Vegetable Pot Pies with Gouda Biscuit Topping {Living Simply: Don’t Stress the Small Stuff}

by simplylife on February 27, 2013

{Living Simply 2013}


At the start of this year, I asked what you have done, are doing and/or hope to do to live more simply in 2013.  I will be featuring a different response in the upcoming weeks/months so we can all learn from each other.  Feel free to email me at or leave a comment on this post with your response to be featured (you don’t need a blog to participate)!  Here are the previous posts: 12345, 6, and 7.

Joanne at Eats Well With Others said,  “For me living simply means not stressing the small stuff. It makes you feel so much freer when you don’t!”


I couldn’t agree more, although this is definitely not easy to do!  Hindsight is better than 20/20, right? 😉  It always seems that the things we worry about the most, usually work out okay in the end.  I really liked this response and thought I’d let other people, who have spoken about this much more eloquently than myself, do the talking with some of my favorite “stress-free” quotes:  🙂


The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.  ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927

For today only, I will not worry. For today only, I will not anger. For today only, I will show gratitude. For this day only, I will work hard and be kind to all living things. ~Reiki Mantra

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. ~Lily Tomlin

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.  ~Glenn Turner

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” ~Mark Twain


Another thing not worth stress?  Worrying about making your dinner look perfect or following the recipe exactly.  This is why I love individual pot pies so much.  They are incredibly forgiving to mistakes, allow you to throw-in a hodge-podge of your leftover favorite ingredients and welcome you to forget the day’s worries as you are comforted by its heartiness.

Vegetable Pot Pie with Gouda Biscuit Topping

by Simply Life

Keywords: bake entree vegetarian potatoes cheese winter

Ingredients (4 pot pies)


    • 2 tbs. olive oil
    • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
    • 1/3 cup chopped carrots
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. dried thyme
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tbs. whole wheat (or all purpose) flour
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 1/3 cup frozen peas
    • 1/3 cup frozen corn
    • 3/4 – 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (optional)


    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbs. all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • 6 tbs. yellow cornmeal
    • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 3 tbs. chilled unsalted butter, diced
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Gouda cheese
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


    Begin with the filling. Heat olive oil in a large skilled over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion and potato and cook about 3-5 minutes. Add carrots, salt and thyme and cook additional 1-2 minutes. Add in garlic and cook about 30 seconds.

    Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook 1 minute. Add in the wine and cook until evaporated, about 3-5 minutes. Add the milk, lower the heat and simmer until it thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in peas, corn, salt and pepper, and set aside.

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine 2 types of flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and butter and mix with hands until mixture resembles coarse meal (you can also do this in a food processor and blend 5 seconds or in a stand mixer on high-speed with flat burnished beater attached). Add milk and mix/pulse until dough forms moist clumps. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and divide into 4 equal pieces (dough may be sticky; continue to minimally lightly flour surface) and shape into 2/3-inch disks size of serving bowl.

    Pour filling into oven-safe serving bowls. Optional: Add small amounts of broth, if needed, to each bowl to achieve desired consistency. Top with biscuit crust and gouda cheese. Bake on baking sheet about 25-30 minutes, until tops are golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!

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    • Mari’s Cakes

      Beautiful quotes. I like the Reiki Mantra one. Your vegetable pot pie is just what I need, it looks delicious!

    • Colleen

      Gosh, I would LOVE one of these pot pies right now! The gouda biscuit topping sounds out of this world 🙂

    • Zomppa

      True words – hear hear! This topping puts any worries to rest!

    • yummychunklet

      Oooh, what a cheesy yummy topping!

    • Kari

      I think we could all do with some of Joanne’s advice 🙂 And possibly, we could also all do with some of these pies!

    • Joanne (eats well with others)

      I’m so honored that you featured my answer! And yes, not worrying so much is truly hard to do…I can’t say I’m very good at it though I try! These pot pies look AWESOME.

      • Simply Life

        Well thank you for the wise words!!!

    • Megan

      One of my favorites is from a Tom Petty song… “Most things I worry about, never happen anyway.” That Gouda biscuit topping is mouthwatering!

    • itzyskitchen

      I could barely read this post….I was mesmerized by the photos! AMAZING!

      • Simply Life

        thank you 🙂

    • a farmer in the dell

      I need to stop sweating the small stuff as well. These pot pies sound amazing lady!

    • RebeccaSubbiah RD ✈

      looks great love the quotes I need to worry less too 🙂

    • Jolene (

      I like asking myself (or my students) if it’s a “big deal” or a “little deal” in the grand scheme of things.

      • Simply Life

        Oh that’s a great idea to put things into perspective!

    • Jessie

      I am definitely a chronic worrier. The thing that helped the most was asking myself: will I remember this in five years? The answer is almost always no 🙂

      These pot pies look so delicious!

      • Simply Life

        A great tip to put things into perspective!

      • Simply Life

        A great tip to put things into perspective!

    • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

      These look so delicious! I just had lunch, but this is making me hungry all over again!

    • gloria

      Your vegetable pot pies look absolutely delicious!:)

      • Simply Life

        Thank you so much!

    • gloria

      Love these quotes!

    • Urvashi Agarwal

      And in their own individual little pies too, it is so delicious 😀


    • Amy (Savory Moments)

      These little individual pies look so yummy! I love the addition of gouda in the biscuit topping – very good!

    • Karen (Back Road Journal)

      Your vegetable pot pie photos make me want to head to the kitchen and start cooking…yummy looking.

    • Colleen

      These look pretty perfect to me! The gouda sounds like a great addition.

    • robin

      thanks for share.

    • Mom

      Thanks for sharing these quotes. Experience in worrying is the best witness to its worthlessness. Hey, I just made a quote of my own 🙂

    • Emily

      Gouda biscuits?! Genius! Love your living simply series btw 🙂

      • Simply Life

        Oh THANK YOU! It’s been fun to write and reflect! 🙂

    • seord1991

      Recently I was extremely low on money and debts were eating me from all sides! That was UNTIL I decided to make money.. on the internet! I went to surveymoneymaker dot net, and started filling in surveys for cash, and surely I’ve been far more able to pay my bills!! I’m so glad, I did this.. With all the financial stress these years, I really hope all of you will give it a chance. – vvme

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