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Pot Pie Cupcakes

Everything is fodder for the soul. This was the meditation of one of my professors in grad school that, whether I wanted it to or not, has been forever etched into my internal audio tape. The basic meaning behind it is that everything that happens in your life is always an invitation to grow, become more aware, or even find an extra inch of loving-kindness within yourself, regardless of how trivial the circumstances seem.

You could open up to the opportunity to practice this meditation even while you are shredding tax papers into 7 full trash bags for 3 hours straight (hypothetical, of course). Shredding papers can bring you the realization that you like to think about future circumstances in order to escape from the reality of now (hypothetically, again). The point is that nothing is ever too small or menial to open up to learning more about your authentic self. Even tossing a paper into a shredder is an invitation.

It’s a chance to become a passive outsider; a non-judgmental observer to the reactions and recordings in your mind. You become more in tune with what bothers you, what makes you happy, and what triggers certain emotions. The main focus is to do all of this without judgment.  And somehow in all of it, after a while, you start to find freedom. Freedom from the emotions that hook you, freedom from the need to tear yourself apart with those nasty voices in your head, and freedom from those habits that keep you in unhealthy patterns.

It’s a slow change yes, but change none-the-less because as said by Dr. Coe, everything is  fodder for the soul. Your life–just as it is right in this moment–contains everything you need to find freedom, find change, find happiness, and find the lessons you need to learn. You have all the tools you need, which is sometimes difficult to believe, but it is the truth. It’s simply your choice to open up to it right in this moment.

Vegetable Pot Pie “Cupcakes” Recipe

Makes 12 mini or 4 full-sized ramekin pot pies

INGREDIENTS

For the pie crust:

  • 1 c. superfine brown rice flour
  • 1 c. sorghum flour
  • 1/2 c. arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 c. potato starch
  • OR use 3 c. regular flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 c. shortening
  • 2/3 c. ice water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine flours, salt and baking powder in a large bowl until mixed thoroughly.
  2. Add shortening and stir until it is mixed into flour. You might need to get those fingers dirty and mix with your hands.
  3. Add the ice water in 1/3 c. at a time. You want it to just combine into the dough in order to make it stick together.
  4. Form into a ball. Divide into 4 balls. Flatten, cover and chill while you prepare the filling.

For the filling:

  • 2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbs Earth Balance margarine
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 c. gf flour (you can just use brown rice flour) 
  • 1/4 c. non-dairy milk
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 c. frozen peas
  • 1/2 c. frozen corn
  • 1 can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

DIRECTIONS

  1. First, allow the bay leaf to infuse into the vegetable broth by simmering the 2 together in a small saucepan.
  2. Saute your onions in the butter. Allow to sit for a good 12 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  3. Add paprika, thyme and flour into the onions. Stir until well mixed. Cook for 5 minutes. Add milk.
  4. Take the vegetable broth (bay leaf discarded) and add into the onions mix; along with the remainder of the ingredients (carrots, peas and beans).  Bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Roll out the dough in individual pieces by using wax paper on each side. It might help to use a 3″ cookie cutter to cut out dough and *gently* place into a greased muffin tin. If the dough rips (it probably will), do not freak out. Using your fingers, gently push it back together.
  7. Place the filling into muffin tins up to the top. Place a piece of the dough on top and gently seal the edges together by pinching it with your fingers. 
  8. Take a knife and place a few slits through the top. Brush with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes or until top has browned.

 

 

 

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  1. Nicole St. John #

    I made these for my family tonight, but added chicken for my husband. They were wonderful, although a bit tricky to get out of the pan! My youngest son wasn’t feeling well, but I saved him some because I know he’ll love them just as much as the rest of my family. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

    July 8, 2012
    • SO happy to hear this!!! xo

      July 10, 2012
  2. IceCreamJill #

    I made these last night and they were delicious! I couldn’t resist eating three of them right away! I was surprised how easy they were to make even after I fought with the crust for some time! :o)

    June 19, 2012
    • HA! Yeah the crust is a bit pesky, isn’t it??! But worth the fight 🙂 So happy that you liked them!!!

