Stamford, Connecticut-based American Halal Company has unveiled four Japanese-inspired Noodle Bowls made with long-simmered bone or vegetable broth under its Saffron Road brand. The frozen varieties include Shoyu Ramen with Chicken, Sesame Ginger Udon with Chicken, Tan Tan Ramen with Chicken, and Vegetable Tan Tan with Tofu.
These new easy-to-prepare dishes can be heated in just a few minutes in either a microwave oven or on the stove top with the addition of just one-half cup of water. Each Saffron Road recipe features authentic ramen or udon noodles complemented with rich broth and traditional ingredients like white miso, ground ginger, shitake mushrooms and hearty bok choy.
Bone Broths differ from soups and simple broths in that they are typically made with bones with a little bit of meat still on them and simmered for a long period of time – anywhere from eight hours to more than 24 hours. This makes them rich in protein, nutrient-dense, easy to digest, and soothing in flavor.
Nutrition researcher Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation reported that bone broths contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glucosamine in forms that one’s body can more easily absorb than from supplements, and has long touted their magic “cure-all” type benefits.
Not surprisingly, bone broths have become a staple in active, healthy eating; in particular they are a mainstay in the increasingly popular Paleo diet. According to IRI’s SPINSscan 52 Weeks End 2018-Feb-25, bone broth products are on the rise, recording an 83.4% year-on-year growth rate, and are now a $48.3 million market in the United States.
All of Saffron Road’s new Noodle Bowls meet the producer’s highest standard of clean-label halal and are free of yeast extracts and MSG. Additionally, the three chicken varieties are made with antibiotic-free chicken and the fourth, a tofu offering, is Non-GMO Project Verified.
“Saffron Road brings the booming trend of upscale ramen to the freezer aisle,” said Chef John Umlauf, senior vice president of culinary operations. “Made with classic ingredients, richly simmered bone or vegetable broth, and carefully formed noodle nests, these recipes showcase some of the most popular flavors found on the ‘ramen scene’ today.”
The new Bowls are being line priced with the brand’s other frozen entrees at $4.99 and will launch before the end of May at Sprouts Farmers Market and Lucky’s Market.