I miss Southern food more than anything else about the South – besides my family, of course.
It’s probably a blessing that I don’t live in the South because if I did, I would chronically overeat the delicious but not-so-nutritious regional favorites. (Did someone say boudin?)
In my kitchen, I try to balance recipes that meet the “good and good for you” standard.
Chicken pot pie is one of those dishes that I compare to getting a hug. No doubt, it’s the buttery, creamy sauce and pie crust that makes it taste so good. It’s the epitome of comfort food. But, as comforting as it is, I’m not very comfortable when I can’t button my pants. So, I made some adjustments.
This pot pie recipe might not be diet food, but it won’t leave me feeling like I just sold the farm either. By ditching the bottom pie crust, substituting half-and-half with low fat Greek yogurt and replacing traditional potatoes with cauliflower, this fiber-packed dish of bubbly goodness leaves me smiling without all the guilt.
Give it a try! I promise, you won’t even know what you’re missing.
Chicken Pot Pie
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 cup cauliflower, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup carrot, diced
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp melted margarine
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme
1 pie crust (store bought, or your own recipe)
– Preheat oven to 400 degrees
– In a large sauce pan, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil and sauté onion and garlic over medium heat until onion becomes slightly translucent
– Add celery, carrots and cauliflower, stirring frequently, until vegetables become tender
– Combine chicken broth and yogurt in separate bowl
– Thoroughly mix in melted margarine and remaining olive oil
– Add flour gradually while stirring constantly for one minute
– Stir in peas, salt, pepper, sage, rosemary, thyme and chicken
– Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish and cover with 1 pie crust
– Bake 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly