Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

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Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic, and there’s no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than Homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

I love to mix up traditional homemade dinners along with a few healthy shortcuts. Using items from the freezer isle not only cut down on my prep time (hello, chopping), but frozen foods like vegetables are always flash frozen when they’re at their peak ripeness, so I would say they’re a much better option than the limp carrot or slimy asparagus in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

For this meal, I partnered with Kroger to remind busy families everywhere that the frozen aisle provides delicious meal ideas and solutions that provide value and are healthy. For my chicken pot pie, I went to Fred Meyer and picked up two bags Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies – the sweet peas as well as the gold & white corn, carrots, and asparagus mix. I can’t eat pot pie without a healthy amount of peas!  These veggie packs are awesome because they’re small enough that you’ll never waste half of an uneaten bag to freezer burn and you can’t get more convenient than just throwing the entire bag in the microwave! Aren’t all those bright and colorful veggies gorgeous?

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Kroger has put together a great site called www.freezerfreshideas.com that’s designed to inspire meal solutions, recipes, and offer great value for frozen ingredients. Their Fresh Ideas from the Freezer are all about changing the perception of frozen food and bringing the excitement back to the frozen department. I firmly believe that frozen foods, we’re talking anything from individual items to meals to ingredients like these frozen vegetables can be an integral and exciting part of your everyday meal planning.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Now, I don’t know about you, but those veggies sure look a whole lot better than what is even available right now due to it being the middle of the winter. Frozen is totally the way to go.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

I went all out and made homemade pie crusts for this meal (you should definitely do this as well), but I know as well as anyone how little time us moms have to make dinner, so feel free to take another awesome shortcut and use a premade one from the freezer section!

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

With all of those vibrant veggies packed into this pot pie, this is definitely a meal the whole family will enjoy.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Are you hungry yet?  Enjoy!!!Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

 

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
 
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Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • two butter pie crusts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • two Birds Eye single packs frozen vegetables (about 20 ounces total)
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Using a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Cook chicken until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside on plate. Once chicken cools a bit, shred the meat.
  3. Add onion to dutch oven. While the onions cook and release moisture, scrape the bottom of the pan to release any of the chicken that stuck.
  4. Add butter and flour. Stir and allow to cook for several minutes until fragrant.
  5. Stir in chicken broth and milk. Allow to come to a boil and stir well until the gravy thickens. Add shredded chicken and frozen vegetables and allow to cook in gravy just until vegetables are no longer cold. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Line a nine inch pie pan with your first crust. Add the chicken filling as full as you can. Add the top crust and pinch the edges together. Cut a few slits in top crust to allow steam to escape.
  7. Cook in preheated 425 degree F oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and continue cooking until the crust is golden brown, about 30 more minutes.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Black Tea Vanilla Muffins

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Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Its funny how something like tea can be both comforting on a cold winter day, yet incredibly refreshing when served over ice on a blistering hot summer day. Right now, a major cold front it consuming the entire top half of our country. Although we’re not seeing single digit temperatures like the frigid midwest, our highs have been in the thirties for the last week and on the cold winter days like we’ve been having, when a chill has settled in the air, and it feels like your toes have become actual ice cubes, a hot cup of tea is what warms me up. Relaxing with a hot a flavorful cup of tea has actually become part of my daily afternoon ritutal, and every day at 3pm it protects my sanity. If you’re the same, your tea should be dependable. You should know where it comes from and what it stands for.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Because the weather has been so cold, we’ve been doing a lot of baking to go with all the tea drinking in my house. Then, it dawned on me – I should incorporate the flavors of my favorite Pure Leaf Black Tea with vanilla into my tried and trusted muffin recipe. I didn’t want to change the consistency of the batter by adding brewed tea, so I infused the tea right into the melted butter long with a split vanilla bean.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

