A little over six months ago I took a vow to take better care of myself. I’m a busy working wife and mother who is often guilty of putting everyone in my life first, except for myself. How many of us gals are guilty of this?
It was taking a toll on my mind and my body, so I knew that making “ME” a priority was something I needed to do for myself, as a woman. I pledged to make diet and exercise a huge priority in my life. Like many of us, I put it on the back burner for way too long. Life is crazy and it never seems to slow down but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to fit it all in, especially when it comes to what type of food we put into our bodies.
One of my favorite ways to eat more healthfully is fish. Being a food writer who has the pleasure of talking with a lot of readers, I realize that there is definitely a fish phobia going on around out there. People often tell me they have trouble buying it and worry that cooking it is complicated. No matter how much I stress the ease and deliciousness of a simply grilled or broiled piece of fish, I know many of you out there still feel uneasy about adding it to your weekly recipe repertoire. I’m here to tell you that it really is one of my favorite ways get a nutritious meal on the table that the entire family enjoys it as well. I have always loved fish cookery and even the fish selecting and buying process, but I definitely don’t always have the time to get to my fish monger for a fresh piece of fish. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself at 5pm with a craving for salmon or shrimp but no time to get to the store. I always wished there was a better way to have fish on-hand so that I can be prepared and stay on tract with my health goals. Anyone who’s trying to eat more healthfully will tell you that being prepared with well stocked fridge, pantry and freezer is key to being successful. I wanted to add more protein to my diet and fish is a great way to do so, but it was always seemed impossible to have it on hand when I wanted it. Until recently, I wasn’t a huge fan of supermarket frozen fish so I avoided it like the plague. Legit—it wasn’t even in my vocabulary. The flavor (or lack there of) always left me dissatisfied, and don’t even get me started on the texture. I’m not one to choke something down because it’s “good for me”. I love food and want to be able to eat well without sacrificing taste. I would never be able to consume as much fish as I wanted if it meant I was settling for sub-par frozen fish.
Enter: Bumble Bee SUPERFRESH™.
I recently had the opportunity to try out their new fresh frozen product line of sustainably farmed whole fish fillets. Right off the bat I was thrilled to see that Bumble Bee prides itself on using premium quality tilapia, salmon and shrimp that are free of added chemicals and no preservatives like Sodium Tripolyphosphates—super important, especially when consuming shrimp! The ingredient list is clean which means there are no surprises and every seasoning that is chosen is something I would use myself like garlic, herbs, butter and lemon juice.
When I opened my very first package, I was so excited!! I’m a visual gal and was pleasantly surprised at the packaging and the overall look of the fillets. Each package comes with two vacuum packed premium cut fillets and their very own baking parchments to help seal in all of the delicious flavor while baking. And for you people that hate to clean up messy pans, parchment baked fish means no muss, no fuss! Weee…! The fillets come fully prepared with all natural, chef prepared seasonings. And if that wasn’t enough, the fillets bake straight from the freezer (no thawing!!) which means you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less. How’s that for a busy gals dream come true?
I was definitely visually impressed and obsessed with the ease of preparation, but, let’s face it, the taste test was going to be the clincher. I’m not gonna lie. I was nervous. I know. I know. It’s not that serious. Wait. It IS serious! I had bad experiences with frozen fillets before and that sort of stuff scars a foodie gal like me, ya dig? I like my fish prepared simply and usually don’t go for fancy sauces or preparations which is why I fell in love with Bumble Bee SUPERFRESH™ chef prepared seasonings like the Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper and Herbs and Salmon with Garden Pesto. I love that none of their fish is breaded. The flavor of the seasonings were obviously created to enhance the fish without overpowering it or drowning it in. I served my fish alongside some brown rice and simply steamed green beans so that I had a nice clean backdrop to really enjoy what Bumble Bee had to offer me with their seasonings. As soon as I placed the tines of the fork into the still steaming tilapia, I knew I was in for a treat. It was tender and flaky, not tough or rubbery—something that doesn’t often happen with frozen fillets. The flavors were clean which highlighted the mild and delicate flavor of tilapia beautifully.
Hooray!! Bumble Bee SuperFresh™!!! It’s true. I was a skeptic. I didn’t want to love you. In fact, I was scared to death of you but you definitely made me a believer. I am thrilled to have a way to keep deliciously prepared fish in my freezer with the confidence that a deliciously, nutritious meal is within arms reach and easily prepared in 20 minutes or less. Thanks Bumble Bee®, I know that your product will help me stay true to my vows and this busy, wife, mother and WOMAN is very grateful for that.
DISCLOSURE: Bumble Bee SUPERFRESH™ gave me free product and said they’d pay me to blog about it IF I liked it. I do!