Review: al Fresco Chicken Meatballs
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Jul 11 2011

Review: al Fresco Chicken Meatballs

I had the wonderful opportunity to review some pretty awesome meatballs recently.  I received some complimentary products from al Fresco, including these chicken teriyaki ginger meatballs, a few weeks back.  Below are some of the product highlights:

  • Made with lean, skinless chicken meat
  • Gluten-free
  • No artificial ingredients, MSG, nitrates, preservatives, or nitrites.
  • Flavorful, juicy, and fully cooked—just heat, serve, and enjoy.

Ingredients – SKINLESS CHICKEN MEAT,DRIED PINEAPPLE(WITH CANE SUGAR,CITRIC ACID),ORGANIC WHEAT-FREE TAMARI SAUCE(WATER,ORGANIC SOYBEANS,SALT,ORGANIC ALCOHOL),RED BELL PEPPERS,SUGAR,AND CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF MINCED GINGER,(GINGER(GINGER,CANE SUGAR),GREEN ONIONS,SALT,SESAME OIL,DRIED PLUMS,GINGER,DRIED GINGER,GARLIC PUREE,RED CHILI PEPPERS,SPICES,DRIED GARLIC,DRIED LEMON JUICE,DRIED ONION,COCOA,ORANGE PEEL.

At first I was unsure what I was going to do with the meatballs, but I decided to add them to a bowl of quinoa & sauteed veggies. If you are stumped with how to cook them or need inspiration, there are also several recipes using the meatballs here.  The meatballs are fully cooked, so they don’t require a lot of cooking time – only 5-6 minutes.  I cooked my quinoa and sauteed my veggies first, then added the meatballs and some La Choy low-sodium soy sauce.

To say that I was impressed with this product is an understatement – I loved it!!  The meatballs reminded me of the meat that is the inside of a potsticker that you would eat at a Chinese restaurant.  They went really well with my veggies, quinoa & soy sauce and didn’t need anything else.  They were a bit spicy, but I like spicy!  They were like little balls of Asian flavor!

More about al Fresco:

Based on our own stringent standards and those of the USDA,al fresco all natural chicken sausage is indeed all natural. Our sausages are made with lean, boneless, skinless chicken meat and never include nitrates, nitrites, preservatives, MSG, or any artificial flavors. Also, nearly all of our 14 flavors are gluten-free.

We know that just being all natural is not enough, our product has to also be delicious. That’s why our Executive Chef Susanna Tolini spends so much time in the al frescokitchen creating unique and mouth-watering recipes for our all natural chicken sausage. We use only the freshest, all natural ingredients and we make our sausages fresh daily. Al fresco chicken sausage is naturally delicious and naturally lean with 70% less fat than pork sausage. So go ahead- enjoy!

Al Fresco products can be found in grocery stores across the US and online here.  I have been seeing them in our local Meijer store for a while and hadn’t picked any up.  I am glad that I have had a chance to try them and will definitely be buying them in the future.

**The product reviewed in this post was sent to me free of charge.  The opinions expressed here are mine and haven’t been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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