I rarely buy fries at a fast food place anymore. You can get delicious fries made in your own oven (or toaster oven), for half the calories and fat - and less money too. There's usually a bag in the freezer - but I like to experiment with the varieties, and after having read a good review of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries, I was excited to try the Waffle Cut version.
I love sweet potato fries in general, and I loved this Alexia brand. I followed the directions to spread a single layer of fries on a baking sheet ... or in my case, on the toaster oven tray, and baked it at 400C for 20 minutes. After it was done and cooled a little, I enjoyed the slightly sweet, slightly savory, lightly crispy fries. As with the Alexia Sweet Potato fries, these waffle fries have a crunchy exterior, but a softer inside. If you're a fan of sweet potato fries, then these will definitely appeal to you. If you're not a fan - give these a try anyway, they might change your mind.
An 84 gram serving og Alexia Waffle Cut Sweet Potato Fries (Seasoned Salt) (about 1 cup), provides 230 calories from 14 grams of total fat, 1 gram of which is saturated fat (22% & 5% of the daily value), 360 mg of sodium (15% of the DV), 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugars and 2 grams of protein. There is also 90% of the daily value for vitamin A.
I have not touched, looked at or even smelled a fried mozzarella stick since I learned about trans fat - it's one of those foods I just about gave up and really don't crave it much. But when I saw that a company was trying for a healthier take on these, my inner food product critic was quite curious, so I picked up a pack of Alexia All Natural Mozzarella Stix from the frozen food aisle of the supermarket.
As the picture on the box shows, you can see spices dispersed throughout the light batter, which adds a flavor to the delightful crunch which you get after 11 minutes in the oven (4 minutes longer than suggested). These taste of these warm gooey breaded snacks will definitely knock your socks off! The stix contain a nice combination of smooth white cheese (which is stringy like a mozzarella stick should be) and a light coating. Another plus is that these stix did not ooze grease like the majority of traditional mozzarella sticks. But the picture on the box is a little deceiving as the stix are much smaller what's pictured on the box! They are about the length of my pinky and only twice the width.
Alexia Foods produces a full line of 100% all natural, trans fat free, premium frozen products. I'm a big fan of fries, and since I'm not bog on the trans-fat laden fries at fast food restaurants, I tend to make mine in house. When I saw Alexia Sweet Potato Fries, I knew these were going home with me. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and a very good source of vitamin C, plus they are antioxidant rich (read more about the nutritional benefits at WHFoods).
Alexia Sweet Potato Fries look like any other fry that I've tried, except that they're bright orange. I placed them on a cookie sheet and baked them at 400 for 20 minutes, as the package dictates. I could smell the aroma of them baking and once they were finished cooking, I dumped them on a plate and took a bite. Oh, sweet, sweet heaven, these are some of the best fries I've ever tasted!
A creamy interior is surrounded by a crisp, almost flaky crust. They're salted just enough to compliment the natural sweetness. You'd better only bake just as many as you'll eat, as you'll surely eat a whole pan full if you make extra!