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Certified Steak and Seafood Company

Jeremy and I love cooking together. Cooking and trying new foods was one of the things that we bonded over when we first met. Six years later, we still enjoying making dinner together, trying new foods and new recipes, whether at home or at a restaurant. This past Friday night we had the chance to cook a delicious, high quality meal together thanks to Certified Steak and Seafood Company. They sent over a Surf and Turf kit complete with: 

6 oz. Bahamian Lobster tail (2 pack)  
9 oz. Chilean Sea Bass  
8 oz. Angus Filet Mignon

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While we love Chilean sea bass, it is a fish we have only ordered at restaurants. And not very often, as it can be expensive. Sea bass is not something either of us had ever cooked before. After doing a little “research” on google we decided on a simple recipe: garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. We baked the sea bass in the oven at 400F for about 20-25 minutes and finished it with lemon juice. It turned out absolutely perfect. It was perfectly cooked and held its shape during cooking, yet flaked easily when I shook my fork at it! It was so buttery, tender and smooth.It was definitely the highlight of the meal for me. 

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If there was ever a steak that you would believe could melt in your mouth, the Certified Steak and Seafood angus Filet Mignon is it. It has a delectable almost sweet beef flavor, with a strong buttery undertone that has to be tasted to be believed. Each filet mignon is hand-selected, cut from the center of the tenderloin, aged and custom trimmed for consistency in color and quality. It is a flavor you will remember long after your meal is over. Great accompanied by grilled root vegetables and horseradish mashed potatoes.

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The Angus Filet Mignon was also delicious, and one of the best and highest quality pieces of meat we’ve ever purchased. They truly did melt in my mouth! We pan seared it in a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic then finished it off in the oven for 15 minutes, rotating half way through. 

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This was the first time I’ve ever tried Bahamian lobster tail. I’ve only ever had Maine lobster. So, how did these compare? Bahamian lobster is not as sweet as Maine lobster, is milder in flavor and not as rich. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t taste good! It was just different. You can grill the lobster tails or broil them. Included with the kit were three recipes, and we chose to follow the one provided for the lobster tail. We broiled it with a little lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

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QUALITY, VALUE, AND COMMITMENT

Certified Steak and Seafood Company was formed by the three Frisch boys, Mark, Adam, and Steven; all of whom thought that everyone should be able to buy the highest quality steaks and seafood directly. The brothers’ experience comes from a three generation family owned wholesale company that is one of the largest seafood importers in America.

Their vast experience in selling high quality seafood and meat products to the commercial trade means they’re able to bring you the same grade of products fine restaurants, resorts and hotels demand. Living the prime life has never been so easy. Beyond providing great products at affordable prices, the brothers’ background in working with commercial customers has taught them about the importance of taking each customer’s needs into consideration. It’s their commitment to quality, value and attentive service that sets Certified apart.

All of products come from inspected and certified sources. Ranchers and fisheries have to undergo a rigorous process to become a source and are reviewed on a regular basis. USDC and USDA inspectors are on-premises and keep a constant watch over all processes. Each and every product undergoes a chemical and/or pathogen analysis and is certified by an outside lab to ensure safety and quality. The institute-trained chef in the test kitchen samples all products for quality in presentation, consistency and taste. Yes, the standards are demanding, but customers expect and deserve only the best. 

Not only do you get quality steak and seafood you know you can trust, it tastes good and it will surely impress anyone you are cooking for. Certified Steak and Seafood also make great gifts! 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

 

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Wild Planet Releases Its First Family Size Can of Sustainable Tuna

Tuna has been a family favorite staple for decades. I grew up eating tuna fish sandwiches, an still have tuna fish 2-3 times each month for lunch. It’s affordable, versatile, and makes a quick and easy meal!

