As a child, it's hard to think of anything I'd rather have eaten less than seafood. This was partly due to the highly over-processed, genuinely fishy smelling, fried sticks of mystery 'fish' my Elementary cafeteria served up every Wednesday. It was also in part thanks to the chunky and generally unappealing Tartar Sauce my father would glop onto his fish at the dinner table, but mostly, thanks to the food's origin. I'd sit there with my Little Mermaid coloring book, in my mother's doctor's waiting room and stare bug eyes at the alien like creatures peacefully swimming through the tank. And nothing scrunched my nose up faster than the image of a bug like shrimp, complete with feelers, bouncing around like a seahorse one minute- then fried with fanned tail the next. Everything about seafood gave me the willies, and poor Momma just couldn't seem to put one past me.
While I have certainly torn down my 'anti seafood mandate', one thing still remains true, my dislike for processed, or pre-packaged seafood. Personally, I make a point not to buy frozen seafood for 2 simple reasons; the prices can seem exorbitant in comparison to fresh, quality, seafood, and the actual seafood flavor or quantity usually lacks. The other half, on the opposite hand can indulge in Fried Fishsticks, direct from the freezer all day long. It's a conundrum that often has me picking up the cheapest frozen seafood on sale, knowing he doesn't care about the quality, and I have no desire to eat it. So, when Jay's craving some fish sticks, or fried shrimp, it often means preparing 2 separate meals; a chore I'd much rather forgo.
Gorton's Seafood has an impressive commitment to sustainability and quality they proudly stand behind. Their extensive line of frozen seafood spans Grilled and Battered Shrimp, Fillets, and Sticks in everything from single serve to resealable family size portions. With meal ready product, such as Salmon Lemon Butter Fillets and Roaster Butter and Garlic Tilapia, it's not just fried and battered seafood. I had no idea the diverse range of low preparation fish and shrimp just a few blocks away at my local grocer! And the convenience of storing bulk frozen fillets or sticks means I can save money, and time.
Even better, Gorton's has expanded their range to include an impressive 20 products that weigh in at 200 calories or less per serving. That's flavorful, pre-seasoned, seafood direct from your freezer to plate in often less than 15 minutes. My favorite, the Grilled Salmon filets offer the perfect pre-portioned protein base for a light Caprese salad or Wild Rice Pilaf. And when preparing a hearty Filet Mignon for our anniversary I can trust the simple preparation and low calorie portioning of Gorton's Shrimp Scampi in a Creamy Garlic Butter Sauce. Most recently I took the brand's 20 under 200 challenge and turned their low calorie Shrimp Scampi into a ridiculously simple and flavorful plate of Malaysian Curried Shrimp and Udon Noodles. The entire dish took less than 12 minutes, and made the perfect under 250 calorie lunch! Not feeling creative? Gorton's has dozens of easy to follow companion recipes for their line right on the website. Don't be afraid of frozen seafood, experience Gorton's today. Keep up with the Gorton's Fisherman on Facebook for the latest coupons and recipes.
Malaysian Curried Shrimp with Udon Noodles
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* 1 Package Gorton's Shrimp Scampi in Grlic Butter Sauce
* 8oz Cooked Udon Noodles
* 1/2 C Coconut Milk
* 1 TSP Curry Powder
* 1 TBS Sriracha, or other Hot Sauce
* 1/2 C Diced Tomatoes
1.) Prepare Udon Noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile prepare Gorton's Shrimp Scampi according to package directions.
2.) Once Shrimp Scampi begins to curl and turn pink (about 3-4 minutes) add tomatoes and continue to cook until done.
3.) Once Shrimp Scampi is fully cooked add remaining ingredients and combine until well mixed. Serve atop cooked Udon noodles.
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