Saturday, August 29, 2020

Marie Callender's Shrimp Mac & Cheese Bowl Review

Marie Callender's Shrimp Mac & Cheese Bowl Review
Frozen dinners are, naturally, not anywhere as good as home-cooked meals, but they are convenient for a segment of the population. These include singles, college students, widow/widowers living alone, and busy moms who find a day became too busy to cook.

There are a wide variety of brands of frozen dinners on the market today.  Some are just okay, some are pretty average, and then there are a couple which stand out in taste and deliciousness, making them an above-average, close-to-homemade choice for a meal. Stouffer's Frozen Foods has been just such a line of frozen meals for me for many years, until I came across another one just as good or better.  It's the Marie Callender's line of frozen dinners. 


Marie Callender


Marie Callender's story is a Heritage of Homemade.  She believed that slowing down to share a meal strengthened the bonds of family and friends. 

In the 1940s, she began baking pies in her home kitchen, which her son delivered on his bicycle to local restaurants in their Orange, California area. By 1948 she was able to open her first bakery, where she baked over 100 pies every day. 

In 1964, Marie's family opened the first of what eventually became a chain of pie and coffee shops.

Today it has expanded to frozen pies and other desserts, and into frozen meals available in grocery stores.  


Marie Callender's Shrimp Mac & Cheese Bowl


I have tried ~ and very much enjoyed ~ the Marie Callender pot pies and a few varieties of her frozen dinners. Recently I discovered a new line of products – microwavable bowls, and purchased the Shrimp Mac & Cheese Bowl.  It was Delicious! 



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The Shrimp Mac & Cheese Bowl consists of shrimp over pasta with a buttery white wine cheese sauce. Mmmmm! 

It is a big bowl of succulent premium shrimp with pasta in a creamy sauce made from scratch with real butter and white wine. 

The bowl cooks up quickly in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir, re-cover and cook an additional 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.  VERY hot when done, so remove carefully.  Stir & enjoy!  I did! It is very fresh tasting and delicious. 


Summary


Check out the complete line of Marie Callender frozen dinners and bowls.  The variety is amazing and everything I have tried is very good. You can see the various meals available on the Marie Callender Website.




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For the story of Marie Callender, check out this book about her life.





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*Review of Marie Callender's White Wine & Butter Shrimp Mac & Cheese Bowl by:

Wednesday Elf 
8/29/2020






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12 comments:

  1. I do agree with you Pat, Marie Callender certainly has a quality product. I do enjoy their pot pies, they are perfect for those busy times or when you don't feel like cooking. I never knew that they had a chain pie and coffee shops. I guess you learn something new every day. I have some pot pies in the freezer, now I may have to have one for lunch.

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    1. Frozen Pot Pies are very handy for a nourishing lunch, Sam. I have tried a lot of brands and like Marie Callender's the best for taste and quality. Thanks for your visit.

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  2. Thanks for this review Pat. Marie Callender's is available here in Canada too and I will have to check them out for my mother. She falls into that category of people who no longer cook for themselves and depend on good food that is ready made. Glad to know that they are tasty too! Sometimes frozen foods can be so disappointing in that department. I will check it out for sure.

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    1. Frozen meals are very handy for one-person dinners and people who no longer cook for themselves. I'm sure your mother would enjoy any of the many varieties by Marie Callender. I had the Beef & Broccoli & Rice Bowl last night, as a matter of fact.

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  3. Oh, I love the Marie Callender meals! Not only are they convenient, but they are always delicious. We keep the Marie Callender pot pies on hand at all times. Plus, I love the pies! It is a real treat for me to get a Marie Callender pie. I haven't tried the Shrimp Macaroni, but I am certain my son would love it. I'll have to look for it at our grocery store.

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    1. I think your son would really like the shrimp mac bowl, Mouse. I think I remember that you can't eat shrimp, but yesterday I had another of the Marie Callender bowls - beef & broccoli with rice - which I think you'd really like. I also keep a stock of her pot pies in the freezer for 'quick meal' times.

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  4. When I was in my 20s, my first husband and I lived in New York's Greenwich Village, where he was studying law at NYU Law School. There was a Marie Callender's pie and coffee shop a few blocks from our apartment, and going there for slices of one of their scrumptious pies (and sometimes bringing a whole dessert pie or pot pie home with us) was always a huge treat. I pride myself on my baking skills, and even their frozen pies come close to rivaling my scratch-baked pies. I had no idea the company had branched out into other types of meals, like this shrimp mac and cheese bowl, but I bet it's mighty tasty as well as extremely convenient!

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  5. It IS tasty, Margaret. Your story about visiting the Marie Callender's Pie and Coffee Shop (and enjoying it) was interesting. I read that those coffee shops are gone - sold out to Perkins Restaurants - and now a different company manufactures and distributes the frozen food line (while keeping her name). Times change. Glad you have that good memory of the pies.

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  6. I've never heard of the Marie Callender chain. I would love to have visited one of those coffee shops, and sit and enjoy a lovely piece of their pie. That mac'n cheese looks amazing. The way you describe it is so appealing. Buttery...yum!

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    1. It is very appealing, and delicious, Barbara. Probably does not fit into your current diet regime, but I appreciate you stopping by to give this a virtual taste test.:)

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  7. I appreciate a good Marie Callender pot pie every now and then. This meal certainly looks delicious. As a single woman, I feel no shame in choosing not to cook every single meal from scratch. Sometimes, at the end of a long day, being able to eat a quick meal is reward enough. Thanks for bringing this shrimp option to our attention. And now I headed to the kitchen. Suddenly I'm feeling hungry!

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    1. The shrimp dish is particularly tasty, Diana. I've enjoyed her pot pies for years and am now branching out to other dishes in the Marie Callender line.

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