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But what do you do when you need to feed a family? The standard 5 oz can is just not big enough. Luckily, Wild Planet Foods recently released family size Wild Albacore and Wild Skipjack Tuna. 100% pole and line caught, Wild Planet’s new family size Wild Albacore and Wild Skipjack Tuna are packed in larger 7.5oz cans— an additional 2.5 ounces of tuna as compared to traditional 5oz cans! A highly nutritious and natural source of protein, vitamins and heart-healthy Omega 3, Wild Planet’s Wild Albacore and Wild Skipjack Tuna offer a healthy, great tasting and convenient meal for the entire family.

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Wild Planet’s Wild Albacore Tuna and the Wild Skipjack Tuna are the first family size products available in Wild Planet’s line of eco-friendly foods. Each can contains only two ingredients—100% pure tuna and a touch of sea salt—and is Non-GMO Project certified, OU Kosher Pareve, and gluten free.

In addition to its family size products, Wild Planet launched a few other new products:

Skinless & Boneless Wild Sardine Fillets. Hand-filleted using fresh fish only, the Skinless & Boneless Wild Sardine Fillets feature delicious Moroccan sardines that are sustainably sourced in the Atlantic Ocean. Flavorful, mild and firm, these sardines are an important source of protein, calcium, iron, and Omega 3, with an average of 13g protein and 970mg EPA/DHA Omega 3 per serving.  

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Organic Roasted Chicken Breast. The new Organic Roasted Chicken Breast is the first non-seafood item in Wild Planet’s line. While this is a new category for the company, the addition fits harmoniously with Wild Planet’s mission to provide consumers with food options that are healthful for the body and wildly good for our planet. Wild Planet’s Organic Roasted Chicken Breast features USDA Certified Organic Free-Range Chicken raised on an organic diet — featuring Non-GMO corn grown on land that is free of chemicals fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. 

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And like the tuna, the Organic Roasted Chicken Breast contains only two ingredients — chicken seasoned with sea salt. There is also a no salt added version available. Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast provides 40% more chicken than other 5 oz. can offerings, due to the fact that only Wild Planet roasts their chicken without the addition of added water, liquids or fillers that are commonly found in other brands. This new Organic Roasted Chicken Breast can be used to make sandwiches, soups, burritos, and is an especially great salad topper. 

Wild Planet products can be found in retail supermarkets, natural supermarkets and specialty, gourmet, and natural food stores across the country. You can also purchase Wild Planet products online

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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Gluten Free Menu at Nebo Restaurant

Nebo Cucina and Enoteca is an amazing Italian restaurant located on Boston’s Greenway that has offered guests an extensive gluten-free menu for the past 10+ years. An authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of the city that cuts all gluten without cutting any taste…that’s amore! 
 
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From a variety of appetizers, pizzas, pasta dishes to their infamous Bobby Flay Throwdown-winning zucchini lasagna, Nebo offers an expansive gluten-free menu
 
Nebo carries Tito’s vodka, which is used or can be used in any of their vodka drinks to make it gluten free!
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Last week I was invited to check out Nebo’s gluten free menu. I had been once before and had the pizza, which was delicious, so I was excited to go back and try some of the other gluten free options. 
 
Nebo has a separate fryer for gluten free foods to avoid cross contamination. They also use dedicated pots and pans for boiling the gluten free pasta, which is homemade but made off site to avoid cross contamination in the kitchen. The gluten free pizzas are made on dedicated gluten free trays. While the entire kitchen is not gluten free, they have done everything they can to avoid cross contamination and keep the food as safe as possible. 
 
Speaking of the fryer, my sister and I tried the fried mixed plate, with calamari, spelt and shrimp. I can’t remember the last time I had fried shrimp! This appetizer was big enough to be a meal! 
 
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We also share the Grilled octopus appetizer. 
 
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For entrees, Nebo offers both gluten free penne pasta and gluten free pizza options, as well as seafood and meat dishes. The pizza is delicious, but this time we opted for a pasta dish with sweet sausage and broccoli rabe. 
 
