Thursday, March 31, 2016

Comfort Food Dinner - Chicken Pot Pie

To me, there are several different meanings to the word "comfort food." Sometimes it can be the late-night pizza runs after you've had a few beers and all you're looking for is greasy goodness. Other times it can be reminiscent of childhood memories and may only be a "comfort" food to you. But then there are those foods that really stick to your ribs and leave you feeling full and satisfied...THIS was one of those kinds of comfort foods. 

I actually made this pot pie a couple weeks ago, before we started our post-vacation diet cleanse (ok, not really a cleanse but more like trying NOT to go out to eat every meal) and it was so good as a weeknight dinner but also a couple servings of lunch too!

I started with a few stalks of celery and a small onion, diced. 

I heated some oil in a large pan and simmered the chopped veggies with salt and peppers until they were soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. 

I removed the veggies from the pan and added two chicken breasts which were diced, and then seasoned with salt, pepper, and a little oregano. I cooked those until they were cooked through, about 7 minutes. 

I then removed the chicken from the pan and started working on my roux. To make the roux, I melted about 2 tablespoons of butter into the same pan I had just cooked the chicken. Once melted, I then added a couple heaping tablespoons of flour and about a cup of chicken broth. 

I brought the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, then turned it to low so it could thicken up. (and please ignore the flour chunks...the roux just wasn't hot enough for the flour to be incorporated with the liquid quite yet!!)

As the roux was firming up, I got out my frozen veggie mix and measured out about 2 cups to use in the pie. I also made my biscuit topping, which was just the standard Bisquick recipe on the box!

Ready to assemble! I first mixed the cooked veggies, chicken, and frozen veggies in a large, separate bowl to make sure they were evenly combined.

Once the mixture was completely combined, I poured it into a greased baking dish, along with my finished roux.

(^^I took a pic without the roux/gravy because it was much prettier!^^)

I cut the biscuits into large rounds and placed them over the top of the mixture. I also used the leftover corner pieces to fill the gaps so there wasn't any inner mixture exposed!

I cooked the pot pie at 325 for 30 minutes, and then cranked the heat to 375 and cooked it for another 20 minutes. Depending on your oven or the thickness of your biscuit, you may need more or less time...I just slightly pulled apart the inner-most biscuits and once the bottom wasn't gooey I knew I was set! You could also cover the top with foil if your biscuits get too brown too fast but still need to be cooked through. 

Even though it took a little bit longer to assemble and cook than my normal weeknight meals, it was sooooo satisfying! Plus since I didn't use any "cream of" soups, I felt a little more healthy...ish. :)

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Our Trip to Denver!

Hello there! 

It's been a few weeks since I've posted, which makes me sad because a lot has gone on in my world and some great recipes have been had that should have been shared, but it's just been one of those months where I'm struggling to find motivation and bubbly words, so I thought a tiny break would be a good idea. However, after spending a week in Colorado with some of our closest friends, I'm feeling refreshed and reinvigorated and ready to jump back into sharing my recipes and adventures!

During our time in Colorado, we spent time in both Denver and Glenwood Springs. Somehow we lucked out and got into town about 12 hours before the season's worst snow storm came through and left nearly 20 inches of fresh powder!!! (I'm totally not a skier, hence why I was less than ecstatic) While in Glenwood Springs we were able to see some of the beautiful scenery the area has to offer by hiking up to Hanging Lake. Of course we had amazing food the entire time we were there and finished off the week with an Easter feast that easily rivaled any I've had before.

Here are a few pictures from our trip!

Driving out of Denver = CRAZY amount of snow!

Out of the snow and into the mountains we go!

View from the trail headed to Hanging Lake...sooooo gorgeous!

Somehow we only took a couple pictures together, but I just love this one!

Probably the clearest, bluest waters I have seen in my life... 

I suppose we could redefine part of the hike as sledding...hehehe

Unlike my adventurous hubby, I need to hang onto some rocks so I wouldn't "fall down the mountain!!"

I would say Easter lunch was a success :) 

Dining options included (top left, clockwise):

- Pickled sweet peppers
- Goat cheese stuffed green olives and kalamata olives 
- Charcuterie board featuring:
blue cheese, candied walnuts, soppressata, chicken pate, habanero jack cheese, pistachios, prosciutto, cheddar cheese, camembert cheese, and hot coppa
- White beans in pepper vinaigrette
- Garden pizza
- Buffalo chicken dip
- Sliced apples
- Prosciutto wrapped, goat cheese stuffed dates

Unfortunately I didn't take as many pictures as I normally would have so this is really all I have to share, but as always I had a blast exploring a new city! 

What did you all do for your Easter weekend?!