Chicken Pot Pies for the Lunchbox
This is a quick and delicious take on chicken pot pies that has a cool way of making them portable to pack in your lunchbox. This post is sponsored by Produce for Kids, your healthy family resource. For more healthy family-friendly recipes head over to www.produceforkids.com.
It’s that time of year when warm food is what I crave. I especially love a hot lunch, and sending hot lunches to school with my kids too. Today’s recipe for Lunchbox Chicken Pot Pies is just the thing. It’s healthy with kale and green peas and protein from chicken, and it’s quick to make. You can do a batch on Sunday and then send it to school a couple of times during the week.
To make this, you’re essentially making a quick chicken stew. You saute some onion in butter then add some kale until it’s wilted. Sprinkle flour over all that and then stir it in. Add milk slowly while stirring. This spreads the flour and butter through the milk, which will act as the thickener for your stew. Bring it to a simmer and then add cooked chicken meat, green peas, mustard and seasonings. Let that all heat through. It’s done!
Well, almost done. There’s one extra cool step. What you do is to get some store-bought rolled out pastry. It’s in the dairy case near the crescent rolls. You can make your own pastry if you prefer though. Cut the pastry into rounds that have the same diameter as the inside of your thermos, or of whatever bowl you plan to serve the pot pies in. Bake those pastry rounds, brushing them with beaten egg before and after for some nice shine.
To serve, ladle the stew into bowls and top each serving with a pastry rounds.
To send in a lunchbox, ladle some of the stew into a thermos. Wrap a pastry round in plastic wrap. When it’s time to eat, unscrew the thermos, unwrap the pastry and pop it on top of the stew. Then use a spoon to break on through and dig in.
Why is my recipe over at the Produce for Kids site? For the past few years, Produce for Kids and I have been working together to come up with family-friendly healthy recipes. I develop new recipes for them and photograph those and a whole bunch more. This Winter, we’ve teamed up again with another round of healthy recipes to share with you. This is one of them. You can see all of my Produce for Kids recipes here.
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