Foodies share their love of fine fish

As much as I like writing about my appreciation for fish and all the tasty ways to prepare it, I enjoy reading about the subject just as much. So when I come across different bloggers who walk me through amazing meal events with fish and seafood, I’m hooked. Especially when they include tantalizing photographs of their creations!

Recently there have been some great blogs with really nice meals with Morey’s, so I thought I’d share them with you. A Family Feast, which is a MOR5664_AprilBloggreat destination for foodies, whipped up a delicious and beautiful Smoked Fish Chowder that you can literally make quickly by the bowl or in a large kettle to feed a big crew.

Another blog that loves Morey’s is The View From Great Island. The savory smoked salmon cheesecake she made is as appetizing to look at as it would be to eat! A fellow food blogger (who just happens to live near Morey’s Seafood International in Minnesota) has a family-favorite salmon burger and she shows you how easy it is to make on her Hot Eats and Cool Reads blog.

In addition to fish inspiration from the blogosphere, Morey’s has fun Pinterest boards with all kinds of tasty pictures. No matter how you get your fresh cooking ideas, Morey’s makes it fast and simple to turn them into meal events for your family and friends.

Eat well!

A New Twist on Fish & Chips

In March, and on the 17th in particular, all eyes turn to the Emerald Isle – Ireland (in honor of St. Patrick). Corned beef, cabbage and green beer all around! But there’s also another staple from Ireland that’s synonymous with the island and its people, and that’s fish & chips.

The typical presentation for Irish fish & chips is to take white, flaky fish like cod, haddock or pollock, dredge it in thick batter and give it a hot oil bath. The unbattered chips (potatoes) get the same deep-fried treatment. Everything gets a generous blast of salt. Napkins are a definite must!

While traditional fish & chips are certainly tasty, it’s not the most heart-smart way to enjoy treasures from the sea and soil. So, from Morey’s to you, here’s a more nourishing spin on a fish & chips meal event for St. Patty’s day or ANY day!

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Morey’s Seasoned Grill Tilapia is a beautiful white, flaky fish that’s perfect for fish & chips. To prepare it, simply take the thawed fillets out of their packages, squeeze the built-in Seasoned Grill marinade right over the top and bake the fish at 375° F for 12 minutes.

Then, remove the fillets and dust them lightly with seasoned breadcrumbs. These will stick nicely to the moist marinade on top. Switch the oven to broil and finish the fish for 3-4 minutes. The breadcrumbs will toast on top and give the tilapia an authentic fish & chips “crunch!”

While the magic is happening in the oven, heat up a frying pan to medium-high on the stove. Get the tiniest baby red potatoes you can find (smaller than golf balls). Pre-boil them and allow them to dry. Then coat the potatoes in olive oil and dust them with coarse sea salt, cracked pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. If you like a little “bite,” introduce a little cayenne too.

In that hot pan, keep those baby reds rolling around to sear the entire surface and lock in all that seasoned flavor.

On your plate, the crispy Morey’s Seasoned Grill Tilapia and seared baby reds will look delightful, especially with a garnish of fresh parsley and sliced lemons. You’ll get all the crunch of traditional Irish fish & chips but without the guilt of deep-fried batter.

Bain sult as do iasc!

Which is Irish for “Enjoy your fish!”

The Temperature of Contentment

As I write this from a cold climate in the northern hemisphere, frigid winds surround the house. Even the birds seem to be holed up somewhere to escape winter’s icy clutches. But inside, snug as a bug in a rug, something wonderful is happening at 375°F.

I’m trying something new for dinner. Well, several things to be specific. We have friends coming over for a nice meal and some wine. On the menu? Fish, wild rice with almond slivers, warm ciabatta bread and a fresh mixed green salad with ripe cherry tomatoes. The table is set for six.

