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As a busy working mother, I am always looking for ways to put delicious dinners on the table with minimum work. By the time we arrive home from school and work, dinner preparations quickly need to get underway — and I need a few minutes to unwind. When both of these things can be accomplished at once, it’s a very good thing.
Fortunately, sometimes delicious convenience foods can help expedite dinner. Marie Callender’s pot pies are among them.
My kids love pot pies, and being able to choose ones that meet our individual tastes is a fabulous added bonus. With flavorful gravy, veggies and proteins like chicken, turkey and beef, these pot pies with the flaky crust are something we all enjoy.
And better yet, Will, Paige and I are all able to select our favorites in individual sizes when we buy them at our local Walmart. Score! It makes for a totally easy dinner.
And here’s a hint: Since the kids and I all choose different pot pies, I use a knife to cut our first initials into the top of the pies. That way, when they come out of the oven, I can instantly tell which is which. And the kids kind of love having their personal pot pies even more personalized — so there’s that too.
To go with this easy dinner, I also love to serve a quick dessert that we all enjoy like Easy Roasted Apple Sundaes with Yogurt. Sweet apples are roasted with a touch of honey and cinnamon and then served with vanilla yogurt and granola in a healthful sundae-ish dessert. It’s creamy, crunchy, sweet heaven. And best of all, it’s easy. Once the pot pies were done, the apples just need to roast for about 10 minutes and are ready to use in these nontraditional sundaes.
And the best part? When our little family comes together over a dinner like this, we can just settle in and reconnect. It’s a great time to share what happened when we were all off at school and work.
- 2 sweet baking apples, , sliced
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup granola
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil.
- Spread the apples on the baking sheet and drizzle with honey. Dust with cinnamon.
- Bake the apples for 8-10 minutes, until softened.
- Divide the yogurt evenly among four dishes. Top each with 1/4 of the apples and 1/4 of the granola.
- Enjoy immediately
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.