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One of the best ways to use leftovers without letting anything go to waste is by making a pot pie. Pot pies can easily be made with almost any kind of meat - chicken, turkey, or beef. Unfortunately, pot pies can be loaded with fat and sodium making it a less than ideal meal for people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart problems. However, with some healthy substitutes and a hefty dose of delicious vegetables, a traditional pot pie can get a healthy makeover and turn it into a favorite food that can be eaten after the holidays and beyond. Use these simple strategies to make and serve a healthier pot pie this winter.
Try a Topping
Instead of encasing your entire pot pie in a butter-laden pie crust, make your pot pie filling, place it in the pie dish, and then add a creative topping for that crisp crunch. Some unique toppings include leftover mashed potatoes, a thin layer of phyllo dough, or a whole grain biscuit.
Add More Veggies
Peas, carrots, and potatoes are classically the vegetables to include in a pot pie. But, for different flavors and more nutrients try some unique veggies such as sweet potatoes, celery, turnips, zucchini, pearl onions, and mushrooms.
Replace Salt with Herbs
One way to lower the sodium content of your pot pie without sacrificing flavor, is to replace the salt with fresh and/or dried herbs. For a big flavor boost, try adding tarragon, garlic, thyme, sage, oregano, parsley, and/or turmeric.
Skip Cream or Milk
Cream and milk can add unnecessary fat and calories to your pot pie. To keep the filling from getting dry, try using stock or broth and olive oil. When your pot pie is loaded with yummy vegetables and herbs, chances are you won’t even miss it!
Use Lean Meat
When cutting the meat to add to the pot pie, trim off any excess fat and use the white meat if using poultry. Since the meat will be surrounded by an abundance of flavors in the pie, any excess fat will not really be adding much to the taste.
Skip the Crust Altogether
When you skip the crust completely, you are technically making a stew and not a pot pie, but stews can be delicious and nutritious, too!