Loving Self is Self Care

This post is a little different from the others but that’s ok!

This is for you!

Sometimes in the midst of what is going on, the changes, new mandates, family being at home, we can be stressed,our internal reserves are low, we need a break! Now!

So, I need a well deserved time out! I need time to be quiet, to self- reflect, enjoy being me!

Sometimes we need to sit, listen with our spirit to what Pure Love is sharing with us: A new song to write, ideas for a book, to reach out to the hurting, forgive someone, or Pure Love just wants time with you!

The thought of having a quiet spot, cup of tea, with cake is so inviting to me.

Determine to spend a little quality time with yourself, and Pure Love!

You’ll feel refreshed, recharged, and ready to go again with purpose.

Do not neglect you! You have given much, endured much, now spend some time loving yourself however that may be!

Directions:

Use your favorite cake mix, or favorite recipe. Follow instructions. Using a bundt cake mold, greased and floured. Pour 2 or 2 1/2cups of mix into mold. Bake. Cool. Carefully turn bundt mold right side up. Place on cake platter/ stand. Shake powdered white sugar over top cake, add berries, chocolate sauce, etc.

Brew favorite tea. Follow tea box instructions.

Determine ahead of time where you want to rest. Use your favorite mug, silverware, plate, etc. Use candles, flowers, music, etc to set the tone.

This is your time! Set your alarm or timer for this! We have to make time to have time for ourselves. Just do it! No guilt or condemnation for self care!

In the Kitchen,

Dinner from the Grill

Still the temperatures are soaring, lazy days, no one at home wants to cook but, everyone wants to eat!

So, we grill outside, early evening. We wanted food but not a heavy meal. Veggies, salad to the rescue!

Easy to do!

Find a marinade that suits your taste. There are many to choose from. For example: Hickory Smoke,Lemon& Cilantro,Soy sauce, sweet& sour,Italian dressings,etc or simply tap into the creative power of PureLove for your unique marinade!

Directions:

Wash assorted produce. Dry. Cut into chunks, that are for your liking.

Using a container, pour in 1/2 cup of your choice of marinade.

Add veggies to marinade. Cover. Let the veggies marinade for 20 min- 60 min.

Remove veggies from marinade, tap off any extra that drips

According to your grill instructions, use their guidelines for preparing grill for your veggies.

I brushed a grape seed oil on grates of the grill to prevent sticking. The coals were a medium temperature.

Put veggies on grill, turn them over when there are grill marks on one side. These will cook quickly, stay close by.

Remove from grill, put on platter. Add extra seasonings to taste.

Include a salad, crusty bread, or whatever!…

Dinner is done! Relax!

Spend some time with PureLove!

In the Kitchen,

Thanksgiving in Casserole Dish

A friend of mine remark that she still have turkey wrapped in the freezer,and longed for Thanksgiving again! So, I got a inspirational idea from Pure Love to create some of the food from Thanksgiving into a casserole dish!

1 1/2 c diced frozen turkey or chicken

1c leftover frozen green bean casserole( minus any frozen onion rings please!) They get soggy!

2 c stuffing/ dressing

3/4 c chopped onion

3/4 c chopped celery

1c chopped sweet potatoes

1tsp fresh thyme,sage

1 cup prepared turkey gravy

2 Tbsp olive oil

4 Tbsp butter

Salt/pepper

In a pan sauté diced turkey or chicken in 1 Tbsp butter till slight brown. Put aside.

Sauté celery, onion in pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon of butte. Add stuffing/ dressing. Add 1cup chicken broth to mixture.

In same pan, add sweet potatoes, leftover green bean casserole or can green beans. Lastly, put in green bean casserole to mixture. Stir. If there’s not enough sauce from green bean casserole add prepared turkey gravy to mixture. Add rest of olive oil , butter, herbs salt&pepper to mixture.

Adjust seasonings to taste.

Place this mixture in a oven proof dish. At this point place onion rings on top.Bake for 45 min or until bubbly!There you go!

A thanksgiving in a casserole dish! It was so good! Try it!

In the Kitchen,

Perfect Polenta Dinner Dish

Quick, nutritious dinner in 30 minutes?… who wouldn’t want that?

Sometimes we’re just running behind, get in the door late, the kids want to snack but it’s too close to dinner time! What to do?

