Budget-Friendly Seafood Solutions

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For families trying to eat healthfully on a budget, Whole Foods Market is promoting a tasty, yet simple, solution: high-quality frozen seafood.


From Key West pink shrimp and Patagonian scallops to mahi mahi and wild Alaskan cod fillets, the company’s Whole Catch and 365 Everyday Value frozen seafood choices pack a heart-healthy protein punch.

According to a recent Whole Foods Market survey, 43% of adults are preparing more meals at home. For families unwilling to sacrifice quality and convenience, frozen seafood provides an easy weekday meal or quick make-ahead lunch at an easy-to-digest price.

Sockeye salmon is a longtime customer favorite at Whole Foods. The natural and organic market chain offers a frozen hand-filleted Whole Catch version that comes in two six-ounce, individually wrapped portions ($7.99 for two). It’s certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a nonprofit group that works to ensure an ongoing, well-managed supply of wild-caught seafood around the world.

Salmon, of course, lends itself so well to a variety of cooking methods, so store some in your freezer for a quick meal that’s high in omega-3 oils. Consider broiling it with lots of thyme (Spring Thyme Salmon) or baking it with a maple-wasabi glaze (Maple Wasabi Glazed Salmon). Serve with a side of Spicy Nutmeg Carrots, Squash Casserole or Roasted Vegetable Medley and some crusty bread.

For a lunchbox favorite that’s easily turned into a family meal, check out the store’s lightly breaded hoki fish, available in three 365 Everyday Value varieties: fish fillets, fish sticks and fish nuggets. Hoki is a mild whitefish that is also MSC-certified. For less than $5, the nuggets and fish sticks make perfect kid-style dippers with tartar sauce or ketchup. For dinner, they make a great 20-minute meal when turned into fish po’ boy sandwiches or fish tacos with crunchy slaw.

Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market

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