I don’t know what kind of fish all six guests will enjoy most. Some folks love salmon. Others prefer white, flaky fillets and there are those who delight over fresh fish from the sea. With Morey’s tonight, I’m going to dazzle every palate. I’ll look like a culinary queen when the food hits the table, but in reality this comfort-food smorgasbord is as easy to prepare as a glass of water!

It begins with selecting the Morey’s fish and flavors you want. For this dinner party, I’m preparing six unique fillets. People can choose exactly what they want. However, I’m going to encourage everybody to sample a little bit of each fillet. Tonight’s Morey’s variety lineup is:

• Wood Roasted Atlantic Salmon

• Lemon Pepper Tilapia

• Pineapple Mango Mahi Mahi

• Garlic Cracked Pepper Wild Pacific Salmon

• Seasoned Grill Tilapia

• Lemon Dill Atlantic Salmon

Each fresh portion comes sealed with tasty marinades in individual pouches. To prepare, I just set the oven to 375. Then I make six small aluminum foil “boats” and put a fillet in each one. I pour the marinade from the pouch over the top. All six servings can then go on a baking sheet and bubble in their own marinated goodness at the same time.

When the guests arrive, this comfort meal will warm our bodies as well as our hearts. We’ll enjoy it with selections of Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – all fantastic wine pairings with flavorful fish. I can’t wait!

Cheers!

 

How to swim through the New Year as a new you!

Did you know the first two weeks of January are the busiest weeks of the year at health clubs? A lot of people start the year by “turning over a new leaf” when it comes to taking better care of themselves. The problem is, of those who make New Year’s resolutions with gym memberships, about 80% lose their enthusiasm by mid-February.

Establishing an exercise routine can be tough. It takes discipline. However, there is an easier (and more enjoyable) way to take good care of your body. It begins with what you put into it, because nutritious food is the cornerstone for improving your physical condition and the vitality of everyone in your family.

Protein is essential to everyone’s nutritional well being. On planet earth, some of the finest sources of lean, high-quality protein and other key nutrients come from fish and seafood. Nobody serves up that tasty nutrition better than Morey’s.

In addition to providing protein, Morey’s products contain valuable Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have proven that adding Omega-3s to your diet may decrease your risk for heart disease, certain cancers, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Given these findings, it’s not surprising that the American Heart Association encourages two servings of fish or seafood per week in their dietary recommendations.

Luckily for all fish and seafood lovers, something that’s this good for our bodies is also equally delicious. Morey’s marinated salmon, mahi mahi and tilapia are great examples. There are so many distinct flavors available, you can have Morey’s twice a week and never lose your craving for its delectability! The marinade creations include flavors like: Lemon Parmesan, Wood Roasted, Seasoned Grill, Garlic Cracked Pepper, Lemon Dill, Pineapple Mango, Sweet Mango and Garden Pesto.

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New Year. New You. Eat better in 2015.

So as you kick off 2015, make a pledge to enjoy a Morey’s meal twice a week. Plan two particular days of the week to make fish and seafood days. Many opt for one of them to be Saturday, because it’s a relaxing weekend day when the family can gather around the table to share good food and conversation.

Take a poll from all the hungry eaters in your house to determine which signature marinades they prefer for Saturday’s meal. This will help you select the ideal side dishes to accompany your fish. For example, many Morey’s fans have reported that the refreshing citrus zest of the Lemon Dill Salmon goes great with the nutty richness of squash and asparagus. Another flavor, like Morey’s Garlic Cracked Pepper Salmon, really complements fresh green beans, wild rice and a nice buttery chardonnay as a wine pairing.

Whichever initial day you decide is “seafood day,” pick the next to be a few days later. So if you make Saturday special with Morey’s, then choose Tuesday or Wednesday for your other day. It’s a very easy and tasty routine to get into!

Remember that the way you prepare each Morey’s dish will add even more uniqueness to your meal events. Bake it, broil it, grill it… it’s up to you, and every method imparts a different quality to the fish. If you’re crunched for time on a particular day, Morey’s is quick and easy to microwave too – just minutes from freezer to table! Every package contains the perfect serving size for a meal, with all the savory marinade sealed in with the fish. Morey’s has done all the work for you and your busy lifestyle.

