Monday, February 28, 2011

Gorton's Seafood Review

My parents, the ones whom I thought would never grow old, are old enough to be a part of the 'multiple tablets a day' generation. Included in their daily regimen are fish oil tablets. Unfortunately, these tablets are not a favorite as they are large and tend to leave a bad taste in your mouth. When I asked my dad why he takes these he explained that his cholesterol levels were borderline dangerous and his doctor gave him the choice to either take more medication or eat more fish. This is where Gorton's comes in! Why not eat fish for your health (not icky tablets) and enjoy your time doing so!


Seafood is a natural source of two healthy omega-3 fatty acids, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Studies show that a diet containing omega-3 fatty acids may have one or more of the following benefits:  (this information is from a flier I received from Gorton's Seafood)
  • Decrease blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels
  • Improve arthritis and joint pain
  • Lessen symptoms of depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Support eye health
  • Enhance brain growth and development
  • Aid brain growth in unborn babies, infants and kids
  • Decrease the risk for certain cancers
  • Reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
  • Promote heart health
Who wouldn't want all of those benefits?  The American Heart Association recommends that we eat fish at least two times per week.  Gorton's offers a range of healthy seafood options, including all-natural grilled fillets, tilapia and salmon fillets. Their website is very useful as you can view each product they sell, download coupons, find recipes and even read the nutrition facts for each product.

My family and I really enjoyed our taste of Gorton's. The seafood tasted fresh and definitely flavorful. My husband liked the Shrimp Risotto I made from shrimp scampi while my very picky toddler went crazy over the popcorn shrimp. My personal favorite was making a fish wrap with lettuce or cabbage coleslaw and tarter sauce. I've made all sorts of homemade tarter sauces from a more gourmet recipe that includes plain yogurt and dill to a simple kid-friendly mayonnaise and relish sauce. Below is the recipe for a 'made in 5 minutes' kid-friendly tarter sauce that includes ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. It's easy to whip up and children love it!
Photobucket Kid-Friendly Tarter Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sweet relish
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Instructions: Combine all ingredients and serve!

The recipe next on my list to try is Down Home on the Ranch Fish Canoes. The Gorton's site has so many recipe options to choose from! Be sure to visit your local grocer and pick up your own package of Gorton's seafood, trusted since 1849.

I was not compensated for this post although I did receive a product sample to facilitate the original review.  Any and all opinions here are mine.


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