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

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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Veggie Fritters

 

 

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/

 

Turkey Cranberry Rolls

If you have followed my Instagram page, you may have noticed we’ve done a lot of swim practice. My son no longer finishes his sandwiches. I don’t blame him, he’s probably super bored of it. The problem is, it’s super easy for me to pack the night before or early in the morning. When I changed the shape and form, he’s back to eating. This is a twist to my strawberry cheese rollups, less work because there’s no cooking required.

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Sticky Chicken Wings

These are the best fried chicken wings ever. Well, at least that I’ve ever made ;). This is obviously a cheat treat for my little guy, but it sure beats frozen chicken wings. Plus, if you’re on the organic train you can make these 100% organic.¬†Korean Chicken Wings

So here’s the back story. My best friend and I used to eat chicken wings in Koreatown all the time. These days we both have two kids, and it’s nearly impossible to get out. I’m not really sure how to explain the taste of this. ¬†It’s not teriyaki and it’s not barbecue. I call it incredibly delicious. Fast forward to today, while deleting stuff off my phone, I ¬†recently found a note¬†listing possible ingredients to my favorite chicken wings. The last time I ate this at a restaurant, I basically sat and tasted every morsel very slowly ¬†trying to figure out the ingredients. ¬†And then today I tried it!

Korean Chicken Wings

Sticky Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 18-20 chicken drumettes
  • 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 4 tbs. water
  • 2 tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs. sesame oil
  • 1.5 tbs. ginger, chopped
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs. honey
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. corn starch
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sesame seed (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry
  2. In a large bowl, add corn starch, flour, pepper, salt, and garlic powder
  3. Add chicken in flour mixture. Make sure all parts are coated. Should be lightly coated not clumpy.
  4. In a deep dutch oven, add enough vegetable oil to cover drummette
  5. When oil is hot (about 350F) or when it bubbles when tested, add chicken
  6. Set aside when cooked and place on baking rack to drain oil
  7. Cook for 15 minutes on medium-high, until brown and crispy
  8. In a small saucepan on medium low, combine ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, corn starch and water.
  9. Stir until thickened.
  10. Coat cooked chicken with sauce thoroughly and serve.
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/04/sticky-chicken-wings/

Baked Avocado Egg Rolls

My toddler doesn’t like stringy vegetables like ones you normally would put in an egg roll. You may have noticed I try different stuffing for my egg rolls (like bananas or breakfast egg roll) so naturally I wanted to try my son’s favorite, with avocado.

I recently found out though, that avocados are not created equal. After two attempts of making this recipe I finally succeeded. One more try, I would have quit lol. At the last grocery run, I purchased several avocados. I bought them not fully ripe¬†since it always goes bad before we can eat¬†them all. ¬†This time, I placed them in the refrigerator. Bad idea. They never really really fully ripened, but it did soften a bit.Problem is, the ones I used didn’t seem hard or green

I went on with my recipe testing as I normally would, but when I took a bite of my finished product, it was disgustingly bitter. I said hmmm.. maybe it’s the onion! I made a second batch with onions and some without to test. ¬†I also used a different cooking spray just in case. But to my surprise, the second batch was still unsuccessful.

Then I turned to Chef Google and searched, ¬†“Why is my eggroll bitter?” Just kidding, I searched “Why is my avocado bitter.” Lo and behold, an avocado that is unripened will produce a bitter taste.

So the moral of this long story is… make sure to use a ripe avocado!

Tip: Press an avocado gently. If it leaves a little dent it is ripe. If there‚Äôs no dent, then the avocado is not ready to eat. If it dents very easily though, then it is overripe. You can also ripen it by placing it in a brown bag. If you leave it in a plastic bag it won’t speed up the process.

I also have to admit, that I think this would be incredibly tasty fried. This does however give¬†you a healthier alternative if you’re watching your weight or trying to cut fats.

