by jilldahan on January 26, 2014

Proceeds from the sales of Starting Fresh! will benefit the Boston Childrens Hospital surgical unit where my son has been treated the past 2 years.

Lemon Parmesan Pasta

by jilldahan on September 5, 2014

Summer holidays may be over and school is already in session but the sun is still shining and the air is still warm so there is no better time than now to whip up this deliciously, light, and quick pasta dish.  This really is a ‘no mess it up dish’ even if you have been avoiding the kitchen recently!  The sauce is simply a doddle with only 3 ingredients and the dish is a great way to use up extra veggies and/or grilled meat or chicken lurking in your fridge.  Dazzle your taste buds with lots of lemons which are packed with vitamin C and sunshine and olive oil which is brimming with all those good fats your brain and body are craving for! This pasta dish is great warm and also room temperature so make extra to ensure you have leftovers for lunch the next day! I love using De Boules Jerusalem artichoke pasta which has a slightly nutty taste.  Jerusalem artichokes are a root vegetable  from the sunflower vegetable family and are a great source of fiber (good for blood sugar) and high in potassium which can reduce blood pressure. Try any tasty nutritious pasta though as well as spaghetti squash too!


 lemon pasta with grater

Lemon Parmesan Pasta

Makes between 4-6 servings

1 pot boiling water (filtered if possible)
1 pkg dried pasta or fresh pasta ( I like De Boules Jeruselem Artichoke)
1 1/4 cups (5oz/150g) freshly finely grated parmesan cheese plus a bit extra for sprinkling
juice of 3 lemons
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 cup fresh basil leaves torn

1/2  cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 (2 oz/55g) freshly grated parmesan cheese
sauteed asparagus, broccoli, pepper, chicken, shrimp, or anything you fancy

Place oil, cheese, lemon, and garlic in a blender and blend on high until combined.  Boil water and cook pasta according to directions on packet.  Drain, toss with dressing, and let sit for 3-5 minutes to absorb sauce.  Top with  veggies and/or meat and torn basil leaves to serve.  Sprinkle with a bit of extra cheese if desired.



Jammy Cashew Cookies

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I love cookies and so do my family and friends! My ongoing cookie challenge requires them to taste decadent, appeal to the unhealthiest of cookie monsters, and nourish the body.  Oh and being gluten free and low glycemic is really important too. Luckily I love a kitchen challenge! Yesterday, after a trip to our local […]

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Depending on where you live now or in the next few weeks is the ultimate time to buy or pick local, juicy, sweet strawberries!  Our farmers market has some absolute beauties, so I decided to make this for a sampling at the market last Saturday!  This dish is almost effortless to put together, looked elegant, […]

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Oaty Bars

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These little gems are not only a doddle to whip up but they are wholesome and healthy enough to have everyday! They are a staple in my house during term times.  These bars make a great breakfast on the go, lunchtime treat, after school snack, or late night study break! You can even add dark […]

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Mum’s Deviled eggs

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Nobody makes deviled eggs like my mum! She has been making them for as long as I can remember and constantly gets requests to bring these to ‘dos’. They are always the first things to be gobbled up!  Now Easter and eggs, whether it be chocolate or chicken, go together like bunnies and carrots so I […]

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Good For You Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It was April fools day however this ‘good for you chocolate chip cookie’  is no April fools joke! They are as delicious as any decadent homemade favorite but packed  with  protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals too! These cookies are gluten free and  really low in sugar,  so no brain fog or tummy troubles after munching […]

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Springtime Spinach St Patty’s Day Roulade

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Springtime is here they tell us and yet looking out at my car the image coming back does not match! A cold and frosty day is in store in the South on this St Patrick’s Day. Typically people do all kinds of crazy things on this day from pinching anyone not wearing green to dying […]

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Ginger Cookies

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It’s this  time of year that bugs abound and I’m not talking about the summertime squashable ones! Everywhere people are sneezing and feeling peeky so I created this ginger cookie to tempt even the dodgiest  of tummies. It is full of protein, vitamins,  minerals, some antibacterial properties, and is low in sugar too with no […]

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