Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Chicken Sausage Never Tasted So Good - Giveaway

So maybe your doctor has told you you need to change your diet. Or maybe you are just trying to cut back on red meat. This doesn't mean you have to give up sausage - those lovely, encased ground meats and spices that burst with flavor. There is an alternative using chicken - the Al Fresco All Natural line of sausages and meatballs.

They are named Al Fresco All Natural  for a reason...  

·         70% less fat and 30% less sodium than pork sausage
·         60% less fat and 40% less sodium than beef and pork meatballs
·         Gluten-free
·         Made with lean, skinless chicken meat and only the freshest herbs & spices
·         Absolutely no artificial ingredients
·         High in protein and low in carbohydrates

Giveaway at end of post.

Al Fresco contacted me asking if I would be interested in sampling their products by hosting a party. Unfortunately I have bad luck with throwing parties and I have had a very full schedule of late. Finally the opportunity arose when a friend decided to host a Mad Men finale party - potluck. "I'll bring the sausage dishes!" I told her.
I made two dishes - Grilled Pineapple Appetizer with Teriyaki Meatballs and the Italian Chicken Sausage & White Bean Stew (recipe below). 

The meatballs were super easy. Basically cook the meatballs, toss them with Hoisin sauce, and add some grilled pineapple. They were good, although comments were that you were tasting the sauce and not really the meatball. I really liked that the meatballs were irregularly shaped, like they were handmade instead of spit out of a machine.

We all liked the stew. For such a simple recipe, it was very good and flavorful. Some thought the chicken sausage was overpowered with fennel but admitted that in combination with the other stew ingredients, it worked really well. 

Do you want to try some yourself?  Then enter the contest to win this al fresco picnic/cooler bag with trivet (w/ bottle dividers and opener), wooden spoon, and hot pad, plus coupons for free samples.  Scroll down below the recipe to enter.

Italian Chicken Sausage & White Bean Stew
Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 Minutes

1 12oz pkg al fresco Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage (4 links)
2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
2 cups diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
2 whole carrots, chopped
1-16 oz can Great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed
1-15.75 oz can fat free, low sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp black pepper
Slice sausages on the diagonal into 1/2" pieces.

Cook sausage and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until browned.

Stir in the remaining ingredients
Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until carrots are tender.

Optional: May be served with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information per serving
Calories 120 , Total Fat 3.5g , Saturated Fat 1g , Cholesterol 35mg , Sodium 600mg , Carbohydrate 13g , Sugars 4g , Dietary Fiber 4g , Protein 11g 

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