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We also share the Acqua Pazza, “Crazy Water”, pan seared arctic char, baby clams, capers, olives, fennel and tomato brodo. 
 
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For dessert we shared the flourless chocolate cake topped with ice cream and pistachios. 
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Whether you or a friend has a gluten intolerance or allergy, Nebo is a great Italian restaurant you should try. With options to please every palate – spicy and not spicy, meat eaters and vegetarians – there is something on the menu for everyone! 
 
Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Gluten Free Options at Ocean Prime // Boston Seaport

Ocean Prime, a high-end seafood and steak restaurant based in Columbus Ohio, opened it’s 12th location in Boston’s Seaport this past December. Ocean Prime specializes in a variety of seafood dishes, meats, and cocktails, and it also offers a gluten-free menu.

Last week I went to check out the gluten free lunch menu and I was impressed with the number of options it offers. Ocean Prime also offers a lunch menu. 

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The Lavender Citrus Soda is a refreshing summer drink.

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For appetizers, we shared the Surf and Turf Sea Scallops and Slow Braised Short Ribs, which just melted in my mouth. 

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For our entrees we shared the Petite Filet Mignon and Chilean Sea Bass with a side of corn salad. 

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In addition to this menu, some of the items on the regular lunch menu can be prepared gluten free with modifications, including sushi – Lobster roll, Tuna roll and Hamachi Crudo – and entree salads – Blackened Salmon Salad, Ahi Tuna Salad, Crab Wedge and Flat Iron Steak Salad. 

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The service is top notch, as is the quality of the food. Ocean Prime is open for lunch Monday – Friday and dinner is served seven days a week.

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Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Roasted Salmon with Edamame “Mash”

This simple edamame “mash” can be paired with any seafood – salmon, scallops, halibut, swordfish, etc. It is easy to make and you can easily substitute the edamame for any bean on you have on hand (fava, peas) and the basil can be swapped for your favorite herb (parsley, cilantro work well too!). If you have a special olive oil in your pantry, this is the time to use it.

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cooked shelled edamame
  2. 1/3 cup chicken stock
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. juice of 1/2 a lemon
  5. about 1/4 cup chopped basil
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ginger,
  8. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook edamame according to package directions
  2. Mix all ingredients, minus the olive oil, in a blender. Once blended, add in olive oil and mix again.
  3. Serve chilled topped with your favorite fish or seafood!
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Trans-Ocean Crab Classic // Gluten Free Imitation Crab & More!

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Until last week, I had no idea that there was a gluten free imitation crab product that existed. I haven’t had a California roll in over 6 years, and I was beyond thrilled when I learned that Trans-Ocean makes gluten free imitation crab. So now I can make my own California rolls at home!  

Trans-Ocean has been making surimi seafood (imitation crab meat) in Bellingham, WA since 1985. For most of those years, they have used wheat-containing ingredients in many products. But a few years ago, they became aware that some people were buying only their Crab Classic Chunk Style and Lobster Classic products because they were made without wheat ingredients and thus, satisfied their gluten-free diet needs. After speaking with people who suffer from celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, they made a change to their wheat-containing products. 

Effective Fall 2014, their production plant became a dedicated, 100% gluten-free facility and all of their products are now gluten-free! You’ll find a gluten-free banner on all packaging. Be assured, products have the same delicious flavor and high quality that has made them America’s #1 brand of surimi seafood.

Trans-Ocean offers a variety of gluten free imitation crab and seafood products: 

  • Crab Classic Flake
  • Crab Classic Chunk
  • Crab Classic Leg
  • Crab Classic Shred
  • Crab Supreme
  • Lobster Classic
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Smoked Salmon 

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Crab Avocado Cucumber Stack

Crab Classic is made from a mix of wild and sustainable Alaska Pollock, certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as a responsibly harvested seafood, and king crab meat. Fully cooked and ready-to-eat, Crab Classic is perfect for quick and easy salads, appetizers, hot dishes and more. After trying a few of the different styles of Crab Classic, I have to say that I am a fan!  The crab tasted good, not too salty and not fake at all. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and I’ve made Jeremy eat quite a few crab dishes this week! One of my favorites is below!

