Summer Foil Packets for the Grill

It’s summer. It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself, not spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals and washing dishes! Who am I kidding. Summer is about being busy, but it’s primarily busy with fun. Sure, we’re still working, but the evenings are spent enjoying the long sunny evenings, whether it’s just hanging out on the boat, or watching kids play summer sports, a busy summer is still time outside. But we can still eliminate the busy-work that comes with cooking and cleaning. A great option is grill packets! It’s like a one-pot-meal on the grill, or, if you’re really lucky and you’re sitting around a crackling fire, they work great just tossed to the side in the coals. It’s a full meal in relative minutes, and it’s absolutely delicious.

I’ve got a couple great grill packet options to share with you. Get some great variety with a couple simple ingredients and some fresh or frozen seafood. My personal favorite is the Grilled Shrimp Boil Foil Packet and my six-year-old son devours the Grilled Salmon and Asparagus Grill Packet, in fact, he ate two all by himself the last time I made them! It’s so nice when you can find a healthy option that the kids love to counter the multiple meals of hot dogs or pizza.

To start, thaw the shrimp and the Morey’s Seasoned Grill salmon. When the salmon is partially thawed, remove it from the easy-peel package and reserve the marinade. Remove the skin to make it easier for kids to eat later.

Light the charcoal grill or turn gas grill to medium heat.

While the seafood is thawing, cut up all the vegetables and divide them up into two large bowls, one for each recipe. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes placing one pound in the container for the shrimp packets and ½ pound for the salmon packets. Cut the corn and add it to the potatoes for the shrimp. At this point, I usually place the potatoes and corn in the microwave for about a minute, just enough soften them a bit to ensure cooking in the time it takes for the seafood to cook through. Cut the asparagus spears in thirds and cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces, and slice the onion, placing all in the bowl for the salmon. Zest one lemon, then cut it in half to use for the salmon packets. Slice a second lemon into eight slices to place on top of the Shrimp boil packets. Once the vegetables are prepared, you can begin adding the remaining ingredients.

To the shrimp bowl, add the sliced andouille sausage, shrimp, garlic, olive oil and all of the seasonings. Toss to coat. Cut four 18-inch strips of aluminum foil, spray with non-stick cooking spray and divide the mixture evenly between the four pieces. Top with lemon slices and a pat of butter. Fold the foil over the top of the food in thirds, completely covering the food, then roll each of the ends of the packet.

Add lemon zest, melted butter and seasonings to the vegetables for the salmon. Toss to coat the vegetables. Cut two 18-inch strips of aluminum foil, spray with non-stick cooking spray and divide the vegetable mixture between the two pieces of foil. Top each packet with a piece of salmon and drizzle with the reserved marinade. Squeeze lemon over the top of the packet and continue wrapping the packet as you did with the shrimp.

When the coals are ash white, place the packets on the grill and allow to cook for 10 minutes. Check the packets to ensure they are cooking evenly and adjust the packets if you have a hot-spot. Packets should be completely done cooking within 10-15 minutes. Remove the packets from the heat and serve immediately.

Enjoy this quick and delicious meal with your family this Fourth of July weekend! Whether you are at home or at the lake, this meal has minimal mess and maximum flavor!

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Grilled Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 smoked andouille sausages, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears corn, each cut crosswise into four pieces
  • 1 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 lemon, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Directions:
  1. Heat gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white.
  2. Cut four sheets of foil about 12-inches long. Divide shrimp mixture evenly over the foil sheets. Spray with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Cut corn and potatoes and place in a bowl. Add shrimp, sliced sausage, garlic, olive oil and seasonings. Toss to coat.
  4. Top with one pat of butter and a couple lemon slices.
  5. Fold the foil packet crosswise over the shrimp mixture to completely cover the food. Roll the top and bottom edges to seal them closed.
  6. Place foil packet on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.

Grilled Salmon and Asparagus Grill Packet

Ingredients:

2 packages Morey’s Seasoned Grill Salmon

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon Fisherman’s Warf seasoning (or any seasoning of your choosing)

8 ounces (10 to 16 spears) fresh asparagus, cut into thirds

½ pound red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 cups fresh broccoli, cut small

½ cup thinly sliced onion

Fresh lemon

Directions:

  1. Heat gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white.
  2. Cut two sheets of foil about 12-inches long. Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Cut vegetables and place in a bowl. Add butter, lemon zest and seasonings. Toss to coat.
  4. Remove skin from salmon. Reserve marinade.
  5. Divide the vegetable mixture over foil and top with salmon. Use reserve marinade to top salmon.
  6. Squeeze fresh lemon over the top of each packet.
  7. Fold the foil packet crosswise over the shrimp mixture to completely cover the food. Roll the top and bottom edges to seal them closed.
  8. Place foil packet on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.

