Seafood!

So, I don't claim to be a foodie, because I don't think I'm fancy enough to be considered one- but I sure like food and I sure like to cook- so I'm just going to call myself a "wannabe foodie" for now.

One thing I don't cook much of though is seafood.  I think the main reason is that I simply didn't grow up eating it, as my Dad didn't like it, so Mom didn't cook it.  And that's fine and all- but I just had never developed a taste or a realm of understanding as to what is good with seafood (but I have learned from Chopped that cheese + fish does NOT = love!), which seafood items are the tastiest to me and how to prepare them.  Sure, I've eaten fish and chips at the coast, but that doesn't exactly count as culinary exploration I'd imagine.

Also, being a Weight Watchers member, the idea of cooking with lean, protein laden, low point shrimp has appealed to me- however, I just hadn't had shrimp much before, and the few times I had, they'd been pretty rubbery.  Ew.  Who wants to gnaw on pencil erasers?  Not me.

A couple of weeks ago, mid-mental debate regarding trying more seafood, Gorton's Seafood happened to contact me and ask if I was interested in trying some of their new Weight Watcher friendly recipes!  I very happily agreed and anxiously awaited my packet of recipes and product info.  When it arrived, I headed out to the grocery store and purchased the ingredients for this awesome looking, shockingly low point shrimp stir fry dish.  I also wanted to try their grilled talapia, maybe in a couple of different styles.  The bummer was of the three stores I tried, not one carried the specific grilled shrimp/talapia that I was looking for.  Bummer with a capital B!  So, I made the decision to try one "naughty" food (non-Weight Watcher friendly) and one Weight Watcher friendly and I ended up buying their Beer Battered Fish Tenders and their Shrimp Scampi.

I prepared the Beer Battered Tenders on a Sunday evening and served them with zucchini and smashed roasted salt and vinegar potatoes.  I was really skeptical as to whether beer battered fish from the freezer could come out crispy in the oven but I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that YES it very much could!  The Beer Battered Tenders were very tasty!

A couple nights later, I prepared the Scampi and served it with rice and sauteed peppers and onions.  Not a traditional pairing I know, but those were the ingredients I'd had on hand for the original stir fry recipe I'd planned for.  I calculated the Scampi at just 3 points per serving and was delighted to discover the shrimp did not remind me of eating erasers!  Yay!  Very tasty!  I would definitely buy the shrimp again- the only thing I would do differently is buy two boxes for a family dinner and just resign myself to eating a double portion for 6 points (still a low value for buttery shrimp I think!).

Both seafood dinners were husband and kiddo approved and I am going to continue branching out and trying more low-point seafood recipes in the future.  If you'd like to check out any of Gorton's many tasty recipes, check them out on their website here.  You can also get a coupon to try something new from Gorton's here.  Enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. you should totally try grilling some salmon, talapia, or halibut. It's really simple and usually takes only a couple minutes.

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  2. It is a little pricy, but I love love the cilantro lime shrimp from costco. It's in the section where they have their pizzas.

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  3. I can't believe that whole shrimp dinner was only 6 points!!! How do you calculate your plain white rice because when I do it it tends to come up much high in point value.

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  4. Brian: Any tips on grilling without the fish falling apart/sticking to the grill?

    Katie: Thanks, I'll have to give that a try!

    Amanda: Sorry for the confusion, a double serving of the shrimp (in sauce) would be 6- the full meal shown is 11 (rice is 5 for 1 cup prepared without fat and 6 pts for the shrimp, veggies were sauteed in olive oil spray only). Hope that helps!

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  5. Yay! You've come to the SEA-SIDE!

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