Growing up I remember a handful of foods simmering away in the oven. Typically these dishes were saved for the weekend due to their extended cooking time. Roast, ribs, rotisserie chicken, meatballs. Chicken pot pie was one of those foods that I recall vividly. It torments your nose while it bakes. The buttery crust, gooey center & cozy smells emitting from the kitchen drove me mad! By the time dinner was served I'd been drooling for hours.
Now that I have a family of my own, I understand the commitment that plays into meal prep & ample cook time. Both of which I don't often have the luxury of experiencing! With two little kids life gets busy! There isn't two hours to spare for dinner prep. So, I've had to learn how to make my favorite classic meals into a version that fits our needs. Because shouldn't we have Chicken Pot Pie on a Tuesday? Yes!
Weeknight meals need to be under 45 minutes, fit our dietary restrictions (gluten free, some dairy free options) & preferably enjoyed by all. I find that making meals "deconstructed" helps encourage kids to try new things. I spoon the chicken & veggies on their plates alongside the puff pastry rounds. The adults eat the Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie as a soup. If we're in need of a lighter meal we will skip the puff pastry. The soup is delectable on it's own!
Give this 30 minute meal a try. You will not be sorry. Let me take your senses to the smell of simmering savory pie in the oven. . . .
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Hi I'm Kelsey.
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