The result was a perfectly moist muffin with just the right hint of tea and vanilla. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderfully comforting this hot muffin was with a thin pad of butter along with my afternoon cup of tea. That, plus my new electric blanket and my book, was pure heaven.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Try the new bagged and loose varieties of Pure Leaf tea available right now at your neighborhood Kroger store. Kroger strives to be a retailer you can depend on, that’s why they offer Pure Leaf teas—because they’re made simply, from the finest leaves picked at their freshest from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea estates. And their farmers do as little as possible to the leaves—just pick, roll, and craft them.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Pure Leaf believes the best things in life are real, that’s why all Pure Leaf teas are simply made from real tea leaves, picked at their freshest and purposefully crafted to deliver a genuine tea experience. Pure Leaf’s process is simple and authentic. The quality tea leaves go through a four-step process—simply picked, rolled, dried and blended—for an exceptional tea taste. The bagged and loose teas are a blend of quality long-leaf teas made with real fruit pieces, petals and herbs. Like all Pure Leaf tea, the process is simple and authentic—Pure Leaf offers the finest quality tea leaves that are simply picked, rolled, dried and blended, for an exceptional tea taste. Pure Leaf tea leaves are grown at some of the finest-quality tea estates in India, Kenya, Indonesia and Sri Lanka committed to sustainability. I, personally, am drawn to the bagged teas. I absolutely love the shape and material of the bags. To brew it, I simply pour boiling water over the bag in my cup and three minutes later I have a perfectly brewed hot cup of tea.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Kroger has NEW Pure Leaf loose and bagged tea in Black Vanilla and Green Mint Tea. Which flavor are you excited to try? My preferred flavor depends 100% on my mood at the time. To find your nearest Kroger store, click on the store locator here or click the image below. So get to Kroger today to try the new Pure Leaf bagged and loose teas. You’re dedicated to your tea, so it should be made honestly. Choose Pure Leaf—it’s True Brew.High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

Once you get to the store, simply find the coffee and tea isle. Pure Leaf is easy to find because of their clear containers and branding. Choose between loose or bagged teas, as well as hot or iced teas… or just do what I did and take one of each home!

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

 

Black Tea Vanilla Muffins
 
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High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 cube)
  • 1 Pure Leaf Black Tea with vanilla tea bag
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and grease muffin tins with butter or muffin liners with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium sized pan over medium heat, melt the butter with the tea bag and vanilla bean over medium heat. Swirl occasionally to ensure butter is cooking evenly and the flavors of the tea and vanilla are infused. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam and the color will get darker. Continually scrape bottom of pan to release any brown specs. Once you start smelling the nutty aroma, remove browned butter from heat and allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugars, baking power, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and mostly cooled browned butter together. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Fold together and do not over mix.
  5. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins and bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Without opening the oven door, reduce heat to 325 degrees F and continue cooking until golden brown, about 15-25 minutes (mine took longer because I used a stone muffin pan). When done cooking, immediately remove from muffin tins and allow to cool on cooling rack.

High quality black tea and real vanilla beans infused in melted butter create the tastiest Black Tea Vanilla Muffins that are perfect with a hot cup of tea!

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Warm Turkey Sliders

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These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

There’s just something about biting into a warm cheesy meat filled roll while you’re watching the game with friends. This is one of those recipes, in my opinion, that is so much better when you cook a whole turkey breast and then slice the meat yourself. I always cook a whole turkey on Thanksgiving and only on Thanksgiving. The turkey breast? That’s a regular staple in our house. Its just so easy to prepare and then we have the meat for our family dinner, to chop up for lunch salads, or for sliders like these.

Making Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with one night's quick meal preparation can provide enough flavorful turkey for several busy weeknight dinners ahead.

There are two ways I like to prepare turkey breast. The first is in the slow cooker, and the photo above is from an older post of mine. For this recipe, I went to Fred Meyer (aka one of my favorite places to shop), bought a frozen turkey breast, can cooked it in my electric pressure cooker. Whichever method you choose, the turkey will turn out moist and tender… its just a matter of preference.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

My sliders are super simple and I even bake them up in a disposable aluminum tray for easy transport. Good sliders start with amazingly soft rolls. I picked these potato rolls up from the Fred Meyer bakery.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!From there, my sliders are super simple. You can get as creative as you’d like, but I like to split the rolls, use some kind of spread (you can find something tasty in a jar or use something from the olive bar), cover it with those perfectly cooked pieces of turkey breast, and then top it with cheese. I chose provolone for these sliders but you can’t go wrong with so many different varieties.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

You’ll notice that my once plain rolls are now covered in poppy seeds and garlic. That, my friends, takes these sliders from good to amazing. Enjoy!

