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By the raise of virtual hands, who here needs ideas for super quick and easy meal and dessert ideas? If you could see me now, you would see that I, in fact, have two arms raised (is that even possible to do while typing?). My crazy life definitely appreciates quick and easy meals. Most evenings are so crazy that instead of a good, hearty dinner, all I have time to make are sandwiches or lunchy-type meals that are quick to just throw on a plate. I miss having those yummy, filling dinners (and desserts) that warm my belly and fills up my family for the rest of the evening. Well now I don’t have to have Lunch for Dinner all the time anymore! Did you know that Marie Callender’s now has FAMILY SIZED pot pies? Awesome, right? Most people that I have talked to about these are shocked and say that they have never seen a frozen pot pie that was bigger than a single serving size, and then they get all excited that this even exists! I mean, I don’t really blame them! These amazing pot pies have a homemade gravy mixed wtih vegetables and all white-meat chicken with a yummy flaky crust that is also made from scratch! You just pop them in the oven and ta-da! A quick, easy meal for the whole family. De-lish!
Of course, no quick, yet hearty meal is complete without a quick and yummy dessert that can be thrown together in no time! This recipe is one that I found in my mother’s recipe box and even though it sounds weird and not normal for one to eat for dessert, trust me, it’s very good!!
Insert Midnight Mayonnaise cake! This cake is a one-bowl preparation recipe that is made from scratch and most people have all the ingredients needed on-hand. When I pulled this recipe out of my mom’s recipe box, I knew I had to make it. Not only because it was quick and easy, but so different! I mean, who makes cake using mayonnaise? So strange (but oh so good)!
Here’s the recipe card that was passed down to my mother from my grandmother. I remember my grandmother always appreciated great recipes that were easy to make as well. I think she passed that trait on down to me because most of the time, I am all about getting things done quickly!
Mix your batter well in the bowl and then spread it into a greased and floured 9×13 pan. Bake it in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or when a toothpick poked into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Once it’s done baking, feel free to top it with your favorite icing or you can sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips like I did here. I think next time I make this I will put the chocolate chips in with the batter and then top it with a yummy homemade cake icing. Now this recipe is more like a cake-y brownie, so if you’re going to make it for a birthday cake or something like that, I would definitely make it a layer cake with a layer of icing in between. It’s not a cake that rises much, but that’s OK– it’s still tasty!
You can of course find Marie Callender’s pot pies in the frozen section at your local Walmart. I was so excited to find this product and will definitely be buying it more often as a way to give my family a quick and hearty meal on those days where I don’t have a lot of time. It’s perfect for days like that!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup of mayo or whipped salad dressing
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Combine all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Once blended well, pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick poked in the middle of the pan comes out clean.