Friday, January 17, 2014

Veggie Pot Pie

TGIF!  Tonight's dinner was veggie pot pies.  A few months ago I was pretty sick for about a week and not willing to cook.  And when I can't cook, it's super easy to fall off the healthy train.  Plus, all I wanted was some comfort food.  So my sister and I were browsing the freezer aisle for dinner and we picked up some Marie Calendar pot pies.  Well whaddya know, those little suckers are 900+ calories.  They were pretty delicious, mostly owing to that flaky crust, but I knew there had to be a way to indulge in the taste without all the calories.   

Here's what you'll need:
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
3 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 large onion, diced into large chunks
1 bunch asparagus, cut into thirds (bite sized)
Olive oil spray (I used my new Misto!)
Salt and pepper
1 cup frozen peas
3 tablespoons Smart Balance butter (or regular butter is fine)
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup fat free milk
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon thyme 
5 sheets phyllo dough
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place butternut squash, carrots, onions, and asparagus on a baking sheet covered with foil.  Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Roast the vegetables for 30 to 35 minutes, until tender.  After removing from the oven, pour the peas on top of the hot veggies.
4. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the flour and cook for one minute, whisking constantly.  Slowly add the milk while continuing to whisk.  Add the vegetable broth, parsley, and thyme along with salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
5. Stir the vegetables into the sauce.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour the mixture into a 8x8 baking dish.

6. Lay a sheet of phyllo dough on top of the dish, folding or trimming to fit.  Spray with cooking spray; repeat with the remaining sheets of dough.  Cut a slit in the middle of the layers of phyllo dough.
7. Bake about 20 minutes, until the top is golden.  Divide into four squares and serve immediately. 

Adapted from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

A yummy dinner, and definitely not over 900 calories!

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