Hot Eats and Cool Reads

It’s fun hearing from foodies and seeing the bloggers out there who choose Morey’s. One recent blog came from Sheena at Hot Eats and Cool Reads. Sheena is wonderfully creative in the kitchen and she developed an amazing summer salad using Garlic Cracked Pepper Atlantic Salmon, along with other fresh ingredients like sweet corn, cucumbers, basil and bowtie pasta.

Visit Hot Eats and Cool Reads today and Sheena will teach you how to make this fresh salmon salad for your family’s next meal event. Her blog also has some other flavorful creations made with Morey’s, so check those out too!

Honor Your Father With Food

One of the nicest ways to spend time with loved ones is around a dinner table. So this Father’s Day, celebrate your Dad with a memorable meal event. You can make it extra special by whipping up a home-cooked creation that shows him how much you care.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you have to slave for hours in a hot kitchen. You can prepare an amazing culinary experience fast and easy with a little help from Morey’s. I don’t know about your Dad, but mine absolutely loves salmon. He likes peppers too. So what I’m planning for June 21st is this unique meal event:

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Salmon Stuffed Peppers
The first thing you do to make this is to bake some Morey’s Garlic Cracked Pepper Atlantic Salmon fillets (according to the package directions). Also pre-cook some delicious wild rice and sauté some sliced baby portabella mushrooms and diced onions. Mix the rice, mushrooms and onions in a low-heat pan with a splash of Worcestershire, a tablespoon of sour cream and about a 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Salt and pepper too. Then gently fold in the cooked, flaked salmon.

Now you’re ready to fill your hollowed out peppers with the mixture. I like to overfill mine so they’re extra hearty. Then place them on a baking dish, sprinkle the top with fresh Parmesan cheese and bake at 350° for about 25 minutes. And presto, they’re done!

Serve these Salmon Stuffed Peppers with some chewy French bread and pair the whole meal with a hoppy India Pale Ale in a chilled glass. Dear old Dad deserves a nice warm meal and an ice-cold brew. Every day. But especially on Father’s Day!

Cheers.

Score a Direct Hit With Super Salmon Submarines

If your family is like mine, then summer and sandwiches were meant for one another. Whether it’s a PBJ and a glass of milk on the deck for a quick lunch or a grilled cheese on a rainy day, a sandwich hits the spot. This summer if you find yourself wondering what kind of sandwich to have next, try this salmon sub.

Super Salmon Submarine

Super Salmon Submarine

It begins with Morey’s Garlic Cracked Pepper Atlantic Salmon. Simply place the frozen fillets in what I call “aluminum foil boats” along with all the savory marinade that they’re packaged in. Put them on the grill according to the package directions. While they grill in bubbling goodness, prepare your other simple ingredients, which include Swiss cheese, fresh spinach, sliced ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced Vidalia onion and shaved carrots. All those veggies are of course chosen for their wonderful flavor – but also for the nice mix of pleasing color that they bring to your meal event.

Now this part is important, because a great sandwich needs great bread. I recommend using soft and chewy focaccia rolls for these subs. Spread a thin layer of butter or mayo (your choice) on the open rolls and sprinkle a little garlic salt on that. For the last few minutes of the salmon bake time, put the rolls on the grill too, so that flavor melts in and the edges of the rolls get a slight “crisp” to them.

Lastly, build your sandwiches from the bottom up in this order: bottom roll, salmon, onion, spinach, carrots, tomato, cheese and top roll. If you’re a wine lover, a buttery chardonnay is a great pairing. Or for beer connoisseurs, try a hoppy pale ale alongside your submarine. Enjoy, and have a happy summer!

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!

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.

The Importance of Omega Fatty Acids

Many consumers would probably admit to feeling overloaded with information when stepping into a grocery store in today’s health-crazed world. With labels boasting “All Natural”, “High Fiber”, “Added Protein” and much more, it’s difficult to know what exactly your body needs.

Though fad diets have come and gone in the United States, a staple that has remained and continues to be recommended by doctors, dietitians, trainers and the like are fatty acids. But, what are they?

Fatty acids are essential to keep every system in the human body working properly. Think of your body as a car and fatty acids are the oil that keeps your engine running smoothly. Your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs ALL benefit from consuming fatty acids.

The importance of omega fatty acids.

The importance of omega fatty acids.

However, there’s a twist. Fatty acids need to be balanced within the body. What does that mean? Fatty acids are broken into three forms: Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. Each fatty acid plays its own role in your overall health.