      June 19, 2012
  3. These cupcakes are just oozing comfort- just like this post! Isn’t it freeing to know that everything we need to be our perfect selves, lies within us at all times? Beautiful post (and cupcakes)! 🙂

    May 22, 2012
    • I have been thinking about you all week! How was your trip???
      xoxo

      May 22, 2012
      • Soooo wonderful! Sometimes, it is so great to hit the “reset” button on your soul. Feel totally rejuvenated! We should totally hang out soon. When is the big opening at the new restaurant?

        May 22, 2012
        • Let’s hang this week! Does that work for you? I will text you too 🙂

          May 23, 2012
          • This week is a little crammed, but this weekend may work! I’ll be happily awaiting your text! 🙂

            May 23, 2012
  4. They’re soooo cuuuuuute! 😀
    btw, if you don’t have shortening handy, I’ve found oil to work well for crusts.

    Also, I love your food for thought mixed with your eye candy (photos)!

    May 17, 2012
    • Oh, good tip! Thank you for that 🙂
      xo

      May 17, 2012
  5. Pot Pie Cupcakes – life just got even better!

    May 17, 2012
  6. Great post, Cara – well said!
    And these pot pie ‘cupcakes’ are pure genius! I love pot pies, but always feel like such a pig if I eat a whole one. Besides which, I love making things mini, haha!

    May 17, 2012
    • Me too! And I have no control when it comes to pot pie to I never know when to stop. These really are the perfect size!

      May 17, 2012
  7. These look exceptionally awesome!!! Perfect for the weather here at the moment…cooooold!

    May 17, 2012
    • Cold over there, eh? Yes, turn on the oven and pop in some mini pot pies! xo

      May 17, 2012
  8. Love these pot pies!!! Pot pies are my fav. So comforting 🙂 Awesome post Cara!

    May 16, 2012
    • They are so my favorite too! Goodness, I could talk all day about them. Wow, am I boring or what? hehe. But something tells me you would love that conversation… xo!

      May 16, 2012
  9. These just make me smile! How cute are these little pot pie cupcakes?!

    May 16, 2012
    • SO CUTE!!! Sorry, I get crazy over these guys…

      May 16, 2012
  10. Pot pie… Mmmm… My belly just smiled…

    May 16, 2012
  11. Reblogged this on bethnorred and commented:
    PotPie CUP CAKES.. comfort food at its best.. THAT is what i think of when i read your recipe for the Pot Pie cupcakes. SOUNDS DELISH. Cant wait to try these. thanks

    May 16, 2012
  12. Thank you for this beautiful reminder Cara- each moment presents an opportunity- to be more fully yourself and to grow and change. It’s a really optimistic idea and one that we simply don’t give enough credit too. Sometimes we feel we are stuck, but as you say, nothing is too small to invite self-growth!

    And those pies are just the cutest 🙂

    May 16, 2012
    • Oh, you are so welcome Gabby! Just a small piece of sunshine in exchange for the huge rays you send to me. So grateful for your love and support! xo

      May 16, 2012
  13. its been a few minutes of staring at the filling coming out of those super cute pot pies! ..
    ok back now.. i am loving your meal series:) you know i would pick up this potpie or the meatballs over doughnuts! yes, i love savory saucy things.
    love the fodder for the day. let me stick it in my internal audio tape, so i remember to keep it rolling esp on those days.

    May 16, 2012
    • I think you are inspiring to move away from the sugar and more towards the salt 🙂 Mmmmmm, salt. I love salt. Yes, tonight for dinner, I shall make salt. Wait, that is not what you said is it? Crap. Somehow my inner audio tape is saying SALT. SALT. SALT.

      May 16, 2012
  14. Your life–just as it is right in this moment–contains everything you need to find freedom, find change, find happiness, and find the lessons you need to learn. You have all the tools you need, which is sometimes difficult to believe, but it is the truth. It’s simply your choice to open up to it right in this moment. <~ i love that!

    pot pies were one of my all-time favorite comfort foods growing up. remember marie calendar? those things are complete garbage. but soooooo damn good.

    i have a request- can you make vegan cream chip beef? that was my ALL-TIME favorite. on toast.

    May 16, 2012
    • I get more and more creeped out the more I learn about you. It’s eery really. I mean, do you know of many people who loved cream chip beef as a kid? I LOVED it! Gonna have to ask my mom how she made it and see what I could do about it… Great suggestion girl!

