When I was getting ingredients at Trader Joe’s to make this recipe, the TJ’s cashier and I struck up conversation about how good a chicken pot pie sounded and how his mom used to make it for him as a kid. I explained that my plan was to lighten it up and make it dairy free with the almond milk & vegan butter I had in my cart. He smiled as he packed my groceries away so that they fit effortlessly into paper sacks. Immediately I looked down, and thanked him for doing that. He said, “You’re doing the healthy cooking for your family, it’s the least I can do for you. Most families don’t get that kind of food.”
Right there and then, I knew we both appreciated each other, even if it was only for a few minutes. It made my day better and got me thinking about how quickly we forget to recognize and appreciate one another, and most importantly ourselves.
Healthy chicken pot pie for the soul
Later that evening, I got to work on my healthy chicken pot pie. There was something special about doing what I loved. Something I could not take for granted. I knew needed to appreciate it more.
I acknowledged to myself that cooking was something I needed to slow down and take in with all my senses. Often I’m rushing to get a recipe done because of the daylight or because of a deadline; the only thing rushing does is take the creativity out of the craft.
Like painting is to an artist, cooking seems to lights my soul on fire. And so I took a step back, a deep breath, and…