Gluten Free Pasta& Meatballs with Veggies

This is certainly use of tapping into the greatest source of creativity!… which is Pure Love!

On the journey of Gluten Free cooking for a family member, I find it’s expensive, too much salt,or not an item on list to eat etc. I improvised to make it work!

Here it is:

1/2 bag Turmeric/ chickpea Pasta cooked… organic/ GF

1 crown of organic broccoli, cooked

1/2 pound ground meat, grass fed, cooked, season as you like. Make patties or cook meat loosely in skillet.

Sauce over noodles

2TB organic GF butter

Salt&Pepper to taste

1/4 c chopped onion

1/2 Tsp turmeric

1 TB chicken bouillon

1 c water

1/4 c almond milk

In a skillet, melt butter. Add onion, sauté for minute. Pour in water, bouillon stir all together in skillet with onions. Add turmeric. Stir again. Lastly pour in almond milk for a somewhat creamy texture.

Pour over pasta. Add veggies, ground meat crumbles or patties on top.

The red stuff is ketchup !

Add your own spices, herbs,etc to suit you.

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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!


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!

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My Go to Family Meals

Chicken, Broccoli,Rice in a Pot


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!

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Tired of Turkey yet?Eat Polenta!

I am! Oh gosh! It takes a full day of cooking all those savory, delectable dishes!

Tasting, adjusting spices, inhaling all that goodness all day leads to… well… me really not eating the turkey dinner!

I always wondered why some of the cooks in my family only ate a small portion of food after cooking the turkey, etc .

So, I made… are you ready?… a cup of broth and a organic beef hot dog!

So, I’m republishing my last recipe: Perfect Polenta

Organic Polenta( Italian spice)

1Tbsp butter/ oil (Fat of your choice)

1/4 tsp of each: Oregano, thyme, basil

Salt& pepper to taste

1/4 c shredded cheese( your choice)

1/2 c chopped onion * optional

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

Add Pasta sauce ( your choosing), add your desired seasonings, herbs

Add onion, garlic. Cook till soft. Med heat

Add your favorite cheese to sauce until cheese is stirred in.

Place polenta in pasta sauce or plate polenta and pour sauce over.

Add your favorite veggies, use what you have! Try some green bean casserole!

It’s so easy to cook with! Try it!

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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!

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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.


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!

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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!!


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Lala Signature

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.

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Lala Signature

5 Delicious Meals, using 1 chicken

Hi Everyone!

Want to get the most out of every chicken?

Here it Is !

Roast a whole body chicken or whole body rotisserie chicken! Let’s get 5 meals out of it!

My mother would have been proud!

Keep your spirit touch with Pure Love! Use your senses, creativity! Your expression of food is an extension of you!

Prep Chicken

Shred chicken, keep carcass as well. Store accordingly.

Chicken Tacos- In a skillet put handful of shred chicken, a little salsa or couple of tsp of taco season mix , small amount chopped onion, 1tsp butter or oil your choice. Add whatever you want to be creative: potato,veggies etc. Cook together.

Put on your tortilla of choice. Top with lettuce, tomato,cilantro, lettuce.

Chicken,Rice,Broccoli Bake

In a oven safe skillet, place 1 cup rice,1/4 cup of chopped onion, 1 cup broccoli fresh, 1 Tablespoon of chicken bouillon paste or 1 chicken bouillon cube, 2 cups of water, 2 tsp butter or oil of your choice. Add everything to skillet except water and bouillon. Mix water & bouillon together pour over everything in skillet. Put oven proof fitting lid on top of skillet. Bake 350 degrees for 40 min or until rice is done. Ovens vary in temperature. Remove from oven, serve warm. Serve with salad.

Chicken Pancakes with Veggies

In a bowl whisk 1 egg, add 1/2 cup chopped onion,3/4 cup chopped chicken 1/2 cup cooked broccoli or any other vegetable of your choosing( make sure it’s not watery),1potato roughly mashed cooked, add herbs(parsley or thyme) or whatever you like, salt& pepper, oil of your choice. Make patties, put oil in pan. Fry on both sides of patty. The egg in mixture must be cooked.Place on paper towels to absorb oil.

Creamy Chicken with sautéed Kale

In a pan, place 1 cup chicken, 1/2 c onion,1tbsp butter or oil of choice, 1can of cream of mushroom or cream of celery or cream of chicken soup, use according to direction. May substitute using milk or cream for richness. Mix together. Put in pot with lid on. When a little bubbly, hot. It’s done!

Sautéed Kale

Wash 2 bunches of kale, dry it. In a pan sauté 1/4 cup onion, 1 garlic clove with 1Tbsp of oil, add kale. If need more moisture to kale to keep from burning or too dry sprinkle 1 Tbsp of water over kale. Lid on. Cook till kale is tender to cut.

Chicken Soup

Using the carcass of the chicken, boil it with 2-3 quarts water in a large pot until carcass comes somewhat apart. Remove, throw away carcass. In the liquid that’s left in pot add veggies, onion, garlic, 2chicken bouillon cubes or 1-2Tbsp of bouillon paste. Add 1-2cubed potatoes, herbs(basil, thyme,etc)! Boil all till tender, with lid on. Add shredded cooked chicken to pot till warm. Serve hot

There you go! 1 Chicken, 5 ways!

With food prices getting out of hand use recipes that stretch your food dollar! Choose the best quality you can! Trust that your spirit can tap into Pure Love all the time, any time! For cooking, wisdom, creativity, ideas! Anything! Just ask! In the kitchen!