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Recipe: Mini Chicken Pot Pies

There’s nothing I love more than an idiot-proof recipe! Last week I made mini chicken pot pies for a pot luck that I had with some friends. If I can make this… anyone can.

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Here’s what you need:

  • Pillsbury Grands
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Frozen peas, corn, carrots combo
  • Pre-cooked Perdue chicken

First you want to pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and you need to microwave your peas, corn, carrots combo so they are cooked and ready to go.

Second, take your pre-cooked chicken and either chop or shred it into smaller pieces. This really depends on preference. Personally, I enjoy pot pies with little chunks of chicken in it but I know others who like it shredded.

Next, place your cream of chicken soup, your veggies, and your chicken into a bowl and mix. This is important because you want them to all be together. The first time I did it, I placed them into the crust one by one and it came out a bit layered.

Time to pull out the Grands! Each of the Grands are already pre-cut so you will see exactly how many pot pies you can make. Cut each of them in half so you have a top and a bottom. Using a cupcake tray make a mini pie crust with one of the halves.

Once lines, you can pour in your pot pie mix. Each pot pie only needs a small amount to fill to the top. Once filled, you can place the other half of the Grands on top of each pie and place in the over.

Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the Grands look golden. Cool off and FEAST! Enjoy the portion-controlled, idiot-proof meal!

The 5 Stages of a BreakUp

We’ve all been there. We never want to be there again. But don’t worry… there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

1. The “Everything Tastes Like Paper” Stage
This is when you are literally so upset you cannot eat. You wake up in the morning feeling sick, you go to bed feeling sick. You get hunger pains somewhere between the hours of noon and 4PM and settle for half a cupcake and a handfull of teddy grahams to fill the gaping hole in your stomach. Vodka becomes your major food group. And coffee. And weed. You also spend a lot of your nights staring at a blank wall because everywhere you turn, there’s your ex. Wanna listen to your ipod? Nope. All their music is on there. Wanna watch TV? Sorry, all your favorite shows are on and you can’t talk to them about it. Want to just walk around aimlessly? Negative. It will remind you of that ONE aimless walk you took together. And you will cry. For hours.

2. The “Holy Shit Why Haven’t I Eaten In a Month Food is EVERYTHING” Stage
You are pretty satisfied with your emaciated post-break up bod. However, once the initial shock, sadness, and anger passes you realize how fucking hungry you are. And suddenly every single thing you eat is the best thing to ever pass your lips. One day during this stage I had a bagel with cheese for breakfast, a cheeseburger and cheese fries for lunch, some goldfish, some cookies, some pretzels  and Chinese food for dinner. Yes I realize this is disgusting and I didn’t even mention I threw up 3 hours before this binge because of the excessive alcohol drinking, but hey, food is life at that point.

3. The “Fuck, I am About to Do Something Terrible” Stage
This can manifest in a variety of ways. You can either drunk text/ sext/ call the ex. You can make out with someone you really unattracted to and feel horrible about yourself after. You can recycle an old booty call and have weird, messy sex .. and feel horrible about yourself after. No matter what terrible thing you do, you will literally hate yourself for it.

*here is where stages 1-3 repeat as needed.

4. The “Let Me Get My Shit Together” Stage
This stage is a slow transition back to normalcy. You stop drinking as heavily as you were. You delete your ex from your phone, your facebook, and your everyday thoughts. You focus on something positive – like your job or a new hobby. You toy with the idea of joining OK Cupid and your best friends make you go on a Grouper.

5. The “Phew, I guess I’m Ok Now” Stage
This last stage is crucial because one wrong move, one wrong text, or one wrong phone call will lead you right back to all those horrible feelings. With some strength, some good luck, and a new fuck buddy, you will power through and move on with your life.

Did you experience this or something different?

Best Takeout In NYC & Chance To Win!

As a new blogger I am still defining my voice. While I am in no way a food blogger, I still love food! I may not know how to cook but I am excellent at ordering out. If your family is anything like mine, I’m sure you have the “What are we having for dinner” conversation every night for at least an hour before someone finally makes a decision. It always comes down to Italian or Chinese (which can get very boring very fast). Being in a city like New York means being around tons of diversity. Why do we never take advantage of the culture that surrounds us?! I am one of the pickiest eaters in the world and even I can find something to eat in this city! Here are some of other genres of takeout choices I frequent:

Mongolian. Believe it or not, I eat Mongolian food pretty frequently. Before you get impressed with my advanced palette, I should admit that it pretty much tastes like Chinese food. In fact, I usually get Chinese noodles and teriyaki sauce to go with it. Regardless, it is still diverse! My favorite place is Pergola and often find myself grabbing lunch there!

Jewish Deli. While this may not be exotic, it is also not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about what to have for dinner or lunch. There’s nothing like a good hot dog and knish to make your day. Add a Dr. Brown’s soda and you are good to go! My favorite stop for deli is either Ben’s (a franchise all over the city) or Buddy’s Deli in Queens.

Mexican. There is such a variety of Mexican around that many people don’t think to take advantage of. The Mexican food I eat is pretty American-ized. For sit down, I like Pancho’s and for take-out I frequent Chipotle and Qudoba. Delish!

Chicken. I am not talking about KFC and Boston Market here (although I won’t lie and say I don’t eat there as well). I’m talking about the great grilled chicken places you find all over the city. One of my favorites is called Chicken Lover’s and their chicken falls right off the bone and come with complimentary pita bread. It is not something I eat often, but it is a nice change of pace.

Okay… so maybe my taste isn’t that eclectic and I may not take advantage of this diverse city as much as I should. Hopefully you do and can share some of your favorite spots with me!

Now that I have you all hungry, it is time for my first ever blog giveaway! While browsing on Twitter I can across an opportunity to participate in a blogger giveaway offered by Signpost. They said “want to give away $20 to Allmenus.com?” and I said, “Sure! I love giveaways!” Here is what inspired this blog. If you would like to receive $20 worth of takeout all you have to do is comment below with your favorite takeout place! Make sure you leave an email or Twitter handle behind so I can contact you if you won.

What are your favorite takeout places? Do you want to win $20 to Allmenus.com? Comment below and you can!

[UPDATE]- The winner was @FrankRamblings selected by random.org. Thanks for participating everyone!

 

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