As you embark on a year of better eating, you can choose to keep track of your progression. Maybe monitoring your weight is important. Perhaps gauging your general wellness (on a daily 1-10 scale of how you “feel”) is a strategy you’ll find helpful. Whichever track you take, eat great food throughout 2015 and make it a wonderful year!

Good luck and bon appétit.

 

Make your holiday table even more special

The holidays are as much about good food as they are celebrating, gift giving and spending time with family. After all, what yuletide or New Year gathering DOESN’T include delicious appetizers, main courses and desserts? They all do!

It’s probably the best time of year to sample a wide array of different dishes too, since holiday get-togethers often revolve around a “pot-luck” theme where everyone brings something to share. If you’re on the list this year to bring a dish as you celebrate with friends and family, you’ve come to the right place for ideas.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Apps are a snap!
Every big meal surrounding the holidays begins with appetizers. Cheese trays, veggie assortments, crackers, dips – a lot of choices. To stand out from the crowd on the appetizer table, give this crunchy and savory morsel a try:

Blue Corn Tortilla Toppers
These are so simple to prepare and because they look so inviting and taste so good, they won’t stick around for long. So make a lot!

Start with blue corn tortilla chips. No broken ones! You want the full triangle. Spread each chip with chive cream cheese and top that with a bite-sized piece of Morey’s Smoked Salmon Nuggets. The sticky cream cheese will keep the salmon firmly in place for each creamy, crunchy bite.

Crabby Dip
Another house favorite in the app department is this delicious crab dip served in a big hollowed-out bread bowl. Here’s all you need:

1 pound of Morey’s Imitation Crabmeat (flake style)

1 stick butter

Chopped green onions

Chopped parsley

2 Tbsp flour

1 pint cream

1/2 lb grated Swiss cheese

1 Tbsp sherry wine

Salt and red pepper to taste

Melt butter in a heavy pot and sauté the onions and parsley. Blend in flour, cream, and cheese until the cheese melts. Add your other ingredients and fold in the Morey’s Imitation Crabmeat. When you hollow out the bread bowl, place all the chunks of bread around the bowl for dipping. Then fill the bowl and watch it disappear. The best part? By using Morey’s instead of expensive crab, you won’t go broke serving this appetizer.

On to the holiday main course
Salmon is special in many homes and cultures for holiday meals. In the past, preparing a marinated salmon dinner took quite a bit of time and effort. But how times have changed! Now it’s as easy as picking up Morey’s at the grocery store and having a gourmet experience minutes later.

Of all the vibrant salmon flavors available, one of the most popular is Morey’s Seasoned Grill Atlantic Salmon. Its spice and seasoning blend was developed by some of the finest culinary experts and perfected through extensive taste tests.

The way to prepare Morey’s frozen fillets is a matter of choice. All the healthy goodness and marinade is right in the vacuum packed, individual-sized package. So even fast microwave cooking is foolproof. Baking, sautéing and grilling are all excellent ways to prepare the fillets and impart their own unique charms.

Some sure-fire sides to accompany your salmon are fresh green beans, asparagus, broccoli and squash. A terrific starch accompaniment is wild rice for a truly memorable dining experience. And finally, help unite all the celebratory flavors with a nice glass of pinot noir.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Complete Your Morey’s Meal Event

Morey’s marinated fillets can easily become the centerpiece of any meal, from a quick weeknight dinner to a big family event. Now you can round out your meal idea with the perfect side dish or wine pairing with these delicious recipes and wine suggestions.

