Sunday, May 19, 2013

{#Review + #Giveaway} I Took The Gorton's Seafood (@gortonsseafood ) Challenge & You Can Too!

GORTON'S SEAFOOD CHALLENGE:

Gortons Seafood Challenge, Gorton's Seafood





I am a seafood lover, and when I go on vacation it's my favorite part of being near the sea. I like tropical vacations, I guess it's from growing up in the North East where it's cold more months of the year than it is hot. For me a getaway means being by the Beach: palm trees, drinks served in coconuts and some kind of seafood = VACATION.

But when there is no time for a getaway, or I'm nowhere near the beach, or just want seafood for dinner I have always turned to Gorton's Seafood, much like the commercials, I do trust the Gorton's Fisherman, it's what I grew up on when I was younger and the brand I still buy today.

When Gorton's put out the Seafood Challenge, I couldn't resist participating! Gorton's is encouraging families to eat seafood twice a week and they have a collection of recipes as well as 20 products that are 200 calories or less to help encourage a healthy diet!

Gortons, Gorton's Seafood, Grilled Salmon, Fish


There are numerous benefits to eating fish:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - They contain Omega-3 fatty acids (my personal fave, Salmon, is very high in Omega-3's)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Promote Heart Health

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Decrease Blood Pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Improve Arthritis and Joint Pain

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Lessens symptoms of Depression

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Lessens symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Supports Eye Health

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Enhances Brain Growth and Development

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Aids Brain Growth in unborn babies, infants and kids

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Decreases the risks for certain Cancers (We have done quite a bit of Cancer related Coverage this week, if you missed our coverage, read HERE and HERE)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Reduces the symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Try it in a RECIPE:

Part of the challenge was to try out a Gorton's Seafood under 200 Calories Product in a recipe, and I prepared one of my favorites: SHRIMP and SAUSAGE STUFFED MUSHROOMS:

Shrimp and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
@Wizard Recipes


But I substituted my recipe and instead of using the shrimp from the local fish market I used Gorton's Shrimp Scampi for an extra kick of flavor!

Ingredients:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 box of Gorton's Shrimp Scampi
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 Kielbasa or Andouille Sausage
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 medium yellow or red onion, diced
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 small green pepper, diced
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 tsp of diced Garlic
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1tsp of AllSpice
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 box of Panko
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1tbsp Mayo
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 tbsp Mustard

Directions:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Pan Fry Chopped/Diced Sausage until done, set aside

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Saute onion, pepper and garlic

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Add Chopped/Diced Shrimp

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A bit before the shrimp are actually done, mix (Sausage, Shrimp, onion, Pepper Garlic) into a bowl, add Mayo, Mustard, worcestershire sauce and balsamic and mix together evenly, I prefer to mix in my Panko, but if you prefer the Panko on top and not mixed into the mixture then go ahead and spoon the mix into your preferred mushrooms (organic, portobello etc), if you prefer Panko mixed in like I do, all you need to do is sprinkle with a little four cheese mix (if you don't like cheese or don't wish to add cheese you can skip this step) and if you didn't mix in the panko, you would now put it on top of the mushrooms.

Serving Suggestion: You can plate them with sliced lemon as shown above. If you do not eat meat you can omit the sausage and just add extra veggies!



I also used the Gorton's Tilapia to make Fish Tacos, and those definitely went over well!

Gortons Tilapia Fish Tacos Plated


These can also be made with the Crunchy Breaded Tilapia Fillets for a bolder, crunchier taco!

Win It! - Our friends at Gorton's want you to take the Seafood Challenge too!

GIVEAWAY:

1 Lucky Ascending Butterfly will win a Gorton's Seafood Prize Pack which includes:
  • 5 full-value product coupons so you can sample several different 20 at 200 products
  • 1 Gorton's branded apron
  • 2 Gorton's branded oven mitts
  • 1 Gorton's branded spatula
Get Social/Save Money:

You can get social with Gorton's on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and right now you can also download a coupon for $1.00 off any two Gorton's items HERE! (app direct links on Facebook can sometimes be tricky so if the direct link didn't work for you just visit Gortons Seafood on Facebook, make sure you are signed in of course) and then you will see a blue banner on the top right that reads 'Download Coupon', press there and the app will launch where you can download/print the coupon.)

Enter using the Rafflecopter Widget Below: (if it takes long to load, just refresh your browser)

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What is your Favorite Type of Seafood Butterfly?


