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Pot Pies: Veggie or Chicken

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This time of year, comfort food is like a hot towel straight out of the dryer after coming in from the cold. It exemplifies its title; it’s truly comfort.

For me, pot pie is the ultimate, and for a long time, I figured we just had to do without.  Our youngest son Beckham is dairy free, soy free, gluten free, egg free, and peanut free (I promise it’s as overwhelming as it sounds), so chicken pot pies seemed like something we had to avoid.

But when I’m determined to do something, I always figure it out. I knew that if vegans could make “cheese” from cashews, then I could figure out how to make my baby a pot pie.

And from that determination, this creation was born.  It’s stellar. It’s shareable. It’s loveable. It’s perfect for this fall weather.

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Here’s the good news:  this recipe is customizable. Want chicken? Add it in.  Vegetarian? Vegan? Just leave it out.  Really hungry? Feeding another family? Double the recipe!  Aren’t dairy free? Use regular organic milk. Not gluten free? Use whole wheat flour or your favorite biscuit recipe.

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I hope you enjoy this fall favorite (without all the junk!)

Pot Pies: Veggie or Chicken
 
Ingredients
Roux:
  • 1 Tablespoon vegan butter (or regular butter if you aren't dairy free)
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose gluten free flour blend (or regular whole wheat flour if not gluten free)
  • 1¼ cups unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
Filling:
  • spoonful of vegan butter (or regular butter if not dairy free)
  • ½ onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, beans)
  • 1 russet potato, washed and diced
  • ½ Tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • {optional} two cups cooked chicken, chopped (add ¼-1/2 cup more liquid)
Topping:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small pan, heat spoonful of butter on medium heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until tender, about five minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the roux. In a large pot, heat butter over medium heat.
  5. Once melted, add the flour and whisk until butter is absorbed and mixture is crumbly.
  6. Slowly add in half of the almond milk and whisk until most of the clumps are gone.
  7. Add in the rest of the milk, bringing the mixture to a slow boil. The mixture should thicken.
  8. Reduce heat back to medium and add in the vegetable stock, stirring to combine.
  9. Add in the onion-garlic mixture, potato, frozen veggies, and spices.
  10. Stir to combine.
  11. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Meanwhile, make the biscuit recipe, but you don't have to roll out the dough to make biscuits. Set bowl aside.
  13. Once filling mixture is cooked well, pour into an 8 x 8 pan.
  14. Using a spoon, plop dough mixture on top of filling.
  15. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  16. Brush melted [vegan] butter on top of biscuits.
  17. Serve with a salad.

 


Lentil-Potato Stew

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I don’t know about you, but I just get little girl kind of excited about fall and the beginning of soup season.

It’s probably how my hunter friends feel about the smell of deer pee and countless hours in the stand. Other people just don’t understand it (like ME), but somehow it amuses and fulfills these  friends.

That’s how I feel about my soups.  Other people might not get it.  But it brings me joy.

Have a bad day? Make some soup.  Have a great day? It calls for soup.  Depressed? How about some soup and biscuits?

Soups are a part of my regular routine for many reasons:

-They freeze well and make busy nights easy!

-They are cheap.  Really, who doesn’t get excited about that?!

-They are packed full of healthy ingredients.  It’s even easy to sneak in some things like carrots and spinach.

-They give this vegan-like girl some awesome protein.  I can’t lie though, lentils do something special to my digestive system.  Whew!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I hope it gets you excited about this beautiful season coming up!

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Lentil-Potato Stew
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ½ medium white onion, diced
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 3 red potatoes, washed & diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • ¼ t ground coriander
  • ½ t sea salt
  • ¼ t black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of water, divided
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 handfuls of spinach, chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil over medium heat until hot.
  2. Add onion to the oil and stir until onion is soft (about 5 minutes), being careful not to let the onion burn.
  3. Add the lentils, potatoes, carrots, and garlic.
  4. Saute for another few minutes until vegetables are soft (sprinkle with water if things start to stick).
  5. Add the tomato paste and all spices.
  6. Stir well--until fragrant.
  7. Slowly pour in the vegetable broth and stir.
  8. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  9. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  10. Let cook for approximately 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  11. Add ½ cup water and stir.
  12. Cook, covered, for about 15-20 minutes longer, or until lentils are soft.
  13. Add the remaining water, vinegar, and spinach.
  14. Stir until spinach is wilted.
  15. Serve with a salad and bread!

 


Hearty Vegetable Soup

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There’s nothing better in fall than a bowl of hearty vegetable soup. It’s the kind of meal that makes you warm inside just when life outside is getting crisp! To my friends in northern states—yes, it’s the middle of November here in South Carolina, and it’s just now getting crisp—in fact, I wore a short sleeved shirt today. We eat our hot bowl of soup and pray tomorrow will bring a chill 😉

When choosing vegetables for this soup, use local ones if possible. If local vegetables are not available, choose organic vegetables so you can limit your exposure to pesticides and chemicals! Organic frozen vegetables are fine too—and in fact, they are sometimes even better, since they are frozen within hours of being picked and therefore don’t travel and lose nutritional value!

Pair this soup with a large salad and maybe some of your favorite cornbread (with organic cornmeal, of course!) and you have a perfect, savory meal!

Hearty Vegetable Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (I love local garlic!)
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped (I love our local rainbow carrots!)
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can lima beans
  • 1 15 ounce can black eyed peas (or you can use dried beans if you soak them the night before!)
  • 2 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or dice fresh ones!)
  • 5 cups vegetable stock, store bought or homemade (add water if you need more liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, sauté the onion over medium heat until soft (about 5 minutes). When the onion sticks to the pan, add 1-2 T of water and stir. Repeat if necessary. Stir in minced garlic and sauté about 2 minutes more.
  2. Pour the onion mixture in a crockpot. Add all other ingredients. Turn on the Low setting and let cook for 6-8 hours.
  3. Really, it can’t get much easier than that!!! Enjoy!