4 Ingredient Mini Chicken Pot Pies

“A toddler friendly twist to a hometown classic recipe”

Chicken pot pie is a comfort meal that almost everyone loves. Since I haven’t ventured into cooking homemade pies, I created this easier and faster recipe for busy parents.¬†This pie is a slight variation to one of my most popular recipes, Mini Turkey Pot Pies. Frankly, why wait until Thanksgiving to have this yummy meal?

Chicken Pot Pie

All you need is 30 minutes, four ingredients, and some self control. That’s because you’ll want to eat more than one. A plus side, there’s lots of veggies in it.

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P.S. This recipe is highly recommended by my toddler. See food review below in the video ūüėČ

4 Ingredient Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6 mini pies

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • Crescent dough ‚Äď Store bought
  • 1 c. cooked chopped cooked chicken
  • 3/4 c. canned cream of chicken
  • thawed garden vegetables
  • chicken seasoning or salt and pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400f
  2. In a bowl, mix chicken, cream of chicken and sprinkle a little chicken seasoning or salt and pepper. Set aside
  3. Using a glass or cookie cutter, carve out circles of crescent dough
  4. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray and carefully place dough in each circle
  5. Add chicken mixture into each circle
  6. Using the leftover dough, cut strips and place it on top as shown in video
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, check at 15 minutes for desired browness
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/07/4-ingredient-mini-chicken-pot-pies/

P.S. That’s a dry erase marker I used on our oogaa baby bowls!

Music credit: www.bradbyrdofficial.com

Broccoli Cheddar Muffins

Have you ever had a savory muffin? While I do love sweet muffin varieties, ¬†sometimes a little change is a good thing. Plus, when it comes to breakfast, I’d prefer savory. I’m always trying to create fast on the go meals that include as many of the food groups as possible. This broccoli cheddar muffins recipe is tasty and packed with all kinds of goodness!

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In case I haven’t persuaded you to go make this yet.. check out what it looks like on the inside!

Broccoli Cheddar Muffins Closeup

Without further due.. here’s the recipe (actually, my second son who used to sleep 12 hours is going through a sleep regression, and well, I can’t keep writing, because he just woke up!)

Okay, I digress, here it is!

P.S. this is SUPER toddler approved by my almost “threenager”

Broccoli Cheddar Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 24 Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C. flour
  • 1tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 c. grated or blended broccoli florets, raw
  • 3 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick of melted unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a bowl, mix first 6 incredients until well combined (flour, baking powder, sugar, broccoli, and cheese)
  3. In another bowl mix milk, egg, and melted butter
  4. Mix flour mixture and milk mixture until well combined (don't overmix!)
  5. Grease muffin tin or use these for easy cleaning silicone liners
  6. Fill tin or liners 3/4 of the way (enough to leave for rising)
  7. Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/07/broccoli-cheddar-muffins/

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Summer Chicken Skewers

Every time I go to the grocery store, I get tempted to buy chicken breast. But then I think about the many times I’ve cooked it unsuccessfully. Unless stewed, the healthy white meat is so dry. I’ve recently found a fix! In just 10 to 15 minutes your meat of choice will be incredibly juicy or tender. These summer chicken skewers are healthy and delicious!

All thanks to¬†Zespri Kiwifruit.! That’s right.. FRUIT. No chemicals additives or weird powders to add to your meat. ¬†I’ve recently had the opportunity to work with Zespri Kiwifruit and found out it has some incredible uses.

Kiwi Kabob Vertical

There is an enzyme called actinidin found in green kiwifruit which makes for a wonderful natural meat tenderizer. Simply peel and mash or blend a kiwi, and spread the pulp on a tough cut of meat. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes and lightly scrape off the kiwi.

Kiwi Kabob

This is a simple kabob recipe I came up with. You can also use kiwi for any foods that you wish to fry. It’s simply a great tenderizer.

Kiwi Kabob

Summer Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients

  • 2 bpneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch size pieces
  • 2 kiwis (green)
  • Bell peppers
  • Zucchini
  • 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs. dijon mustard
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme, or 1 tsp if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Skewers, metal preferred

Instructions

  1. Mash or blend kiwi (note: stop blending before the seeds get crushed, or it will turn bitter)
  2. In a small bowl, mix blended kiwi marinade and all ingredients
  3. Cut up chicken into 1 inch size pieces
  4. In another bowl, pour marinade onto chicken breast
  5. Place in refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes
  6. Add chicken onto metal skewers, alternating between chicken and vegetables
  7. Bbq until internal temp is 165F
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/07/summer-chicken-skewers/

Some tips for cooking with Kiwi

Source: Zespri Kiwifruit

  • Some important things to keep in mind while creating your own delicious meals and recipes.
  • The skin is edible on both varieties. The SunGold Kiwi has no hair which makes it easier to bite into like an apple. Be sure to rinse your kiwi first.
  • If you insist on peeling, a serrated peeler works best.
  • The actinidin in Green also prevents gelatin from setting and breaks down proteins in dairy products which can cause curdling. If serving Green Kiwifruit with ice cream, yogurt or otherdairy products, serve immediately after you add to your dish. SunGold kiwis do not have this enzyme.
  • When pur√©eing be sure to stop processing before the seeds are crushed. Crushed seeds may lend a slightly bitter flavor to your dish. Seeds can be removed by passing the pulp through a strainer.
  • When using kiwifruit in hot dishes, add it at the very last minute so that it will retain its bright color. Kiwi flesh is soft so it is recommended that you add later when cooking certain dishes like a stir-fry.

