Chicken of The Sea Mermaid Recipes

I am honored to have two of my holiday recipes chosen

by the Chicken of the Sea ‘Mermaid’

to be presented in the Mermaid Memo on the Chicken of the Sea website and holiday newsletter.

I created these dishes with my favorite Chicken of the Sea products…

Salmon and Crab…

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that I’m a walkin’ Chicken of the Sea brand ambassador…

I enjoy their salmon everyday for lunch and often switch it up for a bit of crab or tuna.  Since Chicken of the Sea products are gluten-free and dairy-free it’s a play-ground of fun for me…

So, I thought…why not test out my favorite products and recipe test for my holiday inspired dishes…

And, two of these dishes were chosen by the Mermaid to be featured at Chicken of the Sea

I hope you enjoy them.

Bon Apetit!

Asparagus Crab Salad with Almond Mayonnaise

Ingredients

·         2 lbs. asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
·         1 cup Chicken of The Sea Premium Crab Meat
·         ¼ cup red onion, chopped
·         2 cups escarole leaves
·         1 cup watercress
·         1/3 tsp. crushed red pepper

Directions

In a large bowl, toss asparagus with Chicken of The Sea Premium Crab Meat, onion, escarole, watercress and crushed red pepper.  Gently toss with almond mayonnaise (recipe below).

Almond Mayonnaise

Ingredients

·         1/3 cup red wine vinegar
·         1 tablespoon honey
·         ¼ cup olive oil
·         1/3 cup cashews
·         1 Tbsp. fresh parsley
·         1/8 tsp. sea salt

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine vinegar and honey on high until well combined
  2. Slowly add olive oil and cashews.
  3. Add sea salt; blend until soft and creamy.

Pomegranate, Salmon and Cranberry Pasta

Ingredients

·         1 lb. penne pasta
·         ½ cup fresh cranberries
·         2 cups water
·         2 Tbsp. honey
·         5 fresh radish, thinly sliced
·         2 Tbsp. fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
·         1 medium sweet onion, sliced
·         1 can Chicken of The Sea canned salmon
·         2 Tbsp. olive oil
·         2 garlic cloves, minced
·         2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
·         1 Tbsp. coconut flakes
·         1 teaspoon fresh ginger
·         Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook penne until it is al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water.  Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan cook cranberries in water.  Add honey and bring to a boil; cook for 25 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, cranberries, radish, oregano, onion and Chicken of the Sea Salmon.
  4. In a food processor or blender, combine olive oil, garlic, Dijon, coconut flakes and ginger.  Puree until smooth.
  5. Pour dressing over pasta; gently toss to combine.  Add sea salt and pepper, to taste.

Have you tasted Chicken of the Sea products?

If so, I’d love to hear how you use them in your meals and snacks…

And, just in time for the holidays, Element Bars is offering a 20% off holiday discount!

Enjoy!

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Element Bars 50% off Anniversary Special

I’ve got some very exciting news for all of your Element Bar fans…As a company that pioneered custom energy bars, Element Bars empowers customers with the ability to create their own bar by choosing from all natural and organic ingredients. The result ‐ you can create your unique taste and nutrition preferences with your own freshly baked bar.

 

The customization trend isn’t so new to all of us bloggies and foodies, right?  Well, in the last few years, the trend towards customization has only accelerated. Jonathan Miller of Element Bars realized and acted upon this insight two years ago when he developed a unique and interactive drag and drop interface bringing the custom energy bar to life. The idea sparked from a conversation with a friend. Jonathan was snacking on an energy bar that he had made in his kitchen when a friend shared that he too would like to make a bar but one with almonds and raisins. Since Jonathan is not a fan of raisins, he concluded that people have different tastes and want products made to their preferences. Starting from his home kitchen, Element Bars has grown to include a bakery, an office, and over 5,000 customers who order their own custom energy bar.

Today, “We give customers the online tools to create their own bars so they can truly enjoy a unique customized experience.” But tomorrow, Jonathan envisions the company “designing ways to guide customers as they build bars, so we can predict their creations and produce to scale. We have a long way to go to deliver on that vision, but I’m confident we’ll get there.”

Jonathan is just as confident about tomorrow as he is about Element Bars’ journey to date.

 

To share his excitement, Element Bars celebrates its two year anniversary with a special show of gratitude – the first 500 guests get 50% off of a box of 12 custom energy bars by visiting www.elementbars.com/anniversary.

 

“It’s been a roller coaster of a ride. But I am thankful for the last two years and am committed to making your bar, your way.”

At www.ElementBars.com, you can create your own custom energy bar by selecting from all natural and organic ingredients and then naming their own bar. The whole food ingredients are carefully handpicked and kept as nature intended…they hand make their bars using the ingredients you’ve chosen, bake them in their cute lil’ ovens and deliver them freshly baked from their oven to your door.  Sounds delish, doesn’t it?

Have you ever tried Element Bars?

If so, what are your favorite ingredients you included in your bar creation?

My Top Veggie Picks…and a Giveaway


Here I am at our local Farmer’s Market right in Rockefeller Center at the heart of Manhattan.  This Farmer’s Market runs Monday thru Fridays during the summer and is a great spot to visit during my lunch break.

Veggies are low in calories and loaded with micronutrients, fiber, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals…so go ahead and eat them until your heart’s content (exceptions: starches such as white potatoes and corn)…I eat a vast array of the rainbow in unlimited veggies each and everyday.  What’s the secret? Keep your veggies exciting by incorporating them into your morning smoothie, afternoon salad, evening soup and snack time crudites.

Start your breakfast, lunch and dinner with a serving of vegetables such as a large salad or crudites to increase nutrient intake and help control your appetite.

Dark Leafy Greens-

Bursting with Vitamins A, K and C, folate, magnesium, manganese, calcium and fiber.  Health Boosts: May promote eye health thanks to carotenoids (a group of pigments found mainly in green leafy veggies, tomatoes and carrots) and fight cancer.

Bok Choy-

Contains Vitamin C, folate, fiber and Calcium.  Health Boost: May help promote bone health and support immunity.

Brussels Sprouts-

Full of Vitamins A, K and C, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and Vitamin B6.  Health Boost: Linked to reduce cancer risk, especially colon and breast cancers.

Radishes-

Full of folate, fiber and Vitamin C.  Health Boost: Helps with weight control and may help boost the immune system.

Bean Sprouts-

Soaring with Vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and protein.  Healthy Boost: May boost satiety and assist in weight management.

Red Bell Peppers-

Chock full of Vitamins C, A, B6 and K, fiber, folate and manganese.  Health Boost: May promote heart health.  Vitamin C supports immunity; cartenoids may decrease risk of certain types of cancer.

What are your favorite vegetables and how do you incorporate them into your day?

And Now For My Giveaway:

I’m picking 2 lucky readers to win a package from Element Bars, a website that lets you create your very own bar with the ingredients of your choice.

To Enter: Leave me a comment on this post telling me what kind of Element Bar you would create.  I will pick 2 lucky winners on Friday, August the 20th at 5PM EST.

Good Luck!

And, I’ve got an Element Bars Discount for you too…

You can receive a 15% Off Discount at Elementbars.com by entering the code: EB15 from now thru December 31, 2010.

Enjoy!