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Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received by Ascending Butterfly in exchange for this post. A Seafood Challenge pack was provided for editorial consideration and a pack has also been provided for one winner. Prize Fulfillment rests with Giveaway Sponsor. Ascending Butterfly and Giveaway Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late or mis-directed mail. All opinions and stories contained herein are 100% my own. I am a Gorton's Blogger Program Member. Visit our Giveaway Rules and Disclosure Policy Page HERE for full Disclsoure.

53 comments:

  1. I love shrimp and perch! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

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    1. @furygirl3132 - I love Shrimp as well, I have never tried Perch!

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  2. My favorite seafood is Halibut. :-) Thank you.
    (Your link to vote for you is not working...I would like to vote for you Tracy. )

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    1. @sottovoce - I like Halibut as well, I haven't had it in awhile so thanks for reminding me! :-)

      I don't know why the link isn't working through rafflecopter, but it is:

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  3. Hmmmm I just love sea food ! I use to serve Gordon's fishsticks to my kids now my favorite is the garlic and italien herbs.and the grilled salmon.Having Gordon in the frige. is great it's healthy and quick how cool is that.

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    1. @Big Happy Buddha - I love the Fishsticks too! They definitely take me back!

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  4. I love pop corn shrimp :) I love all the choice selections that Gorton's offers and they can be enjoyed in so many meal versions to never, get bored with. Thanks great review post sewitupjulie@gmail.com

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    1. @J. Cutshaw - I love popcorn shrimp as well!

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  5. My favorite seafood is snow crab legs with lots of butter.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. @abfantom - That sounds perfect to me right about now!

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  6. I love crab- could eat it yaer round.

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    1. @Brutus Duffy - Same here! I love making Crab Cakes! :-)

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  7. Shrimp Scampi is my favorite way to eat seafood
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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    1. @Carolsue - I love Shrimp Scampi too! :)

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  8. I like lobster and crab best.

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    1. @clc408 Great combo! I like stuffing my lobster tails with a mix of shrimp and crabmeat, it's SO good!!

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    1. @tat2gurlzrock - Delish combo!

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    1. @Sandy VanHoey - Perfect for making Shrimp Tacos! :)

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  11. Shrimp and scallops are my favorite seafood.

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    1. @Nancy Hall - Same here, and shrimp and scallops together are that much better! :)

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  12. I'm from maine.. so of course my favorite seafood is Lobster!

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    1. @Becca Ann - I love Lobster, have yet to visit Maine, but I'm thinking of hitting the Lobster Festival this summer! I may have to reach out to you for suggestions on where to stay and what to do while in Maine!

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  13. Favorite - blackened shrimp.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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    1. @Barbara Montag - Interesting, I think that is probably the only way I Haven't had Shrimp, will have to try it!

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  14. I love shrimp and salmon

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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    1. @sksweeps - Same here!

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  15. It's like trying to say which of your children you like best. Salmon, shrimp, clams, trout, lobster, tuna, oysters, etc..... like them all.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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    1. @slehan - A lady after my own heart! That is EXACTLY how I feel!

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  16. Thank you for the chance. I LOVE crispy cod and halibit filets. I'm also a huge shrimp fan, especially grilled or fried. My daughter also loves seafood. We were looking at some of the Gortons products yesterday.

    mrsmiki77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    1. @Michele - Cod and Haibut are delicious, great picks! I love Shrimp too, do you make kabobs when you grill yours?

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    1. @Michele P. Great combo! What is your favorite way to have clams, raw or fried? I like Clams Casino!

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    1. @saveathomemom - Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp with Crabmeat stuffing is phenomenal, have you tried it that way?

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  19. calamari!

    My Name: Heather Abbe
    My Email: abbegirl1977 at gmail dot com

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    1. @heather abbe - I love fried Calamari! I found a pretty good spot for it recently by accident!

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    1. @daddywaddyweeviews - I'm with you there! :-)

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  21. Scallops! Sauteed with butter, garlic, and capers.

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  22. I love crab legs and shrimp!
    Shirley Carr

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  23. My favorite seafood is Lemon Sole fillet.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. My favorite seafood is Shrimp Scampi

    Susan Smith
    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  25. Shrimp is my favorite followed close by tilapia.

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  26. I love Salmon and Orange Roughy the most.

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  27. My favorite seafood is Shrimp, Lobster and Crab. They all taste great even if you only steam them and dip them in a little butter sauce, but there are so many many delicious things you can make with any one of them.

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  28. I love shrimp. thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. My favorite is shrimp!
    Joselina serrao
    serraojoselina@gmail.com

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