Trust But Verify: Hy-Vee Deepens Relationships with Suppliers on Sustainable Tuna Commitments

Providing customers with sustainable seafood has long been a priority of Hy-Vee, rooted in a commitment to protect ocean resources. Our Seafood Procurement Policy goes beyond the traditional idea of environmental sustainability, including commitments aimed at improving traceability and social responsibility in seafood supply chains. Most recently, we expanded our policy to include best practices for at-sea transshipment of tuna.

Since adding at-sea transshipment, Hy-Vee has been hard at work putting the policy into practice. First, we expanded our annual vendor survey, from where our seafoods are harvested, to include questions about the occurrence of at-sea transshipment in tuna supply chains. After understanding where transshipment is taking place, Hy-Vee takes a deeper dive into a tuna supply chain to confirm the accuracy of reported seafood data and to ensure compliance with our Seafood Procurement Policy.

To put this verification into practice, Hy-Vee partnered with Chicken of the Sea and sustainability advisor FishWise, to track a canned tuna product from harvest to Hy-Vee’s shelves. To better understand Chicken of the Sea’s efforts and ability to meet our at-sea transshipment policy, we looked at the supply chain documentation available for key topics:

  • Electronic monitoring and observer coverage
  • Legality of at-sea transshipment events via supporting documentation referencing authorization to transship in high seas waters
  • Worker protections, including vessel and crew safety, on vessels associated with transshipment events

Best practices for monitoring at-sea transshipment, and reducing its associated risks, include understanding where it happens, how it is reported, and who observes the event. Chicken of the Sea provided detailed harvest-level information demonstrating that they prioritize purchasing tuna from fishing vessels with legal government registrations and electronic reporting procedures. Catch documentation also shows observer coverage for all transshipment events and include information about when and where the activity was taking place, adding confidence around the legality of the transshipment event.

Thai Union, owner and operator of Chicken of the Sea, provides publicly available information regarding its vessel code of conduct in support of human rights and worker protections. Through this deep dive, Chicken of the Sea shared additional assurance that the company purchased tuna from fishing vessels that adhere to those standards – specifically regarding worker time spent at sea – through records of fishing trip dates.

Hy-Vee has strong relationships with its seafood suppliers grounded in collaboration and trust. Relationships that are made stronger by working together to ensure sustainable, transparent supply chains. Chicken of the Sea’s dedication to support traceable and legal seafood through its numerous tuna policies and commitments made them an ideal supplier to work with. Chicken of the Sea’s ability to meet the best practices laid out in Hy-Vee’s policy demonstrates the progress that’s been made on tuna sustainability and sets a precedent for other tuna suppliers to follow suit.

Go-Fish Tacos

The Go-Fish tacos are a fun food that your little Seafoodies can help prep for a family meal. A recent study of fifth grade students suggests that kids who help prep meals tend to eat—and actually enjoy—healthier foods.

Go-Fish Tacos

Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4 (2 tacos each)

Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
1 cup Hy-Vee panko crumbs
2 Tbsp. Hy-Vee 25%-reduced sodium taco seasoning mix
½ cup Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
2 Hy-Vee large eggs, beaten
1 lb. cod, flounder or tilapia fillets, cut into 1-in. strips
1 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks, chopped
¾ cup Hy-Vee Short Cuts chopped tricolor bell peppers
¼ cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
½ tsp. lime zest
1 Tbsp. lime juice Hy-Vee salt, to taste
2 cups Hy-Vee shredded iceberg lettuce
8 Hy-Vee fajita-size flour tortillas
Avocado slices, for serving

1. PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Spray a rimmed baking pan with nonstick spray; set aside.
2. COMBINE bread crumbs and taco seasoning mix in a shallow bowl. Place flour and eggs in separate shallow bowls.
Dip fish in flour to coat both sides; shake off excess. Dip in egg, then in crumb mixture. Place on prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork (145°F), turning once.
3. MEANWHILE, for salsa, combine mango, peppers, red onion and lime zest and juice. Season to taste with salt.
4. DIVIDE lettuce among tortillas; add fish. Top with mango salsa and avocado slices.

Per serving: 450 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 105 mg cholesterol, 680 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 8 g sugar (0 g added sugar), 34 g protein. Daily Values: Vitamin D 20%, Calcium 10%, Iron 20%, Potassium 15%

 

 

 

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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Dish On Fish: Tips For Cooking With A Cast Iron Skillet

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:

Tips for Cooking with a Cast Iron Skillet

Pro Tip: Cooking with a cast iron skillet is not only for professional chefs. That’s right, rumors about the difficulties of cooking with cast iron are not true! We actually LOVE cooking seafood in a skillet because it brings out the savory flavor of seafood, while adding some extra nutrients. That’s why we’re sharing six easy cast iron skillet tips with you to make your experience a breeze.

The key to cooking with a cast iron skillet is to do some research and get cooking! Cast iron pans and seafood pair perfectly. In fact, this versatile cooking method makes it super-easy to eat seafood 2-3 times per week.

