If you've ever had a warm, toasty Chicken Pot Pie you know how tasty of a comfort food it is, so it should be no surprise that they actually have a National Great American Pot Pie Day!
It's totally a chilly-weather comfort food, which is what we naturally gravitate towards right now. I just made it a little lighter and healthier.
My whole food, plant-based pot pie is made with white beans, tempeh, and crimini mushrooms! It's the best of both worlds—delicious and nutritious!
The recipes for pot pie vary by region, culture, and family but they're always made with lots of butter, milk, flour, salt, and a type of meat.
Well, as you may know, I'm using less and less flour in my recipes.
If you're wondering why it's because flour is not a whole food, it makes dishes more calorie dense and easier to overeat, and it can stimulate cravings for more flour and sugar. Yes, unfortunately, even whole grain flours.
Sooo my first thought was: "How can I make this without the pastry? That's easy, just make the filling and leave out the crust."
Actually, the original pot pie did not even include an edible crust.
The pot pie has its origins in ancient Rome, where the filling was placed in a tough, inedible pastry shell. The shell was used as a dish to bake and serve the delicious filling, but then the "crust" was thrown away! So nevermind the crust, the good stuff is in the filling!
If you're wondering...this plant-based pot pie will make a delicious entree for the holidays! I think both your omnivore and plant-based family will find it hearty and comforting. Plus, you'll know that it's nutritionally nourishing as well!
This White Bean & Tempeh Pot Pie Stew is a testimony to the fact that holiday meals can be decadent and healthy at the same time! Salud!
By Chef Katie Mae
Makes 2–4 servings | Ready in 30 minutes | Stores 1 week in fridge
If you’d like to make this a very low-fat recipe, you can leave out the cashews or substitute them with additional white beans. You can also use water in place of the non-dairy milk to reduce the calorie density.
If using a vegan chicken broth, reduce the poultry seasoning by half or just leave it out. You can also leave out the miso, which was added to give more depth and umami when the base is made with vegetable broth.