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,

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!

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 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,

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.

In the Kitchen,

Lala Signature