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!

Warm Turkey Sliders
 
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These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen turkey breast (I used a 2lb. breast)*
  • 1 (16 ounce) package soft rolls
  • 6 tablespoons of desired spread (anything from bacon onion jam, cranberry sauce, or mustard)
  • 6-12 ounces sliced provolone
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
Instructions
  1. To cook the turkey breast, use either a slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker.
  2. If using a slow cooker, follow the directions here.
  3. If using an electric pressure cooker, add one can chicken broth, one whole yellow onion (peeled and quartered) and two stalks celery (chopped) to the bottom of the electric cooker. Place completely thawed turkey breast on top. Cook on high pressure for 22-30 minutes (for 2-6 pound breast) and allow to release the pressure slowly once done. Insert an instant read thermometer and if it is not yet at 165 degrees F, continue to cook for several more minutes on high pressure.
  4. Once turkey has finished cooking, slice against the grain to desired thickness.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Set the rolls in a baking dish and split the rolls with a knife and remove the tops. Cover with spread, turkey, and cheese. Replace the tops of the rolls.
  7. Melt butter in microwave and add garlic and poppy seeds. Brush mixture on top of rolls.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes until heated through.
Notes
* Additional ingredients required depending on cooking method. See instructions for details.

These easy Warm Turkey Sliders made from a frozen turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker make for some great game day food!
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Summer Veggie Sandwich

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Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich?

Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich? Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich? I was recently asked by Sargento® to create some unique tips for using their product and I wanted to share with you this incredible sandwich. If you’re looking for a “Summer Sandwich Occasion” I honestly can’t think of a better occasion than a picnic. Whether it be a romantic daytime date with your sweetheart or a family hike, picnics are the absolute best way to enjoy some of the best things in life – food, the outdoors, and your friends & family. I’m an Oregon girl now, but I grew up in California. A vegetable sandwich like this might seem weird to some people out there, but I grew up eating amazing veggie sandwiches. Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich? There are a few tips and tricks to make an outstanding veggie sandwich. Not all options and combinations would result in a tasty sandwich. There are definitely a few must-haves to make your sandwich amazing. I’ll start with the cheese because, after all, who doesn’t love cheese? I found my Sargento® Sliced Cheese at QFC and went for the Ultra Thin Mild Cheddar. I am super fond of the extra thin slices because I love the way they taste but you can also put the exact amount you want on your sandwich. There are tons of varieties of Sargento® Sliced Cheese you can choose from that come pre-sliced and ready to use that can be used in a variety of sandwiches: on the grill, cold sandwiches, panini etc. Just pick whichever one(s) look best to you and you won’t be sorry. Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich? The next thing I recommend is a good spread. You can always use the basics – mayo and/or mustard, but you can’t beat the flavor of a scratch made aioli. Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich?I also highly recommend both avocado and cucumber. The avocado combined with the cheese gives your sandwich a rich creaminess that is downright necessary. The cucumber adds a nice fresh crunch. Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich?Tomato is a given – that should be no surprise there. My other sandwich favorite is fresh sprouts. I grew up eating alfalfa sprouts, but they’re not always easy to find these days. You can, however, usually find some kind of microgreen either packaged up or still living. These happen to be radish sprouts that were sold still growing. They add the perfect texture and taste to this sandwich. Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich?Now, you can always add a few slices of turkey, ham, and/or bacon to your sandwich. In fact, I did that very same thing the next day when I made more sandwiches (we couldn’t get enough because they were so good). Either way, the components of this sandwich bring out the very best of summer and make the perfect addition to any picnic. Enjoy!!! Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich?

Summer Veggie Sandwich
 
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Can you think of a better way to enjoy summer than enjoying a lovely picnic outdoors while enjoying something like this Summer Veggie Sandwich?
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Recipe type: main dish, sandwich
Yields: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • Seeded wheat bread
  • Any kind of spread - mayonnaise, mustard, homemade aioli
  • Sargento® Sliced Cheese
  • avocado
  • cucumber
  • tomato
  • sprouts
Instructions
  1. To assemble your sandwich, layer all ingredients and enjoy! You can add as much or as little of any ingredient that you'd like!

This is a paid conversation written by me on behalf of Sargento®. The opinions and texts are all mine.

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