I was in the mood for a little bit of French food but of course,using creativity, and what I had in my pantry it was tasty, savory, somewhat a French flair dish.
This is a quick dish! Pretty much!
Ingredients: 5-6 med Broccoli florets ,1tuna(canned),1 piece sour dough bread,1 cup cheese Parmesan or Gruyere or Swiss cheese , 2-3 tbsp butter,1/4 c milk, dash salt & pepper, 1/4 c onions, dash of nutmeg.
Cook your pasta noodles, according to manufactures instructions. Set aside.
Lightly steam veggies of your choice. Set aside.
Your favorite bread, use one slice. Put butter on bread, put in oven to toast. Cut bread into cubes. Set aside.
In a sauce pan, place 2 Tbsp butter to melt. Watch the pan, it burns quickly !
Adding to your sauce pan, 1cup cheese to the butter. Stir gently. Add 1/4 c milk or ( half& half)to the mixture, continue stirring. Add 2 tsp of flour to mixture to thicken over medium heat.Add your cooked pasta, veggies,onions,tuna to the cheese sauce. Add a dash of nutmeg to mixture. Stir together. This is my version of a white ( béchamel) sauce.
Prepare a buttered oven proof dish.
Pour all ingredients into your dish. Place croutons over top.
Add cheese as a topping.Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly. Let cool.
You can use cooked rotisserie chicken or salmon (canned), just use veggies only!
Get creative! Pure Love is always guiding us in our heart for creativity, and everything to help us.
Let me know your version, and how Pure Love gave you inspiration.
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!
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!
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!
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.
It’s been a while since I posted, during that time, there was passing of a family member, and family needed my attention.
So, when life looks like it’s coming apart and we can’t control what is happening… Hold tight to PureLove! You’ll get through it!
I’m so excited! One of my readers decided to take the plunge and let Pure Love guide her to create a delicious, spicy pasta dish!
It’s so easy, quick to prepare, especially in summer heat!
1 -Red, green peppers, sliced, sautéed
1 small onion, sliced
1 Beef kielbasa,sliced
1cup fresh spinach
1 can black olives
2-Tbsp olive oil
1-pkg of pasta (your choice)
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1/2 c parmesan cheese, shaved
Boil choice of pasta to your liking or according to package.Rinse. Set aside.
Sauté veggies, onion, with 1Tbsp olive oil in pan, till soft. Set aside.
Sauté sliced kielbasa, until warmed through. Set aside.
Place pasta in serving dish, add warmed veggies, kielbasa, etc in pasta dish. Add olives,tomatoes,and spinach(some prefer to use heat from the dish to warm spinach instead of sautéing) to dish. Mix well with Italian dressing. Add shaved Parmesan cheese.
This is great! A healthy quick meal that can be improvised to your own tastes too.
That’s the creativity of Pure Love!
I would like to know if you tried this recipe.
Thank you Sharon! You’re definitely listening to Pure Love for ideas!
Being home is a way to rediscover some things that I had forgotten about… like Baked Apples!
A cold dreary rainy day just calls for baking in my house!
I wanted something sweet, fresh, so Pure Love got my attention to look in the refrigerator.
There was a bag of beautiful organic green apples. Further back on another shelf was a bag of walnuts! Yum! The answer to my prayer.
This was easy to prepare,
Bakes quickly, fragrant, reminiscent of my childhood days. After the first bite, it transported me back to the kitchen with my Mom!
5 medium green apples sliced thick
1/2 black walnuts chopped
6 Tbsp sugar
4-5 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
A squeeze of fresh lemon
At 350 degrees.
On a sheet pan, toast walnuts for 3minutes, then remove them. Set aside.
Wash and peel apples. Place in baking dish. Combine butter, sugar, nutmeg and toasted walnuts. Sprinkle mixture evenly among the apples. Pour the water in bottom of baking dish squeeze a little fresh lemon over apples. Bake apples at 375 for 30 minutes. Serve warm.
You can make it more rich by adding whipped cream,or Carmel on top!Use your creativity!
Try it! Put Pure Love into your recipes, ideas! I would love to hear them!
Over the years I had to be quite resourceful and inventive while working a split shift, having children at home. So dinner had to be creative quick tasty and budget friendly. So this is my go to recipe. Please leave me your your thoughts and your ideas
Here we go…
Using a heavy cast iron skillet with lid or any oven temperature proof pot with lid.
Add 2 c water to pot, then put 1 Tbsp chicken bouillon , mix together well. Add 1 cup rice of your choice to water. Stir. Add well seasoned chicken breasts to pot. Add 1 cup broccoli on top. Take 2 Tbsp of butter pieces on top of whole mixture.Cover. Place in oven at 400 degree for 40-50 min. Serve to plate. Add sour cream,salsa on top! Yum. Serve with salad. This is my go to and still is!
Let me know your thoughts, ideas. I would love to hear from you!
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
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!