Lemon and Chicken Pasta and First Blogiversary!

My blog-baby is one year old!
More importantly, I can’t believe I’ve managed to continue with a single hobby for a whole year! You see, I have the type of personality where I get excited about certain things (for example, quilting and scrapbooking) and I dive into them head first. I become obsessed. Then, I magically lose interest in these particular hobbies as quick as I developed them.
The interesting thing here is that I started this blog on a whim. I had been typing up my recipes in order to organize all of the small handwritten notes I had laying around our home, when one night I randomly decided to start a blog. I figured that I could post my recipes and take pictures as I went along. I thought that maybe my recipes would help someone, like other blogs had helped me. The only thing I had on my mind when I started this blog was the mantra “sharing is caring.” I had set no real goals.
What happened after that first post has changed my life.
A year later, I have gained friends from all over the globe. A year later, I have come to realize that there are people out there who are interested in what I have to say, no matter how mundane it may be. A year later, I have gained a loyal group of readers who always have the sweetest messages and words of encouragement for me. A year later, I have come to find out that people have tried my recipes, with success, and now a little bit of me is in their home. A year later, I am able to look back and say that starting a blog was a wonderfully random and spur of the moment decision, and that it is the most rewarding and fulfilling hobby that I could have ever taken up.
I want to thank each and every one of you, my loyal friends and readers, for always encouraging me with your kind words and messages. If it weren’t for you, this blog would have been an abandoned hobby, just like scrapbooking and quilting ๐Ÿ™‚


Today, instead of sharing a dessert recipe, Iโ€™m going to share a meal with you that embodies the humble intentions of this blog.ย  Itโ€™s a simple and light pasta, nothing fancy.ย  I strive to share recipes with you that are tested and loved in my home, and made over and over.ย  This pasta is just that.ย  Itโ€™s something I like to make when I want something light yet filling, and itโ€™s made up of simple ingredients that can be found in our home any day.ย  I hope that you, my dear readers and friends, have found my recipes to be easy and thorough enough to follow and have success with.



Lemon and Chicken Pasta

Yield: ย 3-4 Servings


  • 1 pound dried penne pasta or ยพ pound egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • ยผ-ยฝ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ยฝ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Dried parsley, for garnish


Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente.ย  Drain and set aside.

In a large pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat.ย  Add chicken, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and garlic.ย  Cook until the chicken is no longer rare, making sure to stir often.ย  Turn off heat.

Add pasta, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese and stir until everything is incorporated well.

Garnish with dried parsley.

(Adapted from Food Network)


19 responses

  1. Congrats love! I really am proud of you for doing this even though I was late to the party (sorry :-()! I love reading your recipes and stories! May you continue this for as long as it makes you happy! Your hubby :-)!

  2. Congratulations Ninjanaan! I am so glad you starred this blog. It is so organized and crisp with beautiful pics. There is nothing that you need to improve upon. This blogoversary should take you to a higher level. I wish you more success and may this blog baby become a giant success bi iznillah!

    Oh and the pasta dish spells comfort and is definitely easy to whip up on a busy day!

  3. Mabrook on the reached milestone! You’ve come a long way, and I hope many more for you ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love this pasta, I’d love to try it out some time soon, too.. just have to do my conversions first, and then hit the kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Congrats Henna! thought you had been blogging much longer than a year! So glad to have met you through blogging. Out of all the people I’ve “met” through blogging you are the one I feel most connected to. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your recipes and have pinned this pasta recipe! By the way I went through a quilting stage once too….surfing the net reading all about it, borrowing books from the library and then almost actually bought the tools and then got distracted by something else and never went back :).

    • Thanks Asiya! Sorry for the uber later reply… My parents are visiting from California so I’ve just been crazyyyy busy!
      You know it’s funny, before I started blogging I had a handful of blogs that I had bookmarked that I would check every single morning with a cup of chai before my son would wake up, and you were one of the select few! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m so glad I met you too… I too feel the most connected to you. You are someone who I can relate to on so many levels, and you inspire me ๐Ÿ™‚
      Take care girlfriend!

    • and LOL about the quilting! You’re lucky you got distracted by something else! I ended up going to walmart and buying EVERYTHING!
      Now it’s all sitting here stuffed in a closet corner ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • What!!! You used to read my blog every morning….for real????? I always feel like no ones reads and most comments are just people going through their blogroll and leaving generic comments. There was one blogger where on the same day she commented on my blog, I saw her leave the exact same comment on other people’s blogs LOL….

        I almost bought the quilting stuff…my husband even bought me a book about quilting. I remember standing in Fabricland almost about to buy and then looking at my son in the stroller thinking this boy is never going to let me sit down and do this.

        Hope you are having a great time in Niagara Falls. It’s a long weekend here…it must be crazy busy there. I find desis just flock to Niagara Falls ๐Ÿ™‚ My kids love Clifton Hill, especially the arcade. There are some Halal places to eat there too…Villa Madina. There is another Halal shwarma place (can’t remember the name or street) but the only thing we liked there were the burgers.

        Let me know when you are in town…would be great to meet ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Congratulations on the wonderful milestone ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am one who is happy and grateful you started this blog because it lead me to meet a sweet and wonderful person like you ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep up the great and wonderful job you are doing, wishing you many years full of creativity and success

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