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With holiday season in full bloom, we can look forward to get-togethers, parties and of course…food. To stay healthy, consider incorporating healthy food into traditional dishes. One great example would be to make a vegetarian pot pie. Plus you are free to add whatever vegetable you have available.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted organic butter (or grape seed oil)
  • 1/2 large heads fennel, finely chopped (you can also use celery)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cups of white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 organic potato, diced small (you can also use squash)
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/4 cup parsely, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup organic milk or milk substitute
  • 2 tablespoon white wine
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 7 ounces store-bought puff pastry
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter in medium heat. Add fennel, onions, and carrots, and cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add potato to the pan, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Add mushrooms, seal the pan with a lid and let it cook until the mushrooms let off water and are shrunken.
  5. Sprinkle flour over vegetables, stir to coat, and cook until raw flavor is gone. Then pour in broth and milk, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, add peas, herbs, and wine, and mix well. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour the content into a baking pan.
  7. Whisk egg  yolk together with 2 teaspoons water and a pinch of salt until evenly mixed. Set aside.
  8. Take the defrosted dough out and top it over the filling. Brush dough with egg wash and cut slits on top to vent.
  9. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until crust is golden brown and mixture is bubbling.
  10. Serve hot!

-NZ

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