Comfort Food

Heeeey Gang!

Time to get back into the swing of things.  I’ve just arrived back to Cincinnati after my looong weekend.  I used to hate the 1.5 hour car ride from my hometown to school but I think I’m finally getting used to it.  It seemed to fly by today!

Since last night was my last night home for a couple of weeks I made the boyfriend and I a home cooked meal…

Chicken Pot Pie

Guys, I’m proud of this baby…and it was almost from scratch!

Amy’s Almost From Scratch Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups frozen cut carrots
  • 1.5 cups frozen lima beans
  • 1.5 cups frozen green beans
  • 2/3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1.5 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1.5 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • salt, pepper, dried thyme and dried parsley (or fresh if you prefer)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded and skin taken off
  • 2 cups of your favorite baking mix or pancake mix
  • buttermilk

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Steam carrots, lima beans and green beans until defrosted and warmed through.  You can let the vegetables defrost over night in the fridge if you’d rather.
  3. Saute garlic, celery and onion in butter until the onion is translucent.  Add mushrooms and a splash of vegetable brother and cook until tender.
  4. Add whole wheat flour and olive oil, stirring constantly.
  5. Add vegetable broth and stir until it begins to thicken.
  6. Add milk and stir until thickened.
  7. Season to taste with salt, pepper, thyme and parsley.
  8. Put steamed vegetables and chicken into large mixing bowl.
  9. Pour mushroom sauce over vegetables and chicken and mix.
  10. Spray a large oven-safe casserole dish with non-stick spray and pour mixture in.
  11. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  12. While filling is cooking, prepare biscuit.  Mix 2 cups of baking/pancake mix with buttermilk, slowly adding milk until a biscuit-like dough forms.  Make sure is is well mixed and moistened but do not add too much milk.  Do not add the egg or oil that the baking/pancake mix box says to add– just the buttermilk.  Let the dough sit until the filling is done so the baking soda can do it’s thing.
  13. When the filling is done, spread the biscuit mix over it and put back into the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the biscuit topping is cooked through.

So. good.  And good thing, because this makes a lot.  Plan on enjoying the leftovers for days to come…

I had some leftovers for lunch today.  Just what I was craving on a cold, rainy day.  My mom used to make chicken pot pie a lot when I was younger and I used to hate it.  But then again, she always included peas which I can’t stand.  Ew. Anyways, make this– it’s the perfect good-for-you comfort food.  (Oxymoron?  Not in this case.)

If you remember from yesterday, I found my new favorite breakfast obsession.  I was so excited to eat it again this morning that it was the first thing I did when I jumped out of bread.  I used the same combination of ingredients as yesterday except I omitted the blueberries…

One half I topped with Target brand natural peanut butter and banana…

And the other with spray butter and sugar free maple syrup….

So dense and delicious.  I will make it known that I brought all of the necessary ingredients back to school with me and will be attempting to make this in the microwave due to lack of an oven in my dorm.  I hope it goes well and I’m not forced to go back to my normal instant oatmeal…it just won’t be the same.

One another note…there’s something I’d like to throw out there and ask advice about.  Last May I ran my first half-marathon-  the Capital City Half in Columbus.  My ankle was seriously bothering me at that time and after my race I cut back on running a lot.  My ankle pain had subsided until recently when I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. I really want to run in the race again this year but I’m not willing to further injure my ankle to do so.  Has anyone experienced a similar problem and if so, what did you do?  I’d like for my ankle to heal on it’s own but I may have permanently damaged it.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

With that, I need to unpack and read over some things to class tomorrow.  Back to the grind!

Amy

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3 responses

  1. thanks for stopping by my blog! and your chicken pot pie looks yummy… i am always too intimidated to make those for some reason!

    January 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

    • Me too! But making it with biscuit instead of pastry makes it super easy (and healthier!)

      January 19, 2011 at 2:27 am

  2. Love chicken pot pie. For some reason, my mom never made it, but I always enjoyed it when given it elsewhere…

    I’d take a few days and try it again. That’s what I end up doing a lot with my leg that I injured last year. I baby it soooo much.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

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