Dish On Fish: Celebrate Mardi Gras

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish On Fish:

From the colorful beads to the lively music and unique culture, there’s nothing quite like Mardi Gras and the spirit of New Orleans. And when seafood is added to the mix, we are all about that Cajun flavor!

One of the biggest celebrations of culture in NOLA is the cuisine. Thanks to global influences over the years, New Orleans-style food is known for its bold flavors and unique ingredients. This is particularly true when it comes to their Cajun seafood recipes. New Orleans’s location near the coast, has made it a perfect outlet to incorporate some of the most flavorful and nutritious seafood species into their recipes. From Shrimp Po Boys to iconic Low Country Boils, there’s a simple sophistication to each of their prized dishes. This style of food is so popular and has been known to attract visitors from all over the world that just wants a taste of the creole culture.

If you can’t make it to New Orleans this month, bring some Mardi Gras hoopla to your own house with these wonderful Cajun seafood recipes. We’ve got a roundup of New Orleans-inspired, Cajun-style recipes you are going to love.

Cajun Shrimp with Pesto Zoodles

Shrimp is a staple in New Orleans! Enjoy this Cajun flavored dish with a healthy helping of zucchini noodles for a weeknight treat. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Take this traditional Cajun seafood recipe up a notch by embracing the flavorful protein of shrimp with perfectly cooked pasta! This flavor combination will have you feeling completely satisfied! Get the recipe here.

 

 

Low Country Boil

Low Country Boils aren’t just for summer! A NOLA staple, this feed-a-crowd favorite is loaded with seafood; but comes together in a snap for a satisfying meal to be shared. Get the recipe here.

 

 

The Seafood Po’ Boy

Saving the best straight-from-the-bayou staple for last! One of Mardi Gras’ signature dishes is the iconic Po’ Boy. Loaded with ingredients like fried shrimp, signature sauce and toppings, you’ll wonder how you ever had a sandwich any other way! Get the recipe here.

The Perfect Shrimp. The Perfect Partner.

When the PDI Seafood Buying Team is sourcing seafood for Hy-Vee, quality comes first. The team demands perfection when looking for a supplier. And that’s what the team found in Paul Piazza and Son and Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice wild shrimp program: the perfect shrimp with the perfect supplier.

Since Paul Piazza began selling fresh seafood from New Orleans’ famous French Market 120 years ago, the fourth-generation family-owned and operated business has been driven by passion and commitment to supplying the country with the freshest, best-tasting and highest quality Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp that the nutrient-rich in-shore waters of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico have to offer.

Paul Piazza and Son is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Premium Gulf of Mexico Domestic Shrimp is its only business. It is one of the largest processors in the domestic industry and has the capacity to offer over 25 million pounds of Gulf Domestic Shrimp from its state-of-the-art USDC plants in Louisiana and Texas.

Renewed Standard of Excellence

Like much of the New Orleans region, Paul Piazza and Son’s business was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Owners and managers looked at the situation as an opportunity to not only rebuild, but also reinvent their company, increase their capabilities and achieve their goal of becoming the source for premium Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp.

Re-energized, they opened a state-of-the-art processing facility in Delcambre, Louisiana, and modernized their New Orleans plant using cutting edge technology. They also expanded their distribution and product mix.

This expansion and innovation has helped Paul Piazza and Son become the shrimp sourcing, processing and national distribution powerhouse that it is today.

Premium Process

Paul Piazza and Son’s vertically integrated shrimp processing business keeps it as close to its products as possible and allows it total quality control — from the moment the shrimp is harvested from the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf until it’s delivered to your Hy-Vee store.

Paul Piazza and Son contracts the Gulf’s top shrimp boat captains to work exclusively with its company. The committed boats then unload their catch of wild-caught white and brown shrimp in the company’s state-of-the-art processing facilities. The product is next sorted and packed to Hy-Vee specifications and then delivered to the PDI warehouse where it is ready to ship to your Hy-Vee store.

Paul Piazza and Son and Hy-Vee/PDI have plans to grow our partnership and look forward to expanding the Responsible Choice wild shrimp program in Hy-Vee stores, making it readily available for Hy-Vee customers’ dinner tables.

February Is Heart Month: Take the Heart-Healthy Pledge and Eat Seafood 2x Per Week

February is all about things heart related including American Heart Month!

This is a perfect month to learn more about your heart, your risk for heart disease and how to prevent it. Increasing your physical activity, managing stress, sleeping better and quitting smoking are all ways that the American Heart Association suggests to help out your heart.

But don’t feel overwhelmed; even small changes can be good. A great place to start is by eating seafood two times a week. Eating two servings of fatty fish per week has been linked to a lower risk of heart attack and other cardiac issues. Seafood is loaded with essential omega-3s, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Taking the heart-healthy pledge and choosing to include more seafood in your diet is a perfect place to start caring for your heart.