 

 

Crab Avocado Cucumber Stacks
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg (8 oz) Crab Classic, Chunk Style
  2. 1 avocado, firm but ripe, diced
  3. 1 cucumber, diced
  4. juice of one lemon
  5. 1 green onion, finely chopped
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the avocado, lemon juice, green onion, salt and pepper
  2. Place a 3-inch-wide round biscuit cutter in the center of an individual plate.
  3. Press 1/4 cup of the cucumbers in the bottom of the cutter using the back of a spoon.
  4. Next, stack the layer of avocado on top of the cucumbers.
  5. Lastly add the Crab Classic to the top layer.
  6. Top with green part of the scallions.
  7. Gently lift the cutters up and away from the plate to reveal the tower.
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We also tried the shrimp and made it with pasta and marinara sauce. Simple, yet delicious! 

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Trans-Ocean, is a strong supporter of sustainable fisheries management. As such, they have sought certification for the Trans-Ocean brand seafood products from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Trans-Ocean has been at the forefront of promoting MSC as a mark of quality and environmental responsibility to the consumer market. In addition to supporting the long-term sustainability of the ocean’s resources, Trans-Ocean also extends great effort to minimize the environmental impacts of their processing operation.

You can find Trans-Ocean products at grocery stores nationwide

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

 

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Gluten Free In New Orleans

New Orleans is a great place for eating…gluten-free! New Orleans is one of the culinary capitals of the U.S., with a mix of Cajun, Creole and French cuisines, making it uniquely it’s own. There are a few staples you must try if you are there – Po’ Boys, Chargrilled Oysters, Gulf Fish – and luckily you can find gluten free versions of all these dishes and more. 

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Oysters on the Half Shell at Red Fish Grill

Raw oysters served on the half shell are popular throughout the South, but chargrilled oysters are a distinctly New Orleans specialty. Traditionally made with a mixture of breadcrumb, herbs, cheese, and melted butter, you can find a gluten free version of this NOLA staple at Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and The Irish House. 

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Po’ Boys are also a NOLA staple, but finding a gluten free version of this French Bread sandwich filled with fried seafood, can be hard. There are two restaurant that offers a gluten free version, Casamento’s and Meals from the Heart Cafe. Casement’s has the classic, with fried shrimp and fried oysters, but the catch is they close at 2pm and you must get there early if you don’t want to wait in line. We didn’t know this and ultimately did not want to wait over an hour, we were hungry. So next time I am in NOLA, it will be my first stop of the day. 

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Sautéed Alligator

If you are a seafood lover, then NOLA is definitely the city for you. With fresh gulf fish and seafood on almost every menu, you must try gulf shrimp, blue crab, alligator, and red fish. 

My favorite meal was at Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The waiters are knowledgable about the menu and they offer many gluten free dishes. 

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On Christmas we ate dinner at Richard Fiske’s, a martini and jazz bar serving creole food in the French Quarer. While they do not offer a gluten free menu, they can do just about any seafood dish gluten free. They also have a great happy hour, with $3 martini’s from 4-7pm! 

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Gulf Ref Fish

 

After we decided not to wait in line at Casamento’s we ended up at the best Vietnamese Restaurant, Magasin Cafe in Uptown. 

Magasin Gluten Free Menu
Magasin Gluten Free Menu

Chicken Pho and Salmon Spring Rolls
Chicken Pho and Salmon Spring Rolls

 

Other Gluten Free Restaurants in NOLA: 

3 Potato 4  (French Quarter) organic baked potato-fries company that serves a variety of organic, gluten free, 99% fat free, baked potato-fries with homemade sauces in a biodegradable paper cone. 

Bayona (contemporary American, French Quarter) almost anything on the menu can be made to accommodate gluten allergies. 

