As if keeping your dinner entrees interesting wasn’t task enough, what about the side dishes? It’s easy to fall in to a culinary rut, no matter how much you do or don’t like cooking. Personally, I love cooking. I don’t think it’s stressful to make dinner, I actually enjoy it. And while a lot of people like taking short-cuts, like buying pre-chopped vegetables or pre-shredded cheese, I enjoy taking on each of those steps in the preparation. But like everyone else, I too seem to serve the same roasted veggies and salad all. the. time.
When I stumbled upon the Alexia food products in my grocer’s natural food section, I hemmed and hawed over whether to even buy them. I bypassed everything that I know I could easily make myself, and took home a bag of the Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. Why? Because 1) side dishes get monotonous at my house and we needed something new, and 2) I’ve yet to conquer the sweet potato fry. Mine come out limp, wilty and nothing more than a chunk of mushy sweet potato.
One evening I prepared panko and herb-crusted tilapia (super easy, just drizzle olive oil on the fillets, then top with a mixture of panko and dried herbs, bake about 15-20 minutes at 350F) and prepared the sweet potato fries with green beans (of which I snapped the ends off myself and steamed). I didn’t say a word to my husband, and he immediately loved the fries. As usual, he asked how I made them. I very frankly told him that I opened the bag, poured them on the pan and baked them. He was shocked that I’d bought something pre-made, and more so that they tasted homemade.
The fries are the perfect texture of crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside. What really makes these is the seasoning. My oh my, they’re too delicious! Cut julienne style and dusted with chipotle spices, cilantro, sea salt, garlic powder and other seasonings, they were the best part of that meal! A generous three-ounce serving has 130 calories and 4 grams of fat. There’s nothing unrecognizable about their ingredient label either, which I really liked!
Alexia boasts a lengthy line of all-natural frozen food products that include roasted red potatoes with harvest vegetables, yukon gold french fries, artisan breads like ciabatta and French rolls, and appetizers like panko-breaded onion rings and mozzarella stix.
If you’re looking for a quick, delicious and best of all good-for-you side dish or appetizer to breath new life in to your meals, take a look at Alexia. You’ll save time, and dinner!
December 30th, 2010