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Friday, April 2, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Chicken Pot Pie

This week we're using that rubber chicken to make our Under $5 Dinner. Growing up we used to have the little store bought pot pies. I loved those... but as I'm sure you all know those little things can be quite spendy, especially when your feeding a big family. I also have big eaters so just one isn't enough. Solution. Cook it from scratch baby. I take the simple route and just dump it into a 13 x 9 but if you want to really impress you can make individual pot pies.

Chicken Pot Pie - $3.59
Tossed Green Salad - $0.73

Total - $4.32

Chicken Pot Pie
1 stick margarine - .19
1/3c flour - .06
1/2t salt
1/8t pepper
1/2t dried thyme - .05
1/2c chopped onion - .13
2c chicken broth - .16
3/4c milk - .08
1 16 oz package mixed veggis - .57 (March was frozen food month - yeah!)
3c cooked chicken - $1.80 (see rubber chicken)

Pastry for double crust pie
2c flour - .22
2/3 c shortening - .33
6-7T water
1/2t salt

Make pastry by mixing flour and salt. Cut in shortening till it looks like course meal. Sprinkle in water a tablespoon at a time till all is moistened. Gather dough into a ball. Set aside.
Rinse mixed veggies in a cloander with warm water till thawed. Set aside.
Melt margarine in a saucepan. Add onions and cook till tender. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and thyme. Add chicken broth and milk. Cook and stir till thickened. Add chicken and mixed veggies. Pour into 13 x 9 baking dish.
Roll out pastry to 1/4 in thick. Place on top of baking dish. Flute edges as desired. Cut slits in top.
Bake in a 450 oven for 15 min or till pastry is golden brown.

Tossed green salad
1/2 head Romaine lettuce - .38 (.77 head @ Trading Co)
1/2 bunch radishes - .12 (.25 bunch @ trading Co.)
1 c chopped broccoli - .18 (.78/lb @ Super 1 Foods)
1/4 shredded sweet potato - .05 (Trading Co. had a tote bag full of these for 99c. I figured I'd just substitute it for my carrot - I liked it, the kids didn't)

I'm sharing this over at The Grocery Cart Challenge recipe swap

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