Bourbon House (Seafood, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu available 

BRAVO Cucina Italian (Metairie) Gluten Free Menu available includes salads, pasta and grilled entrees 

Casamento’s (Uptown) all fried seafood is gluten free 

Juan’s Flying Burrito (Mexican, MidCity, Garden District, French Quarter) gluten free corn tortillas 

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen (French Quarter) offers gluten free pasta 

Meals from the Heart Cafe (Market, French Quarter, limited seating) Gluten Free Menu includes pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, sandwiches, crab cakes, salads, gumbo, pastries 

Mother’s Restaurant – Gluten Free Menu available, including grilled fish and seafood, omeletes, salads and soups

Muriel’s Jackson Square (Creole/Cajun, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu

Palace Cafe (Creole/Cajun, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu available 

Red Gravy (Italian, Central Business District) Gluten free homemade fettuccine, lasagna and ravioli, using almond flour. 

Seed (vegetarian)  Gluten Free Options labeled, including starters, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts.  

Rivista (bakery, Uptown) shortbread, muffins, frittatas and salads

Sukho Thai (Uptown/Garden District) – gluten free options 

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar (Uptown) Gluten Free Menu available, including salads, char grilled oysters, shellfish, grilled fish, meat, dessert

The Irish House (Uptown) notes gluten free and paleo items on their menu, including leek soup, charbroiled gulf oysters, duck confit salad, braised beef short ribs, hanger steak, rustic lamb fricasse, shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, blackened gulf fish, chicken, shepard’s pie. 

The Rum House (Caribbean Taqueria, Garden District) Gluten Free Menu options labeled, including queso dip, avocado mango dip, salads, Caribbean inspired tacos (brisket, duck, jerk chicken, lamb vindaloo, creole rib, flaked fish, seared scallop, veggies, shrimp)

Theo’s Pizza (3 locations in Elmwood, Uptown and Mid-City) gluten free crust for $4.25 extra

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MEET A NEW FAMILY OF TUNA -Tonnino’s offers a better tuna for a better you

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Tonnino Gourmet is bringing a new kind of tuna to your family’s table—100% yellowfin fillets, caught in the wild and jarred by hand, dolphin-safe, rich in Omega-3s with low mercury levels. Available in seven delicious varieties of flavor, each contains only the finest cuts of tuna for exceptional appearance, texture, and taste you can enjoy straight out of the jar. Once you realize just how tasty tuna is supposed to be, there’ll be no going back to the can.

It’s been a staple in the American pantry: drained albacore, punched up with some mayo and seasoning for classic salads, sandwiches, and casseroles. But now there is a more sophisticated way to enjoy tuna, as Tonnino is tempting taste buds and bringing foodies everywhere to change their tune. Tonnino Premium yellowfin tuna features innovative flavors and high quality ingredients, combined to make a delicious and healthy product not to be missed. Each distinct in taste and personality.

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Tonnino classic, Italian-style, yellowfin is soaked in the purest olive oil and perfectly adapts to your favorite recipes. For an even fresher flavor, Tonnino low-fat fillets are submerged in spring water to spruce up any salad, a perfect addition to any healthy diet. For a more Italian experience, Tonnino fillets with oregano in olive oil offers a blend of delicious tropically-grown herbs and spices, ideal for pasta and pizza—and perfect on its own, as well. With its flirtatious hint of spice, our tuna fillets with jalapeno in olive oil will make your palate blush and bring any Mexican dish to life. Another Mediterranean delight, Tonnino gourmet tuna fillets with garlic in olive oil is deliciously versatile. The addition of capers takes things to another level, perfect for spreading on a bagel or instant canapés.

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I bring lunch to work almost everyday. Tonnino Tuna over greens was delicious, healthy, and satisfying.

