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Chicken Pot Pie
I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for comfort food. I really love it when it's cold outside. One of my favorites is chicken pot pie. There is just something about all those yummy veggies and chicken mixed together in that delicious creamy sauce. Then you add crisp pie crust to it and it's comfort in one dish. We don't eat it often but when we do I'm one happy person. Here's the thing; I like my pot pie full of veggies. I want them about to burst out it's so full. I do not like to cut into a pot pie to find lots of sauce and just a little of the good stuff. So this recipe is full to the brim. I hope you love it as much as I do. This is a very versatile dish. You can even switch up some of the veggies. You don't have to add the potatoes either. If you do take any veggies out or the potatoes just make sure you add more of one veggie to keep the fullness of this recipe.
Chicken Pot Pie
2 Store Bought Pie Crust (my favorite is Immaculate Baking Company)
1 large egg, beaten for egg wash
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 onion, diced
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
3-4 diced roasted red potatoes (cube them and roast with olive oil at 425 for 25 minutes)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
3-4 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup frozen peas or green beans
Preheat over to 400 F.
Grease a pie dish and put one pie crust on the bottom.
Heat the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook until tender (5-10 minutes), stir occasionally. Whisk in the flour, herbs, spices and cook for about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth slowly while whisking. Then whisk in the heavy cream. Whisk until there are no lumps and then simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in the shredded chicken and frozen peas. Remove from the heat.
Pour filling into the pie shell; mounding it in the middle. Put the other pie crust on top. Trim the overhanging pieces or seal them by crimping them to the other pie crust. With a sharp knife, slice a few slits in the center of the top crust. Using a pastry brush, brush the crust and edges with the beaten egg.
Bake for 45 minutes on a rimmed baking dish, or until the crust is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes, cut into slices and serve.
Can be frozen for up to 1 month. This makes a great item to make ahead and pull out on a night that you don't have time to cook. It also makes a great dish to take to a new mom or someone in need of a meal.
You can make this with a gluten free crust. You could use a dairy free milk instead of heavy cream but it will change the flavor and won't possibly be as creamy.
Let me know if you make this. I want to know what you think. Find a quick video on my YouTube channel.
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Easy Caffeine Free Warm Drinks to Enjoy!
So a few days ago I made the decision to do an elimination of some foods that have been giving me inflammation. One of those was coffee! This is a big deal for me. I don't know about you but coffee is more than a pick me up for me. Honestly, I had gone to half-caf cups anyway so it wasn't about giving me energy. I do that in many other ways; like getting good sleep, essential oils, supplements, foods and drinking enough water. Drinking coffee is emotional for me. My family actually even owns a coffee company where they roast in house, Texas Coffee Company. So needless to say coffee has been a part of my life since birth. Then when I met my husband, at the time high school sweetheart, we bonded over coffee. Even now that's what we do; coffee dates at lunch and after work on the porch outside. Most of our dates outside of the house involve a cup of coffee too. So you see, totally emotional for me. What about you? Is coffee a pick me up, you just love it, emotional or maybe all of the above?
When I realized I needed to give up coffee for a few weeks to reset my body; I started thinking about how to replace it and especially the emotional component. I wanted to still be able to sit and enjoy that warm drink with my hubby that connected us together. So here are some recipes I'm going to be drinking for the next weeks while I'm on this journey to wellness. I love taking steps for my body that will help me feel better and bring lifelong health. It's so worth it. Plus these are great Fall inspired drinks to get you into the season and they all have health benefits.
Drinks to Help you Cut Out Caffeine and Still Enjoy a Warm Cup of Love
My version of a London Fog:
Brew 1/2 cup of tea (caffeine free)
Add 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
Add 1 tsp honey
Warm 1/2 cup milk (whole, half and half or dairy free), froth
Pour over the top of the brewed tea.
Note: not all dairy free milk alternatives froth well. I have found oatmilk to froth the best.
Upgrade it by adding a drop of Young Living Lavender Vitality. So yummy and great for your respiratory system. It's very calming too.
Pumpkin Spice Steamer:
1 cup whole milk (or milk alternaitve)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbls sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or 1 drop Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality.
1 tsp pure vanilla
Whipped Cream, Optional
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender. I love this blender. Then pour into a pot on the stove to warm. Pour into cup and froth. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.
Starbuck's Copycat Vanilla Steamer
1 cup of warm milk of choice
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 tsp. organic cane sugar
Heat all together and froth.
Golden Milk Lattes are my favorite. I don't make them from scratch. Here's a good one.
I like to make mine with coconut milk.
Another option is a warm cup of your preference of caffeine free tea with honey and a drop of Young Living Lemon Vitality. This is a great way to start your morning.
Here are some of my favorite teas right now:
My favorite is to warm a cup of water and add 1 drop of Young Living Thieves Vitality and 1 tsp of honey. It's an instant immune support drink and it warms my whole body.
What about you? What are some of your favorite caffeine free, warm drinks?
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