Thanks Zespri Kiwifruit for sponsoring this post! It’s our new go-to kiwi fruit. The sun gold variety is hairless and has a delectable tropical sweet taste. We can’t get enough of it!

Turkey Swiss Rolls

“A super easy recipe, that’s so delicious”

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I always have store-bought dough of some sort in my refrigerator. For fast meals I often use crescent rolls. These rolls are so incredibly tasty, I couldn’t stop eating it. For the sake of my waistline I won’t make¬†these turkey Swiss rolls again for a few months. It’s THAT good. ¬†I did however, sneak in some spinach in it so the meal included more food groups.

TIp: I used crescent rolls, but a sheet of dough will work better like crescent dough sheet or pizza crust.

Turkey Swiss Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 tube crescent dough sheet
  • 8-10 turkey deli slices
  • 6 swiss cheese squares
  • 1/2 c. buttter, melted
  • 1 tbs. yellow mustard
  • 1/2 c. spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, mix melted butter, worcestershire sauce, mustard and sugar, set aside
  3. Roll out crescent dough and top with turkey and cheese
  4. Sprinkle chopped spinach
  5. Roll the dough starting on the long side into a tube
  6. Cut into pieces
  7. Place rollups into a baking dish
  8. Add sauce mixture on top of each rollup
  9. Bake, uncovered, for 25 mintues until lightly browned
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/06/turkey-swiss-rolls/

Recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

“The better for you tater tot! These tasty sweet potato tater tots are packed with nutrients!”

I recently bought a package of frozen sweet potato tater tots and wasn’t impressed with the flavor. ¬†I was hoping it would taste like a sweet potato, but it tasted very artificial. Even my toddler only ate one or two. That’s kind of a world record.

Since I have sweet potatoes on hand all the time, I tried making my own. This orange veggie is ¬†one of my oldest’s first foods and he still loves it to this day.

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Don’t forget to check out how to peel a¬†sweet potato video¬†if you want to learn the easy way to do it.

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 white potato (optional)
  • 2 tbs. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Olive oil for cooking

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, boil sweet potatoes and white potatoes until you can pierce a fork through it. Depending on size it should take 15 minutes or so. You can also cut it up so it will cook faster or steam it.
  2. In a bowl, mash the potatoes
  3. Add flour, garlic and salt
  4. With clean hands, form tater tots and set aside
  5. In a pan, add about 2 tbs. of olive oil
  6. Brown tater tots on each side
  7. Serve with ketchup or plain
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/06/sweet-potato-tater-tots/

 

Veggie Fritters

Eating steamed vegetables can get a little boring. Why not jazz it up by making these veggie fritters? From the start of our son’s eating journey we would always serve veggies in its natural state. If I made a “hide the veggies” dish, I’d also offer the real vegetable. I believe it’s one of the reasons he’s not super picky. As he is getting older though, he does like some vegetables more than others.

These yummy fritters contain a garden medley of corn, carrots, peas and green beans. I made these twice in a day, because I didn’t want to think of what to cook. ¬†He ate six of them the first time, then only two for dinner. He only left his mother, his servant/chef aka me, 1.5 patties *wink

Veggie Fritters First you prep your ingredients. I usually like to measure it all out in small bowls and spoons before cooking. For this one however, you can pretty much prepare everything in the same container since you will be mixing it all, except for the egg.Veggie Fritters Prep

 

In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Then mix all ingredients until well combined. Then I like to use an ice cream scooper to shape each patty. It makes it so much easier.  No messy fingers!

Then add some olive oil in a pan and cook on medium. You can also use a wet spoon to flatten each mound if you like flatter patties. Cook until brown and crispy and enjoy!Veggie fritters Pan

 

 

 

 

 

Veggie Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. steamed garden vegetable medley (peas, corn, green beans, and carrots)
  • 2 tbs. green onions, chopped finely (less if desired(
  • 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • Salt to taste if desired

Instructions

  1. Steam frozen garden vegetables until soft (except green onions)
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg lightly
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, cooked vegetables, and green onions
  4. In the same bowl, add in all the remaining ingredients until combined
  5. In a large pan add about 3 tbs of olive oil
  6. Using an ice cream scooper scoop out veggie mixture and carefully adding each one to the pan
  7. Cook on medium heat until browned, flip
  8. Serve with ketchup or ranch dressing
  9. Makes 8 Fritters
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Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Bread

We love easy recipes and we love bread around here. When I’m in a rush to make dinner, store-bought dough is such a huge help. Couple it with cheese and you pretty much have dinner. This spinach pizza pull apart bread is also great for holiday get together as an appetizer. It’s bound to be a crowd pleaser for all your guests . Add your favorite dip to it and it’s even tastier.

