Product Review: Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

Mrs. Leeper's Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

Product: Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo – $5.99+

Awhile back, while on Manager’s Special, I picked up a box of Cheeseburger Mac made by Mrs. Leeper’s.  I know what you’re already thinking…

Vegetarian…cheeseburger…and chicken?

Well…yes.

Because when I made the Mrs. Leeper’s Cheeseburger Mac, I used Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo (also gluten-free!) as the meat instead of the ground beef called for in the recipe.  It worked out beautifully.  So, while at my local grocery store a few weeks ago, some of the other Mrs. Leeper’s boxed meals were on closeout.  To me…this means that they are about to go away…and never return.  So…my roommate said that I should go ahead and choose one for us to try, since we both liked the last one that we had.

After looking them over for a few moments, I decided to go with the Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo.  For two reasons.  Reason number one: YUM!  Reason number two: I had the Beyond Meat “Chicken” Strips in the freezer that were just begging for some vehicle to carry it to the dinner table.  That came in the form of this exact box.  And this weekend was the perfect time to dish it up.

For one thing…BRRRR.  For another…I’m having a bad life right now and comfort food just sounds…comforting.  So, last night, I pulled one of the containers of the Beyond Meet Grilled Strips out of the freezer to thaw in the fridge.  This box came out of the pantry and sat in a place of honor on my counter top.  It would be dinner the following night.  TONIGHT!  I was thinking about cooking it up pretty much all day.

When it was just after 5 p.m., I finally got off the computer (I was blogging!) and went into the kitchen.  I pulled out my big skillet and set it on high-ish heat.  Out of the fridge came the chicken strips.  I opened them up and sliced them into bite-size pieces.  That didn’t take too long.  Then, into the hot skillet they went.  I gave them a stir, letting them warm up a bit.  Then, I opened up the box of Mrs. Leeper’s Chicken Alfredo and removed the sauce mix packet.  I measured out the 2 cups of hot water the box called for, as well as the 3/4 cup of milk.  As this meal actually has milk products in it, not wanting to risk discomfort of my tummy, I used my Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk instead.  Both of these were added to the skillet and then the powder mix inside the sauce packet.  I stirred it all together and brought it up to a boil.  Once there…in went the noodles.  I gave it another stir, reduced the heat, and covered it.  My homemade gluten-free dinner rolls went into the oven and I went to work on folding the first load of laundry, stopping every now and again to give it a stir.  It took about 11 minutes to cook completely and get the noodles to their perfect al dente.  I turned off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes before I was ready to dish it up.

It looked and smelled amazing.  But, then again, how can you go wrong when you have fake chicken and perfectly cooked rice pasta swimming in a creamy sauce?  Oh, I was anticipating dinner already.  I dished it up, two bowls for tonight and two bowls for another time.  I snagged the dinner rolls from the oven…and served it up with a helping of this week’s Dr. Who.  Because, dinner is always better when shared with The Doctor.

Anyway, I digress…

Let me just start by saying…WOW!!  Just…WOW!!  This actually tasted like the butter and cream-laden alfredos that I would devour at Italian restaurants all the time.  Hey, I was young and I didn’t know what calories were.  I just knew what I liked.  And that creamy, rich, delicious sauce over the cooked chicken with the pasta was…honestly…so comforting.  Like I said…comfort food.  So, this…this took me back.  It was that good.  The sauce was amazing.  Perfectly seasoned.  Light.  Yes…light.  Let’s hear it for unsweetened almond milk.  And the pasta…it was perfect.  While this can be served without a protein, the Beyond Meat Grilled Chicken Strips were a perfect substitute.  They really absorbed the sauce and paired well with the soft, velvety noodles.  This was heaven in a bowl.  And I might have attempted to savor it, but, in reality, just scarfed it down.  I’m glad there is another bowl waiting for me in the fridge.  That will be later this week for sure.

So, now that I’ve gone on and on about how great the Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo is…let’s talk about what is inside it.  Now, I am lactose intolerant, and I know people with dairy allergies…this does contain milk products.  Just be aware.  The ingredients are brown rice pasta, and the alfredo seasoning: whey, corn starch, salt, sour cream, Romano cheese, nonfat dry milk, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, spices, lactic acid, malodextrin, citric acid, buttermilk solids, natural cheese flavor, less than 2% soybean oil and silicon dioxcide to prevent caking.

Now, let’s talk nutrition.  Generally speaking, you get 5 servings out of this…but I made 4 slightly bigger servings with mine to keep it even.  A serving, however, is 1 cup prepared.  In this serving, you will be taking in 250 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.  You will also be consuming 5 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, and 5 grams of sugar.  Finally, you will be taking in 1 gram of fiber and 4 grams of protein.  All of this, however, does go up if you use real chicken and/or fake chicken or tofu.  This is just for the pasta and sauce itself.

For the second time, I have been pleasantly surprised by Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free products.  First the Cheeseburger Mac took my kitchen by storm, and now…I just want to keep eating more of the Mrs. Leeper’s Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo.  It really was amazing.  Great flavors, great textures, and a great dinner overall.  I couldn’t have asked for a better dinner tonight.  Comfort from comfort food…achieved.  Thanks again, Mrs. Leeper’s.

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