National Seafood Month
Does this sound familiar? It is 4 PM, and you have no idea what to make for dinner. What you do know is you want it to be quick, easy, delicious, and good for you. Seafood may be your new best friend – versatile and vital, full of essential nutrients and easy to season, it can be a big deal for a special evening or a freezer-to-plate problem solver.
Less than 20% of Americans eat the recommended amount of se afood #2XPerWeek, but that is starting to change as culinary curiosity and positive health benefit research across the life span continues to grow. As a group, seafood is nutrient dense, meaning it packs a variety of nutrients into each nourishing bite, depending on the species. Lean protein, brain and heart-health promoting omega-3 fats; vitamins A, B and D, as well as minerals selenium, zinc, iodine, iron, calcium and phosphorous. Together they bring a lot of value in an easy-to-cook package!
Seafood, especially in the Northeast, has a historical role in feeding the indigenous peoples of America, and then European settlers when they arrived. As stated by author Barton Seaver, “seafood was the first economy this country founded, and upon which we took our first steps toward economic and political freedom.” ₁ This was fueled in part by the robust access to North Atlantic cod and intersected with the seeking of religious freedom. Fasting days, which included seafood traditions, were over 150 per year in some religious calendars, and underpinned immigration for religious freedom to the New World for many. Immigration throughout American history has brought many from cultures where seafood was a fundamental element of their cuisine. Seafood was also a mainstay during the World Wars, when other foods were rationed to support troops. Seasonality also has a role – the seas come alive in spring, in time for Lent, the most popular time of year to eat seafood.
The advancement of technology and processing has expanded the options we have for seafood – many of the varieties we carry are wild caught, processed and fresh frozen at sea to maintain the highest quality of delicate flavor and texture. Market 32 frozen filets are individually wrapped in the package, ensuring you can make one or all and enjoy the same great experience. Frozen seafood can be cooked in about 15 minutes, right out of the freezer, so is a perfect staple for busy days. Market 32 Shrimp and Scallops come in various sizes, ready to defrost and enjoy or perfectly prepped to make your favorite recipe. Lobster and crab are the highest quality, and wonderful to bring to a table full of friends and family!
Check out the great sales and watch for recipes and finspiration throughout October, National Seafood Month.
FIshin' for Tacos
Fishing for new taco recipes? Consider seafood! These tasty recipes offer a wide range of variety and an experience packed with flavor and twists. If you’re a fan of seafood you’ll love these options. Check out some of our favorite recipes and celebrate National Fish Taco Day on January 25th with us!
Fast & Fresh Fish Tacos: Fast and fresh! Grab a lb. of Market 32 Mahi Mahi and a bag of Fresh Express Chipotle Cheddar Salad and you’re on your way to enjoying lovely fish tacos.
Grilled Fish Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas: Break out the Tilapia Filets and the Cauliflower Tortillas for an epic ride of flavor.
Crispy Cornmeal Fish Tacos with Citrus Slaw: This recipe calls for cod accompanied by a fresh, tasty citrus slaw that you won’t be able to resist. So good you’ll have to come back for more.
Beer Poached Mahi Mahi Tacos: These mahi mahi filets are boosted with fresh mango, onion, guacamole salsa and more. This recipe can make any day feel like summer.
General Tso’s Shrimp Tacos: Add some General Tso’s sauce and serrano pepper to your tacos for a wave of bold flavors. Perfect with shrimp!
Check out these video recipes…
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior NutritionistMaking a fin-tastic seafood meal has never been easier! Our innovative Seafood Team took some of their best and most popular fresh fish and shrimp options, and combined them with tasty and colorful fresh veggies in a special seal and cook bag. A teaspoon of butter and room for your favorite seasonings sets the stage for quick and easy microwave or baked fresh seafood meal, done in minutes! Fresh salmon, haddock, or tilapia star in these beautiful meal kits, and premium frozen shrimp is the fourth variety in this ground breaking seafood meal offer. With a 5-day fresh shelf life, you can plan your week and be sure you can meet the American Heart Association and Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations for seafood twice per week! Eat like a Mediterranean with these combinations – 8 ounces of fresh vegetables in each seafood dinner helps you get your vegetable servings in too. All the benefits – lean seafood, omega 3s, fresh vegetables full of antioxidants, fiber and flavor – and no mess to clean. Reel in the benefits of these fresh meals. Visit https://www.pricechopper.com/seafood-meals to see all the great Seal & Cook offerings! Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs May 20, 2018
SIMPLY SURIMISimply Surimi Seafood Sticks are a great-tasting new seafood product that are best described as the natural evolution of imitation crab products. Made from high quality wild and sustainable Alaska Pollock and just eight other natural ingredients. Simply Surimi is certified gluten-free by Beyond Celiac and certified heart healthy by the American Heart Association and recently verified by the Non-GMO Project. The Seafood Sticks are also an excellent source of protein with 10g per serving. Packaged in a single serving 3.7-ounce size, Seafood Sticks are a wholesome and hearty snack that are perfect for active kids, fitness enthusiasts and anyone trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy Simply Surimi plain right out of the bag or dipped in cocktail sauce or with your favorite dressing. Look for Simply Surimi in the Refrigerated Seafood Case.
Mussel Magic in March
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN, CDN Senior NutritionistMarch is warm and cold, sunny and snowy, cloudy and clear – every day is different. As schedules heat up, having something easy on hand for a warm lunch or dinner is always a good idea. Pier 33 Mussels are frozen fresh and go from freezer to skillet. Easy to season and savor, a glug of olive oil around the pan, a generous pinch of parsley, chopped garlic, and a splash of wine, and you can serve up a simple entrée over pasta or steamed veggie noodles in 10 minutes. They shine as a quick addition to a Manhattan clam chowder, and marry well with a bold curried coconut sauce – check out this Thai Red Curry Mussels recipe (https://www.pricechopper.com/recipes#/10969.) They also pack a nutrition punch as a good source of B12, selenium, zinc, and folate. Pier 33 mussels are a versatile and delicious way to add seafood to your day, and get you closer to the two servings per week recommended for good health. Check out other varieties in the frozen seafood case. Try today and save $1.00 off any TWO (2) Pier 33 Mussels with AdvantEdge e-Coupon through March 31st! Don’t forget their fresh frozen salmon – quick to cook and easy to enjoy, lean protein and omega 3s will get you energized for spring!
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior NutritionistHappy, healthy New Year! Every January, I am asked to share the best ways to get started on a healthier lifestyle. My top picks are:
- Eat more seafood
- Eat more produce
- Drink more water