As people are learning to taste with their palate and their conscience, becoming increasingly aware of where their food comes from and that its production is socially and environmentally responsible, Tonnino wants to know that it’s safe. Tonnino can certify and guarantee that fishing has not harmed any other species, only selecting small sized yellowfin tuna with low levels of mercury. Hand packed in glass jars for quality you can see and taste, Tonnino offers convenience without sacrificing sophistication. Can the idea of canned tuna and try Tonnino! Tonnino ($7.99) is available nationwide at Whole Foods, Fairway, Central Market, Wegmans, etc. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Meals and Fall Side Dishes

 

Jeremy and I don’t eat that many frozen meals, mainly because there just aren’t that many gluten free options. Ok, maybe there are more gluten free frozen food products available in stores today more than ever before, but have you tried some of them? The amount of sodium in many meals is too high for my likely (and make the food taste way too salty!) Other products just have too many unpronounceable ingredients that I personally do not want to put into my body. For that reason, I cook most of our meals at home from scratch. As you can imagine, this isn’t always easy, especially on days that I work that or that I’m so tired from a long day at work and the last thing I want to do is cook!  NewFamilyShot_cartons Well thanks to Bumble Bee Foods, North America’s largest branded seafood company, who recently came out with a new product line Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Premium Fresh Frozen, which is 100% gluten free, low sodium, and made with very few ingredients, all which I can pronounce.  Bumble Bee SuperFresh® is a new line of naturally seasoned, restaurant-quality premium fresh frozen seafood that is cleaned, cut and fresh frozen within hours, then chef prepared with high-quality, all-natural ingredients. High in protein, rich in flavor and gluten free. The six premium seafood items include:

      • Spicy Shrimp Romesco
      • Lemon Shrimp with Garlic & Herbs
      • Salmon with Garden Pesto
      • Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs
      • Tilapia with Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    I recently had the chance to try some of the new products and I was very impressed with the fresh flavor, and how quick and easy it is to prepare. Bumble Bee SuperFresh® raises the bar for what seafood lovers can expect from frozen food!

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Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs with mango avocado salsa

All Bumble Bee SuperFresh® entrees go from freezer to table in 25 minutes or less, perfect for busy nights, and nights you get home late from work and just don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen preparing a meal. The Salmon and Tilapia come with their own parchment paper baking pouch,  a special uncoated parchment paper to seal in flavor and juices, it’s included so you don’t have to worry about having parchment paper or not. Each fish is high in protein, and low in number of ingredients used. I try to eat as clean as possible and never buy frozen meals for this reason. But Bumble Bee SuperFresh® certainly is an exception, and great addition to frozen meals available in the market.  

Bumble Bee SuperFresh® smells and tastes amazing. No fishy smells here. Because you prepare Bumble Bee SuperFresh® straight from the freezer, there isn’t any smell associated with thawing fish, which is especially appreciated when you live in a small city apartment where smells easily travel to every room and get trapped in.  My favorite product is the Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs. What a difference fresh lemon makes! Combined with Extra Olive Oil, shallots, black pepper and other natural ingredients, this simple recipe brings out the clean, fresh flavor of premium tilapia. Another thing I love about the new line is that there is no mess to clean up!! No dishes to clean, no mess to clean, and no fuss. Like I said, the meals are easy to prepare, simply preheat the oven, take the fish out of the box, pull back the seal of the plastic bag each fish is wrapped in, place the fish in the parchment paper bag, fold the open edge of the bag, place on a baking sheet, and put in the oven, and voila!  IMG_2745 (1) Some of my favorite, quick, easy and delicious side dishes (all can be prepared in less than 25 minutes!) that are perfect for fall include: 

1.Avocado Mango Salsa     

 

Avocado Mango Salsa
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Prep Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
  2. 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
  3. 1 small red onion, diced
  4. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
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2. Roasted Rosemary Oregano Potatoes    