Ideas for getting your seafood fix twice a week:

  1. Have seafood for lunch. Pack a lunch with canned tuna, salmon or sardines. These are quick and easy options that are great on a salad or sandwich for extra added protein and healthy fat.
  2. Change it up. Have fish you’ve never tried before. Some unique fish options include grilled Atlantic or Pacific mackerel, oven-baked Pollock and Ahi Tuna.
  3. Shellfish is Seafood Too! Clams, mussels, oysters and calamari all supply omega-3s and will help you reach your goal of seafood twice a week.
  4. Get creative with your seafood choices. If you have limited seafood options, change up the way you eat it! Try salmon patties instead of your typical piece of salmon, a shrimp stir-fry with colorful vegetables, grilled fish tacos with a tangy slaw or pan-seared cod in white wine sauce (recipe provided below).

Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Sauce
Serves 4

All you need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the cod:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets (or 4, 6-ounce fillets)
  • Salt and pepper

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).
  2. For the white wine tomato basil sauce: Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and sauté for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they’re soft and blistering, but still hold their shape, 9 to 12 minutes. Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer. Stir in the basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the sauce into a bowl and set aside until needed.
  3. For the cod: Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Season both sides of cod with salt and pepper. Place cod in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip the cod over and place the pan in the oven to continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until it’s cooked through.
  4. Pour the white wine tomato basil sauce over the cod and serve at once.

Recipe: https://bakerbynature.com/pan-seared-cod-in-white-wine-tomato-basil-sauce/

Riverence Steelhead Trout

Hy-Vee introduced Riverence Steelhead Trout in stores this month.

There’s more to Riverence Steelhead than great taste and texture. Rated as a Monterey Bay Seafood Watch “Best Choice” green option, these fish are respectfully raised from their own eggs alongside Idaho’s Snake River. Riverence is focused on protecting wild salmon and trout through responsible aquaculture, and being good stewards of the environment.

From the Riverence site: “We’re focused on protecting wild salmon and trout through responsible aquaculture, and being good stewards of the environment. Our job: to take good care of the resources we have, to do more with less, and to provide a safe, premium food source that will serve humanity for generations to come.”

Learn more about Riverence Steelhead Trout, straight from Rocky Mountain spring water that flows into the Idaho Spring River. Now available at your local Hy-Vee.

 

Dish On Fish: Perfect Seafood Recipes For Lunches

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish on Fish:

We get it. Time is short, deadlines are looming and hunger has officially struck. If you don’t have time for a leisurely lunch during the day—but don’t want a boring brown bag (who does?)—try our easy and delicious seafood lunches that you can prep and pack in minutes.

Seafood for lunch? You bet. Not only is it an easy way to get in one of your 2-3 seafood meals each week, but seafood is loaded with healthy fats like omega-3s and protein. The omega-3s in seafood—DHA, and EPA—are important for many reasons, including boosting brain health and focus. Plus, seafood is a complete protein, to help keep your energy up throughout the day and prevent that post-lunch slump.

These lunches are packed with heart-healthy omega-3s and protein, which will help keep your energy up and prevent that post-lunch slump. In fact, these lunches are so delectable that you’ll be watching the clock all morning.

We are going to share an a-mazing Avocado Tuna Salad plus some other fun variations on seafood lunches.  These lunches are so delectable that you’ll be watching the clock all morning, eagerly awaiting your lunch break. Between the blend of flavors and fish options, you’ll never be bored with your brown bag lunch again. These dishes will also help you reach your goal of two seafood servings a week, to meet seafood recommendations.

Blackened Shrimp

Nothing compliments the taste of fresh shrimp, like mixing flavorful spices and herbs (to give it a real kick). This blackened shrimp is not only a great option for lunch, you’ll also turn to it all year as an easy (multi-day) meal prep option. Blackened shrimp is perfectly incorporated into a variety of different dishes throughout the week—like shrimp tacos! Get the recipe here.

 

Avocado Tuna Salad

No to-go lunch list is complete without tuna salad. However, this twist on the traditional dish is both tasty and creamy, you’ll be wondering how you ever made it any other way. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Easy Egg Crab Muffins

Egg bites have become the latest brunch craze, perhaps thanks to their flavor and the easy-to-eat shape. Unlike the ones you may have seen before, we promise you won’t find these egg crab muffin bites at any corner shop! Get the recipe here.

 

 

 

Verlasso Salmon

Verlasso has been a leader in sustainable practices for nearly a decade — which makes them a perfect partner for Hy-Vee, ranked #2 by Greenpeace. Verlasso works closely with local communities to reduce environmental impact with proven innovative sustainable farming techniques. Verlasso is pioneering new traditions in harmonious aquaculture and is a truly trusted source for sustainable quality salmon.

Verlasso salmon is featured at your Hy-Vee seafood counter this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

365 New Days, 365 New Chances

365 new days, 365 new chances. Don’t you love having that “fresh” start to the New Year? There’s something so refreshing about it. Do you set New Year’s resolutions? I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to know that, according to Inc. Magazine, the top three resolutions reported for last year were diet or eat healthier, exercise more, and lose weight.

Ideally, a new year presents a perfect time to review the last year and make healthier changes, but are you ready for a lifestyle change? Individuals who break down their resolutions into smaller, more manageable steps have a higher rate of accomplishing those resolutions. If you are searching for a healthier lifestyle, I suggest you start with the Healthy Heart Pledge.