Keep polenta in your pantry! It’s a attitude saver!(Lol!)

Polenta is mild, can be mixed, paired with just about anything.

Here goes:

Organic polenta (Italian style)

Organic pasta sauce (just add your own “Pure Love” creativity to it! Add your own spices, herbs! You can do it!

1 Tbsp Butter or olive oil ( fat of your choice)

Garlic, thyme,oregano, salt& pepper

1/4 c Cheese( your choice)

1/2 cup chopped onion

Fry polenta in butter, add desired seasonings if you want for 2-3 min on med heat. Keep aside.

Pasta sauce (your choosing)add your desired spices, herbs. Add onion, garlic, cook till soft. Medium heat. Add favorite cheese to sauce until cheese is stirred in.

Place polenta in your pasta sauce or plate polenta and pour sauce over!

Add your favorite veggies. Use what you have! I would have used broccoli! I didn’t have any! Oh, well.

This dish can be used with eggs, fish, meat, it’s so easy to cook with!

Dinner in approx 30 min!

Try it! Let me know how you prepared yours!

In the kitchen

Glorious Golden Beet & Orange Salad

I really never liked beets until recently! My friend gave me a beautiful bunch of organic golden beets!

So, I was hesitant to do anything with them-but, I wanted to make a salad just in case I really didn’t like them.

So, Pure Love has all creativity, inspiration so I was impressed to make salad!

I liked it so much, I had a second plate!

Try it! I think you’ll like it too!

2 organic golden beets, roasted,chopped

1 Valencia orange, circular slices

1 medium size Romaine lettuce, chopped

1 red Pepper, chopped, small pieces

1 yellow Pepper, chopped small

1/4 c candied pecans, chopped

1/4 c feta cheese, crumbled

Recipe for salad dressing:

Juice of 1 orange

3 oz white balsamic vinegar

4 Tbsp honey

Put all ingredients in blender. Adjust to taste. Pour over salad. Toss.

Enjoy!

Easy Vegetable Dinner

Have you ever wanted to eat more veggies but couldn’t make yourself do it? Or have you ever tried a veggie recipe only to throw it in the trash?

Well, I am with you on that!

I made a vegetable casserole! It was so good, I will make it again!

It’s called Ratatouille, but I made it to please me. I always encourage that you open your heart to Pure Love to give inspiration, creativity to everything you do!

You can create your own veggie favorite casserole by tapping into your heart!

I think next time I make this, I will use sweet potato,mushrooms,broccoli ( of course!)

This dish has amazing flavor. Can be served hot or cold. The flavors develop overnight. It even gets better the next day!

Ratatouille can be a filling for omelets, crepes, mixed with eggs.

Here’s my version of ratatouille:

2 med eggplant, chopped

1 large onion , chopped

1 red & 1 yellow pepper sliced

3 med zucchini, cubed 1/2 inch thick

7 sun dried tomatoes, chopped

2 -3 Tbsp tomato paste

1 bay leaf

2tsp fresh thyme leaves,or 2 tsp dried

1tsp dried oregano or 2 tsp fresh, chopped

Coriander powder 1/2 tsp

4-5 fresh basil chopped

*Garlic 4 cloves optional

Salt& Pepper

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil and skillet over medium heat add the onions cook until soften, add garlic cloves. Put into casserole dish for oven use. Put aside.

Heat 1Tbsp olive oil in skillet. Add peppers, zucchini until translucent. Put this into same casserole dish with onion& garlic.

Now add sun-dried tomatoes with tomato paste, all your herbs,add salt and pepper. Stir everything together. Cover, and put in oven for 1 1/2 hr.

After 30 minutes, stir veggie casserole. At this point you can add more garlic or olive oil, adjust your seasoning or drain the liquids off if too soupy if you like. Bake for 1 more hour. Let it set for 15 min or so before serving.

Serves 4.

Let me know if you tried this or created your own casserole dish! I like ideas!

In the kitchen,

Easy Chicken Dinner

Hi Everyone!

The weather has been so hot and humid! Up to 103 degrees at 5 pm! That is unbearable!

I had to stop going to the nearest chicken place,hamburger drive-up because it was too hot too cook!  Plus, I’m spending too much money on a lot of empty calories!

