Sunday, December 18, 2011

Marie Callender’s Pot Pies: Keeping Families Warm this Winter {Review}

Marie Callender's logoAfter spending a week on a Caribbean vacation, let me tell you that returning home to December in the Midwest hasn't been all that thrilling.

I know that there are those of you out there that say that you could never move to a warm climate because you'd miss the changing of the seasons... but me? I'd get over it. No, you'd miss the snow, you say. Let me tell you that if I never saw snow again in my life, I'd be perfectly content with that.

So what is there to do to beat the freezing temperatures? As well as hiding out inside, snuggling under blankets, and filling up a steaming cup of hot cocoa with the kids, there are those tasty comfort foods that I love putting out on the table when the weather turns chilly. Whether it's hot soup or homemade macaroni and cheese, there's just something about the way that they can warm your whole body, starting with your belly.

But... who has time for homemade meals every day? With all of the activities and holiday events that occur in winter, I sure don't find enough hours in the day to prepare and cook delicious meals from scratch. Therefore, I like knowing that I can always turn to the brand names that know how to take the taste of Mom's kitchen and wrap it into a convenient, non-time-consuming package. One of those? The classic Marie Callender's Pot Pies.

Marie Callender's Pot PiesFilled with juicy meat, tender vegetables and a signature golden, flaky crust made from scratch, Marie Callender’s Pot Pies offer great taste and comfort to savor. When cooler weather moves in, these preservative-free, time- and energy-saving delicious meals are a wholesome and complete dinner solution that are perfect for the whole family.

Whether the craving in your household is for chicken, beef or something creamier, you can choose any one of seven varieties of Marie Callender’s Pot Pies and feel confident in serving your family a delicious, comforting and warm meal during the cold-weather months. The wide variety of flavors to choose from includes:

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Turkey Pot Pie
  • Beef Pot Pie
  • Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie
  • Creamy Mushroom Chicken Pot Pie
  • Honey Roasted Chicken Pot Pie
  • Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie
As Marie Callender's Pot Pies are filled to the brim with ingredients like white-meat turkey or chicken, corn, carrots, onions, potatoes, broccoli and covered with a golden, flaky crust that is made from scratch, each one is a full meal all on its own.

Side dish? What's that? Marie Callender knows how to make an entree that stands alone and can satisfy even the hungriest of appetites whether after a long day at work or a chilly afternoon playing out in the snow.

Marie Callender's Pot Pies reviewWhen it comes to convenience, these are just about the ultimate in easy. Pull off the top of the box and then put the whole thing in the microwave. No need to dig out pots and pans or have to plan ahead for enough time in the oven, just pop a pot pie in the microwave and you're nearly done.

Marie Callender's Pot PiesAfter 10 minutes, I love being able to pull out a hot, creamy, just-the-right-size-for-an-individual-or-for-sharing Marie Callender's Pot Pie out of the microwave and know that it will be creamy and delicious.

Marie Callender's Pot Pies
(Please ignore the paper plate. Our kitchen is mid-remodel and we don't have any regular plates or silverware right now!)

Breaking it open, the crust is always golden and flaky, the chicken pieces are large and chunky, and the vegetables are cooked just right. Little Sister B loves to give them a big, long sniff before savoring each bite and when I ask her what her favorite part is? It's the chicken... no, the turkey... no, the vegetables... no, the sauce... no, the crust... you get the picture.

Apparently it all just comes together to really hit the spot, whether you're eating alone or have climbed into someone else's lap and managed to get them to share!

Marie Callender's Pot PiesWith so many more months of winter still ahead of us, I'm sure that Marie Callender's Pot Pies will make more appearances on our dinner table in the future. Whether you're an old fan or are new to Marie Callender's cooking, you won't want to miss this yummy way of warming up your family, no matter how cold it is outside your door.

And with no preservatives included in these lovingly-handmade pot pies, each bite will leave you agreeing that this brand stands behind their claims of taking no shortcuts. Your mouth will surely be happy!

empty plateWith each of the seven varieties of pot pies available in grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.10 - $2.99, busy parents everywhere can provide comfort food that is quick, flavorful, filling and convenient even when their schedules don't leave room for spending hours in the kitchen.

For more information about Marie Callender's Pot Pies as well as the other product lines from this brand - Complete Meals, One-Dish Entrées, Fresh Flavor Steamers, Fresh Mixers, Multi-serve Bakes, Pot Pies, small Fruit Pies and Dessert Pies & Cobblers - visit

(I received products and compensation from Marie Callender's and, however, this review is solely my honest opinion of this company and these products.)