St. Simons Island, Ga., Feb. 4, 2009
With the advent of the New Year, people are resolving to cut food costs, trim their waistlines, and improve their eating habits. One of the best ways to do all three is to heed the recommendation of many prominent health organizations and eat affordably-priced seafood at least twice a week. There’s no better time to start the habit of eating more seafood than during the season of Lent. From the start of Lent on February 25, through April 11, the day before Easter, millions of Catholics, Anglicans, and observers of other faiths will be abstaining from meat on Fridays.
Just in time for Lent, SeaPak Shrimp Company has added Culinary Classics, a new line of fish filets, and Tilapia Tenders, which are whole, hand-cut and lightly battered tilapia fillets, to its popular lineup of frozen seafood products. These and the many other healthy, delicious seafood products from SeaPak make eating seafood twice a week enjoyable, convenient, and very affordable.
"Lent is the perfect time to start eating seafood twice a week and benefiting from a more nutritious diet," said Joyce Mattox, nutritionist for SeaPak Shrimp Company. "SeaPak’s frozen seafoods are nutritious, delicious, and economical. During Lent, when eating seafood is a must for many, I’m sure that SeaPak products will become a household staple for budget-conscious families."
Fish Sticks Have Grown Up! Announcing SeaPak Tilapia Tenders
SeaPak’s new Tilapia Tenders are definitely not the "cut-from- a-block" fish sticks you remember from your childhood! These delicious new fish tenders consist of whole, hand-cut, mild and flaky tilapia fillets topped with a light, gourmet breading. They’re ideal as gourmet appetizers, for delicious meals, dinner on the go for busy kids.
SeaPak’s Tilapia Tenders are easy to prepare, too. Simply bake for 12-18 minutes and serve! The entire family will love the taste, and your pocketbook will love the price. They’re available in most national retail grocery stores across the country for only $7.49 to $7.99 per three-serving package.
Introducing SeaPak Culinary Classics: Flavors Borrowed from World Cuisines
Looking for meals you can serve in your home that are worthy of the "white table cloth" dining experience? SeaPak’s all new Culinary Classics are made from chef-inspired recipes with flavors borrowed from the world’s finest cuisines: Dijon from France, Parmesan from Italy, sesame from Asia, and sun-dried tomatoes from the Mediterranean. Each Culinary Classic is made with all-natural fish fillets complemented by a perfect mix of all-natural, authentic ingredients. They bring restaurant-quality seafood to the home table for a great price.
• SeaPak’s Asian Sesame Salmon consists of wild-caught fillet perfectly seasoned with traditional Asian flavors and marinades.
• The Dijon Crusted Tilapia has a light crumb coating accented with roasted garlic and Dijon mustard.
• SeaPak’s Encrusted Wild Salmon features sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, flavorful cheese, and a light coating of bread crumbs.
• And the Parmesan Encrusted Flounder consists of a hand-cut fillet coated with a delectable mix of panko-style bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. A blend of herbs locks in the moist, delicious flounder flavor.
All four of SeaPak’s Culinary Classics can quickly cooked in the oven and are available at Wal-Mart stores nationally at $6.88 (suggested retail price). Both salmon items are made with wild-caught salmon certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Two Recipes for Seafood Twice a Week During Lent:
SUNSHINE TILAPIA SALAD WITH DIJON DILL DRESSING
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Makes: 3 servings
• 1 package (14 oz) SeaPak® Tilapia Tenders
• 1 bag of bagged salad
• 2 roma tomatoes, diced
• 1 avocado, cubed
• 2 carrots, shredded
• ½ cup light mayonnaise
• ½ teaspoon dried dill
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 1 tablespoons lemon juice
• 3 tablespoons water
PREHEAT oven to 425°F.
PLACE the frozen tilapia tenders on a baking sheet and bake according to the package instructions.
ADD mayonnaise, dill, Dijon, lemon juice and water together in a small bowl. Stir well to incorporate. Place bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use.
ASSEMBLE salads in three bowls – lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado cubes, and shredded carrots.
CUT fully cooked tilapia tenders into bite size pieces and place over salads.
DRIZZLE with 2 tablespoons of Dijon Dill dressing and serve immediately.
BUTTERFLY SHRIMP PARMIGIANA
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 3 - 4 servings
• 1 package (20 oz) SeaPak® Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp
OR SeaPak® Butterfly Shrimp
• 1 jar spaghetti sauce
• 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
• 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
• 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
• 1 small package angel hair pasta
PREHEAT oven to 450°.
ARRANGE the shrimp in a single layer in a large oven-safe serving dish. Bake for 10 minutes or until shrimp are thoroughly cooked.
BOIL 1½ quarts of water for pasta.
POUR 1/2 jar of sauce into baking dish. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of each type of cheese over sauce. Layer shrimp on top of cheese. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of each type of cheese over shrimp. Bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
ADD angel hair pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions until noodles are al dente. Drain noodles when done and return to pot. Pour 1/2 jar of sauce and 1/2 cup of each type of cheese into pot and toss with pasta. Return pot to low heat, stirring occasionally for 2 to 3 minutes or until pasta and sauce are hot.
SCOOP noodles with sauce onto serving dishes. Top pasta with shrimp and additional sauce.
More SeaPak Shrimp Recipes
This Lenten season, SeaPak is encouraging families to meet the twice-a-week seafood guideline by enjoying seafood meals on "Fish Fridays" and "Shrimp Sundays," or at one or more other times during the week. SeaPak’s website, www.SeaPak.com, offers great recipes and helpful information about the health benefits of seafood. It even provides a "Seafood Challenge" chart so visitors can track their weekly progress toward the goal of eating more seafood.
About SeaPak Shrimp Company:
SeaPak Shrimp Company, owned by Rich Products Corporation, has led the seafood industry more than sixty years. It is the producer of the nation’s #1 selling retail shrimp brand within the frozen specialty category.
SeaPak is a founding and governing member of the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC), a non-governmental, non-profit organization that monitors the social, environmental, and food-safety activities of aquaculture facilities throughout the world. The company proudly purchases products from processors that have been certified by ACC, and it provides ongoing support to the efforts of both the ACC and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).