Bake, Grill or Layer the Perfect Side Dish
Veggie Fries
Looking for a crunchy, sizzling and lighter option than take-out? fries? Try your favorite vegetables! From Chipotle Cornmeal Green Bean Fries, to Parmesan Zucchini Fries, all you need is an oven and the seasoned breading of your choice for a flavorful and crispy side dish. Recipes Here

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Lightly charred veggies have a bold flavor to stand up to the sweet, smoky taste of Morey’s Wood Roasted Wild Salmon. If you’re a fan of asparagus, brush the stalks with olive oil and season and grill to your liking. Check out this recipe for asparagus that will send your family lining up for seconds, thirds and fourths.

Roasted Potatoes
Warm up your taste buds and try this recipe for roasted potatoes alongside one of Morey’s delicious ready-to-cook entrées. Use quartered red potatoes in a sizzling hot cast-iron skillet. Add in onion, olive oil, rosemary and your favorite seasonings, and you’ll have the perfect potatoes to add to your Morey’s meal.

Tilapia Pasta Salad
Combine the Lemon Pepper Tilapia, with a refreshing pasta salad for a light and nutritious dinner or lunch. Layers of cooked rice noodles or whole grains are covered with the greens of your choice. The warm tilapia rests on top, heating the greens while a drizzle of your favorite salad dressing adds the finishing touches to a delightful meal.

Pour a glass, or two
As a general rule, white wine pairs well with most fish, but certain white wines go better with certain types of fish.

If you’re enjoying a lean and flaky fish like Morey’s Seasoned Grill Tilapia, look for a zesty and refreshing white to balance the more delicate fish flavor. The website Wine Folly recommends a Champagne or White Bordeaux.

However, if you choose a more meaty fish like Garlic Cracked Pepper Wild Pacific Salmon or Pineapple Mango Mahi Mahi, choose a wine pairing that goes with the steak-like texture. Rich white wines with lots of flavor and even a few red and rosé wines can do the trick. Try an Oaked Chardonnay, Dry Rosé or White Pinot Noir – your guests will welcome such a refreshing meal idea.

Thinking about a small tasting before dinner? Richly smoked fishes like Morey’s Wild Smoked Salmon Chunks are a little drier and need wine pairings that quench them. A Rosé Sparkling, Dry Riesling or White Pinot Noir will start your event on a high note.

Looking for more wine pairings? Visit Wine Folly for more great ideas, and even the perfect drink to go with our Fish Taco recipe.

Morey’s has several marinated options to fit your taste buds and side dish ideas. Check them all out on Moreys.com and tell us if you have a great seafood meal idea by submitting a recipe. We’re always looking for new and creative ways to prepare our delicious and nutritious products. Enjoy!

Sources:
http://www.oprah.com/food/What-to-Serve-with-Salmon
http://www.livestrong.com/article/530522-dinner-ideas-with-tilapia-fillets/
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/what-to-eat-right-now-pacific-salmon/our-favorite-salmon-flavor-combinations
http://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-with-fish-pairing-guide/
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/grilled-asparagus-spears-recipe.html

Growing up Healthy with Fish and Seafood

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, this beloved Dr. Seuss book may be your child’s first introduction to fish and seafood, but with Morey’s help, you can start making this delicious and nutritious food a part of your child’s diet for life. Morey’s believes that getting kids involved in making meals, and creating a love of fish early on, will help them continue to make healthy food choices as they grow up.

There are so many easy ways to nurture a love of fish and seafood.

Choose a night each week to introduce a recipe with fish or seafood.

Choose a night each week to introduce a recipe with fish or seafood.

1. Seafood Saturday!
Choose a night each week to introduce a recipe with fish or seafood. Have your kids pitch in as you prepare the meal. Pirate hats are a fun way to get everyone in the seafood spirit.

2. Snack-time Sneak
Use one of our smoked salmon options in place of deli meat on their crackers, or curled up in a crescent roll spiral for quick finger food on the go.

3. Seafood Switch Up
Take a dish they already love, and switch out the meat with a light and tasty fish, like our Garden Pesto Tilapia. If kids recognize a dish, they’re more likely to try it. It’s easy to incorporate Morey’s products into simple dishes like our Salmon and Macaroni Bake or Fish Tacos. Check out more recipes when you visit our Recipes & Cooking page.

