Healthier Chicken Pot Pie

I got a lot of sass from my husband for wanting to make this the other night. His first reason was because it is a “winter meal” and we are smack dab in the middle of August. His second was that he doesn’t like creamy textured casseroles as he assumes they are unhealthy for you or contain canned condensed soups that are high in sodium and preservatives.

chicken pot pie5Well, he sure ate those words. Literally. I was right (aren’t women always?!) and knew he would love it if he gave it a chance. He raved about this and pleaded me to make it again soon!

chicken pot pie6This recipe was so hearty and delicious. It will be on our dinner rotation for months to come, especially when it gets chilly outside. I love that it doesn’t call for any crazy hard to find ingredients or any high in sodium/preservatives. This is definitely NOT your grandmother’s chicken pot pie but is a great alternative for those wanting to eat whole foods with lower calories!

Instead of using a carb and calorie heavy dough to top the pie I used quinoa instead. Quinoa is an ancient grain that is very high in fiber and protein and is a complete amino acid. Read more about its benefits here.

This came out a little runny for me as I tweaked a recipe I found online (click here for original recipe) so I suggest to make it more like the traditional super creamy pot pies you use 1% milk and add in a touch more flour (1 Tbsp. at a time). Let me know in the comments what modifications you tried and how you liked this!

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Quinoa Chicken Pot Pie

Serves: 8

Ingredients: chicken pot pie1

Quinoa Crust:

  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/4 cup (or 3-4) egg whites
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 2/3 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, low-fat
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked

Filling:

  • 2 cups chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1/2 cup skim milk (or 1%)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can no-salt added peas, drained
  • 1 can no-salt added sweet corn, drained
  • 10-12 baby (or 3 regular sized) carrots, diced
  • 2 large (or 3 cups) cooked chicken breasts, diced
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. In medium bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites until combined, about 30 seconds. Add in the thyme, cheese, and quinoa. Stir to combine and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk chicken broth, milk, flour, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Preheat large non-stick skillet on medium heat and drizzle a little olive oil or cooking spray. Add in the onion and garlic and stir frequently until translucent. Slowly pour slurry (broth and milk mixture) into skillet, stirring frequently to ensure no flour is left in the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on low until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the peas, corn, carrots, and chicken.
  6. Transfer mixture to a 9 x 13 casserole baking dish and flatten with a spatula. Top with quinoa crust mixture, spreading evenly to ensure filling is covered.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve hot/warm and enjoy!

Nutritional Information (per 1 serving): 331 calories, 4.4g fat, 48g carbs, 22g protein, 6.6g fiber, 177mg sodium

Top 10 Healthy Dessert Recipes

Hey there! Long time no talk. I celebrated my birthday week this past week. That’s right, an entire week. I am well-known for my love of my birthday. Never mind that I am now in my upper 20s and it is uncool to celebrate for such lengths of time. I have come to understand that as one ages it is assumed you will not celebrate your “insignificant” birthdays any longer but rather you should only celebrate the milestones. I strongly disapprove of this!! Go out and celebrate your birthdays EVERY year people! It is the one day (or week…or month…=) ) a year that it is all about you and your awesomeness!

In honor of my birthday week I have compiled a list of my top 10 favorite dessert recipes that also happen to not be so bad for you. These recipes were picked for their lack of butter, oil, or refined flours and sugars, all of which will expand your waistline and leave you feeling sluggish.

cookies2These are completely guilt free as long as you remember to stick to the suggested serving sizes! I love the idea of separating out the desserts (works well with snacks too) into individual servings sizes right after making them to keep the temptation to stuff that entire batch of brownies in your mouth at bay.

bb2And if you do accidentally happen to stuff that entire batch of brownies into your face…no judgement here! Just make sure to go run an extra few miles or try that new class at the gym this week!

brownies1My favorite is the Dark Chocolate Brownies pictured above. So rich and really realllllly fudgey!!

I really love Chocolate Covered Katie’s Blog…some of her recipes are posted below so definitely give that a look if you are into healthy desserts!

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Fit Fare’s TOP 10 Healthy Desserts:

  1. Fudgey Dark Chocolate Brownies
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Apple and Pear Crisp
  4. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
  5. Red Velvet Ice Cream
  6. Raw Plain Cheesecake (with Strawberry Topping)
  7. Girl Scout Cookie Chocolate-Mint Bars
  8. Blueberry White-Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies
  9. Copycat Peanut Butter Eggs
  10. Lemon-Yogurt Loaf Cake

A little something for everybody’s tastes! Which one is your personal favorite or are you dying to try?! Comment below and I will post that particular recipe on my next blog post!