Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chicken Pot Pie (toddler-friendly collection)

With Tashi now eating a lot more foods, I have been thinking about making some yummy dishes that are wholesome with protein, vegetable and carbs all in one. This is one for the Tashi aka todler-friendly specials!
One such comforting dish is the chicken pot pie. So I looked around for the recipe that  liked best. I was attracted to this one recipe (courtesy Sunny Andersen, food network) because it used the cast iron skillet. Im sure it would also be good in a a glass baking dish.
So I used a 10-inch cast-iron pan

Ingredients:
Chicken tenders -- around 2 packs or around 12 tenders
Paprika 1/2 tsp
Dried Sage 1/2 tsp
Oregano 1/4 tsp
Garlic 2 cloves
Salt and pepper
Flour - 2 tablespoon
Chicken Stock 2 cups
Heavy cream 1 cup
Pie crust (from the store, unbaked in the frozen section; thaw for 15 mins outside or also leave in the refrigerator to thaw)
Egg - lightly beaten for egg wash
Peas and carrots 1 cup (used frozen bag)
Pearl onions 1 cup (I couldn't find these at the local grocery so I used a yellow onion chopped)

Directions:
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2) Sprinkle the chicken tenders with paprika, sage, oregano, salt and pepper.
3) Heat a 10-inch cast-iron pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Sear the chicken to brown -- about 4 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second side. Remove the chicken and set aside for a few minutes. Chop into 1/2-inch cubes.
4) To the same pan, add the garlic and sautee for a few minutes till fragrant. Then add the onions and peas and carrots and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir and cook until the onions become tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
5) Sprinkle in the flour and stir until the flour dissolves into the vegetables and juices. Add the chicken stock and raise to a simmer, stirring until thickened. Once the liquid has thickened, stir in the heavy cream. Season with salt, if needed.

6) Return the chicken to the pan. Unfold the pie crust and place over the top of the filling, tucking the excess edges inside the pan.
7) Brush the crust evenly with the egg wash. Using a knife, gently cut 3 vents in the top of the crust. Place in the oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

It is just delicious and worth repeating!

Tuna noodle casserole (toddler-friendly collection)


Continuing in my quest of finding some delicious kid-friendly one pot recipes, here is a favorite!  So simple and yet wholesome with tuna, vegetables and noodles.

Ingredients:
1 package egg noodles (16 oz thin or wide)
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups shredded cheese (mild cheddar or any type you like)
1 cup frozen green peas and carrots
2 (6 ounce) cans (or 1 12 oz big can tuna in water, drained
2 (10.75 ounce)cans condensed cream of mushroom soup (I've also used cream of celery or cream of potato)
1/2 to 1 cup of evaporated milk (Whole Vit D)
1 cup crushed potato chips (kettle brand) or french fried inlions

Directions:
1) Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 4 to 6 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
2) Preheat oven to 425 degrees
3) In a large bowl, thoroughly mix noodles, onion, 2 cup cheese, peas and carrot mix, tuna, soup cans and evaporated milk.  Add a dash of pepper.
4) Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish (or two small 1.5 quart), and top with potato chip crumbs/fried onions and remaining cheese (handful).
5) Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is bubbly.