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Cranberry Fruit Salad Recipe: the Perfect Side Dish for Marie Callender’s Pies

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Cranberry Fruit Salad

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, which for us are still not over as we are still waiting for the Dia de los Reyes on January 6th, we are ready to take it easy with the cooking and cleaning and are looking for meals that are easy, hearty and require little cleanup. What could be better than a Marie Callender’s pot pies: the perfect comfort food for the cooler weather.

At Walmart buying Marie Callender's Pot Pies

At Walmart buying Marie Callender’s Pot Pies

So on my latest trip to Walmart I picked up some Marie Callender’s individual pot pies, which where perfect to share with the family and it was great that there was practically no cleanup afterwards as the pot pies cook in the microwave in their own box. To accompany the pot pies, we got two varieties the Chicken Pot Pie and the Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie so each of us picked our favorite one, and I created an easy cranberry fruit salad recipe.

Ingredients for my cranberry fruit salad

Ingredients for my cranberry fruit salad

 

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Cranberry Fruit Salad Recipe: the Perfect Side Dish for Marie Callender's Pies
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Ingredients
  • ½ package (6 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 medium apples, diced
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 1cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • rind from one orange
  • Ricotta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, water and sugar.
  2. Cook and stir over medium heat until berries pop, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
  5. Add cranberry mixture; stir gently.
  6. Top with crumbled ricotta.

 

Cranberry fruit salad with Marie Callender's chicken pot pie

Cranberry fruit salad with Marie Callender’s chicken pot pie

Fun and ease combination

Fun and easy combination

The cranberry fruit salad was the perfect fresh compliment to the hearty and delicious pot pies.

I have to admit I had not had a Marie Callender’s pot pie in quite a while and was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the pies came out of the microwave golden brown. As I took the first bite I had a hard time believing this was a frozen pie heated in the microwave: the crust was flakey and delicious and tasted home made!  The pies where the perfect size and hearty enough that I was not left feeling hungry even though I had just had a long run and after exercising I am usually really hungry.

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This fall Marie Callendar’s launched the Comforts From Home program, a programs that lets you give back to troops stationed in remote locations by simply visiting the Comforts from Home page and enter a code from a specially marked package of Marie Callender’s meals or dessert .  Every time you do this Marie Callender’s makes a donation to USO2GO, a USO program that brings electronics, sports gear, books, games, and more to troops stationed in remote locations. As my family had dinner together last night the pot pies not only warmed up our bellies but also our hearts as we know we where also giving back to the people who help keep us safe and free.

You can learn more about Marie Callender’s pot pies at mariecallendersmeal.com and get lots of idea for great recipes at potpieplease.com or by visiting the Marie Callender’s Facebook page.

About the author

Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. MJ

    i thought I was the only one that enjoyed fruit salad as my side dish to pot pie or any savory pie! It is the perfect pairing.
    Your fruit salad looks great. Will have to give your recipe a try.
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  2. Carmen Perez (listen2mama)

    I’ve never been a fan of pot pies but the salad looks really good. Funny we celebrate Dia de los Reyes also, although I already took down my tree!

  3. Sarah B

    I love that these pot pies really taste like homemade! What a great fruit salad! As a New Englander I have a soft spot in my heart for cranberries, so this is perfect, and adding ricotta is something I’d never thought of! YUM! #client
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  4. Jus @ #goodjobjus

    I love fruit salad and cranberries! I add cranberries to anything I can, they bring just the right amount of sweet and tart to salads! Thanks, will try the salad out soon!
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  5. Jus @ #goodjobjus

    I love cranberries! I add them to everything that I can, especially salads and oatmeal! They add just the right amount of sweet and tart. The recipe looks yummy, can’t wait to try it!
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  6. Heather {Brie Brie Blooms}

    This is the perfect fruit salad and I love the pretty orange rinds on top! #client
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