Comfort Food! It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside and this meal nailed it. If this meal could have been me wrapped in a big ole blanket of yum, than was it!
When I think of Pot Pies from back in the day, I unfortunately think of that cheapy little frozen version you put in the oven for 45 minutes and then it was so hot for the next 30 minutes that it burned your mouth. Of course that doesn't stop someone from burning their mouth or maybe that was just me.
Since I'm not the type of person that would make a pot pie from scratch, I pretty much left my pot pie eating to restaurants. I believe this recipe gives you all the goodness (minus the crust) and will make you feel just as warm and fuzzy as any other pot pie you've tried.
We used all Thrive Life foods for this recipe. It's so easy because all you do is toss everything (except the cheese and seasonings) into the pan. This has been a major game changer for us because there is very little prep and it's mostly just tossing the foods into the pan.
One you add the 3 cups of water to this, stir, cook on medium-high covered for 7 minutes. During this time you can refresh the cheese. You can do this the day ahead of time but for this recipe, it really wasn't necessary as long as you partially rehydrate it. I just added 2 tablespoons water to the 1/2 cup of Thrive cheddar cheese and did this prior to getting the meal started. I have a video on refreshing freeze dried cheese here.
I added in the cheese after the first 7 minutes. Keep an eye on the water level and if you need to add more water, do it. I let the cheese cook covered for about 3 more minutes and then added a 1/2 cup water and seasonings. I turned it down to medium-low and kept covered. This cooked for approximately 7 more minutes and was done. Be sure to check the tenderness of the pork and if it needs more time, cook it a little longer.
If the food seems too watery, just leave uncovered and cook. This is a feel thing at first but the more you use freeze dried foods, you'll see how easy it is. That's the best rule of thumb because the water will evaporate when you cook it uncovered.
One Skillet Pork Pot Pie
- 1 c. Thrive pulled pork
- 1 c. Thrive potato dices
- 1/2 c. Thrive green peas
- 1/3 c. Thrive corn
- 1/3 c. Thrive espagnole
- 1/4 c. Thrive onion slices
- 1/2 c. Thrive red bell peppers
- 1/2 c. Thrive asparagus
- 1/4 c. Thrive carrots
- 1 tablespoon Thrive green chili peppers
- 1 teaspoon Thrive salad blend
- 1 teaspoon Thrive parsley
- 1 teaspoon Thrive chives
- 3 c. water (may need additional depending on how high you cook the food)
- Add 2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup Thrive cheddar cheese, stir and let sit in a separate bowl.
- Add everything except cheese to the pan. Add 3 cups of water and cook on medium-high, covered for 7 minutes.
- Add in cheddar cheese and stir. Cover for another 3 minutes.
- Add in seasonings and if your water level seems low, add more. I added a 1/2 cup at this point. Cover and cook on medium-low for approximately 7 more minutes. Check pork and cook until tender.
This recipe will take about 20 minutes from start to finish.
When you make this, leave a comment and let us know!
Lisa and Rich Jelinek