How’s this for a first: Today, I’ll write a guest post.
On my own blog.
I feel like the Dos Equis guy.
When I asked Nancy Fox from the Skinny Kitchen to guest post, she instead sent me a few recipes from her site to try with the kids. Her site’s loaded with delicious dishes. You can cook healthier, without exotic ingredients or corrugated cardboard.
I wanted something so good even a kid would eat it.
Even … my kids.
Something … healthy. And delicious.
It’s tougher to find than Michelle Obama will have you believe.
Marie chose Chicken Pot Pie.
No problem, kid. Watch dad work his magic.
This recipe calls for approximately 37 kilos of vegetables. (I’m not even certain what a kilo is, but it filled our box at Aldi.)
If I can pull this off … I could coach the New York Jets right into the playoffs next, and it wouldn’t be as big a deal.
Chicken Pot Pie, Skinny-fied
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pan, add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
Know those Family Circus comics, when Billy travels 137 nautical miles to reach a destination 3 feet away? That’s me, in the kitchen. I had to boil and reboil the broth 17 times because I had those 37 kilos of veggies to chop, like a Puritan.
2. Stir in onions, potato, sweet potato, carrots and celery. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 6 minutes.
Did I mention I had a lot of veggies to chop? While I watched my Rockies against the hated dodgers on my phone. While I waited for The Preakness. While not trying to chop off a digit when jockey Rosie Napravnik emerged on General A Rod. So dreamy.
3. Add chicken pieces and frozen peas, breaking them up. Bring back to a boil, turn heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, the dodgers took a 4-3 lead. !@#$%! And I might or might not have had to skimp on peas. Shh. The kids will be heartbroken. In related news, it’s OK to reboil broth 17 times. And it smells delicious.
Lucky for me (and my family), I know a colander isn’t that thing you use to get hair clots out of the shower drain. Unlike my noodle mishap with Marie the next day, I managed to drain, strain and maintain without losing any food.
5. In a separate small bowl, add flour. Gradually add milk to the flour stirring with a whisk, until well blended.
This sure didn’t look like pot pie to start. But it became more and more pot-pie-ish as I stirred. The Rockies pushed a run across the plate to tie the game at 4. I marked the occasion by wielding the whisk with vigor.
6. Increase heat to medium with the broth. Stir in milk/flour mixture with a whisk. Cook for 5 minutes or until thicken. Stir often.
I’m on a whisk roll. And fighting the clock. Elise needs a ride from uptown. During Taste of Charlotte, a citywide food festival. And the Charlotte Knights have a home baseball game. This dish stays in the oven for 13 minutes. You do the math.
7. Add back chicken and vegetables, along with thyme, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Forgot the pepper! That’s OK. Pepper’s for grown folk. Kids think it’s too ‘spicy.’ By the way, California Chrome isn’t a Triple Crown winner. I’m not heartbroken. How could I root against Rosie?
8. Coat an 11 x 7 baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the chicken stew.
I made chicken stew. Next up: I’ll stop the spread of all infectious disease and determine whether purple is a boy or girl color.
9. Open the package of biscuits, separate them and place on top of chicken stew. Line them evenly over top.
Lucky me: My brother-in-law gave me a coupon for a free can of biscuits. (When you’re Food Lion brass, you’re good like that). It’s as if Jesus wanted us to make this recipe, too. And a biscuit is the perfect decoy for 37 kilos of veggies.
10. Place the pie on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 14 minutes until the biscuits are golden brown.
Psh. It ain’t Christmas. Who has foil when it’s not even Christmas? Besides white families. We did just fine with a cookie sheet, though. Mm. Biscuits.
11. To serve, spoon into each bowl and top with 1 biscuit. There will be two extra biscuits for whoever wants it.
Thing is, ours didn’t have two extra biscuits. Not by the time I got to it!
Serves 8 (each serving, 3/8ths of recipe and 1 biscuit)
What we loved
This turned out awesome. Without all the nitrates and other chemical compounds you get when you buy your pot pie in the grocer’s freezer. I think Kodak used that same formula to develop negatives.
And it’s low for Weight Watchers points, for those of you who count. I once did. But then I went to a fish camp that brought me a large plate of baby flounder. I can’t remember how many points they went for, but I should be able to eat again in 2034.
This was a tasty dish everyone destroyed. Leftovers never had a chance, either.