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As fall begins to hit its stride, comfort food classics start popping up on the table, followed by incredibly full stomachs and slow shuffles to the couch for a nap. Unless, of course, you manage to balance the rich flavors with healthier ingredients. Emily’s recipe uses yogurt in the biscuits and broth instead of cream, but the ramekins still burst with creamy warmth. Kate, Recipe Hunter

Kate Edeker

THE RECIPE

Healthier Individual Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food that won’t clog your arteries

It’s sweater weather in most of the country, and families are bringing out their tried-and-true recipes. Unfortunately, most of these dishes are heavy on the cream, heavy on the calories, and leave you heavy in general. Thankfully, Emily’s remix of the chicken pot pie allows you to indulge your tastebuds without a calorie-dense meal. Portion control is emphasized with personal ramekins, giving you exactly the right amount for a filling dinner. The adjustments to the recipe are subtle in flavor but do big things for upping the health factor. Replacing the filling’s cream with broth cuts both the fat and calories, but definitely not the flavor. The biscuits themselves are fluffy and light, created with Greek yogurt rather than pounds of butter. At the end of the meal, your stomach will be thrilled with the dish and so will the scale.

THE CHEF

Emily Carlin

Food Blogger/ Web Designer

Emily Carlin

When I started Back to the Cutting Board, I barely knew how to cook. Five years later, it's one of the most important parts of my life. I want to show that cooking and baking from scratch doesn't have to be difficult so I focus on sharing simple recipes that everyone can make.

Nashville-based web designer Emily didn’t start out as a kitchen-dweller, but years of unsatisfying restaurant meals took their toll. She hit her breaking point and has been creating recipes for us ever since. The recipes on her blog, Back to the Cutting Board, aren’t ritzy gourmet plates with unrecognizable names—these dishes are perfect for your daily life, bringing surprising twists to old favorites. The writing on her blog is welcoming, inviting you to join her in her quest for better food and a healthier lifestyle (with a few indulgent desserts thrown in for good measure).

Head over to Back to the Cutting Board and say hello to Emily on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

THE TIP

No Ramekins? No Problem! What to Do If You Don’t Have Ramekins

What are you supposed to do if you don't have any ramekins and need them for a recipe? Try one of these alternatives using things you probably do have.

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