Better Than Homemade? Marie Callender’s Pot Pies

Summer is just about here and that usually means busier schedules in our house.  Sometimes getting lunch or dinner on the table can be challenge.  I’ve never been a fan of ‘frozen meals’, but when I find one that is quick and still tastes like home made, you better believe it goes in my cart!  I recently received a coupon to buy and try a Marie Callender’s Pot Pie which claims to offer exactly what I’m looking for:

Marie Callender’s lovingly creates each pot pie from scratch, with absolutely no short cuts, filled with juicy meat, tender vegetables, and Marie’s signature golden flaky crust.

I was really excited to give Marie’s pot pie the ‘ol “taste test”  so I picked up the Creamy Parmesan Pot Pie at the grocery store and had it for lunch the other day.  I’ve always had a love for pot pies, but didn’t care for many frozen ones, the are usually mushy and a thin crust.

I was thrilled that I could cook my pot pie in the microwave, yet I was a little worried at how it would turn out.  Would I have a golden crust?  Would it be mushy or over cooked in some spots?

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The Marie Callender’s Pot Pie comes in a special box just for microwaving; I removed the perforated top section, sliced a few slits in the crust and shut the microwave door and set the timer for 9 mins and 30 seconds while I vacuumed part of my house.

When I heard the microwave ‘ding’, I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much………but to my surprise the crust was a light golden brown and looked DELICIOUS!!  When I stuck my fork in the pull it open and look inside and let it cool off a bit, I could see how thick the flaky crust was and boy was it filled with some nice looking veggies! not just little tiny chunks of mush, but  big tantalizing pieces!

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I’m pleased to say this it was every bit as delicious as it looked!  And actually such a big serving, that I couldn’t even finish the whole thing for my lunch!  The veggies still had a bit of a crunch, not soggy, the chicken was tasty, not ‘rubbery’ and the crust…PERFECT!  I’m delighted to say, I think I have a new option for my lunches and even the occasional crazy dinner night!

Marie Callender’s likes to remind us that somewhere along the way, we often forget the pleasure and comfort of a good, sit-down meal. Now, more than ever, it’s time to put on the brakes, slow down, and savor the comforts of a great meal.

Disclosure: I’ve been compensated by Marie Callender’s and TheMotherhood for this campaign, but the opinions and my love of pot pies are all my own.