You’ll be surprised to find how simple it is to incorporate cast iron skillet cooking into your kitchen! If you need a good place to start, we recommend checking out our hearty Smoked Salmon Hash recipe that is simple to make and packed with a flavorful punch.

Below is a list of six essential cooking tips. We encourage you to start simple, but also keep in mind there’s a world of possibilities when cooking in cast iron.

6 Cast Iron Skillet Tips

  1. ‘Tis the seasoning
    When cooking with a cast iron skillet, the first step is to season it. Start by heating the pan. Once hot, add about one tablespoon of oil. After the oil cools, you’re good to get cookin’. This step is essential because cast iron cookware soaks up whatever is heated. Season the pan before cooking to avoid food from becoming a sticky hot mess.
  2. But first, preheat
    Before tossing in your ingredients, preheat your cast iron skillet. However, watch the level of heat! Cast iron skillets will crack if exposed to a lot of heat in a short amount of time. So, start off low and gradually increase heat to avoid going from cold pan to cracked hot pot quickly.
  3. Cookin’ low & slow
    Have you ever heard the saying “cooking low and slow?” Well, whoever said it must’ve been cooking with a cast iron skillet! Keeping the temperature down will ensure all flavor is absorbed without the risk of burning your masterpiece.
  4. Avoid plastic utensils
    Take a look at your favorite cooking utensils… are they made of plastic? If so, they may have to sit this one out. Cast iron skillets can get very hot, very quickly. We recommend opting for a stainless steel, wood or bamboo utensil to best protect your cookware… and your food.
  5. Never clean with soap
    Cleaning a cast iron skillet may seem like a chore and you may be tempted to dose the pan with soap, but think twice. Cast iron skillets should be cleaned immediately after use, while still warm. Just add a little hot water and scrub with a sponge or stiff brush. (Note: Don’’t soak the pan or leave in sink because it could rust.) Avoid using soap or steel wool so you don’t scratch the pan’s surface or remove seasoning. If bits are stuck to the pan, scrub the pan with a paste of coarse salt, like kosher salt, and water.
  6. Always dry and season skillet
    This final tip is often overlooked. Because cast iron is a metal, when it becomes wet it can rust and become ruined. The best way to preserve the lifespan of your cast iron cookware is to ensure it is dried thoroughly after each use and cleaning by wiping with a towel. Then, add a little vegetable or olive oil to the cloth or paper towel and apply a light coat to the inside of the dry skillet. Store in a dry place.

Now that you’re armed with an arsenal of cast iron skillet tips, we hope you’re eager to get in the kitchen and put your new skills to good use! The creative possibilities are endless. Consider adding a cast iron skillet to your Christmas list!

Dish On Fish: Holiday Seafood Recipes For Your Dinner Party

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:

Cheers to the holiday season, Seafoodies!

Seafood is special and will impress your dinner party guests every time. And we’re here to help you step up your holiday gathering game with 10 elegant and restaurant-worthy recipes – from seafood appetizers and side dishes, to main meals. We know these craveable holiday seafood recipes will be a hit around your table.

Just imagine how much your friends and family will enjoy fresh steamed clams and lobster with garlic butter; smoky calamari and salmon dip; spicy shrimp and favor-packed tuna pasta and perfectly seared scallops. Is your mouth watering yet?

The best part about these holiday seafood recipes is that you can prepare them easily and have them on the table in a snap. Plus, seafood is a healthy, high protein and nutrient-packed alternative to traditional sodium-loaded, processed menu items.

Get ready to see your guests revel in the holiday spirit with happily full bellies. Spending less time in the kitchen gives you more time to be festive and enjoy your event. Now let’s get the party started with these mouthwatering, crowd-pleasing seafood recipes.

Click here to access Dish On Fish’s holiday seafood recipes.

 

Smoked Salmon Dip

An app that’s a yummy hit any way you eat it – dipped, smeared or eaten with a spoon right out of the bowl!

Seared Scallops with Citrus Herb Sauce

Fresh lemon, oregano, tarragon and paprika provide a divine flavor profile for these delicate scallops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuna Puttanesca

Meaty tuna combined with pasta and a perfectly seasoned sauce makes for a hearty, flavorful meal.

Easily Cooking The Perfect Lobster

As  the holiday season approaches, consider this simple method for broiled lobster tails. It’s easy, delicious, and sure to wow your family and guests. Just add butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All you need:

2 (6 oz each) lobster tails, thawed if frozen
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup fresh herbs, such as chives, rosemary or tarragon

All you do:

  1. Preheat broiler on HIGH. Line a rimmed baking pan with aluminum foil; set aside.
  2. Split tops of lobster tail shells using kitchen shears. Pull the shells apart to expose the meat.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in herbs.
  4. Place lobster on prepared baking pan; pour butter mixture over top. Broil for 10 minutes or until lobster meat is opaque.