Omega-3s: This is where Morey’s comes into play! Our seafood offers a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. The human body cannot produce Omega-3s on its own, so consuming a minimum of 4 oz. twice a week is recommended to support brain function, cardiovascular disease and a host of other diseases. Morey’s Fish Creations® are sold in boxes containing two, 5 oz. servings, so one box per family member per week will meet the recommended quota. Aside from fish, Omega-3s are found in flaxseeds, raw walnuts and canola oil.

Omega-6s: Omega-6 fatty acids are best when consumed in a 2:1 ratio with Omega-3s. One health issue our country currently faces is the abundance of Omega-6 fatty acids from corn and soy products used in a vast majority of processed foods. Today, a consumer, on average, eats 15 times the amount of Omega-6s than Omega-3s. While Omega-6s are good for you, too much of them can be destructive. Getting your Omega-6s from sources such as leafy greens, whole grains, raw vegetable oils and certain nuts is suggested.

Omega-9s: This fatty acid is produced naturally by the body when both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are consumed in balance. Omega-9 promotes heart health by keeping cholesterol levels in-check and improving immune function. If you’re not consuming enough Omega-3s and Omega-6s, then you must add Omega-9 rich foods to your diet. Foods like avocados, cashews, chia seeds and almonds are high in Omega-9s.

Knowing what fatty acids are and how they benefit you can help you make more informed choices at the grocery store and when selecting recipes for your family. Opt for well-rounded meals like Morey’s Salsa-Shrimp Topped Avocados. By adding a side of whole grain brown rice and a small salad, you’ll successfully get a healthy serving of fatty acids to keep your car’s engine a well-oiled machine.

 

Sources:
Women to Women
http://www.womentowomen.com/inflammation/balancing-your-omega-3-fatty-acids-essential-for-health-and-long-life/

Omega-9 Oils
http://www.omega-9oils.com/omega-9-advantage/healthier-profile/omega-3-6-9.htm

Chris Kresser: Health for the 21st Century
http://chriskresser.com/how-too-much-omega-6-and-not-enough-omega-3-is-making-us-sick

Smoked Fish | Great Seafood Meals from Morey’s Seafood

Morey’s Seafood offers smoked fish and smoked salmon that can be great for any seafood meal. Morey’s is one of the seafood companies that focuses on quality smoked fish products to serve that tastes restaurant made! Smoked fish has been served from our kitchens for 75 years, being as we area leader in the seafood industry. Watch our video on some easy seafood dinner, seafood breakfast, and seafood lunch ideas!

The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Seafood Products

 

Seafood Products

Seafood Products


You may have already heard about omega-3 fatty acids, but you might not know the extent of what they can do for you! That’s because it seems like new studies are constantly popping up, extolling new aspects of omega-3 benefits, and giving us ever more reasons to incorporate them into a healthy diet. From infant brain development to the prevention of heart disease, it seems there are few health conditions that can’t be improved with omega-3 consumption.

  • What, exactly, are omega-3 fatty acids? It may sound like something out of science fiction, but omega-3 are actually a type of unsaturated fatty acid that is extremely beneficial, especially when found in fish. This nutrient is believed to reduce inflammation throughout the body, which is good, because inflammation in the body can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease.
  • If I’m not worried about heart disease, why should I care about omega-3? Omega-3 fatty acid benefits also may include decreased triglycerides, lower blood pressure, reduced blood clotting, higher immunity, and improvement of arthritis symptoms. Omega-3s are also great for children, and may help improve their ability to learn, and help with behavioral or attention-related issues.
  • Alright, I’m sold! Now, what are some sources of omega-3 fatty acids? There are many omega-3 sources, including nuts, flaxseed, and soybeans. However, these omega-3 foods are not the best sources, because the human body does not absorb the omega-3 from them very well. Fish, on the other hand, is an excellent source of these essential fatty acids, one that is also loaded with protein. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish each week. The fish most packed with omega-3 are fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna.
  •  Does frozen seafood contain the same benefits as fresh? The best news about omega-3 fatty acids is that they can be readily found in frozen seafood, which is convenient, easy to prepare, and delicious. The fish retains not only its nutrients, but also the mouthwatering taste it would have had if you’d pulled it from the water yourself.

For over seventy five years, Morey’s Seafood has been putting great, nutritious seafood, full of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, onto dinner tables across America. Learn how to bring Morey’s to your family at moreys.com, where you’ll find helpful facts, delicious recipes, and more. For a deeper connection, join the online community on Facebook and Twitter.