We've all been told that it makes good nutrition sense to eat
more fish. The omega fatty acids in fish help kids to grow healthfully and eating a variety of foods from an early age is
recommended for helping children to develop good eating habits. Likewise nutrition experts point out that there are health
benefits for adults who include fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, in their diets more often. But, while eating fish
has health benefits, making the right choices in the grocery is important if you're concerned about the environment.
There's growing recognition that the world's oceans, once regarded as an
inexhaustible source of food, are in danger from overfishing. The causes (including the size of and methods used by many modern
fishing boats) are numerous but the result is the same: many fish species are currently threatened because of the way we catch
them. The good news is that there are now sustainable, affordable fish choices in Canadian grocery stores. In early 2011
Janes Family Foods became the first company not just in Canada but in all of North America to offer an entire line of sustainable
frozen wild fish products. We partnered with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the leading global environmental standard for responsible fishing, to earn the right to make this sustainability
claim. This not-for-profit organization is working to reverse the decline in global fish stocks and to ensure that MSC-labeled
seafood comes from, and can be traced back to, sustainable fisheries.
Fish and fish products sporting the blue MSC logo are certified as coming from a fishery that has been audited
to ensure it is sustainable and well-managed. The MSC logo also indicates that the chain of custody from boat-to-plate is
traceable to ensure the fish is verifiably from a sustainable source. You'll find this label on every Janes Family Foods fish and seafood product because, like you, we want to have a positive impact on long-term sustainability goals.
Now that you know how to choose fish that is good for your family and kind
to the oceans, you'll need some recipes! Try these three that were favourites in the Janes Test Kitchen.
Crunchy Fish Tacos:
8 pieces Janes Premium Breaded or Battered Haddock Fillets or Pub
8 wheat flour tortillas
4 cups shredded lettuce
1/4 cup (60 mL) very thinly sliced red onion and
2 tbsp (30 mL) lightly packed, fresh cilantro leaves
2/3 cup (150 mL) corn salsa
Lime juice (optional)
Prepare fish according to package directions. Wrap the tortillas in foil
and reserve until the last 5 minutes of the fish cooking time. Add to the oven.
Meanwhile, toss the lettuce with the onions, peppers and cilantro leaves. Taste the salsa and add
lime to taste. Remove tortillas from the oven with the fish. Lay warm tortillas out on a clean work surface and sprinkle evenly
with lettuce mixture. Cut each piece of fish into 3 or 4 pieces and add an equal amount to each tortilla. Spoon an equal amount
of salsa over each filled tortilla. Makes 4 servings.
Tokyo Salmon Burgers:
Bring Asian flair to your dining table by brushing Janes Wild Sockeye
Salmon Burgers with a teriyaki flavoured grilling sauce during the last couple of minutes of cooking. Transfer to sesame seed
buns and top with sliced avocado and cucumber. Spread over a little wasabi or regular mayonnaise. And, if you just can't have
a burger without a pickle, try adding tendrils of pickled ginger or a few pieces of Korean kimchi as an additional garnish.
Mediterranean Baked Haddock with Feta & Tomatoes:
4 pieces Janes Premium Breaded or Battered Haddock Fillets
tsp (2 mL) each dried oregano and thyme leaves
2 large tomatoes
½ cup(125 mL) crumbled feta cheese
tsp (2 mL) each garlic powder and dried basil leaves
haddock fillets with oregano and thyme and bake according to package directions. Cut tomatoes in half crosswise and place
in a baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese, garlic powder and basil. Bake beside fish for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and
tomatoes are heated through.
Serve haddock and tomatoes with couscous or pasta. Makes 4 servings.
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