This recipe ¬†is a marriage between two of my most popular recipes, my Blooming Pizza and Blooming Spinach dishes.¬† It’s fast easy and delicious! It takes just a few minutes of prep time and only half an hour to cook

Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Bread

Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Bread

Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Photo

Tip:make sure the middle is cooked!

Spinach Pizza Pull Apart Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 can biscuit dough
  • 1/2 c. spinach, chopped raw
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1.3 c. sliced pepperoni
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Open biscuit can
  3. Separate biscuits and cut one round into 4 pieces (as shown in video)
  4. In a bowl, place cut biscuits and add all ingredients
  5. Mix until well combined
  6. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until cooked. Usually if the center is cooked the dish is ready
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/spinach-pizza-pull-apart-bread/

 

Slow Cooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

Ever have one of those days where you have a limited amount of food left in your house and you just kind of slap everything together? I’ve been so busy with work lately I pretty much just through everything that made sense into a slow cooker and came up with this pleasant surprise. I’ll keep this short and sweet because work beckons.

Tip: The Rotel was a bit too spicy for my little one but does provide a nice spice to the dish for grownups. Used diced tomatoes instead for the little folks who can’ eat spicy foods yet.

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Slowcooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

Slowcooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

 

 

Slowcooker Creamy Mexican Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 can Rotel, for less spicy can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 8 oz. block of cream cheese
  • Green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix everything in a slowcooker
  2. Cook for 4-6 hours on high, or 6-8 on low
  3. Shred chicken and pair with quesadillas or tortilla chips
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/slowcooker-creamy-mexican-chicken/

Green Bean Fries

My recent trip to a local hamburger joint had me thinking about their delicious fried green beans. I also had green beans in the refrigerator that were about to go bad. For some reason, my intentions to cook green beans never come to fruition. They just sit and sit and sit in my fridge vegetable drawer. It’s probably because I’m not a huge fan of the green veggie and can never cook it perfectly… until this!

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I tried this recipe on a whim and it’s so addictive! It was a joint effort at my house for dinner. My other half fired up the grill and made some steak and mashed potatoes. My contribution to dinner were these green bean fries!

P.S. My son eats what we eat. He had his steak cut in small pieces. Also, I photographed this meal before trying it with ranch. LOOOOVe it with ranch much more than marinara!

Fun Fact: Green beans

  • Fresh green beans are very low in calories (31 calories per 100 g of raw bean pods) and contain no saturated fat. Nevertheless, these lean pod vegetables are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micro nutrients.
  • The beans are very rich source of dietary fiber (9% per 100g RDA) which acts as a bulk laxative. Fiber helps to protect mucousa in the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the gut. Adequate amount of fiber has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing reabsorption of cholesterol-binding bile acids in the colon.
  • Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A, and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and √ÉŇł-carotene in good amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

    Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/green_beans.html

Green Beans and Steak

Green Bean Fries

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb. green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and cooking spray
  3. Make three stations
  4. In bowl #1, add flour
  5. In bowl #2, add beaten egg
  6. In bowl #3, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder
  7. Dip green beans in bowl #1 (flour), then bowl #2 (egg), then in bowl #3 (bread crumb mixture)
  8. Make sure the bread crumbs completely coats each green bean
  9. Place coated green beans in a single layer on a the prepared baking sheet
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  11. Serve with ranch or marinara
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/green-bean-fries/

Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta

” The best of both worlds. A twist to your white cream pasta or marinara pasta”

I came up with this recipe because we were a little bored of plain red sauce and alfredo sauce. I looked in my refrigerator and put stuff together. That said, I’m not always successful, but sometimes I hit the foodie jackpot! In case you were wondering, I have no culinary background just a home cook eager to feed my hungry family! A huge plus, the toddler didn’t pick out his spinach. That in my book is kind of¬†a big deal these days.

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Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • For Chicken:
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • For Sauce:
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 3 1/2 c. spinach, raw
  • 1/4 c. tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. half and half
  • 1 c. parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional, to taste)

Instructions

  1. Slice chicken breast and season with Italian seasoning and paprika
  2. In a large pot cook penne per box instructions, drain and set aside
  3. In a large pan, add olive oil
  4. On medium-high heat cook chicken until it's not pink
  5. Set aside and keep warm
  6. In the same pan, add garlic, chopped tomato, tomato sauce, spinach, then half and half
  7. Once half and half mixture is boiling, bring down heat to low and add parmesan cheese
  8. Cook until cheese is melted
  9. Add salt if desired, to taste
  10. Mix in chicken and pasta and serve hot
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/05/creamy-tomato-chicken-pasta/