It’s so so cold here that comfort food is no longer an option: it is mandatory. I feel like I’m living glued to my furry blanket and my mug of warm (and by warm I mean so-hot-that-it-burns-your-poor-tongue) coffee, but it’s very much needed here. I’m scared to go outside because the temperatures are below zero and three is the maximum pair of pants I can wear at once (clearly not enough). Oh, and running is painful. I like it, but it hurts. And it makes my muscles so sore. Hey, guess who’s got her leg injured and has to go swimming in the coldest water to heal it… This. Girl. (((And she’s not ok with that))).
Is it coldwhere you guys live?
If you answered no, tell me where you are and I’ll pack my bags and move with you. I’ll bring cookies and probably my fuzzy blanket as well (understand that I cannot leave it at home, after all that we’ve been trough. You know, we’re pals now, my blanket and me).
On the other hand, if your answer was yes, you need to make this pie. Why, you may ask? It’ll tell you why:
This is some of the best comfort food I’ve ever had and it’s guaranteed to warm your heart and soul. Moreover, thie pie is not only comforting and delicious, but also easy to make and skinny jeans friendly.
For the record, I don’t think I’ve worn skinny jeans for a long long time. It’s too cold to wear anything else other than my sweatpants whoops.
I like it when comfort food is so healthy that I can have seconds without feeling guilty (hola Five Cheeses Brown Butter Chili Mac & Cheese, I’m looking at you!). In order to make this classic healthier, I added lots of veggies; used lean ground chicken instead of lamb; and I replaced most of the mashed potatoes with cauliflower. Oh, and I used brown butter instead of plain too; since it’s more flavorful, you’ll need less to feel satisfied.
Ok, who am I trying to fool here… I added brown butter because I like it and cannot live without it.
Those switchs result in a satisfying meal which will fill you up for hours, but unlike traditional comfort food, won’t let you feeling weighed down after a few spoonfuls. This one’s a winner at home, and it makes awesome leftover. Seriously, it tastes fantastic reheated and if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciated having some leftovers ready in the fridge on those nights where you don’t have the time to cook proper food (ie: this week and the next one). I’ve been attending to classes at 9-10pm (!!) and having my fridge stocked with yummy leftovers is definitely helpful. How am I supposed to bake and craft all that I’m supposed to, I don’t know. By the time I’m done with my exams, Christmas will be over and that makes me so upset… Excuse me while I grab another serving of pie to make up for it.
- 400 grams peas
- 300 grams mushrooms
- 150 grams carrots
- 500 grams ground chicken
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 500 grams cauliflower
- 250 grams potatoes
- 1 + 1/2 tbsp. brown butter (or olive oil)
- salt, pepper and garlic powder (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons low-fat mozzarella (shredded)
- Heat some olive oil in a pan, and add onions and mushrooms and cook until liquid has evaporated. Add chicken and sautee until no longer pink.
- Add carrots, peas and sautee for 7-8 minutes more.
- Add tomato sauce and spices and stir to combine.
- Boil cauliflower and potatoes until they're super soft. Drain the very well, you want a thick topping, not a soupy one!
- Brown butter if using.
- Mash cauliflower and potatoes with a fork. Add butter, salt and pepper.
- Pour filling into a baking dish and top with the mashed cauliflower mixture. Sprinkle some cheese.
- Bake at 220ºC for 20 minutes or until topping looks golden and cheesy is crispy.
- Leftovers are fantastic, so make extra if you want to!
On the bright side, I received a lovely packet from my Foodie Penpal Amanda. It was full of the most delicious stuff you could ever imagine. So yummy that I had a really rough time trying not to eat it all before I took some pics. Oh well, actually I gave in and had to eat half of the macaroon bar before the shoot, ooops.
The box included the tastiest macaroon I’ve ever came across (I can’t believe I was nice enough to share it with my family!); a jar of homemade chili jam which I adore because spicy food rules and that jam is 101% amazing; a jar of garlic mayo (so yummy, I love garlic as well!), energy drink (which was perfect to have before my swim), the best oat crackers ever (seriously, I need to make my own asap, because they’re all gone now!) and a block of black pepper cheddar, yum!
Crackers + cheddar + chili jam = pure awesomeness in snack form.
I couldn’t have asked for a better box, I love everything! Thank you so much, Amanda!
Surprises like that actually make going to swim in the cold almost enjoyable. Almost, because I’m still do darn cold after that swim… Dude, the water was freezing cold. Blanket, come here please!
Stay warm, my friends! And have a great day!