Adding fish and seafood to your child’s diet not only gives you and your family more variety, but it is also essential for developing bodies. Karlene Karst, a registered dietitian and author of The Full-Fat Solution, says that “You want to turbo-boost kids’ brain power with a diet of fun, simple, yet delicious foods that incorporate protein and Omega-3s — the building blocks for smart and healthy brains.”

The benefits of eating good fats, like salmon from Morey’s, help out nearly every part of a growing child’s body:

Metabolism: The Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin-D and selenium within salmon all combine to help manage insulin levels throughout the body, thereby facilitating the absorption of sugar and the subsequent lowering of blood sugar levels.

Cardiovascular Health: Essential amino acids repair damages to the cardiovascular tissues.

Brain & Nerves: Omega-3 fatty acids increase the efficiency of brain functions, improves memory and keep it active during long working hours.

Eye Care: Omega-3 fatty acids prevent macular degeneration, retinal dryness, loss of vision and fatigue of the eyes. It is a proven fact that people who eat fish regularly, or at least more than others, have better vision than those who don’t.

Morey’s is the perfect place to start making fish and seafood part of your child’s diet. We have what you need to create delicious and nutrious options for even the smallest seafood lovers in your home.

 

Sources:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-salmon.html
http://www.babble.com/babble-voices/8-foods-that-make-kids-smarter/

Morey’s 30-Minute Meal Ideas

September can be an overwhelming month as summer vacations end, and busy school-year schedules resume. With less time to plan meals, Morey’s Fish and Seafood has you covered with a large selection of marinated seafood entrees, many of them gluten free, that go from freezer to plate in 30 minutes or less.

No time to plan ahead? No problem! Our 10-ounce packages contain two individually vacuum packed portions. You can create a whole family meal, or use just one and easily save the other for a later dish. Or, choose one of our many smoked fish options that are ready to eat and go with a wide variety of recipes. With so many great options, Morey’s will become a staple in your kitchen, and a healthy addition to your diet.

Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder

Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder

Breakfast On the Run
When you have a busy family getting everyone to eat a healthy meal instead of a sugary cereal can be tough. Setting yourself, and your family up for success at work, school and practice is easier when you use our recipe for Eggs St. Charles. It takes only 20 minutes, and uses Morey’s Tilapia fillets. Take a moment to start your day with something more exciting.

Fast Fish Appetizers
We’ve all had moments where we suddenly realize the neighborhood block party, parent/teacher conferences, or maybe a get together for the big game is tonight, and preparing a big dish is out of the question. Next time, don’t stress out; just take 25 minutes to put together a Lake Trout Salad with Morey’s Smoked Lake Trout. Take advantage of more recipes for tasty appetizers, they’ll save the day every time.

Emergency Entrée
Mistakes happen, roasts burn and turkeys come out raw. When a big meal goes awry, use Morey’s recipe for Mahi Mahi Mango Salsa Tacos using Morey’s Pineapple Mango Mahi Mahi. We wouldn’t be surprised if your backup plan becomes your main staple with so many of Morey’s tasty, quick options.

Bad Weather Solutions
When the weather is coming down, and the roads are too dangerous to travel, curl up at home with our recipe for Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder soup, using Morey’s Cajun smoked salmon. It’s a comforting and filling way to enjoy a great meal, without testing out your vehicle’s all-wheel drive.

Diet Delicious
You want to make sure all your guests feel comfortable and welcome at the dinner table. But if you discover that a guest has an unexpected dietary requirement, it can leave you scrambling for a meal idea that everyone at the table can enjoy. Luckily, we’re proud that many of Morey’s products are perfect for guests that are pregnant, keep kosher, are diabetic, gluten free or have other diet restrictions.

Visit our previous blog post to understand new research about consuming low-mercury fish and seafood while pregnant. Plus, learn more about how fish is an integral part of a positive diabetic diet.

