Easy Vegan 'Chicken' Pot Pie

Everytime I make this pot pie it gets rave reviews. It’s really great with vegan chicken, especially for omnivores but of course it can be left out or replaced with tofu if you desire. I make my own vegan condensed soup to add to mixed vegetables and fresh spinach for a delicious filling. This dish is so easy and it’s sure to be a big hit!

Produce On Parade - Easy Vegan 'Chicken' Pot Pie - Everytime I make this pot pie it gets rave reviews. It’s really great with vegan chicken, especially for omnivores but of course it can be left out or replaced with tofu if you desire. I make my own vegan condensed soup to add to mixed vegetables and fresh spinach for a delicious filling. This dish is so easy and it’s sure to be a big hit!

Have you ever been surrounded by people who are the complete opposite of you politically and with regards to your values, especially those with disparaging views towards minority groups and repressed individuals. Raise your hand up high; you’re in good company. All I can say is hang in there and laugh when you can.

I’m an Alaskan at heart but according to my beliefs I should live in Hippie-Town-Liberal-Peace-Loving Oregontown (yes, that’s a real place, but please don’t fact check it). Sometimes this really gets me down. It just plain sucks having so many folks surround you that don’t strive for equality, or peace, or tolerance. Bigotry is rampant and it’s smothering sometimes.

Just because someone doesn’t agree with your morals doesn’t make them a bad person and you may even like them but goddamn, it makes it hard sometimes. I’ve been accused of being naive and too soft-hearted on more than one occasion but I’ll put my foot down on this one. Okay, getting down from my dusty soapbox. Thank you for letting me rant, now let’s eat pie.

Produce On Parade - Easy Vegan 'Chicken' Pot Pie - Everytime I make this pot pie it gets rave reviews. It’s really great with vegan chicken, especially for omnivores but of course it can be left out or replaced with tofu if you desire. I make my own vegan condensed soup to add to mixed vegetables and fresh spinach for a delicious filling. This dish is so easy and it’s sure to be a big hit!

Easy Vegan 'Chicken' Pot Pie


Easy Vegan 'Chicken' Pot Pie
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Everytime I make this pot pie it gets rave reviews. It’s really great with vegan chicken, especially for omnivores but of course it can be left out or replaced with tofu if you desire. I make my own vegan condensed soup to add to mixed vegetables and fresh spinach for a delicious filling. This dish is so easy and it’s sure to be a big hit!

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mushroom powder (optional)
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain soymilk, divided
  • 2 (9 in) prepared pie crusts (I buy them pre-made in the refrigerated section)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (10 oz) bag frozen mixed vegetables, cooked according to package
  • 1 (8 oz) package vegan ‘chicken’ strips, chopped (I use Tofurky Lightly Seasoned Chicken Meat Alternative in the refrigerated section)
  • 2 cups torn fresh baby spinach
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp white pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the flour, garlic and mushroom powder; whisk frequently until lightly browned and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in the vegetable broth and ½ cup of soymilk. Cook over medium heat whisking frequently until thickened, about 5-8 minutes. I like to use a hand blender towards the end to ensure a super smooth texture. Set aside.
  2. Line a 9” pie dish with the bottom crust. Poke holes all over the bottom with a fork. Preheat oven to 375°F degrees.
  3. In a large soup pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute until fragrant and softened, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining ½ cup of soymilk, mixed veggies, chicken strips, spinach, salt, thyme, pepper. Stir well to combine then add in the soup. Mix the filling well, remove from heat and to the pie dish.
  4. Roll out the top crust and place overtop of the filling; seal the edges and remove any excess dough. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape; brush the top with soymilk if desired.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes until the crust is lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.


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    Yield: 1 pie (6 slices)
Produce On Parade - Easy Vegan 'Chicken' Pot Pie - Everytime I make this pot pie it gets rave reviews. It’s really great with vegan chicken, especially for omnivores but of course it can be left out or replaced with tofu if you desire. I make my own vegan condensed soup to add to mixed vegetables and fresh spinach for a delicious filling. This dish is so easy and it’s sure to be a big hit!

Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage

This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage - Produce On Parade - This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

*sigh* I aim for one recipe per week and wind up making it to about one per month! It’s not ideal, I know, but it’s hard work, with a wee man running around, to get the adequate time needed to recipe develop, create and make a recipe, do the photography, then write up a post. It seems simple enough, and it is (albeit there is a lot of toil that goes into making a post) but it just takes so much darn time.

