chicken-less pot pie soup

Hey you. How’s it going? Are you so full of holiday cheer that you can’t see straight? Yeah, me too.

These are the holiday cards that Moose and I are sending to friends and family this year.

We totally lucked out because not only do these cards support The Humane Society, the drawing on the front just happens to look like our very own three kittehs!

I like to think that if Santa opened our mail slot (not that we have one, but let’s say we did), this is the same look that he would get from our cats. One is totally indifferent. One is thinking about food. The third cat is faking a sad face in hopes that Santa will open the door to console him, in which case he would claw Santa’s face and steal his sleigh.

Yes you, Court Kitty. We’re on to you.

While the kits are busy hogging our shipping supplies

I’ve been working on a mixed CD of holiday classics.

Nothing says “the holidays” like Ella Fitzgerald playing with a football game on in the background, am I right?

Side note: Moose has been schooling me on football. In the past when I watched football, I just yelled “sack!” at the TV a lot because that seemed to work in almost all situations. Not anymore. I don’t have a favorite team yet. I don’t really like the Giants or the Jets (Liz, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry). I’m not going to choose a team based on colors or mascots, I promise. But the Cowboys have a giant TV in their stadium and I really respect them for that. So we’ll see.

I think I’m finished rambling now. Let’s talk about food.

As I’ve said before, I usually don’t like fake meat. It’s just weird to me. I think it’s because I never liked the taste of real meat, so I never crave it. It seems to be that I’m only into the ficken. I like frozen ficken nuggets when they’re done right. I liked the ficken taquitos I made a few months ago. And now I’m going to tell you about my new favorite fake chicken meal.

Chicken-less Pot Pie Soup!

Just think about it – a traditional, comforting classic turned vegan and minus all the hard work of actually assembling a pie. Easy plus delicious!

Chicken-less Pot Pie Soup
Recipe adapted from The Food Pusher
Serves 5-6
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 3/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups plain soy milk
  • 2 cups soy creamer
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups meat-free chicken, chopped (I used Trader Joe’s Chicken-less Strips)
  • 2 cups diced potatoes, cooked
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 pie crust
Take your onions, celery and carrots

 

and toss them into a large pot with the Earth Balance. Saute the veggies in Earth Balance until soft, around 5-7 minutes.

Stir in the basil, thyme, sea salt, garlic powder and black pepper.

Stir in the all-purpose flour and let the mixture cook for one minute.

Add in the soy milk, soy creamer and vegetable broth. Stir continuously until the soup reaches a simmer.

Stir in the chicken

then the potatoes, corn and peas.

 

Allow the soup to simmer, stirring occasionally for 35 minutes. The soup will thicken as it cooks.

Remove the soup from the heat and let it sit for another 10 minutes.

To make the crust, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and break your crust into pieces.

Note: if you’re using frozen crust, be sure to thaw it out first

Bake the pieces for approximately 10 minutes, or until the edges brown. Serve some crust in each bowl of soup.

Now go stick one of those Ambient Fire DVDs in your player, curl up in your snuggie/slanket and share your soup with a loved one. Wait, what’s that? You have a real fireplace? I’ll be over in ten minutes.

19 thoughts on “chicken-less pot pie soup

  1. The pictures of your kittehs make me want to go home and hug my own little Olivia! Does your Court Kitty have the tip of his ear snipped off? He looks SO MUCH like Olivia, who was a feral for at least 4 years before coming to live with us (according to the lovely woman who was caring for her colony), and her ear is snipped off too, from TNR. It’s funny how similar they look, and then the ear too.

    Oh, the chicken-less pot pie soup looks good too :)

    • Yes! His ear is snipped from TNR, too! We found him (or he found us, really) on the street in Brooklyn one night a couple years ago. He walked up to us and started meowing and rubbing against our legs. He let us pet him and feed him and he kept returning to meet us in the evenings, but it took us over a week to get him in a carrier and to the vet because each time he saw the carrier, he’d run away. He’s such a sweetie. He’s so happy now and it’s hard to remember what life was like before we met him.

      • That’s wonderful, I’m so glad he found you. Even though our kitty was feral for so long, we’re certain she was in a family before that because she’s just SO affectionate. I loved looking at your kitteh pics- there’s just something about cats that makes me smile :)

  2. Oh football how I love thee! I didn’t care for it much, then I met my hubby almost 18 years ago and now I love football:-) It takes time to get used to it all, so be patient, and just enjoy! I finally after all these years I picked a team:-) Let’s Go 49er’s!!! What a fun soup, and perfect for a chilly day. I love how you broke up the pie crust, less bread to consume:-) Hugs, Terra

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