Friday, June 12, 2015

Recipe Weekend: How to Eat Sustainably, Eat Well and Get Your Needed Omegas!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge,from Sustainable Seas, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Given the environmental challenges society is facing, many families want to do their part by eating sustainably. 

However, eating high-quality, sustainable food hasn’t always been easy to do on a family budget — like almost never! So when you  This considered, how about presenting your readers with affordable and healthy sustainable food options— making sustainable eating easy and attainable for all?

sustainable seas albacore tuna
Embracing the challenge to create affordable, sustainable, low mercury seafood options, Wild Planet Foods has risen to the occasion and created a value-priced line of canned tuna, Sustainable Seas. This newline include delicious solid white and solid light tunas, that are sourced from fisheries which employ Wild Planet's exclusive sustainable pole and troll fishing techniques. 
sustainable seas tuna can tops
These methods ensure that the tuna are caught without the incidental bycatch of other sea life -- seabirds, sharks and sea turtles and others. The big 3 companies have a 22% bycatch average! Talk about harmful! Sustainable fishing preserves the delicate marine environment and aids in the repopulation of endangered species. Because Wild Planet only cans smaller, younger tuna, all of Sustainable Seas tuna is low in mercury and one fifth of the FDA’s recommended limit. That is something we can all agree is a great thing! 

sustainable seas light and yellowfin tuna
Sustainable Seas’ product line includes: Solid Albacore, Solid Light Tuna,Wild Albacore tuna,Wild Skipjack Light Tuna, and their newest addition,Yellowfin Tuna. Both the Albacore and Light tunas ave available with salt and without salt in their packing- great for those on low-salt diets! 

You may know Yellowfintuna by it's Hawaiian name- Ahi- and it's bright red meat color ! the folks LOVE this canned tuna, as it allows them to make a ahi sashimi styled Hawaiian poke, that they got used to eating over there! It's hard to get great Yellowfin where we live, so being able to find it in a can is a blessing indeed!
sustainable seas wild albacore tuna
Skipjack tuna is another bright red tuna, that is popular in sushi dishes. It also can sub in for the Yellowfin on traditional Ahi recipes.

You may ask what males 'wild' tuna, 'wild'as aren't all caught tuna 'wild'? Well believe it or not, there are actually tuna 'farms' aka fisheries, where tuna are grown and never live in the wild! AHA!.And as anyone can tell you, wild meat tends to taste better than meat that is kept in small tanks and fed the same thing all the time. It's very similar to the typical free-range/caged chicken debate. 

Personally you might not be able to tell that the tuna is 'wild' bu sight, but you will by taste. To me, it has a less 'fishy' smell if that makes sense.The smell isn't overriding the flavor. I can actually eat the wild tuna straight from the can with nothing on it. You can also see that the wild tuna is meatier! Each time we've opened the cans of Wild tuna,we've forgotten to wrap the can in plastic bags and the cat has actually knocked over the garbage can to get the last remnants out of the can! As she never does this, you know this is some great tasting tuna! 

Sustainable Seas tunas are positioned at a lower retail price point than other natural brands, and feature the delicious flavor of traditional tuna packed in water. Also, Sustainable Seas Tuna bolsters high levels of Omega 3 (2,320 mg Omega-3 per can). Sustainable Seas’ Solid Albacore (SRP of $3.29), Solid Light Tuna (SRP of $2.49) and Yellowfin Tuna (SRP of $2.99 - $3.49) are packed in BPA-free cans. The line is now available at natural food and conventional grocery stores nationwide!  We love this new lineof tuna and you will too, once you have tried it!

How about a great Tuna recipe for Summer?

Thanks to Sustainable Seas, I've got a great salad recipe for you!


Rigatoni with Sustainable Seas Tuna, Lemon and Olives

Makes about 4 servings

Ingredients

2 cans (5oz each) Sustainable Seas Solid Albacore Tuna or Sustainable Seas Solid Light Tuna, drained
1/2 pound rigatoni, rotini or other dried pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
Grated zest of one lemon
2 tsp lemon juice
4 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp capers, rinsed and drained
12 Kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

Place Sustainable Seas tuna in a bowl, Flake with a fork to separate tuna into bite size pieces. Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously salted water following package directions, drain. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium sautéan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until tender and lightly browned. Stir in the lemon zest, garlic, capers, olives and tuna. Heat through and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the tuna sauce with the hot cooked rigatoni and sprinkle with parsley.



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