The Healthy Heart Pledge is a commitment to yourself that includes the following components:

  • I pledge to eat two servings of seafood each week.
  • I recognize seafood is a healthy choice for me and my family. It is one of the leanest proteins with a variety of nutrients beneficial to heart and brain health.
  • I know I will help myself and my family improve our health by committing to eat at least two servings of seafood each week as recommended by the USDA HHS Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and supplement with omega-3s.

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership aims to reduce the risks of heart disease, improve baby brain wellness and increase memory for seniors by educating Americans about the health benefits of sustainable seafood and building awareness of seafood’s essential nutritional value.

See more at this link: http://www.seafoodnutrition.org/healthy-heart-pledge.html

Seafood is such a great source of lean protein—that’s just one reason why I suggest you start here for your resolutions. The American Heart Association also recommends eating fatty fish at least twice each week because of the health benefits to the heart, including decreased risk of arrhythmias (which can lead to sudden death), decreased triglyceride levels and perhaps a slightly lower blood pressure. There are also many studies looking at the benefits of omega-3 fats for brain and joint health, depression, and anxiety.

With all these health benefits it is imperative to figure out how to fit this selection into your weekly meal plan. Fatty fish incudes fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and trout.

Let’s bring the SEA to your TABLE. Get creative with the ways you incorporate seafood into your diet so it doesn’t get cumbersome. Let’s start with my favorite fatty fish—salmon! Salmon is very versatile. If you’re tired of eating a simple salmon filet over and over again, this fish is one that can be switched up!

Try salmon the following ways:

  • Salmon pizza. It may sound odd to some, but it tastes delicious! For a healthy swap use a whole-wheat pizza crust and, instead of alfredo sauce, use fat-free cream cheese. Try the recipe here.
  • Salmon cakes
  • Salmon club with avocado: 2 slices of whole-wheat toast with grilled salmon and smashed avocado.
  • Basic blackened salmon—see the recipe below.

Basic blackened Salmon

Serves 4

All you need:

  • Blackened Seasoning (Recipe below or your favorite store-bought)
    • 3 tbsp paprika
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • ½ tsp black pepper
    • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
    • ½ tsp oregano
  • Spray avocado oil
  • 4 (5 oz.) Responsible Choice salmon
  • Topping options:
    • Fresh guacamole
    • Tropical salsa
    • Bruschetta

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to broil high.
  2. Combine blackened seasoning mixture
  3. Spray salmon filets with avocado oil. Heavily sprinkle blackened seasoning on filets.
  4. Broil for 10 minutes or until flaky.
  5. Add topping of choice.

 

Alaska Crab: A Holiday Tradition!

Hy-Vee’s annual crab and seafood sale is going on now!

Brought up from depths of 200 feet in the chilly waters off Alaska’s coast, Alaska crab is a Responsible Choice for you and your family. Not only is Alaska crab delicious and healthy, but it’s also rated a Green “Best Choice” by Seafood Watch because of how sustainably the fishery is managed. Alaska crab is prized for its sweet, succulent flavor and has become a cherished festive meal during the Holiday Season.

Hy-Vee’s Alaska King Crab & Bairdi Snow Crab are already fully cooked. All you need to do is score the legs with a butter knife to make cracking easier and put them in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes per pound. Serve them up with a simple dip of melted garlic butter. If you have any questions on how to prepare it, just ask your local Hy-Vee Seafood Team.

Our favorite way to enjoy crab legs is surrounded by family and friends at the dinner table!

Celebrate the holidays this year by sharing Responsible Choice Alaska Crab with your loved ones!

A Little Taste Of The Caribbean

Caught in the clear-blue pristine waters of the Bahamas, this spiny lobster brings forth a sweet-tasting, firm tail that is superior in taste, texture and appearance to all other lobster tails. Each tail is completely filled with succulent white meat, brimming with delicious flavor. There are two primary ways spiny lobsters are captured in the waters of the Bahamas. The first and most popular method is with condos, otherwise known as casitas. A casita is formed with a sheet of tin or plywood set with 2×6 rails on three sides, creating a 6″ gap between it and the ocean floor. A casita is not a trap, but rather a habitat allowing lobsters to live safely during daytime hours and leave at night to forage for food. Using surface-supplied air, a casita is harvested by lifting and collecting lobsters using a hook on a 2- to 3-foot-long shaft. This method differs from a lobster trap that only allows the lobster to enter but not exit. Divers must measure and determine they are legal size.

The lobster trap is another method to catch them. The lobster trap uses bait (typically cowhide) to lure the crustacean through a plastic angled funnel. Once inside, this angle prohibits them from escaping. The traps are brought up from the ocean floor alive.

Our partners at Beaver Street Fisheries/Tropic Seafood became the first Caribbean fishery to earn certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the leading global standard for wild-caught seafood environmental performance. Because of the fisheries’ strict sustainability practices, we proudly label these Bahamian spiny lobster tails with our Responsible Choice label.