Monday, November 5, 2012

Are You Up For the "Eat Seafood Twice a Week" Challenge? (Review and Giveaway, 3 Winners)

Did you know that October was National Seafood Month?  I found out near the end of the month when the folks at Gorton's emailed me about their "Eat Seafood Twice a Week" campaign.  During the month of October, Gorton's was sharing tips and the benefits of eating fish twice a week, along with awarding followers with free seafood! 

Even though National Seafood Month is over, doesn't mean you shouldn't know more about the "Eat Seafood Twice a Week" initiative, and have a chance to win a fun prize pack (more details below).

Here is more from the Gorton's Seafood website about the benefits of eating fish, especially 2-3 times a week:

"It’s common knowledge that seafood is good for you and there are multiple reasons why. Fish and seafood – like shrimp, tilapia, and salmon – are a natural source of lean protein and critical nutrients like vitamins and minerals including iron; zinc; and vitamins A, B and D.

But what really sets fish apart from other healthy foods is that it is a natural source of two healthy omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Research shows these omega-3 fatty acids promote good health and may reduce your risk of chronic disease. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, it’s important to regularly include them in our diets.

Health Benefits of Eating Fish

Studies show that a diet containing omega-3 fatty acids may:
  • Promote heart health
  • Decrease blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels
  • Improve arthritis and joint pain
  • Lessen symptoms of depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Support eye health
  • Enhance brain growth and development
  • Aid brain growth in unborn babies, infants and kids
  • Decrease the risk for certain cancers
  • Reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Get Your Twice a Week Fish Fix

Feel good about your choices: Eat better by adding seafood to your diet. Eating fish or shellfish two times per week (4 ounces per serving) is a healthy, delicious way to lead a healthier life.

Here are some tips to make it easy to get 2-3 healthy servings of seafood each week:

  • Enjoy a variety of seafood. Gorton’s offers a wide range of healthy seafood options, including all-natural grilled fillets, tilapia and salmon fillets.
  • family dinnerServe healthy portion sizes. Gorton’s single serve Grilled Fillets are freshly caught, flash frozen and expertly prepared, giving you a healthy seafood meal that’s ready and on the table in minutes.
  • Choose perfectly seasoned seafood every time. Get all the flavors you love without opening your spice cabinet. Gorton’s takes the guesswork out of seafood prep with its deliciously pre-seasoned fillets and shrimp.
  • Break out of your menu routine. Instead of serving yet another grilled chicken sandwich, swap a delicious, protein-packed, flame-grilled fish fillet with natural omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Delight family and friends with seafood. Gorton’s seafood options are a perfect way to make dinner special. Serve crowd-pleasing shrimp with your favorite dipping sauce or over your preferred pasta.
  • Enjoy restaurant favorites at home. Instead of heading out for your favorite seafood such as Grilled Shrimp or Fish ‘n’ Chips, try Gorton’s Grilled Shrimp over salad or Gorton’s Beer Batter Fillets with your favorite French fries. It’s easy to make an affordable, restaurant-quality meal everyone will enjoy."
Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ, et al. Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease. Circulation. 2002; 106:2747−2757.
Studer M, Briel M, Leimenstoll B, et al. Effect of Different Antilipidemic Agents and Diets on Mortality. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2005; 165:725−730.

After learning about all the health benefits of eating fish on a weekly basis, I am working to include more fish in our diet and weekly meal plan.  Just the other night, I picked up a package of Gorton's Grilled Salmon, and prepared it per the instructions on the back of the box.  But, then when it was done, I flaked the fish up and filled soft tacos with it.  

I served these soft tacos with a side of tartar sauce, for those who wanted to dip their tacos in or spread over the fish.  Everyone loved the fish tacos and couldn't believe the fish was from Gorton's and was cooked from a frozen state, as it tasted so fresh and delicious.  

In addition to this new fast and easy meal I can serve my family, I also found some other quick and easy recipes from Gorton's Galley, their recipe section, and can't wait to head to the market this week to grab more Gorton's fish products.  Here is one recipe I plan to serve the family this week:

Salmon Frittata

This makes a great dinner OR breakfast and can be altered to fit anyone’s individual preferences. Add your favorite fillings to the Salmon and egg base. Gorton’s Recipe Renovation Contest 2nd place winner, submitted by Joni H. of Rocklin, CA.


1 Gorton's Classic Grilled Salmon Fillets
2 green onions, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil or butter
6 eggs, beaten
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese


1.  Remove fillets from box and microwave for 1 minute to soften slightly. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
2.  In a large, oven-proof skillet over medium high heat, saute salmon pieces and onions in olive oil until salmon is opaque.
3.  Pour in eggs, seasonings, and herbs. Cook until edges are dry, slipping spatula under frittata occasionally to allow uncook egg mixture to flow beneath.
4.  While set but still glossy, sprinkle with Parmesan and slip under broiler to brown top slightly. This makes a great dinner OR breakfast.

Source: Recipe Renovation Contest 2nd Place Winner. Submitted by Joni, H. of Rocklin, CA.

Doesn't it sound easy and oh so yummy?  I can't wait to try it out, and add 2-3 fish meals to our menu each week.  So, why not join in taking on this challenge -- "Eat Seafood Twice a Week"?  To get you started and motivated, enter my giveaway to win coupons for FREE Gorton's products and a plate to serve your tasty fish on.  And, if you need inspiration, be sure to check out all the recipes from Gorton's Galley.  You don't have to be a master chef to make a delicious tasting fish dish for your family. :-)


Three (3) lucky readers will win coupons for products, as well as a fabulous Eat Seafood Twice a Week plate! thanks to Gorton's.  To enter, please complete any of the entries below.  Once you complete an entry, leave a comment in the comment's section, letting me know that you completed them. If you tweeted, shared a link, etc., also include the urls with your comment.

1.) Check out the Gorton’s Recipe Galley and share in the comments which Gorton’s Seafood recipe you would like to try.
2.) Like, tweet or share a recipe on the Gorton’s Recipe Galley.
4.) Follow Gorton's on Pinterest and repin an image from Gorton's.
5.) "Follow" Gorton's on Twitter and tweet about the health benefits of seafood or the great products available [Sample tweet: Hooray for @gortonsseafood offering 20 products at 200 calories or less per serving!]
6.) Go to and sign up for the fun e-newsletter!

Rules:  The giveaway is open to US residents, no PO Boxes.  The giveaway will end at 12:01 AM EST on October 21st.  After that time, I will use to choose the winners.  Winners' will have 48 hrs. from the time they receive my email to confirm prize with their mailing address.  If I don't hear back from a winner within 48 hrs., then I will choose another winner.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.


  1. I'd like to try the beer batter pretzel bake recipe.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  2. I like Gorton's on Facebook as Mary Happymommy.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  3. I'd like to try the clam roll.
    tnxns09 at gmail dot com

  4. like gortons on fb (sus)
    tnxns09 at gmail dot com

  5. I love the Beer Batter Tenders Sub

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  6. I like Gorton's Seafood on facebook (Louis H Uffmire)

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