Today is Pi Day. 3.14
In celebration of Pi, our family is having Pie for dinner.
For breakfast, I had a cup of tea (don’t judge me, I wasn’t feeling well) and my vitamins. The kids had cereal.
For lunch, I had leftover Curry, the kids had PB&Nutella Sandwiches with trail mix and celery sticks
Snack was monster juice (Kale, Spinach, Rainbow chard, green apple, celery)
And then the piece de resistance.
I started by prepping a crumb top apple pie. I used organic Jonagold Apples. The reason I prepped it before the chicken pot pie is because I didn’t want to have to scrub my cutting board in between… I don’t mind apple being on the cutting board while I’m cutting onion and chicken, but vice versa kinda skeeves me out.
Next I rounded up my ingredients for the chicken pot pie. Our basic recipe includes the following basics that we seem to always have on hand. Celery, Carrots, Onions, Potatoes (all organic) and chicken breasts (2)
**side note** I chop onion for various things, and since onion is not supposed to be kept once it is cut open, I chop the rest of it and toss in a freezer bag with basil and oregano until I have enough for a recipe. That’s the only reason you see pre-chopped onions in my kitchen! NEVER use an onion after it has been cut open.
I used organic, grass fed, unsalted butter tonight, but have made this with olive oil and coconut oil with good results as well. Whatever you have on hand is fine.
Melt the oil while washing your veggies.
Tip: buy a scrub brush just for fresh fruits and veggies, you don’t want the germs and bacteria from your dishes on your food.
I differentiate the green scrubber for veggies, and the blue for dishes.
Chop all veggies to smaller than bite-size chunks and add to melted butter. Stir for 5 minutes, and add chopped chicken breasts.
Tip: I find it easiest to chop chicken while it is still partially frozen. I prefer to keep my meats frozen, that way they stay fresher longer.
Stir and simmer until fully cooked.
Once fully cooked, add oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. ( I never measure herbs or spices, a little of each is sufficient)
While that continues cooking (approximately 15 minutes), start your roux. 1/4 cup butter melted with 1/4 cup flour mixed in until golden brown. Add 1 cup milk and stir until thickened.
When you are sure the veggies and chicken are completely cooked through, add in 3 cups of chicken broth. Bring to boil then add your roux and stir until thickened.
Pour out into pan.
Mix up your biscuit dough (mine is 2 cups flour, 1 T Baking powder, 1/2 tsp cream of tartar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup butter cut in, 2/3 cup milk) then roll out to cover your pan.
I have added herbs to this before and had it turn out great.
I have also used leftover chicken from a roaster, or turkey from thanksgiving or Christmas… whatever you have on hand is fine!
Pop in the oven at 425 for 15 minutes and Voila. Dinner.
As soon as I pop it in the oven, I clear my counters. I cannot stand messy counters, or looking at a masterpiece creation in a messy kitchen. It depresses me.
What my kitchen looks like:
Aside the pieces to my juicer drying on a towel next to my sink (there is no way to speed that up:(), I’m happy with how my kitchen looks.
Random eco-friendly tip: Stop using paper towels. We are not 100% paper towel free, I still use them for draining bacon, and cleaning up dog messes. But I do not keep them in my kitchen. Instead I keep 2 piles of washcloths in my cabinet under my sink.
This doesn’t make sense unless you have a great storage solution for the dirty ones… So here’s a picture of our “refuse” area.
I have in the front on the left our trash can, which fills about once a week. Behind that is our recycle bin which fills almost daily. Next to it on the floor is our “milk bag” where we keep our empty and rinsed glass bottles to return to our milk delivery man, and finally, I keep a vertical hamper in my kitchen for washcloths and dishtowels.
All said and done- it works for us, and I feel so good about using maybe one roll of paper towels in a year vs before we could easily go through one in a month!