When school ends and the kids are out for the summer, how upside down does your schedule get? For me, it presents a new level of logistics than we are used to when school is in session. I have a teenager who is very involved in after school activities during the school year. The robotics club, in which she is on the business team, offers summer camp sessions to younger kids. That means she is gone for several hours a day, 2-3 days a week. For the other kid, we hardly see him during the day because he is hanging out with his best friend. This means when it comes to dinner, they are both starving and want something quick and yummy to eat. That is when I pull out one of their favorite recipes; my Mini Chicken Pot Pies!
When it comes to food, my kids are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Caitlin is like her dad and will try just about anything once. She rarely comes across a recipe she does not want to eat. Henry on the other hand, rarely comes across a recipe he will eat. With his autism, he had an aversion to many foods because of their texture. For many years, he lived on cooked baby carrots, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and chicken nuggets! With that said, I have had to get creative and find ways to get him to eat his veggies and protein. One evening, I was making meatloaf and decided to make some meatloaf cups with mashed potato frosting in a muffin tin and he loved them! I am not sure if it was the novelty of the mini meatloafs or having the potatoes and the meatloaf together. I honestly didn’t care, as long as he was eating it! So I took the same concept and incorporated it into my chicken pot pie recipe. Thus my Mini Chicken Pot Pies were born!
I love this recipe because it is so easy to make, doesn’t take long to cook and the kids cannot get enough of them. Because everyone likes different veggies, I just buy a bag of the frozen vegetables they like and then customize these Mini Chicken Pot Pies for each member of the family. Chris loves all veggies, so I get the mixed vegetables for him, Caitlin only likes peas and Henry only likes carrots. What happens is I end up with a half bag of leftover frozen veggies for the next time I make the recipe. This recipe also works for ground beef or turkey and they become mini shepherd’s pies. I just add the mashed potatoes to the top and they have a meal they ask for time and time again! Either way, you have a winning dinner that makes everyone happy!
Mini Chicken Pot Pies
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