Let’s just say that SuperBoy has been having some…um…issues with eating lately. Just being picky and testing the boundaries of Mom and Dad’s rules and patience. So, being the wonderful mother I am, I decided to let him make the meal last week – cuz every livin’ magazine under the bloomin’ sun says: “Cook with your child! They’ll love the food then because they’ll feel invested in it.”So I pulled out a simple recipe for chicken pot pies you make in cereal bowls. They’re very simple and very good (although rather plain…don’t expect Martha Stewart in this recipe.) SuperBoy says “pot pies” in a really cute way – the closest I can get to spelling it for you is “popeye” with emphasis on the first syllable.
2 cups of cooked, diced (bite-sized) chicken
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (or whatever’s laying around your freezer – use it up)
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup or so of shredded cheese – cheddar, monterey jack…whatever
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (4 oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
Mix up the Popeye insides. Divide between four cereal bowls (Obviously these should be ovenproof. Also, if you have more than four people in your family, just multiply the ingredients. This recipe is very flexible.) Sprinkle the cheese on top of each bowl. (Again, no need to be specific on the cheese – just use what’s left in the fridge.)
Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Cut in the cream cheese with a fork until mixture resembles peas-sized crumbs. Stir in milk. Divide into four equal balls and smush them between the palms of your hands until they will fit on top of the bowls. Prick the dough several times with a fork.
Bake at 400 for 25 to 30 minutes.
Don’t expect SuperBoys to like it even if they have invested in it.