Tortellini, Pancakes, Wieners & Birthdays

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 pretty sure I just won the award for Worst Post Title EVER! I really couldn’t think of anything clever. I’m sorry. I hope this title makes you laugh (and not roll your eyes).

I did not want to get out of bed this morning. Well, I feel like this most mornings, but it’s usually not as painful to get out of bed. Even once I was awake for awhile and walking around the house, I still had that terrible sick-tired feeling. You know the one where you can picture yourself comfy and cozy in bed because you want to climb back in so badly? How come I never get this feeling on the weekends when I can go back to bed?

Last Night’s Dinner

Barilla is challenging Foodbuzz Featured Publishers to create a meal with their tortellini for a chance to win a trip to Italy. I love tortellini, so I figured I had nothing to lose throwing my recipe into the mix. Plus, I would love to win a trip to Italy!

Springtime in Italy Tortellini

Serves 2


  • 2 cups cooked Barilla Tortellini
  • 4 cups cooked spaghetti squash
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350*F and cook spaghetti squash according to these directions.
  • Cook tortellini according to directions on package. Cool in refrigerator.
  • Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and arugula with spaghetti squash. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Cool mixture in refrigerator.
  • Serve spaghetti squash mixture and top with tortellini, red pepper flakes (to taste), and grated Parmesan (to taste). 
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Tortellini is sometimes thought of as a heavy, high-calorie food, but this recipe shows that it can also be a lighter and healthier dish. The spaghetti squash and arugula add volume and nutrients without a lot of calories and the tortellini adds a good amount of bulk and substance to the meal. This cold salad is perfect for warm weather, but it won’t leave you hungry.

After dinner, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a Sandwich Thin topped with sunflower butter and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds from the Easter Bunny.

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Another reason that I forced myself out of bed this morning: PANCAKES!!!

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Last night, I whipped up the batter for my Really Good Pancake Recipe and stored in the refrigerator overnight, so all I had to do was cook it up this morning. (I used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose.)

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I toped my pancakes with strawberries, plain yogurt, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Holy delicious!

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Speaking of “really good” recipes, I finally updated my Recipe page, so all of my favorite recipes are organized and all in one place. Be sure to check it out!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CAITLIN! I hope you have a wienerful day!


Question of the Day

When is your birthday?

I love finding birthday twins! Mine is June 19th, Murphy‘s is June 14th, and Mal’s is May 23rd.

P.S. Melissa is giving away a signed copy of my book on her blog today!!!



  1. OMG I love that card, haha!

    Your tortellini dish looks good.. I have one in mind for the contest but not sure if I’ll have time to make it, so we will see. Good luck 🙂

  2. Combining spaghetti squash and actual pasta… genius! Looks like a summer salad for sure! I never thought about making pancake batter the night before. I struggled out of bed this morning too, and ended up oversleeping. Gross feeling to be in a rush!

  3. Hannah, my sister’s is May 22nd too! Mine is May 25th, and my parents’ anniversary is May 21st. It’s a busy week, but was even busier when we were still in school and you threw end-of-school-parties and/or graduations into the mix. One year, my sister turned 18, I turned 21, she graduated from high school and I graduated from college within a 2 week period!

  4. Mine is August 7th! I love finding birthday twins as well. My puppy Charlie turns 1 on June 20th! So he’s close to you and Murphy 🙂 My fiance’s is October 25th!

  5. also wanted to say I’ve read your blog for about 2 years now and love it! I just ordered your book and can’t wait to read it 🙂 I’m going to try that tortellini recipe…great way to add some veggies to pasta!

  6. That tortellini dish looks soo good! My birthday’s December 18th. Mal has the same birthday as my mom lol

  7. Yay for birthday twins! I guess me and Mal are bday twins.. yay for May 23rd! Oh and pancakes are a great reason to get out of bed! 🙂 LOL!

  8. My birthday is December 31st. Everybody celebrates my birthday! With fireworks even! Sure, they SAY it’s for New Year’s Eve, but I know better.

    And to call back to a prior post, my birthday twin is Joey from NKOTB. But my favorite was always Jordan.

      1. @Tina: my pug/boxer (who still hasnt been featured on Blog Dogs..(he’s being patient!! 🙂 ) ) was born on June 15! 🙂

        1. @chelsea: I’m posting the dog photos in the order that I received them. I’m still on February 8 with more than 300 photos to post, so it might be a little while. Hang tight!

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