Baby, it’s cold outside!

I know most people think of soups, stews, or even chili when the weather is cold. However, nothing screams “snowed-in winter” to me more than Chicken Pot Pie. Its filling, creamy, hot, and so, so, sooo yum. Luckily, its still sweatshirt weather for the next 6-8 weeks based on where you live so quit freaking out about how much you are cheating on your weight loss resolution & get to baking this puppy now. It’s beyond easy because all of the ingredients are cooked & all you have to do is toss & pour. No culinary skills needed!

  • 1 can cream of chicken (if you MUST cut calories, chicken broth will work in place of ONE of the cream of…soups)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom (if you are like my sister & don’t like mushrooms, replace with 1 cup of milk)
  • 2 cups (1 package =12 ounces) of frozen vegetables (I usually grab the medley of carrots, peas, & corn)
  • 3 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • A pinch of salt, pepper, cayenne powder, garlic powder, dried rosemary flakes (about 1 tsp. each)
  • 1 package of pie crusts

Grab a 9 inch pie dish, spray with cooking spray before laying the first pie sheet down. Take the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into bottom pie shell & cover with other pie shell. Crimp edges to seal shut and cut two slits in the center to let the air escape when baking. Optional: brush with egg wash (that’s just one egg beaten with a tbsp. of water) on top for a golden-looking crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 min or until top browns.

 

Chicken pot pie

 

*If you want to make it as pictured, use Pillsbury crescent rolls and 2 ramekins. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick and use a pizza cutter to cut in to four squares. Drape one of the squares on bottom of the ramekin, while pulling the edges up and over. Fill, and drape the top with another square, pressing the edges together to seal.

Happy Eating, XO.

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The Lazy Man’s Tuna Noodle Casserole

This casserole is one of my favorite go-to recipes on a work night. It takes just a few minutes of prep time, and by the time I change in to sweats, pop open a bottle of red wine and turn on the TV it’s just about done.

Main ingredients

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1 small can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp of chopped dried onion
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 bag of extra wide noodles

Topping

  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs (depending on the size of the dish you’re putting it it, you can always use more. I usually eyeball it)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook noodles per the package. Mix tuna, mushroom soup, cheese, butter, onion and noodles together. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and slowly add milk.

For the toppings, brown your bread crumbs with the butter in a small pan on medium heat. (Be careful not to burn them! They don’t take long to brown.). Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the tuna mix and bake for 45 minutes.

tuna noodle casserole

Happy Eating, XO