On a side note, can you believe I had time to do my nails? With two kids under three I feel like I’ve won the jackpot. One week later my nails are still going strong and I am an excessive hand washer. Jamberry gave me a few sheets to try and needless to say¬†I’ll be using them all the time from now on. ¬†It feels great that one part of me doesn’t look like a mombie. There was a learning curve, but once you get it.. it’s awesome! Any who, I don’t sell it or anything, just offering a tip! See my pretty nails¬†shown on the video below ūüėČ

Avocado Egg Roll Blog

Baked Avocado Egg Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 RIPE avocado (read blog why)
  • 1 Tbs. chopped red onions
  • 1 C. shredded cheese of choice
  • Dash of salt
  • Splash of juice from lime (optional)
  • Egg roll wrappers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Peel and remove seed from avocado
  3. Chop into squares
  4. In a bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined
  5. Gently pull wrappers apart. Set on a plate
  6. On a clean surface, place one egg roll wrapper with point facing you.
  7. Add a small amount of the avocado mixture on the end of the wrapper (see video)
  8. Roll as shown in the video
  9. Seal ends with a little water
  10. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray, then spray egg rolls so both sides are oiled
  11. Bake until brown about 10 minutes each side.
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/04/baked-avocado-egg-rolls/

Healthy Mac and Cheese

An old American favorite with a healthy twist!

We love mac and cheese in my household. Problem is, I can ‘t cook it everyday because it isn’t entirely that great for you. But what about if you add some veggies in it?
Makes you feel a little better serving it right? Just try this, you or your kids won’t be able to tell the difference!¬†Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 c. cubed butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 c. sharp shredded cheese
  • 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. un-cooked penne pasta

Instructions

  1. 1. In 2 separate large pots, bring water to a boil
  2. 2. In pot #1, cook pasta per box instructions (about 8-10 minutes)
  3. 3 In pot #2, cook butternut squash for 8-10 minutes. Drain most of the water, but keep 1/2 c. of water
  4. 4. In a blender or food processor, blend squash and add 1/2 c. of water from step #3
  5. 5. In a baking dish or cooking tray, mix in pasta, pureed butternut squash, and cheddar cheese
  6. 6. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake in oven for 375F for 15 minutes
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/04/healthy-mac-and-cheese/

This is in collaboration with my friend My at My Healthy Dish. This her amazing recipe!

Sweet Potato Broccoli Patties

A savory finger food with a hint of sweet. You won’t believe it’s filled with veggies!

During¬†nights we order¬†takeout or are¬†eating something that isn’t entirely nutritious (yes, I am human too and I don’t always cook a full meal,) I make some form of patty. It’s a great way to get some veggies in!

I also¬†recognize some of you have kiddos that won’t eat anything green. I’ve made other types of patties in the past like these broccoli cheese patties , but I know some of your kids won’t eat it if they see any type of green in it. This patty is a yellowish orange color similar to a chicken nugget! You may not believe it, but these patties have a¬†lot of broccoli. These are great for beginner eaters and older kids that may turn up their nose to veggies.

Sweet Potato Broccoli Patties

Sweet Potato Broccoli Patties

Ingredients

  • 1 c. sweet potato cubed
  • 1 c. broccoli florets
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • dash of salt
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Steam sweet potato and broccoli
  2. In a blender, add all ingredients until it has a pasty consistency
  3. Form into patties, set aside
  4. In a large skillet, add olive oil and brown patties on both sides.
  5. Serve with marinara, ketchup, or sour cream
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/04/sweet-potato-broccoli-patties/

Pizza Cheese Sticks

Looking for a tasty appetizer that’s not super unhealthy? Pizza Cheese Sticks DipTry this! It’s a twist to the homemade mozzarella sticks because it’s pizza flavored. My son loved them! The only drawback is he can’t have it melt in his mouth when its super hot for obvious reasons.

Prep time: 10 minutes / freeze for 30 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 5 string mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. crushed pizza flavored crackers or cheese crackers
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • olive oil spray

Procedure:

  1. Separate all ingredients into bowls for easy dipping (except oil)
  2. Cut mozzarella sticks in size desired
  3. Add pizza flavored crackers into a ziplock bag. Smash crackers with rolling pin, glass, or by hand.
  4. Dip one stick at a time in flour. Then dip in egg, then panko breadcrumbs, then pizza crackers
  5. Place all coated sticks on a plate and freeze for 30 minutes (until frozen) MUST BE FROZEN, OR YOU WILL HAVE A HOT MESS.
  6. Preheat oven to 400F
  7. Add sticks to tin foil lined baking sheet and spray with oil
  8. Bake for 5 minutes each side. Check frequently and make sure cheese doesn’t melt completely.
  9. Serve immediately for adults, being careful

Served, prepared, and frozen in our incredibly versatile Oogaababy bowls and plate.

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