Chicken Pot Pie

In one of our After School Cooking Programs, we are learning all about Comfort Foods. The children are having so much fun filling up their little bellies with warm, nutritious and absolutely delicious foods from Turkey and Bean Chili to Pasta Fajioli, Morning Glory Muffins, Buttermilk Biscuits and Corn Chowder, just to name a few!

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Well, in yesterday’s class, we made Chicken Pot Pie. OH MY! It was so scrumptious that some of the kids were licking their plates, seriously, I saw them. I don’t blame them, I had a tiny bite of the bottom of the casserole dish and wanted to lick it all up myself.

chicken pot pie

First of all, this makes me so proud. Some of these students have really become expert little chefs and they have all grown such an appreciation for good quality, fresh food, I just love it!

This recipe for Chicken Pot Pie is superb, so easy to make, just please be sure you make the pie dough from scratch, like we did. The recipe for the Homemade Pie Dough is so simple, just five ingredients from your pantry. It literally takes just a couple of minutes to put together and it makes all the difference in these recipes. Besides, the list of ingredients in the store bought pie dough is a mile long, many of which I can’t even pronounce.

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I know you will all enjoy this recipe and you too will be licking the bottom of your plates!

P.S. If you are a vegetarian, you can easily substitute the chicken for other vegetables such as mushrooms, cauliflower or broccoli and it will taste just as good!

Italian Wedding Soup

When it’s cold and snowing outside, I like to fill up my belly with a warm, savory bowl of Italian Wedding Soup, a true comfort food.

wedding soup

I love this soup, it is one of our favorites! My friend Lisa introduced me to it a couple of years ago and I’ve since made my own adjustments to it. For example, instead of using the traditional escarole, I use chopped frozen organic spinach. It’s easier and full of iron and fiber. I also add beans to my soup. I really enjoy a nice hearty soup that can suffice as our entire meal. I guess you could say it closely resembles a minestrone soup with mini meatballs.

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For the meatballs, I keep them light and healthy, by using ground turkey instead of beef and adding grated onion, carrots and zucchini. This keeps the meatballs so moist and full of flavor. I use this exact same recipe for traditional meatballs that I cook with marinara sauce. Absolutely delish!

meatballs

If you’re gluten free, you can substitute the whole wheat bread crumbs for brown rice bread crumbs and the regular pasta for corn pasta. If you’re vegetarian, you can substitute with tofu meat or omit them all together. Your options are endless.

This soup is a winner in our family and in my Food Jules classes. The kids enjoy it so much that they ask for it each semester. It makes me very proud that they are so excited to eat such a nutritious meal.

Hope this delicious soup warms you up on this cold, winter day.