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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.
Before we get into the hand soap recipe let me tell you a quick story. A few years ago when I was cleaning right after I brought my first born home from the hospital and NICU; I started to feel light headed and my chest was tight. It got me thinking about what I was cleaning with and how these ingredients were effecting my family, especially my growing baby. What I found out woke me up and I moved forward with making changes. I have not looked back because when I did this for my family it helped us start to feel better, be sick less often and our immune systems became stronger than ever before. I want my children to continue with these natural alternatives because it does make a difference for their bodies, generational changes for their children and honestly the world.
One of the easiest changes I made was making our hand soap. It literally takes me 2 minutes and I just keep what I need on hand all the time to make it when needed. You only need 3 ingredients to make this soap.
DIY Hand Soap Recipe
Mix Straight into the Soap Container
1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap-I get mine at Thrive (Dr. Bonner's Unscented)
3/4 cup Distilled Water
5-10 Drops of Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (I usually use the Young Living Thieves for it's power)
Foaming Hand Soap Container- Grab this one here.
So easy and quick! There are no synthetic fragrances either. For us this means no more constant headaches, immune systems being suppressed and skin irritations. I also have peace of mind knowing that I am not possibly contributing to long term health issues for our family. I know that this is not in my complete control but I do have choices I get to make for my family that are in line with my beliefs for our health. This is one change you can make to help you move closer to a place of wellness that is possible.
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Are you going to give it a try or do you currently already make your own?