I find it inspiring that as human beings we all have one thing in common, the intense desire to be loved. Some grow up and bury this natural desire pretending that it is a weakness. If love is such a weak thing, then why are there countless songs and movies about love and relationships?
Something greater than love from others is the gift to love. I have come to the realization that real love is selfless, patient, and long suffering. Real love keeps on giving with the understanding that love has more power to overcome adverse situations than harshness and selfishness. The challenge is that real love is extremely hard to obtain. Media and worldly influences have distorted love into pure selfishness. The philosophy is, “if it does not go my way, then end the relationship”. Families and marriages are dissolved due to selfishness.
I am thankful this time of year for the opportunity to practice real genuine love. Even though it is not easy to give up my selfishness and pride, I am so blessed to have people in my life that I can express love to.
One of the ways that I communicate love to others is by cooking all natural foods. This all natural Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Baked Vegetable Casserole is a fun way to use vegetables and also stick to my goals of feeding those that I love wholesome food.
All Natural Baked Vegetable Casserole
1 cup all natural chicken broth or homemade chicken broth
Chop enough cabbage to cover the bottom of a 9X13 pan.
Dice an onion and place on the cabbage. Peel and thinly slice a long carrot. Place the carrot on top of the onion and cabbage.
Thinly slice one celery rib and place on the carrots. Cut up squash into small pieces and place on top of the celery.
Pour the chicken broth on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle garlic powder and pepper on top of the vegetables.
Cover the vegetables with aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for one hour. Insert a fork into the carrots and celery to ensure that they are cooked. Also, check the casserole after 45 minutes to make sure that the there is still some broth. If the broth is gone, add a little more (1/3 cup) to finish out the baking time. Once the Vegetable Casserole is finished, remove from the oven and serve.