Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Taste Test Tuesday: Chicken Sausage

When I go grocery shopping, I'm always looking for healthy versions of my favorite fattening things. Cheese, Ice Cream...you name it! When my mouth was watering at all the hot dogs, my eyes fell on Al Fresco Chicken Sausages. The Publix I went to carried a few of the flavors. They were $1.25 off each so I thought I would pick a couple up to try. Plus they're all natural. I decided to go for the Sweet Italian and the Roasted Garlic (the one in the pic at the bottom is the Sweet Italian). Here is the nutritional info for the Sweet Italian.

Cost: $5.99
Serving Size: 1 sausage (4 per package)
Calories: 130
Fat: 7g
Carbs: 1g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 0g
Protein: 15g
My Rating: 5 out of 5

My first try was the Sweet Italian. The sausages are already cooked, but I opted to pan sear them. I sliced it up and put them on my hot pan. The aroma was great! I added some marinara sauce, cooked rice, and Parmesan cheese (sorry no pic!). The sausage was juicy and delicious. It had all the flavors and spices of traditional Italian sausage. I was impressed! The next day at work is when I tried the Roasted Garlic. I sliced it up and placed it in the microwave for 30 seconds, then put it in a wrap with some reduced fat provolone. That was delicious too! The flavor wasn't as strong as the Sweet Italian, but you could lightly taste the garlic which was something I really liked (strong garlic = bad for work!). The textures of both sausages were exactly the same, moist with a nice bite with the casing. These are by far the best chicken sausages I have tried!