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My continued absence from here is annoying even me, so pushing myself to share something. This is my new favorite recipe that I have been busting out all week, and it’s a variation on the Bisquick Chicken Pot Pie recipe found on the box (I actually found it online since the box I have didn’t actually have it). The hardest part is the chicken, the rest takes all of about 5 minutes to throw together. First, here’s the recipe:
- 1 Cup of Chicken
- 2 Cups of Vegetables
- 1 Can of Cream of Chicken
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Cup of Milk
- 1 Cup of Bisquick mix
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the chicken, veggies, soup and spices in a casserole dish, flattening it out when done. Mix the egg, milk and Bisquick and then pour over the top of the chicken and veggies, spread it out as evenly as possible. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes (or until the top is browned), makes 6 servings.
I had leftover chicken from the weekend so I started with that, however, I wanted to make more and ended up springing for a rotisserie chicken from the store. This provided me with at least 3 cups worth of chicken – I pulled one serving from the breast, and finished assembling the dish. While it was baking, I pulled the rest of the chicken off, shredded it, and put the leftovers in the fridge for next time. It’s also just as easy to bake a couple of chicken breasts and dice/shred them.
How to make this dish HEALTHIER…
Grab the lower-fat version of the Cream of Chicken (Heart Healthy line of Campbells was even better than the store version of low fat cream of chicken), use low-fat milk, and bulk up on the vegetables – last night I used a can of corn niblets as 1 cup of veggies, and frozen peas and carrots as the other cup, however the corn was a bit abundant, so I will likely go with frozen mixed vegetables next time.
Quite a while ago I stumbled upon a YouTube video starring this 90+ year old lady named Clara making a dish called the Poorman’s Meal. It may sound boring, but I absolutely fell in love with her and her storytelling. Much like TV chefs, she will spend time telling you what goes in the recipe, but will also throw in anecdotes and memories she had from the Great Depression. After watching the Poorman’s Meal video, I proceeded to make it myself, and was really surprised by how tasty it was (I did modify the recipe a little… less oil, and it looks like she uses vegetable oil where I used olive, things like that).
So I went on to watch the rest of her videos. What a treat! There’s plenty of easy recipes, and if they aren’t quite appealing, just substitute with a different ingredient and chances are you’ll have something great to eat. Clara is such a doll, and it’s wonderful to know that she’s been making these videos for 5 years and she’s still going strong!
Here’s the first video I watched (but check out her YouTube channel, which has everything!):
About a month ago, I reviewed the Lunch Box by Black + Blum, and since then I have had the opportunity to test drive the Lunch Pot by the same company.
Although the shape is completely different, it is nonetheless very obviously of the same family. The Lunch Pot is simplistic, but versatile and very functional. Let’s break down the 6 pieces…
When the Lunch Pot is assembled, the first thing you encounter is the strap that holds the entire unit together. The strap is attached to two rings: one centers the bottom pot into place, the other snaps gently onto the top pot, securing the two. Simply pulling the strap on one side will loosen enough to allow you to pop off the top ring, and start taking it apart.
But wait! There’s the one item you MUST have in order to eat your lunch (unless it’s all finger foods) – a utensil! Black + Blum decided to go with a spork for this container set, and it slides neatly into a sleeve on the strap, making it easy transport.
Once you have the strap removed, you can take the two pots apart. The larger pot has a clear lid, the smaller pot lid matches the color of the pot, and each are easily removed with a simple twist. The lids also have a ring inside to ensure that the pots are leak-proof. After lunch is done, the smaller pot can be put inside the larger one for even easier transportation.
So how does the Lunch Pot do in everyday situations? Here’s the breakdown…
I absolutely love that they went with a spork for the utensil as it fits the theme of the container. The Lunch Pot works great for noodles, soups, stews, oatmeal, fruit salads, rice dishes, and so much more, and the spork works for all of them all. And having such a convenient and simple way to keep it with the pots is great! The only downsides to the spork is that the tines of the fork are on the shorter side, so you won’t get many noodles on it, and the spoon is actually quite deep. I love spoons with depth, but it does sometimes feel strange when it’s so deep that your upper lip can’t naturally help clean the spoon. It was definitely noticeable by my daughter, who obviously has an even smaller mouth than me.
Like the Lunch Box, you should make sure not to microwave for more than 2 minutes to help avoid warping, but the pots are not so large that whatever you pack should require more than that anyway. And the same care you take with the Lunch Box should be applied here. Not having a dishwasher, I can’t say how they would hold up (though I know top-rack is advised for those that do), but I have yet to find a food that causes me trouble with these. They clean effortlessly with the soft side of a sponge.
My daughter still loves it, despite the deep spoon, and uses it just as much as the Lunch Box I previously reviewed. In fact, here’s a picture of her first lunch with it: sushi rice and sauce (her favorite), and a fruit salad (more variety at the bottom, they just got covered).
My ONLY suggestion to improve this would be to include a pair of chopsticks that could be held in a pocket on the strap opposite the spork. That way you have utensils that will help with noodles the spork can’t handle. Overall I definitely give the Lunch Pot a big thumbs up! It’s cute, stylish and can easily transport in a messenger bag or tote, and again, perfect for people who are watching portion sizes.
Got a tip from Frugal Girls that Amazon currently has two e-books for slow cooker recipes up for free right now. I love my slow cookers, so I snapped up my copies! The books look like the same one because the cover photo is the same, but they aren’t!
If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry, Amazon has free e-reader programs for nearly any device too – iphones, androids, PCs, etc… Download for the reader you want for free here and then get your free cookbooks!