Though Alexia Foods offers a few varieties of Sweet Potato Fries, once I saw the Spicy Sweet Potato Julienne Fries with Chipotle Seasoning I just had to try them. Following the instructions on the package, I placed them in my oven and checked on the just before they about to be ready. Unfortunately they overcooked a little bit, with the bottom starting to burn, but I blame that more on my oven that the product. At first taste, you get a burst of spicy chipotle which is delicious. I love spicy and I love chipotle so I loved the flavour of these fries. I thought that they might be too spicy for some but they were just right for me. The next flavour you get is the sweetness of the sweet potato. It's a wonderful compliment to the spice. Not just delicious, I also thought the fries tasted homemade, like I had cut the fries myself. And even though they cooked a bit too long, my taste buds were none the wiser. The Spicy Sweet Potato Julienne Fries with Chipotle Seasoning are spicy, sweet and delicious and not only would I purchase them again, but I would also recommend them to anyone who like spice or sweetness, or is in the mood for something different.
With my free coupons I got the regular sweet potato tots, the spicy sweet potato fries, and the rosemary and EVOO ciabatta rolls. The biggest problem I had was finding the products to bring home. My normal grocery store didn't have them. I ended up finding them at Walmart. So far we've had the spicy sweet potato fries and the rolls. Spicy Sweet Potato Fries - These were very good. Easy to make. Perfect amount of chipotle spice for average consumers. My taste, I probably would have made them a little spicier, but I know they need to appeal to the masses. I would prefer if the fries were cut a little thicker too as they got a little over-done using the baking time the package said (good to note for others, maybe check it 2-3 min before the time so you don't over cook). But even slightly over cooked, they had great flavor. Extremely easy to make too, just pop on a tray and put them in the oven. This isn't a product I'd use alot though because even though they are all natural, they still have ingredients I wouldn't want often. Plus, sweet potatoes are gluten free, but this company decides to coat them in a non-gluten free flours. I'd personally like to make my own sweet potato fries to avoid the gluten and the unnecessary (well probably necessary for frozen foods and shelf life). But the spice alone would make me get these on occasion as I'm not sure I can recreate it. But there are times when there isn't enough time to make your own, so this is a good substitute as long as you keep that in mind. Ciabatta Rolls - we had these at Thanksgiving and all 6 people enjoyed them. Only real complaint again is possibly the baking time. The rolls while they tasted very good, they seemed harder than typical ciabatta rolls I've had in the past. I'm not 100% certain that it was overcooked, or if that was the intention. But I would prefer them to be a little softer. But the rosemary and EVVO was a nice touch for added flavor. And the rosemary wasn't overpowering at all, just a good overall flavor.
Pros: perfect serving size and portion control flavorful moist seasoned to perfection Cons: addicting. I often host guests in my house but working full-time, cooking for the guests can be difficult. Last night, I had guests over (5 people) and by now, they know I am a BzzAgent and always ask me if I have something new to try. I said I am going to serve dinner and they would have to guess what dish came frozen and was heated and served. When I served fish (salmon) with salad and Alexia sweet potato fries, my guests said the fish came from the frozen section. It was funny because I actually bought the fish fresh and grilled it for them. I guess it is time to improve my grilling skills. No one out of 5 people guessed that Alexia sweet potato fries were frozen. I finally told them and showed them the bag of Alexia sweet potato fries. My guests described the fries as "flavorful", "moist", "healthy", "home-made", "delicious", "gourmet", "unreal". I gave out the coupons that I had left and told them that they can buy the products in healthy/organic section of the store. What my guests were sold on is not only the taste of the Alexia fries but also reading the label on the bag. One of the guests is a personal trainer and he is all about healthy eating and real foods and always finds it hard to find healthy prepared foods and after reading the label, he said this is something he would be buying all the time now. He even shared his plan with me. He, as a bodybuilder, eats a great deal of sweet potatoes a week but finds it time consuming to prepare sweet potatoes. So, he said he would buy 6 bags of the sweet potato fries every week which is almost a bag at every meal and also a healthy, protein rich snack. He, Eric, wanted me to personally thank Alexia and BzzAgent for this new amazing product. Eric always wants to be efficient with his time without sacrificing health and quality. Alexia foods definitely help with combining efficient food preparation with high quality.
Okay I have to admit the idea of fries out of the oven has never been appealling. However these bake up perfect. They are nice and crisp just like you fried them. And they don't need to be tended a lot. They taste good and are a healthy alternative. Everyone needs to try these out! I recommend cooking them on a stone. This was our meal with green beans, ham and the Alexia Oven Reds. Delicious!
I recently got to try the new line of Alexia all natural frozen food products and I'm really impressed! With some of my food allergies, it's difficult for me to find frozen foods that I can safely eat. The Alexia foods I tried aren't 100% allergen (corn) free for me, but the levels are very low compared to most frozen foods, stuffed with weird chemicals and preservatives. I was able to try the Oven Red Potatoes, the Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, and the Garlic Baguette. The Oven Red Potatoes ended up being our contribution to Thanksgiving this year and everyone loved them! The parmesan and garlic gave them a nice flavor - even my picky younger brothers ate them. Out of all three, the Sweet Potato Fries are my favorite! The title is kind of misleading - these fries are spicy at all! Rather they have a little bit of a "kick" them them, due to the chipotle seasoning. They only take about 20 minutes to heat up in the oven and they make a great side dish to our turkey burgers. Yum yum! We also tried the Garlic Baguette the last time we made pasta. I love that the loaf is pre-sliced and all you have to do is tear them apart after heating in the oven! The butter and seasoning is baked right into the little slices. It's like magic! I really enjoyed this bread, but couldn't enjoy more than one slice because the seasoning was made with corn. My husband at the rest of the baguette all by himself though. (Shhh, don't tell him I told you all that.)
