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.

Easy Peasy Good for you Almond Cakes

by jilldahan on February 22, 2017

Crave a cake? Fancy one that is as good tasting as it is good for you?  Look no further than these super quick, nutrient dense scrummy cakes!  These cakes use almonds and cassava flour which make them naturally gluten free and chock full of body hugging goodness! Eggs have impressive health credentials too as both the whites and the yolks are rich in protein, vitamins, and essential minerals like betaine and choline which promote heart health and are essential for supporting that all important brain. So if the cake craving kicks in or you just have a reason to celebrate get cracking and make your friends and families tummies do a cake filled happy dance!


Easy Peasy Good For you Almond Cake

6 mini bundt cakes or 2 – 8 inch rounds

4 large eggs, responsibly laid

4oz (113g) unsalted butter

2/3 cup (113g) coconut sugar

1/3 cup(56g) organic cassava or unbleached flour

3/4 cup (113g) organic or steamed whole almonds, ground until very fine like flour

1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder

1/4 tsp organic almond extract

1/4 cup all fruit berry jam


1/2 tsp almond extract

1/3 cup (3oz) unsalted butter

8oz cream cheese

1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder

2 tsp hot water

1/2 to 2/3 cup (70g) organic powdered sugar or finely ground coconut sugar

Mix all the cake ingredients together in a bowl with electric beaters until all combined. Pour into greased and floured cake pans or mini bundt pans and bake at 350F for  about 15-18 minutes until top springs back.

Beat together frosting ingredients and spread between layers of cooled cakes and top with jam and drizzle extra frosting on top.


Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Ball

November 15, 2016

Starting Fresh is supporting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation by contributing cookbooks for each of the attendees at the upcoming Angel Ball November 21st, 2016 in New York City.  The mission of the foundation is to raise important funds to develop more effective therapies for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers. Angel Ball 2016   The signature […]

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Post Feast Frittata

November 15, 2016

Gobbled out and need a quick non stodgy breakfast casserole this holiday season?  The frittata, originating from Italy, is one of the simplest and most delicious ways to transform the humble egg and all those bits and pieces from your fridge that are so easy to waste into a morning, noon, or nighttime star attraction.  […]

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Pumpkin Tart

October 15, 2016

What better way to welcome in autumn then with a warming, ‘do ahead’, seasonal tart. This tart is no ordinary tart as it whispers ‘eat me’ with it’s  layers of flaky pastry topped with a herb rich pesto and caramelized pumpkin and onion nuggets nestled among creamy melting cheese.  Pumpkins are everywhere now and chock […]

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Nobbly Oaty Biscuits

September 21, 2016

Nobbly Oaty Biscuits These little ‘low in sugar’ gems promise to be you and your families firm favorites after just one nobble! Crunchy, oaty biscuits are always a winner and especially when chock full of good for your gut fiber, protein for cellular growth and repair, and magnificent magnesium.  Magnesium is crucial for nerves, muscles, blood, […]

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Veggie Spiral

August 21, 2016

Veggie and Herb Feta Spiral Serves 4-6 3 medium zucchini 3 medium tomatoes 1/2 cup mild soft goats cheese 1/2 cup feta cheese 1/2 tsp dried oregano plus a bit extra for sprinkling 1 large garlic clove crushed a little extra virgin olive oil for drizzling Slice the zucchini thinly about 1/8 inch on a […]

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Citrus Sunshine Jars

July 21, 2016

This perfect harmony of sweet and tart is a little gem of sunshine that can be served in a trendy portable jam jar for breakfast or an al fresco snack or dessert. Quick, easy, mouthwatering, and ‘good for your bod’ with only four ingredients it will make your kitchen come alive with the scent of […]

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Berry Stuffed Oat Bars

June 15, 2015

Summer is here and summer is fast approaching! I love this time of year as it brings lots of outdoor time for my gang and with that lots of physical activities. This means lots of bodies running through the house and needing nourishment fast! These little gems are really the bomb as they are not […]

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Gone to the Med Kale Chips

February 27, 2015

About this time of year (especially for all those you know in the northeast) a yearning for basking in the glorious Mediterranean takes hold! However if you can’t get there try these sunshine filled nibbles and at least you will look Mediterranean beach ready. Kale is a superfood that is chock filled with vitamins and […]

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Inside Out Apple Crumble

November 3, 2014

A highlight of autumn for me is the availability of my favorite honey crisp apples and what could be better than to pair them in a crumble! Crumbles are one of the very quickest puds to make and this one is even simpler and is good for breakfast too. I like to think of this […]

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