Veggie Pot Pie and Vegan Wine

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If you’re on the east coast, I don’t need to inform you that it’s been blisteringly cold the last few weeks and, unless you live in Chicago or Minnesota where cold weather is routine, weather this frigid, even in Maryland, becomes an event: schools close, people work from home, facebook statuses whine about the weather, and everywhere you go people somehow work into the conversation a painfully obvious comment on the weather (e.g., “stay warm!” replaces “have a nice day!”, “it’s cold out there!” instead of “hello”, and an acceptable response to “how are you” is “it’s cold!”).  If you’re on the west coast,  you’ve probably already skimmed past this paragraph, ordered your next mojito or snow cone while lounging underneath your palm tree, and oblivious to the plight of those required to wear close-toed shoes and socks.

In an effort to refocus my energy from the downfall of snow while driving back from NYC this past weekend (backseat driving that is), I was perusing the January issue of Martha and hunting recipes that were on the heartier side to defrost my cold bones.  I zeroed in on the recipe card for Chicken Pot Pie, yum.

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On Monday night, I made a few simple veggie/vegan substitutions and voila–a beautiful and homey meal that we paired marvelously with a glass of bordeaux from Marks and Spencer.

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I was recently informed by one of my strictly vegan friends (a friend who is so strictly vegan that she does not even allow a dish containing meat to enter her house) that wine in general not only contains grapes, but may also include “blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fiber from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes)” from the fining process.   (I hate it when they slip isinglass into your beverage and forget to mention it!)   In Australia, wine-makers actually have to indicate on the label if the wine contains non-vegan ingredients.veggiepotpie3

If you are a strict vegan or raw foodist (or just generally grossed out at the thought of blood and bone marrow entering your diet), one winemaker that offers vegan wines is M&S, who has been certified by the Vegan Society as a distributor that offers vegan-friendly wines.

Vegan wines use animal-friendly fining agents, such as carbon, bentonite clay, limestone, kaolin clay, plant casein, silica gel, and vegetable plaques.

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If you do make Veggie Pot Pie and Vegan Wine, make sure to add a potato to the recipe (the link above is not the same recipe as the magazine–which I think is slightly better and also includes a potato and leafy green).  Don’t forget about frozen puff pastry for the pie topping.  (Depending on where you live, you may also be able to find a vegan version of puff pastry as well.)

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Thumbs up from the little one on this dish.  (No vegan wine until you’re 3, YOUNG MAN!)

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My husband even made these mini-apple tarts with the extra dough left over from the veggie pot pie.  I love the gluten-free dough recipe from A House in the Hills using millet and almond flours and am filing that idea away for another blustery day.

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Keep warm!

xx

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January 29, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Barbara Loraine - This dinner looks super yummy, healthy, and nutritious. It takes a shift in thinking for people to embrace healthier eating. I’m not vegan but I am an inch away from being vegetarian. Keep up the great work!

January 29, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Kungphoo - This looks absolutely delicious!! It truly has been freezing out lately so I love this idea. Something healthy and hearty is wonderful! I will be making this is the near future!

January 29, 2014 - 7:25 pm

David W. Murphy - I have to admit, I HATE eating my vegetables….always have. Having said that, these look delicious!!! I may have to change my ways.

January 29, 2014 - 7:27 pm

David W. Murphy - I must say, I HATE eating my veggies! Having said that, these look delicious and I may have to change my ways.

January 29, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story - That looks yummy Jessica. Will have to add in some chicken in there for the other 3 folks at home! No idea how both my kids turned into veggie haters like their dad! I love veggies and would prefer them over meat any day!

January 29, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Deborah - I have to admit that I’m in one of the warm states. It should be 80 degrees in Tucson tomorrow. But, I still enjoy cooking a homey meal. And, I love finding ways to add more vegetables to my cooking. This looks like a tasty meal.

January 29, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Jo Casey - I had no idea that wine contained those animal derivatives – no idea at all! I’m a bit shocked to be honest

January 29, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Yvonne Brown - Oh my! This looks like something I would love! Will try!

January 29, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Tom's Foodie Blog - Kudos on this recipe! I loved the mise en place shot as well. Really good use of staging in the final product :)

January 29, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Jim Striegel - It’s very cold here and that sure looks like a delicious meal I’d like to have!

January 29, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Stephanie Clopton - Thank you for the fabulous recipe. I don’t think I could be a vegetarian.

January 30, 2014 - 1:37 am

Dov Shapira - The veggie pie looks the best
I love bordeaux wine

January 30, 2014 - 3:10 am

Meli Horowitz - It’s amazing what is in our foods,cosmetics and skin care products, that we don’t know about. If we only knew, there would be so many things that people would just not eat. Ladies are you aware that most mascara contains bat excrement?!!

January 30, 2014 - 3:41 am

Irene - Wow what a fantastic looking meal. When is dinner? And I had no idea about the wine thing. I am not a wine drinker, but really won’t even have a sip now unless it is vegan wine.

January 30, 2014 - 4:08 am

Richard Harer - That is one Sexy Veggie Pot Pie and Vegan Wine.. Would love to see more on your blogs!

January 30, 2014 - 5:26 am

marielle altenor - Wow love the pictures, very bright. Makes the food looks even more appetizing (this coming from a meat lover lol.

January 30, 2014 - 7:04 am

Daniele Holmberg - What great photos! Your lil man looks happy with that meal! I love the way you say he does not get any wine until he is 3. It made me chuckle:)

January 30, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Goodie Bag Marketing - That looks tasty and easy to make, thank you for sharing

January 30, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Jennifer Clay - This looks really good! I am going to try to make this Veggie Pot Pie for my girls and see how they like it.

January 31, 2014 - 4:17 am

Teresa - Thank you for sharing I am going to look into this, I do not eat type of meat, cheese, milk, cereals, bread, sugar etc, basically anything that comes in a package so I need to try something like this using all fresh ingredients, I am now hungry.

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