Vegetarian Cottage Pie

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Hi, 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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Holy goodness, my quads are on fire this morning! I did a really tough lower body workout at CrossFit yesterday, and, boy, am I feeling it today. Yowsahs.

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Check out this workout:

Back Squat: 5 x 5


“Honky Tonk”

20 Overhead Squats (75, 45)
10 Box Jump Overs (24, 20)

L3: (65, 35) (24, 20)
L2: (55, 25) (20, 15)
L1: empty bar OHS, (20, 15)

My quads are sore just thinking about it!

I worked with Kerrie on the Strength part of the workout. We did 3 warm-up sets and then did 5 sets of 5 reps at 140 pounds, so my legs were exhausted even before we started the WOD.

I used the prescribed weight for the Overhead Squats (45 pounds) and box for the Box Jump Overs (20 inches). I set up right near Kerrie and tried to keep up with her, but she smoked me. I finished 5 + 6 (5 rounds + 6 reps), and my legs were donezo.

After CrossFit, I came home and took Murphy for his second walk of the morning. When I took him out for his usual morning walk, he was not at all interested in doing his “business.” He was taking his sweet time””sniffing things, scavenging for food (it was trash day), and not focusing on going “potty,” so I took him back in the house and went to CrossFit. I actually grabbed an iced coffee to take with me on our second walk because I had a feeling Murphy was going to dillydally again””and he did. He’s soooo stubborn when he wants to be. It’s Murphy’s world; I’m just living in it.


A little while later, I made lunch, which was a ham and provolone wrap with lettuce and tomato.

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On the side, I had some fresh fruit, which was leftover from my sister’s shower.

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Delicious lunch!

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I spent the rest of the afternoon tackling my inbox, which, I’ve determined, is a scary place. I can’t keep up with it””even with all sorts of labels and folders. It’s a mess.


I eventually took a little break to make some juice. You’d think I’d be sick of drinking juice after a 3-day cleanse, but it actually made me like it more. I tried to recreate Citrus 2, but I didn’t get it quite right””I think I need more pineapple. I’m going to try it again today, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out. I need this juice in my life!

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I was excited when dinnertime rolled around because I had a delicious recipe in mind for Vegetarian Cottage Pie. When we were in Ireland, I saw a similar dish on a menu at a pub and immediately knew that I wanted to recreate it at home. I threw together this Vegetarian Cottage Pie last night, and it turned out so well. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Vegetarian Cottage Pie


  • 3 large potatoes, cooked (I used 2 Russet + 1 sweet potato)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

In a large pan, sauté onion in olive oil until it’s soft. Add carrots and vegetable broth, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Then, add celery, cover, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and mix in chickpeas.

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Add veggie-chickpea mixture to an oven-safe dish.


In a food processor (or blender), combine cooked potatoes with milk, butter, salt, pepper, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Spread potatoes on top of veggie-chickpea mixture and then sprinkle with shredded cheddar.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.


Remove from oven and serve immediately.

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Comfort food = YUM! I went back for a second serving of this stuff. It was so good!

Recipe makes 4-6 servings.

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I finished off the night with some chocolaty trail mix.

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