It’s a great joy to be able to cook and write and share it all with you. However, now that Todd and I have a little family, I prioritize my free time with them; whether it’s skiing on the weekend with friends or just simply chillin’ inside by the fire reading and playing with stuffed animals. We actually cook and bake a lot, but Oliver loves to help and there isn’t a lot of measuring happening and we really just wing things together. Messily and quickly. It’s not super kosher for sharing recipes here on Produce On Parade.

While I try to navigate dedicating time to this space but not sacrificing time with family and friends, I want to thank you for being so patient. You’re all so wonderful; I love hearing from you, especially those of you who have been here since the beginning six years ago. It blows my mind it’s been six years already. Thank you guys! Happy Valentine’s Day to your loves, your friends, your family <3 Love makes you want to stay. Love is a day full of hugs. Love is cheers when you get home.

Bear with me today, I’m on Tamiflu (I don’t have the flu, but opted to take it prophylactically due to work exposure) and it really makes it difficult to concentrate. I think I’ve spent about 20 minutes trying to write one paragraph!

Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage - Produce On Parade - This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage


Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage
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This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb dry rigatoni pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14 oz) package of Lightlife Gimme Lean Veggie Sausage
  • 12 oz fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ¾ cup unsweetened, plain soymilk
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • Dash of white pepper (black pepper will work)
  • Dash of shiitake mushroom powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
    Instructions

  1. Over high heat, bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Cook according to package until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large rimmed frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes then add the sausage, breaking it into bite size pieces with a wooden spatula. Add the mushrooms; saute an additional 5-8 minutes, until the mushrooms have darkened and shrunk.
  3. Whisk the nutritional yeast through the salt into the soymilk and stir into the mushroom mixture over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes; while deglazing the pan. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in cooked pasta. Serve hot, topped with fresh parsley.

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Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage - Produce On Parade - This is a wonderfully quick and delicious meal that’s hearty and packed full of healthy protein. A comfort meal of pasta, cremini mushrooms, and vegan sausage that’s nutritious, simple, and fast; I think your entire family will absolutely love the creamy goodness in this dinner! We hope you’ll add this dish to your weeknight rotation.

Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat'

This is one of the best weeknight meals around, vegan or otherwise! These tacos are super fast, healthy, there’s very little prep, everyone loves them, the tacos are customizable to tastes, and they leave little cleanup. A giant win in my book!

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These aren’t much to look at, but I guarantee you that everyone is going to love them! Quite possibly one of Todd and my favorite meals, these tacos are so quick and easy to whip up. Perfect for a busy weeknight. Oliver really enjoyed putting the lettuce on the tacos too, so kid-friendly! Yay!

Have you watched the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo show on Netflix? I read her book several years ago and still fold my clothes in her very particular way, even though I found the book to be slightly absurd. We watched the show a couple weeks ago and pretty much turned our house upside-down. I don’t know what it was about actually watching her go through with people and help them ‘tidy up’ but it really made an impact on us. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth the watch! Okay, PSA over. Now it’s taco-time!!

Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat' - Produce On Parade - This is one of the best weeknight meals around, vegan or otherwise! These tacos are super fast, healthy, there’s very little prep, everyone loves them, the tacos are customizable to tastes, and they leave little cleanup. A giant win in my book!

Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat'


Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat'
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This is one of the best weeknight meals around, vegan or otherwise! These tacos are super fast, healthy, there’s very little prep, everyone loves them, the tacos are customizable to tastes, and they leave little cleanup. A giant win in my book!

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 15 oz can of sweet corn, drained well
  • 2-3 small zucchinis, diced small
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ¼ cup whole raw walnuts
  • 2 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ small head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 8-10 taco-size flour tortillas
  • Sprinkle of shredded vegan mozzarella
  • Spoonful of salsa, to taste
Ingredients
  1. Over medium, heat the oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, saute the corn and zucchini for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. While the veggies fry, place the chickpeas through the garlic powder into a food processor. Pulse several times, until the mixture resembles taco meat. There should be small chunky bits of walnuts and chickpeas, and the spices should be well blended. Transfer to a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Prep the veggies. Microwave the taco meat for about 1-2 minutes, until warm. Heat the stack of tortillas in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds, to heat.
  4. To assemble the tacos, place lettuce on one taco, followed by taco meat and pan-fried veggies and then the remaining veggies. Top with a sprinkle of shredded vegan mozzarella and a spoonful of salsa, to taste, on each taco. Divide the fillings evenly between all the tortillas. Serve hot.

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Yield: 8-10 tacos
Corn & Zucchini Tacos with Chickpea & Walnut 'Meat' - Produce On Parade - This is one of the best weeknight meals around, vegan or otherwise! These tacos are super fast, healthy, there’s very little prep, everyone loves them, the tacos are customizable to tastes, and they leave little cleanup. A giant win in my book!