Don’t stress out when making sure your meal plan is friendly to all who join. Simply try out a recipe with our Lemon Dill Atlantic Salmon, Garlic Cracked Pepper Atlantic Salmon, Smoked Lake Trout and more.

Inspired yet? Submit your own 30-minute meal ideas here!

For more meal ideas, tips and recipes, visit Moreys.com and Pinterest.

 

 

Fresh Ideas for the Grill

Labor Day is a celebration of hard work, and for some regions, kind of the last day of the Summer grilling season. Thankfully today’s grills provide the functionality of outdoor grilling all year-round for continuous outdoor dining entertainment that’s pleasantly surrounded by the aromatic smell of protein and vegetables on the grill.

To reenergize your grilling season, look to popular proteins that are frequently overlooked in the summer. Salmon, tilapia and mahi mahi makes for smiles on everyone’s face, while being a welcome change of pace from heavier fat calorie meals most frequently grilled all summer.

Don’t be intimidated by cooking seafood outdoors. Morey’s Fish Creations® offer a variety of perfectly seasoned, individual servings that make grilling a breeze. Imagine serving your guests a variety of perfectly seasoned salmon fillets, cooked to perfection, as complementary grill flavors penetrate each portion from all four sides. It’s a global smorgasbord of flavors that makes for some fun foodie conversations on the deck or patio. Not to mention the lasting impression you leave, serving a meal as unique and flavorful as any upscale restaurant. And making it look easy at the same time.

Morey’s makes it easy with individually wrapped portions and cooking instructions. Unexpected guests stay for dinner? Quick throw another few fillets on the grill.

Place fillet on tin foil for moist fillets and easy clean-up.

Place fillet on aluminum foil for moist fillets and easy clean-up.

It’s a satisfying and flavorful meal for even the most health conscious or finicky eaters, so always make sure you have several Morey’s Fish Creations meals in the freezer throughout the year. You never know when the opportunity will present itself to impress with your grill, and super flavorful and convenient Morey’s Fish Creations. They are always a hit – Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall!

Grilled complements such as vegetables and starches generally take longer than the Morey’s product itself. So, if you are doing both on the grill, start the sides earlier if necessary. This also creates the perfect opportunity to get the grill up to temperature, making meal-timing super easy. For moist and flaky fillets, allow to sit for just a few minutes to rest (a perfect time to refill everyone’s beverages before dinner.)

For meal ideas, tips and recipes, visit Moreys.com and Pinterest.

Morey’s Receives Notable Certification for Sustainability Practices

Ensuring families will enjoy Morey’s fine fish and seafood not just today but for generations to come has been our priority since day one. We manage our commitment to sustainably sourced seafood by working closely with external industry groups and agencies from around the world.

Morey's issued the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Chain of Custody certification by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Recently, we were issued the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Chain of Custody certification by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. In short, by adding RFM Chain of Custody certification to our stable of certifications means we can verify that the seafood we purchase from Alaska is sourced from an Alaskan ecosystem that has been responsibly developed.

However, becoming certified is no easy task to achieve. In fact, it’s only available to those who have previously passed an audit for the Chain of Custody Standard. Thus far, fewer than 100 companies in the world have been granted RFM certification.

To be considered, a team of assessors from the Accredited Certification Body audited Morey’s locations in Motley, MN and Golden Valley, MN. Both offices participated in a series of steps including reviews and site visits before certification was granted.

DID YOU KNOW… Morey’s Minnesota production facilities and various products are also certified by the following organizations:

-British Retail Consortium (“A” Rating)
-Marine Stewardship Council (Chain of Custody Certification)
-Aquaculture Stewardship Council (Chain of Custody Certification)

We’re also a founding member of The Seafood Nutrition Partnership, an active member of the National Fisheries Institute, a governing member of Global Aquaculture Alliance and are regular contributors to both Ocean Trust and SeaShare. For more details on Morey’s sustainability practices, please visit www.moreys.com.