LEAVES PASTA, ALISON CANAVAN, BE COMPLETE, HEALTHY EATING, BUCKWHEAT, PROTEIN, KIDS MEAL, PASTA, WELLNESS, HEALTH COACH, FOOD DEALSA while back I received a small hamper with a couple of packets of pasta. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a high-protein, free from, pasta made exclusively from buckwheat and chickpeas and decided to find out more.
It was October of last year when I first had the chance to have a chat with Nico and Sabine from Leaves, the creators of #PastaMagic for one of my Wellness Wednesday articles (read the full story here: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY with Nico and Sabine).

Since then this couple (and their little son Aidan) have come a long way: this February they finally launched their #PastaMagic nationwide in a clever single serve portion of 100g, to help with portion control and avoid waste. They currently have 3 flavours out there: Fusilli originale, Penne with Garlic and Macaroni with Sage; all available in SuperValu stores and speciality stores around the country and online on their WEBSITE .

I really like the passion that this young couple have for their mission and what Leaves stands for: helping others achieve a healthier lifestyle in an easier and more attractive way. I truly love their pasta, so it works for me. The idea that in just five minutes (that’s how long it takes to cook this pasta perfectly al dente!) I can get as much protein as a serving of salmon and 3 times more fibre just from my pasta, with a great flavour and texture (forget all those brittle gluten-free alternatives out there) it’s absolutely fantastic!

I met the two again for a tea a few weeks ago and together we decided to partner as I really love to support positive, passionate people that like me are committed to help others to feel better.
So I will be sharing a few interesting recipes with #PastaMagic, and how it fits into my daily life, but most importantly we’ll be offering FREE SHIPPING to all readers when buying from the Leaves Web Store  :simply add the code “Alison” at checkout to avail of the offer.

The pasta on their website costs just €2 (or less when ordered in bigger quantities) for what basically is a full meal in a box for one.

If you try it, I’d love to hear your thoughts about #PastaMagic and how you use it, I hope this product will help many of you feel better in an effortless way.

Forget oysters and dark chocolate, Nico and Sabine from leaves pasta magic are suggesting that with Valentines Day looming you can spark romance and seduce your loved one with a pasta dish!!

Leaves pasta is a healthy aphrodisiac! PastaMagic is made with only two ingredients; chickpeas and buckwheat. Both ingredients are great sources of Manganese and Zinc which are minerals that place them among the best aphrodisiac foods available. Zinc also plays an important direct role in the development and proper functioning of the reproductive organs.

With a cooking time of only five minutes this tasty meal will leave more time for loving!

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Leaves penne with ginger, lime and Roses

  • Put a pot of salted water to boil and put the pasta in when ready.
  • Thinly cut some onions and put in a second pot adding in Irish butter, then add a teaspoon of lime zest (don’t use the white part as it is bitter) and freshly grated ginger.
  • Let this cook over medium heat and add a couple of tablespoons of the pasta cooking water.
  • Drain the pasta after just 4 minutes and put in the pan to finish cooking with the sauce and a bit more cooking water to make the sauce creamy and delicate.
  • When ready squeeze in the juice of half a lime and the fresh mint. Finish with a touch of pepper (and some fresh chillies if you like it spicy!) and serve when still hot.
  • Consider dressing the dish with edible roses for that final touch of romance.

Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day

Ali xxx

(*Leaves recently won as Best Irish Food & Drink Startup of the year 2015 at the prestigious Bank of Ireland Startup Awards, Leaves PastaMagic was runner-up in the Product of the Show Award by Speciality Fine Food Fair Ireland, Sabine won as Best Female Entrepreneur 2014 awarded by the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City and Nico has been a finalist as Irish Best Young Entrepreneur 2014 for Dublin City.)

PastaMagic (RRP€1.99) is currently available in SuperValu and speciality stores nationwide or via,

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