Can chicken pot pie still be considered comfort food if you leave out the crust? Mark Bittman thinks so. The longtime food writer and author of "Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating" offers his own unique spin on this timeless classic.
"This one-pot version includes lots of creamy potatoes, all the familiar vegetables, and a couple of surprises to boot," Bittman writes. "Frozen peas are a good substitute when fresh peas aren't available; but if asparagus is out of season, try ribbons of cabbage or chard. The naturally thickened sauce is brothy enough to enjoy with a little whole grain bread or noodles, or over brown rice if you still need a carb fix. You don't even really need a salad but it can't hurt."