Tonight we ate as if it were a cold day in January. I made my very first chicken pot pie. The hubs isn't a huge fan of chicken noodle soup. I am. Anytime I get a rotisserie chicken from the store we eat all the yummy chicken and then I pick it nearly clean and make stock. Sometimes it turns into soup right away and others, I pour the stocky goodness into a freezer bag and stick it away in the freeze for another day (for soup). The husband finds great humor in that. He laughs every time he sees a bag of stock. I tell him to shove it, that I'm saving money and he'll be happy when he gets a yummy dinner out of it. He snorts and mumbles something about soup. Tonight hubs ate his words - via the chicken stock in the pot pie gravy. He loved it. I win.
3 cups of chicken stock
1/2 cup milk
6 Tbls butter
6 Tbls AP flour
1 cup sliced carrot, cooked
1 cup diced zucchini, lightly steamed (if you cook it too much it will get mushy)
1 cup corn, cooked
1 cup onion, chopped and cooked
one pie crust, homemade or store bought.
I steamed my veggies in the microwave to avoid washing another pan.
Preheat oven to 375.
Spray the bottom of pie pan, casserole dish, or otherr cooking vessel with non-stick spray.
Add chicken, carrot, zucchini, onion and corn to said vessel.
in a pan or pot melt the butter, add flour and whisk to create rue. Add chicken stock and milk. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken.
Pour gravy over chicken and veg. Stir.
Cover with crust and crimp edges. Cut a few slits to allow steam to be released.
I used a ceramic pie pan and 2 small crocks for the extra.
Cook on 375 for 45 minutes. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Tonight mama, papa and the oldest little all sat down together for a tummy filling, heart warming dinner. My oldest even ate it! She's a bit of a picky eater, but I am trying to combat that by getting her involved with cooking dinner. Some evenings she can be super involved, some days I only have enough time and patience left to let her sit and watch and talk to me while I whip it all together. It seems, for now, that if she participates in making dinner, she is more apt to be excited about trying them. That, to me, is a victory.