for Valentine's Day -
The truth is - that while I enjoy cooking a good meal -
I don't cook a whole lot these days...
But in our effort to eat healthier [and lower in salt] foods
we have eaten at home much more these last few months...
Combine that with my attraction [ha] to pinterest
and I had to pull together a sweet little Valentine's Dinner.
So I picked up this little pie-maker at Target a couple of weeks ago -
My first intention was to try and use it for heart-shaped ravioli -
but for a couple of reasons
[we had Italian a day or so earlier and
I didn't realize I'd have to allow an hour for the pasta to dry a bit - ha]
I changed to little chicken pot pies...
And let's be honest - I'm MUCH more of a preparer than a cook
- tis true.
So I was able to pull this little dinner off in a quick and easy way
starting with refrigerated pie crust...
And a filling made with canned chicken, a can of veg-all [both well-drained]
and 1/2 can of cream of mushroom soup.
The pie press was VERY easy to use and I popped out six little pies
in no time at all from one package of [double] pie crust.
I used 2 teaspoons per pie and had filling left over.
While these were baking [350* for 20 minutes or so ---]
I pulled together a favorite little salad of mine
[first time to make it at home - easy peasy!]
Arugula + a small can of sliced beets [well-drained]
+ goat cheese + balsamic vinaigrette
Add in a couple of slices of red velvet cake
[don't buy the whole cake or you'll eat it all! LOL]
- $2.50 for two slices --
and it's a complete meal.
[And I think I could live on this salad for days --]