll, but I’m new to this and I don’t know how to link it correctly haha but I didn’t know if it was protocol to tell the people of the page’s you linked to! so just fyi! 🙂

  12. What! How have I not known about this blog?!? Thank you so much for introducing it to me. I just spent the past hour reading through some of her more recent posts and trying not to laugh out loud at my desk. Random laughing = getting caught reading blogs. I cannot wait to buy her new book and give it away as a gift. Does anyone know if it is available in Canada? We are so behind up here!

  13. I love Veganomicon and Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moscowitz! Her recipe for vegan breakfast sausages is AMAZING whether you eat meat or not!

  14. Even though I’m an experienced cook, my favorite “go to” cookbook is How to Cook Everything. Whenever I have a question about a particular ingredient, how long to cook something or I’m looking for a simple recipe, it’s in there! Another new favorite of mine is From Asparagus to Zucchini. The book as great tips on how to choose, store and cook my farm market and CSA veggies!

  15. My favorite cookbook is the antithesis of healthy cooking! It’s Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Made the Lemon Poppy seed Muffins with Raspberry jam and they were out of this world!

  16. Mama Pea is GREAT! Can’t wait to see her cookbook! I have a borderline unhealthy 🙂 cookbook obsession, so would be pretty hard pressed to say what my favorite is. I’ve been using one called Healthy Helpings by Noreen Gillitz alot lately, and I LOVE Jamie Oliver’s Italian book. Have a good day.

  17. Love the Pea’s blog and can’t wait to get my hands on the cookbook!! I’m so excited to cook my way through all of the goodies in it 🙂

  18. I am so getting this cookbook! I need to find a new one to make recipes from. I love my Taste of Home but I need something new. 🙂

  19. Being an Aussie, my favourite cook books are Bill Granger! His food is so yummy, not complicated, just basic everyday food! I will be making his Pear & Berry Oat loaf tomorrow!

  20. I love to cook so I have a ton of cookbooks. My go to is the old school 1980’s Southern Living cookbook. For healthier eats, the South Beach Diet cookbooks have some really tasty recipes. I can’t wait to check out Mama Pea’s cookbook!

  21. My all time favorite baking cookbook is The Joy of Vegan Baking. I have tried most of her recipes and every one of them is yummy! I am somewhat of a cookbook person and usually read my cookbooks cover to cover. I am very excited to see so many new Vegan cookbooks coming out!

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