Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie

Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie Final

The Versatile Crescent Roll

There was one good thing about being an only child for the first 12 years of my life. I got to be the one who cracked open those rolled up packages of refrigerated biscuit or crescent roll dough. There was a certain element of apprehension to the process — rather like breaking a balloon. I knew it was going to be loud, and if I did it wrong it would pop open and sting my fingers. Still, I just couldn’t wait to do it. All these years later, I’d still fight for the right to break open that can, that unlike so many other things, has not changed one iota.

These flaky gems are the basis for so many wonderful recipes from savory to sweet.


Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie Prep

Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie – Serves 4

6 ounces cooked chicken breast, chopped in 1/2″ pieces (pre-cooked from the deli or leftover from another meal is a time saver here)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup diced celery

1/4 cup diced shallot

1/2 10-ounce package frozen peas and carrots, thawed

2 T snipped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup dried cranberries (soaked in hot water or orange juice just to cover until plump)

1/2 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

3 T chopped walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 package stuffing mix (like Stove Top)

Cranberry sauce – either canned or fresh

1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Measure out 1/2 package of the stuffing mix and prepare according to package directions, using one half the liquid. Set aside to cool.

Combine the cooked chicken, mayonnaise, chopped celery, shallots, peas & carrots parsley and drained cranberries in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Open the rolls and separate into 8 pieces along the perforations. Lay the pieces on the parchment-paper-lined baking sheet with the pointed ends facing out — like star. The wide ends should come together in the middle, forming a solid base for the ring. Press the dough together in the middle to accomplish this.

Layer the room temperature stuffing is on the center of the ring. Then spoon the filling over the top. Pull each corner to the center to form a ring.

Place the egg in a small bowl or ramekin and beat with a fork until smooth. Using a pastry brush (or your fingers), brush the egg mixture over the dough generously and evenly. This will ensure a beautiful, golden crust.

Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown. All of the ingredients are pre-cooked so we are just heating and browning. Serve with cranberry sauce as a condiment. Recipe can be doubled.

Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie Final

 

 

 

Weeknight Dinner Crunch Got You Down – Dinner in the Mail May be the Answer

Scott and I both work long hours and getting a healthy meal on the table at night was becoming a major stressor in our lives. It’s not just the actual cooking of the meal, there is also the menu planning, shopping and storing. The end of a long day might find us picking up fast food as we we are just too tired to contemplate preparing an as-yet-unidentified meal. Those three fast food meals a week quickly added up to about $45 a week — not to mention the food we threw out at home because it had gone uneaten. Said food might sit in the fridge until it had an adequate fur coat on it to assuage our guilt. After all, we were “cleaning the fridge” not tossing out wasted food.

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One day I received an offer of $40 off a food box from Hello Fresh. I did a bit of research before placing my order. I read reviews and looked at their menus. I was delighted to find they use only organic produce; humanely raised, grain-/grass-fed animals and fresh-caught fish and seafood.

It’s been about three months now. At first Scott was reluctant because he felt it was expensive ($86 for five meals). I was willing to pay a bit more for the convenience, but in time we realized that we were only visiting the grocery store two to three times a month for health & beauty and paper products. This was a huge savings as there were far fewer impulse buys. Additionally, we rarely throw food away, which means we are no longer throwing cold, hard cash into the garbage bin.We simply add tofu and oatmeal for breakfast, and soup and fresh-baked bread from our bread machine for lunch.

Another plus is that we are eating far more healthfully. The menus are calorie controlled, most in the 600-700 range, which is not bad for the main meal. We are eating more fruits and vegetables. The recipes are easy to follow and take at the most 30-40 minutes from start to finish. And now, we even take turns in the kitchen. So every other day one of us has a night off.

Our favorite feature is that we are eating different food every night. We had fallen into a dinner rut, which was at least in part responsible for our forays to the quickie food stops on the way home–albeit also boring. We are trying new herbs and spices, learning how to use vegetables and grains to fill us up while keeping calories down. We experiment with new grains — some we had not heard of prior to. These are lessons that will stay with us even if we decide to terminate our Hello Fresh plan — gods forbid.

If you’ve held back assuming you might go hungry on one of these fresh boxed dinner offerings, let me put your mind at rest. The meals are tasty, attractive and satisfying. Sometimes we have to do a double take at just how large servings are. Plans are for two- and four-member families and you can choose from either three meals a week or five.

Hello Fresh is just one of many companies offering boxed dinner options, and just happens to be the one we chose. A little homework will guide you to a program that is right for you.

 


The Girlfriend Corner is a little corner of the reFresh Boutique blog where I share things I like or that make my life easier. I’d love to hear from you about things you’ve discovered and would like to share.

Dry Cleaning Costs Set Your Teeth on Edge? Tips from the Girlfriend Corner

Tips That Save You Money and Time

Tips you can use.
Let’s face it. Some things are just meant to be dry cleaned.

Everyday I see people cringe with regret when they see that dreaded Dry Clean Only label. They sigh and put the desired item back on the rack. These are tips I use time at reFresh.

Dry cleaning is an expensive and inconvenient necessity, it’s true. But, it isn’t necessary every time.

I make use of two different products here at the boutique Dryel and Woolite Dryer Sheets. The Dryel Starter Kit  is about $10 at Walmart.com and includes the dryer bag, four cleaning cloths and one booster spray.

I think the steaming bag is a critical part of the process, but I favor the scent of the WooliteSo, I start with the Dryel Kit then switch to using the Dryel booster spray and bag with the Woolite Dryer Sheets

 

 

 

 

Tips to Protect Your Dry Cleanable Clothing

  • Act Fast – Don’t let stains and spills sit. Take care of them as soon as possible. Test your fabric in a hidden area to see if it is color safe. You’ll know it is safe when no color comes off on a clean, damp, white cloth. If your fabric is color safe, clean up any spills with a damp cloth before putting the garment away to be cleaned.
  • Deodorant – Deodorant is a big problem with dry cleanables and many fabrics. Avoid white stick deodorants on your evening dresses as they will leave a white, waxy film that is nearly impossible to remove without professional dry cleaning. I’ve found that Secret spray deodorant does a great job for controlling wetness, which of itself can stain your gowns. It is clear and won’t mark your clothing. Be aware that some spray deodorants will discolor your clothing over time, leaving an unpleasant yellow stain that renders them unsaleable. So, if you notice that yellow staining on your clothing, look to a change of deodorant. I’ve had some success in removing white deodorant stains with a wet cloth and gentle rubbing prior to dry cleaning in the dryer.

Have tips you’d like to share? Just email me at shoprefresh@gmail.com.

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