Category Archives: Lemon

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon Cream Sauce

I love citrus season in Arizona – almost everywhere you look, there are lush green trees bursting with lemons, oranges, grapefruits and limes. It’s a deliciously welcome sight in the aftermath of the winter holidays and, well, to be honest I see it as free ingredients!

I walk my dog Marlow along a nearby canal and along the way, there is a huge lemon tree that hangs over the block wall fence. I first discovered it two winters ago and after passing by a few times that first week, I  realized that no one was picking the lemons on that side of the fence. What a sad waste of perfect fruit!  I quickly plucked a dozen lemons and realized that I hadn’t even made a dent in what must have been 40-50 lemons on just one side of that tree.

That year I used those lemons to make lemon rosemary cookies and lemon squares. Delicious, but this year I am on a healthier diet. I wanted to make an entree that also uses a little more lemon than a cookie dough calls for. It’s still technically winter, so a lemon cream sauce does fit the bill for a hearty dinner. After a lot of brainstorming and reading up on lower fat cream sauces, I came up with this lemon cream sauce recipe. I made it with whole wheat spaghetti to keep it healthier and rather than the typical broccoli or asparagus, I chose the sweetness of peas to compliment the slightly tart lemon cream sauce. The lemon and parsley give this dish a fresh and crisp taste, while the cream sauce, chicken and pasta maintain the heartiness of a winter dinner.

Now that I have my own brand new lemon tree in the backyard, I’ll be making this again and looking for some new ways to use fresh lemon!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. dry whole wheat spaghetti
  • ½ cup light cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup peas

Directions:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions (when draining, be sure to reserve ½ cup of cooking water).

Melt cream cheese in a saucepan over low heat (make sure bottom doesn’t burn). Add olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup of cooking water. Stir reserved water into cream cheese mixture. In a large bowl, toss together pasta, chicken, peas, parsley and cream cheese mixture.

Lemon Rosemary Cookies

Happy August! It’s the beginning of the end…of the summer, that is. The sky-high temperatures may make the days seem longer than ever, but the countdown to the end of my beloved favorite season is on. For those of us who plan to enjoy as many ice cold glasses of lemonades and frosty glasses of iced tea as we can before they’re replaced by oversized mugs of steamy chocolate and cider drinks, this recipe is for you. These cookies’ petite size make them perfect for an afternoon snack or a light breakfast and they pair with a tall glass of lemonade or iced tea the way that peanut butter goes with…well, you know where I’m headed with this one. Don’t be fooled by these quarter-sized confections – a full-sized cookie’s worth of buttery lemon and rosemary flavors await you. Trust me – these cookies will make the rest of your summer a little bit more satisfying.

Ingredients

4 oz. (1 stick) butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. finely chopped rosemary

1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

2 egg yolks

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1/3 cup corn flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup turbinado or sanding sugar for decorating

 Directions

1. Beat butter, sugar, rosemary, and lemon zest with electric mixer 3 minutes, or until creamy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.

2. Whisk together flours, baking powder, and salt in bowl. Add to butter mixture, and beat until just combined. Shape into 2 1-inch-wide logs. Wrap in wax paper, and chill 2 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Slice cookies into 1/3-inch-thick rounds. Place turbinado sugar in bowl and press one cut side of cookies into sugar. Place sugar-side up on baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown on bottoms. Transfer to wire racks to cool.