      May 16, 2012
      • Your biggest fan! #

        Ever since I checked your site out today my mouth has been watering. I thought I could actually smell them! Aren’t these the miniature version of what you made for us in Texas? I remember those with savory pleasure – I do remember salting it…..mmmmmmm…and soooo much better than any I ever ate at Marie Calendars!…..and speaking of salt……..I made the cream chipped beef with a light (that may be an oxymoron) Béchamel sauce and cut slices of Armour Dried Beef….talk about salty! And I always put it on TOAST 🙂
        XOXOXOX

        May 16, 2012
        • Hmmmmm, not sure if the chipped beef could be veganized after all. Well that is disappointing! I can totally taste it too. Aaaaaahh, the memories.

          And yes! These are the mini version of what I made the fam in TX! They are even better in mini form. For some strange reason that is always the case, isn’t it? Love you!

          May 16, 2012
      • Somer #

        My family called it shiz on a shingle. Ha Ha!

        May 17, 2012
        • BAHAHAHAHAHA! I heart you.

          May 17, 2012
  15. Laurel #

    My comment got lost. It must be hiding somewhere with my brain and my energy. Tell Nick muni mula foil was from a Martin the Martian cartoon that you are all way too young to remember. The site won’t let me, and okay, ah lU min ium 😀 xo

    May 16, 2012
    • I’m sure he’s never even heard of Martin the Martian cartoon anyway since he probably spent his childhood reading the dictionary instead of watching tv 🙂
      xo!

      May 16, 2012
  16. I’m not creative with cooking, so while I won’t be digesting this recipe (although I would if you made it, of course,) I ate up the copy completely. You are wise, my friend, and I think you know that I agree. While it can be hard to see sometimes, it’s truly not the circumstances we’re placed in, but the spirit in which we face them, that determines our comfort.

    And, well, pot pie cupcakes couldn’t hurt either.

    May 16, 2012
    • Truth be told, I was thinking about you the entire time I wrote this post. Your previous post put me into a meditative place in the past 2 days. You are so wise to have taken something so seemingly small like walking in the rain and relate it to your life. See, *this* is why you must post ALL of the time. I need it! So thank YOU. xo. Making you mini pot pies for dinner…

      May 16, 2012
  17. I adore this post Cara. Every words is true – every single one and you are so fortunate to have had such a wise teacher (and even more fortunate to be such a wise student)! Yummy looking pie too – deliciously good looking *fodder* today!! 🙂 xox

    May 16, 2012
    • It’s always good to be reminded daily that we are in control of our destiny/happiness/change. You are rubbing off on me, Shira. Your positivity is positively impacting me 🙂

      May 16, 2012
  18. Laurel #

    Love and kisses

    May 16, 2012
    • I love love and kisses, how did you know?!

      May 16, 2012
  19. Somer #

    Now there’s a post after my own heart. I haven’t made pot pie since going vegan. Now I have no excuse. Especially since they are CUPCAKE pot pies and sure to be a huge hit with the kids. You make me want to get out my shredder (hypothetically, of course) 😉

    xoxo

    May 16, 2012
    • If your kids don’t like them, invite me over to devour them. I will bring the shredder 🙂

      May 16, 2012
      • Somer #

        we had defrosted dr. praeger’s instead. pathetic. sometimes being a runner that gets up at 5am, a mom and getting a wholesome vegan meal on the table is more than my normally awesome superhero powers can handle. I do however think they are GF, and I wrapped mine in lettuce and served it with hummus so I should have invited you anyway. 😉

        May 16, 2012
        • I insist on an invitation ALWAYS 🙂 What is Dr. Praegers?

          May 16, 2012
          • Somer #

            They are veggie burgers. They kinda rock. They have them at my Costco right now. They are awesome for a quick fix meal.

            http://www.drpraegers.com/California-Veggie-Burgers-P127.aspx

            May 16, 2012
            • Those don’t sound pathetic at all! You forget that you are talking to the girl who has been eating potato chips for dinner. Not so classy after all. I will have to check out those burgers!

              Oh and, gues what I got in the mail today???? LOVE!!!

              May 16, 2012
              • Somer #

                You will like them, they taste best broiled. Stop eating the potato chips or your butt will start to look like mine!

