Ok, let’s be honest for a second here.
Social media is giving me a full-fledged anxiety attack.
Not all social media. Really, it’s just Facebook. Instagram is full of beautiful pictures of food and beaches, I deleted my Twitter over a year ago, and Snapchat…just kinda sits there because I’m tired of seeing selfies with that stupid dog face filter.
Yeah, there’s a limit on how many of those you can post before they stop being cute and start being full-on weird. The only thing worse would be if it were a cat face. Ick.
So, back to my problems with Facebook. There’s a lot of oversharing that goes on with Facebook. It used to be annoying things, like “Going to the park, probably gonna watch TV after.” Remember those times? Why didn’t we know how blessed we were with that ridiculous mediocrity?
Now the whole world has gone crazy. Now what’s normal is no longer normal. Now rumors fly faster than bullets and the truth finds some way to get lost in between them. Is there going to be a Muslim registry? Is Brexit still going forward? Is the wall with Mexico ever going to happen? WAIT – you were distracted, you almost missed the new pipelines that got approved to go through what remains of America’s wilderness!
Honestly there are so many cringe-worthy things that make me fear for the safety of myself and my fellow man, and it’s hard to keep track of them all. Going on Facebook is an exercise in over-stimulation, where there’s more things to be outraged about than there is time to be outraged about them. EVENTUALLY IT JUST FEELS LIKE EVERYONE IS SCREAMING LIKE THIS AND TRYING TO TRICK YOU INTO THINKING THEIR PROBLEM IS THE MOST IMPORTANT.
Cue the panic attack.
With all of this terribleness swirling in the atmosphere, sometimes you just need a nice, warm hug. It’s even better if the hug is a physical thing, and even BETTER if you can eat it. Ok fine, it’s soup. The answer to all of life’s stress is soup.
What’s more comforting than a chicken pot pie? It’s the perfect warm dish for a cold-weather day, and is a hearty and filling addition to any meal. But sometimes, you just don’t feel like making a crust or preheating the oven or baking it for an hour or trying to scoop it onto your plate in one go. I get it, cooking can be hard.
Which is where this soup comes in. It’s just like having your classic chicken pot pie, but with half the mess in half the time. What’s even better, is that I made this vegetarian for a friend of mine, and it was so easy! I’ve been wanting to eat less meat myself, because being vegetarian is a great way to lower your carbon footprint. I’d never like to go full veg because some things are just incomparable (barbecued eggplant will never hold a candle to barbecue chicken, and I refuse to give up my barbecue), but I’d definitely be down to having way more vegetarian meals in my life. This is a good start, because you don’t miss ANYTHING by leaving out the meat. Ok, there’s less protein, but the comfort, substance, and flavor are all still there. You could easily add some vegetarian protein by adding broccoli, nuts (maybe? I’ve never heard of nuts in pot pie but there wasn’t a man on the moon either until someone thought to try it so… go wild), or some tofu. Pair it with a nice crusty loaf of whole grain bread, and you’ve got yourself a comforting bowl of wholesome goodness.
So next time the world gets to be a bit too much (basically any time you look at the news), whip up a bowl of this, sit on the couch with a blanket over your head, and binge-watch the most wholesome show you can find on Netflix. There’s a Norwegian series called Slow TV that’s basically just calming scenes with music in the background – it’s guaranteed to make you feel like a granny, but at least you’ll be a calm granny with low blood pressure. Worth it, tbh.