My family and I tried Alexia Foods' Sweet Potato Julienne Fries, Saute Reds, and Classic French Rolls. I made the Saute Reds first. I was really impressed at the ease of preparation - a two step process. Put the warmed oil in a saute pan, and follow that with the contents of the bag (potatoes, mushrooms, green beens, onions). Saute for about 10-12 minutes, and done! My boyfriend is super picky about frozen vegetables, especially potatoes, and he loved these. He even commented on how the potatoes didn't have that grainy texture that some frozen potatoes can have. I only wish there would have been more mushrooms in the mix. They added great flavor. Next, I made the sweet potato julienne fries. I followed the directions to the T on the package (25 min, flip once 1/2 way through). They came out crispy and delicious! I wish I had made more of these. I probably could have eaten the whole bag by myself in one sitting. Makes me really want to try the Spicy Sweet sweet potato fries!! Finally, I made the Classic French Rolls. Couldn't have been easier! Popped them on a cookie sheet, and after about 10-11 minutes, they were browned and super crusty! I would say the best part to me was the ease of making these products. Working full time, and being a mom to a 3 year old, time is precious to me. I can also feel good about serving these foods to my family knowing they are all-natural. The fact that they taste so good on top of all of that is amazing! I always fear that I'll sacrifice taste if the product is all-natural, but that was not the case here! I would definitely buy again, and would recommend to everyone!
I was very happy to be a part of this BzzCampaign since I am always trying to figure out what to make as a side dish at dinner. The fact that these dishes are also fairly quick and easy was a great added bonus! We found a few varieties of the fries at our Wal-Mart, but they did not have the breads. So I checked Kroger for the bread and was unsuccessful at finding anything by Alexia. I finally found the garlic bread at Meijer, but I forgot to check to see if they offered the other Alexia products. For some reason my coupon would not work, but thankfully the cashier was able to enter it manually. Oven fries: We tried the Alexia Waffle Fries and the Spicy Sweet Potato Julienne Fries. I was so glad these were oven fries so they are already healthier than deep fried french fries. That is why I was also happy that one of the varieties we were able to try was sweet potato fries, since those are also somewhat healthier than regular fries. I however did not really care for the taste of the sweet potato fries. My husband would not even touch them, and my dad likes them though, so it is all a matter of personal taste. My husband and I both enjoyed some of the waffle fries, and we both liked them. However they were kind of soggy, we wish they had been crunchier, but that is also a matter of taste. I do think the packages were somewhat small in my opinion though for the price. Artisan Garlic Baguette: My husband and I really liked the Artisan Garlic Baguette. I especially liked that it included 2 loaves in one package, which made it a great value. Since I typically make dinner for just my husband and I, it made it very convenient to make one and save one for another night. Our loaves were somewhat hard to cut fully through despite the fact that they were partially pre-sliced, but we managed. I liked the fact that it was fairly quick and very easy to prepare.
I was very excited to get my Alexia foods coupons and start this campaign. I ended up using the free coupons plus buying more on my own to get 2 bags of the Sweet Potato Fries and 2 bags of the Olive Oil, Rosemary, and Garlic oven fries. I had never had sweet potato fries and wasn't sure what to expect but they were very good. Super easy to make and were a great change of pace from the normal frozen french fry. Had a great texture and flavor. Next we tried the Olive Oil, Rosemary and Garlic oven fries. These were just a fast and simple to make as the sweet potato fries. However we didn't like these nearly as much. The seasoning was very good but the texture seemed mealy to us. I think if I had deep fried them instead of baking them it might have been better but we were looking for a healthy alternative to regular fried potatoes. We never were able to find the frozen bread products despite looking for them at the stores that carried the other Alexia products. Very disappointed because I had read positive reviews of their breads. All in all I think Alexia offers a great products for a quick easy change of pace!
I would like to start off with I had difficulty finding all of the products. The only one I could find was the sweet potato fries... which made me sad because I really wanted to try the other products. However I love sweet potato fries so that part made me happy. The sweet potato fries surprisingly didnt take too long to bake (20-25mins) and they crisped up nicely. Seeing that I love them at restaurants I was somewhat hesitant at first at trying to cook them at home. But they were exceptional in taste and how they baked. I made cinnamon/brown sugar butter to go with them because generally they taste much better being dipped into it... however they really didnt need it because they had a wonderful taste. Of course that didnt stop me from using the dipping sauce but that made it that much better. They were cripsy and not soggy and honestly i'm going to keep searching for the other Alexia food products because I'm excited to try them and because of their exceptional quality.
I have to admit that I was skeptical about serving frozen prepared food to my family, only because I usually prepare most things myself, like garlic bread to go with soup or spaghetti or diced roasted potatoes as a side dish. I can say that we were all pleasantly surprised! My husband and son turned up their noses at the thought of having to eat the sweet potato fries I planned on serving along side of breaded chicken cutlets. I followed the baking directions, but before I placed them in the oven, I sprinkled them lightly with garlic salt. They were a big hit! They both commented that the slight salty taste mixed with the natural sweetness of the potatoes made all the difference. I have since served them three additional times only to have them gobbled all up. The same results came along with the garlic bread baguette. I enjoy preparing homemade soups and stews and usually buy a loaf of french bread that I slice in half lengthwise and spread with a mixture of butter and crushed garlic before baking. I decided to try out the Alexia garlic baguette in place of my own and it was delicious! Just as good as homemade with no muss or fuss. I did melt a little butter and brush it over the top of the loaf before baking, and it was recieved very well. I now have four packages in my freezer just waiting to be baked. All in all, while I didn't think we would care for these Alexia frozen products, I highly recommend them now to my friends and family.
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