Then, I got a little nudging in my heart! I felt as if Pure Love was telling me to use wisdom in my food  choices because of the intense heat, and to take care of my body better under the circumstances.

I had to use what I had on hand in the pantry, and fridge! Too hot to go to market!

Here goes!  Chicken Asian/Mex Dish! Yummy!IMG_4684.JPGIngredients:

1/2 container of salsa (your choice)

6-7 Grilled Paquillo peppers (or your favorite ones!)

1/2 c chopped onion

1 c fresh brocoli florets

3 boneless chicken thighs or boneless breasts, cut into bite size cubes

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tsp soy sauce (add a little at a time for your taste)

1/2- 1 tsp  cornstarch

1 Tbsp olive oil ( oil of your choice)

Get Started:

In a skillet, melt oil. Saute chicken till slightly brown. Add salsa, peppers, garlic, brocoli, soy sauce. Cover with lid for 2-3 min. Add cornstarch, then add water. Cover again. Cook 5 min or until chicken is cooked inside.

On a plate, place your rice first, then put chicken mixture on top of the rice.

Serve with salad! Dinner is ready!!

 

In the Kitchen,

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How to get Rid of Leftovers!

Hey!  Just wanted to share a quick post with you!

Have you ever wondered what to do with the veggie,meat,etc in the fridge? You know, all those items that you scoured meticulously over at the market that somehow were overlooked in your fridge?  Now, those items are almost unseemly!  Or, maybe,there’s a little leftover in a ziplock bag or container. Ugh, I know, it happens to me too!

I just couldn’t take it anymore! So, I decided to gather  everything that was still able to be eaten,into a cast iron skillet! (make sure you engage the spirit of Pure Love! Pure Love is resident in your spirit to help us!)

In the skillet, I added kale,onion,sweet potatoes, carrots, taco meat,corn,salsa,cauliflower, black beans, uncured beef hotdog slices, cheese, spinach with olive oil. Added a 1/4 th cup water to my leftovers. Added 1 organic egg on top of leftover mixture.Cover skillet with lid. Cook for 5-7minutes until egg is cooked, mixture warmed through!

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That’s it! A great way to use veggies that need to be cooked, and leftovers that are still good!  It’s quick, easy, flavorful, and money-saving!

 

Be creative, your spirit knows what it likes! Trust in Pure Love to show you the way!

 

In the Kitchen,

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New Year? Pizza for Me!

Yes I did! I said it!

Homemade pizza will be on my plate whenever I feel like it! It won’t be an everyday thing only when I want it! I have decided to eat foods without restricting myself to a diet regiment. Thats so boring.

Pure Love cooking is finding what Pure Love is speaking to your heart at that moment!

I was craving something . I wanted pizza! I did not want store bought or carryout pizza.The pizza I made was inspirational. It had bits of grass fed beef, onions, basil, thyme,parmesan cheese, red& yellow peppers, along with really good pasta sauce, quick crust . Bake 15minutes. Delicious! Two servings.

No more guilty feelings!

When cooking with Pure Love there’s freedom.

No recipe follows.

In the Kitchen,

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New Years Resolution: No Diets!

Hello 2019!

What is going to be different this year?  I’ve decided to not make Any resolutions regarding  diets! In recent years there were so many  diets I tried!  Oh gosh! It only lasted a few weeks then FLOP! I would be riddled in guilt, self degradation, etc! I hope many of you can relate!

This year it will be focusing on” Self Care”! It’s so time to make an exodus from what everyone else is doing or not doing ! We are unique, our bodies differ in upkeep! Our lifestyles vary!

This year is the time to really seek what “PureLove” has for your Self Care ! Our spirit person is always longing to be in perfect alignment with “PureLove”!  PureLove knows what exactly you need, you were made in the essence of PureLove so everything will be  tailor made just for you!

 

For my self care it will be  a fruit/ veggie smoothie, hydrate more, enjoy food in small portions, and dessert when its something special that I love!

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Recipe for fruit/veggie smoothie:

1 cup chopped  cantaloupe

1 cup spinach (organic)

1 scoop plain protein powder * optional

1/2 c orange juice

Add little water or few ice cubes

Blend all ingredients till smooth. Serve

 

Self-Care is loving yourself through the essence of PureLove!

 

Yours in the kitchen,

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