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.

Cooking From Frozen…..

Seafood is actually far more versatile than many people realize. Its had a bad rap for years as being hard to cook when in all reality, it’s not any more difficult than cooking a steak to your preferred doneness. There are many types of fish, a taste and texture for everyone. One of the great things about fish is you can cook it from frozen! Yes, you can actually cook a delicious, healthy meal from frozen and have it taste great.

Cooking from frozen means you have options; after that long day in the office or running after kids, or maybe you had classes late and the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen prepping and cooking dinner, but you also don’t want to eat out. That’s when you grab a frozen salmon fillet out of your freezer. Be sure and keep individually wrapped portions in your freezer for quick, healthy meal options. The next time you are hungry for seafood or need a quick meal option, try cooking from frozen!

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has an entire section devoted to Cooking It From Frozen on their website. Basically any method you can think of; broil, grill, poach, steam, sauté, they have directions for how to cook from frozen. Head to their website and check out their great tips. You’ll be happy you did!

http://www.wildalaskaseafood.com/cook-it-frozen-cooking-techniques/

Morey’s offers individually vacuum packed portions that are ready to cook from thawed or frozen. Both thawed and frozen directions are provided on the package for multiple cooking methods so you have options. I love options! Variety in specie, flavors and cooking methods makes Morey’s products a must have.  Whether Morey’s or maybe you like to marinade and season your own fillets, make sure you make seafood a staple in your freezer, that way the next time you are in a rush or simply don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, grab a salmon fillet or whatever seafood you have and give cooking from frozen a try.

The important thing to remember is that seafood is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees farenheigt. Like a steak, remove it from heat just before you reach your desired temperature and let it rest and finish cooking for a couple minutes before enjoying, this will ensure a perfectly cooked piece of fish.

A few simple tips for enjoying seafood as part of your regular diet

When it comes to seafood we have all heard that it’s good for us and we should eat it but like all things, some seafood is better for us than others. There is a lot to be said for how we prepare seafood and just how “good” for us it can be. Here are just are a few tips to try when making seafood a part of your regular diet.

For instance, you know you need two servings of seafood a week as recommended by the USDA but that does not mean you should head down to the local fish fry for a weekly serving of beer battered and deep fried walleye with a baked potato loaded with butter and sour cream (or French fries). Instead head to the local seafood counter at your favorite grocery store and pick up some walleye fillets; try baking them with a little butter, salt and pepper and slices of lemon. Serve them with a lightly dressed salad or a baked potato but leave the extra butter and sour cream off this time around.

Another popular seafood item, especially on restaurant menus’, is swordfish. It is a very dense, meaty fish with a mildly sweet flavor. It’s a good source of protein and contains essential vitamins and minerals; however it also contains more mercury than your average seafood, for this reason you should limit how often you enjoy this as a part of your diet, especially if you are pregnant. If you’re looking for another dense, firm fish give halibut a try. Halibut is a good source of protein and provides your body with essential nutrients; its also a very clean tasting fish and requires very little seasoning. Most commonly this fish is boiled or grilled.

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There are a lot of seafood options available; some are healthier than others and some are simply too expensive for most people to eat as a regular part of your seafood diet. One type of seafood we don’t hear nearly enough about is mussels. While they sound interesting and may seem hard to cook, they are surprising easy to cook and quite affordable. Mussels offer a range of health benefits including being a good source of protein. The simplest way to cook mussels is to steam them on the stove stop with some white wine and fresh herbs (I like to add a little garlic too) and in a few short minutes they are done and ready to enjoy on their own or toss them with some whole grain pasta or in a salad. PS, I have also found that mussels are one of the only types of seafood I don’t mind cooking indoors because the blend of white wine and fresh herbs with a little garlic leaves my kitchen smelling simply delicious. Find your adventurous side and give mussels a try, if not at home then in your favorite restaurant that features seafood.

The next time you decide to enjoy seafood as a part of your diet, do yourself a favor and take a second look at the seafood case and try something new, you never know, you might just surprise yourself with how tasty and easy a healthy seafood meal really is to enjoy at home without the hassle and the calories of deep frying.

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.

 

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

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.

 

Lean Protein | Fish vs Chicken | Morey’s Seafood

Morey’s Seafood International offers lean protein from the wide variety of fish options to add to your daily diet. When comparing fish vs chicken, fish is lower in fat and lower in calories. Fish are good lean protein sources and are better for your overall health. Morey’s Seafood International offers the best lean protein with multiple fish options.

Seafood Appetizers | Quick and Easy Appetizers | Morey’s Seafood

Need seafood appetizers? Check out Morey’s Seafood International for seafood appetizers recipes. When entertaining quick and easy appetizers are a must! That’s why choosing Morey’s Seafood fish are the best choice. Seafood appetizers are an elegant way to show your party that you know how to entertain. We have seafood appetizers ideas for any occasion or celebration. Choose Morey’s Seafood International for your entertaining needs.