3. Spiralized zucchini noodles topped with Spicy Shrimp Romesco and baby tomatoes      

4. Sautéed Fresh Spinach    

5. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Green Beans

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Green Beans
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound green beans, washed & trimmed
  2. 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  3. 1 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
  4. 2 Tbs. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Infused Olive Oil
  5. 1/2 cup red pepper, seeds removed, thinly sliced lengthwise
  6. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Steam the green beans for 7 minutes or until tender.
  2. In large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add red pepper, green beans and balsamic vinegar, cooking for 2 - 3 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Remove from heat. Add remaining Oil, salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.
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 6. Roasted Fall Vegetables     

7. Braised Radishes 

Braised Radishes
Serves 6
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb radishes
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the radishes in a large skillet and add just enough water to cover. Add the butter, sugar, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until the radishes are tender and the liquid has reduced to a glaze, about 12 minutes
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer radishes to a serving dish (or your plate)
  4. Pour glaze over radishes
Notes
  1. If the radishes are tender but the liquid has not reduced sufficiently, remove the radishes from the skilled and continue to reduce the liquid.
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   8. Spinach Quinoa Salad with craisins and almonds     

  9. Quinoa with Apples and Carrots 

Quinoa with Apples and Carrots
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  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 cup finelly diced carrots
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 cup chicken broth
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 2 cups diced unpeeled apples
  9. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa and rub the grains together for 30 seconds before cooking.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a saucepan over med-high heat. Add onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper. Sautee for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender and carrots begin to brown.
  3. Stir in broth, water, quinoa and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  4. While the quinoa is simmering, in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add the apple and sautee for 7 minutes, until apple begins to brown.
  5. Add apple to the quinoa and toss to combine.
  6. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. For a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth.
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Pickled Willy’s Gourmet Pickled Seafood

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Pickled Willy’s is a specialty seafood processing plant in Kodiak, Alaska, that started out as Alaska’s only pickling plant. Co-owner Bill Alwert, a retired Alaska Commercial Fishermen, started years ago pickling fish and created a long standing family recipe that became so popular with family and friends that he wanted to share it with everyone. The Alwert family still has the family boat, the Buccaneer out of Kodiak, but Bill has since retired to the beach.

The family recipe is undeniably good and there’s certainly no way to get fresher seafood than straight from the vessels of Kodiak Island and other Alaskan Ports.

All Pickled Willy’s seafood is 100% sustainable and found in Alaskan Waters and processed right in Kodiak. Pickled Willy’s products are hand packed, low in fat, high in Omega-3’s, all natural, gluten free and have no preservatives. 

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I recently had the chance to work with Pickled Willy’s and tried three of their pickled seafood products. The full line of pickled seafoods includes: Pickled Alaska Halibut, Pickled Alaska Ling Cod, Pickled King Crab, Pickled Sockeye Salmon. 

Each 16 oz jar contains a mix of Organic Vinegar, Cane Sugar, Water, Pickling Spice, Onion, Salt and fish/seafood, and has a shelf life of 5 months.
 
The Pickled Alaska Halibut, is boneless and skinless, with a pure snow white flesh and firm texture has a sweet smooth flavor and is perfect for ceviche. 
 
 
Pickled Willy’s Halibut Ceviche
Serves 4
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Prep Time
35 min
Prep Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Jar Pickled Willys Halibut
  2. ½ cup chopped Cilantro
  3. ½ cup chopped Cucumber
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl combine complete jar of Pickled Willy’s Halibut, cilantro, and cucumber.
  2. Place in refrigerator, wait 30 minutes or until cold before serving.
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The Pickled Sockeye Salmon has a bright red hue and a much firmer texture than the halibut. I’m not sured to eating salmon this way but after getting used the texture, I quite enjoyed it and didn’t find it as vinegar-y as the Halibut. I paired it with edamame and tomatoes and served it over mixed greens from my CSA, for a delicious lunch.  
 
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Pickled Willy’s ships through UPS, Alaska Air Cargo, and ACE Air Cargo and can be at your door in two days or less. 
 
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