Finn lives in California's central valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.
Marie Callender's is known for its chain restaurants—which some might say are 10 or 15 steps below a Denny's and only two or three steps below a McDonald's. Personally, I've never really enjoyed their dining establishments. And judging by their frozen beef pot pie, I am certain they specialize in frozen food and use their own products at their restaurants.
Pot pies are a definite comfort food, but making your own from scratch takes a lot more work than many of us are willing or able to spend. That's why I'm interested in sampling the available options in the frozen food aisle.
Let's take a look at Marie Callander's beef pot pie.
Is It Healthy?
If you care about healthy eating, I'd recommend throwing this product out the window. But make sure it doesn't hit anyone. You will probably be charged with attempted homicide.
Let's break some things down. Note: I am not making any of this up—everything written here comes directly from the nutrition facts on the package.
- Calories: 640 (This is more than twice that of most frozen dinners. Way too much, in my opinion.)
- Total fat: 46% (Wow. How do you spell obesity?)
- Saturated fat: 75% (Can you say "heart clogging" 10 times fast?)
- Transitive fats (good fats): 0%
- Sodium: 39%
Need I say more? No, but I will.
You may wish to reconsider this item based on the cover alone. It definitely is not good for you.
Appearance and Taste
When the pie came out of the oven, it looked so good that I had to include two photos from different angles (see above and below).
It had a nice brown crust and visibly thick gravy. And the aroma seemed pretty appealing.
The taste? Well, the crust and gravy were not that bad. In fact, that was all I ate.
The meat, on the other hand, was kind of sinister—what few pieces there were. It tasted way too processed, almost like it was manufactured. Which it may have been.
I expected small chunks of tender beef. The meat in this pie did have some give to it, but it felt like I was munching on Styrofoam. The image on the box shows slices of carrots, squares of potatoes, and little half moons of celery pouring out of a perfectly cooked pie.
When I examined the interior of my pie, I found six, maybe seven, pieces of meat. I think I found two little potato pieces. Carrots? Celery? Sorry, no go.
The gravy wasn't that bad, once you mixed things up a little, but it certainly did not have that deep, beefy flavor I anticipated. It definitely lacked some spice.
Perhaps I have offended—which is why I decided to stop writing now, after these last few words.
I would definitely pass on this beef pie. But then again, I have preferred turkey and sometimes chicken when it comes to frozen options. I have made my own chicken pot pies and they have been all right.
But as for this product, you might just be better off keeping your distance. It not only didn't taste that good but it is so unhealthy it should be illegal. If you eat more than one of these a week you are putting yourself way past the danger zone. It could be fatal.
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