                Yeah for mail prizes!!! WOOHOO!

                xoxo

                May 16, 2012
                • Is that all I need to do to get a hot bod like yours??? For reals?! *eating potato chips by the handfuls!*

                  May 16, 2012
                  • Somer #

                    You forget that all the photos you have seen of me are from the waist up! Ha Ha!!! I have some serious junk in the trunk! I may be small size but I actually started to buy Levi’s supreme curve jeans because they are the only ones I can get over my butt that aren’t huge in the waist! Nighty night friend. Love you!

                    May 16, 2012
  20. Cara, my darling, I love you. I love this. I’m a firm believer no moment should be wasted or regretted. Every *wrong* choices leads us to more choices of which one could be the rightest one you ever make, meaning the wrong one that came before couldn’t possible be wrong. Could it? The words we say, the words we don’t say, the way we walk, the way we dress ourselves, what we toss, what we keep, what makes us cry, what gives us strength…all of it, means something, and it’s up to us to find the meaning and make sense of it and free ourselves from the bonds that would hold us down.

    Your professor is tres, tres wise. (See what I did there? I got all European)

    May 16, 2012
    • You have been bantering way too much with Nick–he is starting to rub off his European ways on you. If you start to use 4 big words strung along in one sentence, then we are going to have a major problem 🙂
      All I can say to your response is: Birds of the same feather flock together. Right?! xoxo

      May 16, 2012
      • I shall endeavo(u)r to acquiesce, though, the thought is indubitably preposterous.

        May 17, 2012
        • *Rolling my eyes* I don’t know what you just said…
          ha!

          May 17, 2012
  21. Cheryl will be coming over for these. Get your private air strip ready…

    May 16, 2012
    • I just called pilot. He will be picking her up in 10. I told him also to bring over a bottle of champagne that I got while I was in Paris last week as a celebration for your new home. Hope you like it. It was only $500 bottle. I know, I know, next time I will give you the better kind, but this will have to do.

      May 16, 2012
  22. I love the idea of making a pot pie into cupcake size. Great for kids and the kid in me. More importantly I love the idea of “Everything is fodder for the soul”. As my life continues to evolve, understanding this is key because it is so true. Every experience is for a reason, it is up to us to not waste the moment.

    May 16, 2012
    • I find myself totally over-eating when it comes to pot pie (it’s seriously one of my weaknesses). So these are THE perfect size–2 is just enough and then you can freeze whatever you don’t eat and save them for later.
      You are so right–nothing is to waste. No moment is small enough to not learn something from it. So glad you liked that meditation! I heard it for 3 years straight and I finally get it 🙂

      May 16, 2012
  23. These look great :D. It is nice to see something savory again :D. Isn’t it funny how Americans actually add a ‘u’ to savory… anything to be different huh?

    May 16, 2012
    • Nice try, that is your side’s fault with the misplaced “u”. We have already been over this: here in America we spell things correctly. You could really learn a thing or 2 from me…hahaha. Okay I couldn’t even WRITE that with a straight face.

      May 16, 2012
      • If you pronounced your way of writing it properly it would come out at saveowry – ridiculous. Keep trying, Cara! 😀

        May 16, 2012
        • If we are talking pronunciation here…what’s up with the refusal to use a z? Y’all actually say the esss sound or do you just like to leave letters cold and alone to fend for themselves only to be used in the off-chance one comes across a zebra?

          May 16, 2012
          • We use the letter ‘z’ as an when appropriate. Not every ‘s’ has to sound like ‘esssss’, the subtleties of language often fail to pervade Americans. (This is banter by the way) I refuse to take lessons on pronunciation from anyone who lives in a nation that collectively pronounces ‘aluminium’ in the way that they do :D.

            May 16, 2012
            • Hah! I will absolutely admit that everything sounds immediately better when said in a British accent. Any accent will do, rather, except the southern drawl that BBC likes to give 98% of American characters.

              May 16, 2012
              • Jolly good. Does the BBC give anyone American accents?

                May 16, 2012
                • Indeed they do. I watch a lot of BBC mini-serieses (usually period pieces) and anytime some character is from America they almost always have a southern accent. Really hard “r”s and frequent use of y’all

                  May 16, 2012
            • Laurel #

              aluminum? as in muni mula foil?

