Every once in awhile I get a wild hair up my a... and decide I want to try my hand at cooking something new. Trust me, it doesn't happen often. But, when Gorton's offered me the chance to try out one of their frozen fish products, I was super excited. I love fish, but the rest of my family can take it our leave it (and usually leave it). I was asked to pick out a product that has a 200 calorie or less serving size. Personally, I don't really care what the calorie count is in something, but Gorton's just introduced a new product line, and they wanted to get the word out.
In addition to their new products, Gorton's is also promoting research showing that eating fish at least twice a week is also extremely healthy! (Who doesn't want to be healthier?) I always knew fish was high in omega-3s, but never really knew what the true health benefits are.
"...omega-3s appear to have a positive effect on heart rhythm, and according to one recent study, may even reduce the incidence of the most common type of stroke. Another intriguing area of research on omega-3 fatty acids pertains to their role in brain and visual function, as some research suggests they may have a role in preventing macular degeneration, a common form of blindness. Continuing research looks into the role of omega-3 fatty acids and the immune system, and suggests a positive influence on rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, lupus, kidney disease and cancer, as well as promising research at the National Institutes of Health on depression." ~Gorton's
After a little deliberation over the phone with my husband about which product we should get, we decided to go with the Gorton's Skillet Crisp Tilapia in the Classic Seasonings with Lemon variety. I had already started brainstorming some meal ideas. I knew the fish was going to be a bit crispy so I wanted a side dish or two that would balance the harder outer texture of the fish. (I try to make my meals toddler/teething friendly.) I also wanted to balance out the lighter lemon flavor of the fish with something a little less acidic for a contrasting flavor while at the same time complimenting the fish with another brighter, more aromatic flavor. I don't usually try very often to make the aesthetics of a family meal super appealing, but since I was feeling creative (maybe I should say I was feeling brave) I wanted to make sure my dish wasn't all that wonderful golden brown color. You know what I'm talking about? When you have any sort of fried food paired with more fried food, and then a veggie like corn. It all looks the same and isn't super appealing.
This is what I came up with: Gorton's Skillet Crisp Tilapia (Classic Seasonings), served over a bed of creamed spinach, with a side of roasted roma tomatoes. Sounds delicious, right? The best part, is that the entire meal is super easy to make!
Skillet Crisp Tilapia (Serves 4) - 1 Box:
(Follow box instructions)
- Set burner temperature halfway between medium and low
- Brown tilapia on one side for 10 minutes
- Flip tilapia over and brown for another 8-15 minutes (alternate sides as needed until fish is fully cooked and golden in color)
Creamed Spinach (Serves 4):
- 2-2.5 pounds of spinach (roughly chopped) - I purchased 2 big bags of pre-cleaned spinach leaves
- 2 TBS salted butter
- 4-6 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1/2 medium white onion chopped
- 5oz creamed cheese
- 1/2 cup of milk
- Salt & Pepper (to taste)
- Make sure the spinach is fully cleaned. Give several cold water baths if necessary.
- In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Boil spinach for 1 minute. Drain. Rinse with cold water until cool. Squeeze out any excess water. I decided to leave some of the water in for a thinner cream sauce. Put spinach back into pot.
- In a medium/large sauce pan heat butter on medium until melted. Add minced garlic, and chopped onion. Cook 3-5 minutes until onions are soft. Stir occasionally to avoid burning the butter and having the onions stick to the bottom. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add in the cream cheese cut in pieces, and milk (I used whole milk), and stir until the cream cheese has fully melted and is smooth in texture. Mix cream cheese sauce in with the drained spinach. Simmer 8-10 minutes until sauce thickens. Because I had a little extra water I simmered mine closer to 20 minutes.
Roasted Roma Tomatoes (Serves 4):
- 4 Roma (Plum) Tomatoes (cut into quarters)
- Olive Oil
- 6 medium/large garlic cloves (halved)
- Salt & Pepper
- Basil (fresh or dried)
- Heat oven to 400 degrees
- Place quartered roma tomatoes in a square glass baking dish with the skin on the bottom
- Drizzle with olive oil. Make sure all parts of tomatoes are coated
- Place halved garlic gloves in between the tomato slices
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Sprinkle dried (or fresh) basil on top
- Bake 25 minutes. Turn off oven, and let sit in the oven an additional 10-15 minutes. Tomatoes should look soft, slightly wrinkly, and juicy.
I have to say, this meal was a HUGE hit. Everyone ate the Gorton's Skillet Crisp Tilapia! The fish was delicious, which is something I wasn't really expecting with it being frozen. The outside was crisp, and the inside was juicy. The lemon wasn't overpowering, and was seasoned perfectly. Definitely a product I would purchase again! For only $3.99 I had enough fillets to feed my entire family, and it was so simple to just put into a skillet and heat up. No second guessing. I didn't have to bread it myself, and figure out how much oil to use. It was just heat and serve and tasted almost as good as fresh fillets would have. My husband even said my meal belonged in a restaurant, he was THAT impressed with the fish, and the rest of the sides.
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*I was provided with a free product coupon to purchase a Gorton's frozen fish product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See disclosure policy.