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Recipe 3: Chicken pot pie with fresh vegetables (for children of 12 months +)

Comments from mommy:
Compared to previous two recipes (Carrot & sweet potato mix and Green peas & rice mix), this recipe takes a little bit more time to make. But it has much more ingredients and flavors. It comes right in time when DD passed the introductory phase of solid foods and was eager to become a gourmet.

  • 5 or 6 blanched asparagus, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, about 1 cup;
  • 1 broccoli with stems and florets separated and tough outer parts of the stems trimmed away, chopped, about 1 cup;
  • 1 carrot, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces, about 1 cup;
  • 5 or 6 mushrooms, diced, about 1 cup;
  • 2 pieces of boneless skinless chicken breasts;
  • 1/4 cup Zesty Italian Dressing;
  • 1/4 lb. (4 oz.) Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut up;
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup;
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten;
  • 1 T of olive oil

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Nutrition facts:
Asparagus is known for its innumerable health benefits. It contains high concentration of vitamins A, C and E, potassium, and is an excellent source of folic acid. Moreover, calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium, selenium, zinc, phosphorous and B vitamins are also well supplied in asparagus.

Broccoli is rich in Vitamin A and C, and potassium. It has good amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and sodium with small amounts of iron, zinc, manganese, selenium, vitamin E, K, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and betaine. The phytonutrients, sulforaphane and the indoles contained in broccoli may prove it to be a wonder-drug for curing many types of cancer.

Carrots are low in saturated fat and cholesterol while high in dietary fiber and vitamins (A, B6, C, and K). Carrots are also a very good source of potassium, thiamin, niacin, folate and manganese. These nutritional values and health benefits make carrots ideal for curing a lot of diseases, especially eye disorders and constipation.

Mushrooms are rich in potassium, copper, fiber, protein and Vitamin B. They are excellent sources of selenium, an antioxidant in a cancer-fighting diet, especially in lowering the risk of prostate cancer.

Researches have found that white button mushrooms restrain the activity of aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgen to estrogen, and suggested that they may reduce the risks of breast cancer and prostate cancer.

How to cook?
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Pour the Zesty Italian Dressing into a bowl. Add chicken breasts. Make sure both sides are well covered by the dressing.
2. Pour 1 T of olive oil onto a large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken with dressing.
3. Cook chicken 4 minutes on each side or until browned.
4. Take the chicken out of the pan, put onto a cutting board, cut into bit-size pieces.
5. Chopped all vegetables.
6. Put vegetables and chicken into a big bowl, stir in condensed cream of chicken soup and Velveeta, and mix all ingredients until well blended.
7. Spoon the mixture into a greased 9-inch square baking dish.
8. Unfold pastry sheet; place over chicken mixture. Press edges of pastry against rim of the dish and tuck them under to from clean edges.
9. Brush the surface lightly with egg.
10. Piece with knife a cross slit in top crust to permit steam to escape.
11. Place dish on a baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, or until heated through and pastry is puffed and golden brown.
12. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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