              May 16, 2012
              • I just mean the metal aluminium…

                May 16, 2012
                • I do not need to be present in this conversation, apparently. ha. I am enjoying this actually. Poor Nick. Everyone is ganging up on the foreigner. You are such a good sport though, which only makes me want to continue giving you a hard time. You seriously are the best, though!

                  May 16, 2012
                  • We both know that I know that I’m the best… If you want to know about good sports you ought to read uneasy money by Wodehouse. You’d fine his books funny.

                    May 16, 2012
                    • You are so arrogant, I love it. There are few people on this earth that I want to hug and hit at the same time 🙂 You, my friend, have that title. ha. And I refuse to read any book you suggest. Sounds boring.

                      May 16, 2012
                    • Goodness, I wouldn’t know whether I was or coming or going. I think a lot of people think that about me… It’s a good book, very British.

                      May 16, 2012
                    • That is what makes you endearing. And to quote one of my fav childhood movies, “Teenwolf”: “Underneath all that hair, you’re still a dork Scott. I’ve handled your kind before.”
                      Not sure what that has anything to do with this but I wanted to say it. <–reason why I don't read British books.

                      May 16, 2012
  24. Jan #

    Atta girl 🙂 another post of Cara at her creative and expansive best.

    May 16, 2012
    • Thanks my love. Calling you today, will you be around? I guess I will find out…

      May 16, 2012
  25. dandelion_blower #

    These are so darn cute! Perfect for little tummies and sure to be on the menu for the monthly mom’s cooking club I host.

    May 16, 2012
    • They really are the perfect size! I usually over-do it on the pot pie. It’s seriously my kryptonite and I get the worse belly aches because I just don’t know when to stop 🙂 With these, I have 2 and it’s just enough to satisfy and fill me up (plus, I get to freeze the rest of them and get excited at the fact that tomorrow I get to eat them again). xo! I love the idea of having a mom’s cooking club, by the way!!!

      May 16, 2012
  26. It is so encouraging to be reminded that we DO in fact have everything we need for our lives, where we are, right now. Even if it seems like things are spiraling out of control or if we feel that we are somehow lacking – we’re not good enough, don’t have the resources we would want. We are where we are meant to be and whatever is happening is growing us. Thanks for this reflection.

    May 16, 2012
    • Sarah, thank YOU for such a thoughtful comment! I am so glad to hear that this strikes a chord in you. You put it all together so beautifully–we ARE enough just as we are, right in this moment. May you have a wonderful day with this truth tucked away in your pocket 🙂 xo

      May 16, 2012
  27. Wow, I’m getting hungry just by looking at your post already =)

    May 16, 2012
    • Strangely, so am I! 🙂

      May 16, 2012
  28. Emily Cooks Vegan #

    Those are so sweet looking! I love the idea of making savoury cupcakes 🙂 x

    May 16, 2012
    • Thank you, Emily! Hope you enjoy eating them as much as looking at them 🙂 They really are sooooo good.

      May 16, 2012
  29. Really enjoying seeing some savoury recipes Cara these look amazing!! how cute and because they’re small I could have two….right?!? 🙂 xx

    May 16, 2012
    • I was JUST thinking about you yesterday!! HI!
      You can absolutely have 2–in fact, that is the perfect amount to keep you satisfied with these cuties. Glad you are liking the dinner recipes–get used to it! Every week now 🙂 xoxo

      May 16, 2012
      • Aw, Hi back atcha 🙂 ooo how exciting I look forward to seeing more! Your a creative genius on both the sweet and the savoury spectrum….can I steal your brain mwahaha x x

        May 16, 2012
        • I don’t think I would wish my brain upon anyone. It’s scary in there 🙂 But thank you for such generous words, for reals! xo

          May 16, 2012
  30. Alexiasana #

    now this recipe is right down my aisle. i usually prefer savoury to sweet and those cupcakes caught my eye. looks sooo delicious !!!

    May 16, 2012
    • Cooking is my preference over baking, most definitely! I love it so much. I have just been carried away for a while with conquering gf/vegan baking but am so happy to get back down to dinners again too. xo!

      May 16, 2012

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