Take Back Dinnertime

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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Hi, friends! :mrgreen:

My 5-mile run went well. I ended up turning it into a tempo run, so I ran the first mile as a warm-up, then did three miles at a faster pace, and then cooled down with the final mile.

  • Mile 1: 8:59
  • Mile 2: 8:23
  • Mile 3: 8:27
  • Mile 4: 8:25
  • Mile 5: 9:36

Total: 43:53 (8:46 pace)

I was completely spent after running those three speedy miles, so I walked for a little bit as soon as I hit Mile 5. Once I caught my breath, I jogged the final mile at a much slower pace. Now, my legs are really tired. I wonder if I can convince Mal to give them a massage?

After my run, I stretched, foam rolled, and sat around in my sweaty clothes for much too long. (Why do I always do that?! Eww.) Before I knew it, it was time to take Murphy for his afternoon walk.

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Mal joined us today! I love it when the three of us take walks together. It makes it more of an “event” than just a walk around the block.

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The theme of this afternoon’s walk was sniff, sniff, sniff. We took lots of stops to smell things today.

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On our walk, I snacked on a nectarine. I love eating fresh fruit in the summer. I swear, it tastes way better than it does in the winter.

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Remember when I said that I wanted to get back in the kitchen and start cooking again? Well, how’s this for timing?!?


Real Simple recently contacted me about their Take Back Dinnertime challenge, which helps make dinnertime the best part of your day and you could win $2,000! Check this out:

Does getting a meal on the table every night stress you out? Are you in a cooking rut or do you feel like dinnertime turns into chaos at your house? Sign up for Real Simple’s Take Back Dinnertime challenge to get smart tips and ideas to help you cook healthier meals, get organized in the kitchen, find cooking inspiration, and feel more connected to your family at the table. Plus, you’ll be entered in a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes, including $2,000 in groceries.

Obviously, I am totally on board with this challenge. I love stuff like this. Remember my Cookbook Challenge? It got me in the kitchen, trying new recipes, and cooking delicious meals. I hope the Take Back Dinnertime challenge will give me the same results.

In the next several weeks, I plan to blog about the challenge and its related cooking tips, recipes, and easy dinnertime ideas. I hope you decide to join me! The challenge is open to everyone!

(I am partnering with Real Simple for this challenge because I think it’s a fantastic idea. They are not compensating me in anyway for my participation. I just really want to get my butt back into the kitchen and this is exactly the push that I need!)


My first recipe for the Take Back Dinnertime challenge was for Roast Pork and Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette. Go big or go home, baby!

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Mal and I spent a fortune on organic pork tenderloin from Whole Foods, so we were determined for this recipe to turn out perfectly.

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Mal took charge of the meat while I prepared the asparagus and vinaigrette. The pug supervised.

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The vinaigrette for this recipe was so tasty and called for just three ingredients: cider vinegar, whole grain mustard, and olive oil. Mmm! I also love that it’s so versatile. I plan to drizzle the leftovers on salads.

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While making dinner, Mal and I munched on some Kettle chips. This probably wasn’t a good idea because I ended up eating a million of them and not being all that hungry for dinner.

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But, luckily, dinner turned out really well and my appetite came right back.

Holy amazing! Mal and I agreed that this is one of the best meals we’ve cooked in our house in a lonnnngg time!

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For dessert, Mal and I enjoyed some candy from our friends’ wedding favors.

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I’m spending the rest of the night on the couch and catching up with my DVR. I heard some rumors that Bachelor Pad is super trashy– so does that mean I am going to love it or hate it?



  1. Props for running 5 miles in the afternoon! I am a morning runner, so unless I squeeze in some miles before lunch, no chance I’ll be running later in the day. Sad part I have to wake up at 5am to get my workouts done before heading to work 🙁

  2. I made a pork recipe like thi recently too, super easy right?? Btw Im addicted to the kettle BBQ chips too, it’s virtually impossible to eat just one!

  3. Love this challenge! I am in the process of remodeling and moving right now so my cooking has been pretty nonexistant but I think I am going to take this one once we’re settled in! Can’t wait to see all the great things you cook up!!

  4. You made me laugh when you said “After my run, I stretched, foam rolled, and sat around in my sweaty clothes for much too long. (Why do I always do that?! Eww.)”, as I was sitting down at my computer with my sweaty clothes after my run thinking the same thing! Why do I always do that!!!

    Murphy… as always … adorable.

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  6. OMG, you are going to love bachelor pad. Jake and Vienna are back.. the drama continues. And Michelle Money is back too… i can’t wait, i love mondays!!! I’d love to hear your thoughts about it every Wednesday since I don’t watch the show immediately.

  7. ahh! i planned on cooking this tonight, and whole foods in my area are all sold out of pork tenderloins! what gives?! can i use boneless pork chops?? also, when you say cider vinegar… is this apple cider vinegar? my grocery store didnt have just “cider vinegar”. cooking newby if you can’t tell.. embarrassing!!! but i’m trying!! need an answer ASAP, please, as i’m cooking this TONIGHT!! thanks!

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