September 14th, 2020

 

I have a love and passion for all things from the Ocean.

3 months ago, I was asked to consult for a startup company that raises sustainable seafood called "Forever Oceans". This has been an exciting and interesting journey that I have thoroughly enjoyed. From developing new seafood recipes, to writing a blog, to amassing some of the top chefs in America to be a part of our culinary board. To working with Chef Rick Moonen and planning a series of podcasts called "Ocean Raised". The first episode will broadcast September 2nd and feature Chef Norman Van Aken, followed by Chef Andrew Zimmern on September 16th and Chef Emeril Lagasse on September 30th. Exciting times indeed.

For more information check out the Forever Oceans web site

So for our first recipe here at Forever Oceans, we are making a Thai scented "Ceviche". People are normally afraid to cook fish, so let's not use a direct cooking method, such as grilling or roasting. Let's start with a recipe that turns out perfect every time. The fish cooks slightly with the combination of lime juice and mango to give a beautiful easy to make appetizer you can share with family and friends (see recipe below).

Here's also, 8 reasons why seafood not only tastes amazing but is good for your health and wellness:

Did you know that eating seafood regularly can significantly improve overall health. Eating two servings per week - as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and many other leading health organizations - is an easy way to make a positive commitment to your health and the health of those around you.
1. Hug your heart! - Research has shown that people who eat fatty fish, like tuna and salmon,twice a week have a lower risk of heart disease than those who eat less.
2. Not all fat is bad! Yes, some fat is good for you! Seafood is a natural source of the heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. These types of fats help reduce triglyceride levels (a fat found in our blood stream that raises the risk of heart disease), appear to reduce inflammation in our blood vessels and may help reduce artery clogging plaque buildup.
3. It can help you manage your weight - Seafood is an excellent lean protein choice. It is a great choice for lunch or dinner, even a light snack that will not fill you up.
4. Your bones will love you when you eat it! Vitamin D helps Calcium in building strong bones and fatty fish, like Mackerel and tuna, are one of a few natural sources of Vitamin D. Adults can get up to 20% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin D in a 3oz serving.
5. It is a great substitute for chicken or beef! Fish in general is lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than most types of animal protein and has a mild flavor making it a perfect, healthy substitute in many of your favorite dishes.
6. Kid smart! The Omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, has been linked to cognitive development in children. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 encourages women who are pregnant to eat 8 - 12oz of fish, including light tuna, weekly to get this important fat in their diets.
7. Building healthy habits and teaching kids to enjoy healthy foods early in life is really important, but getting kids to try new foods can be challenging. Do as I did get the kids in the kitchen to help make dinner, try new, and use our education information to make them aware of sustainability and all things good associated with eating seafood.
8. If you are going to follow any diet, follow the most researched diet in the world - the Mediterranean diet which is not just a diet it's a lifestyle! Meals full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seafood - There is nothing better than eating healthy food, exercising and being with family.

Amberjack Ceviche
Serves 4

Ingredients:
8oz amberjack fillet, skin removed and cut into thin slices

Dressing:
1 mango, peeled and flesh cut into small dice
1 small Thai red chili, seeds removed, flesh roughly chopped
1 tablespoon local honey
1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

How to make:
Place the thin slices of amberjack onto each serving plate, approx. 4 to 5 slices each plate.
Take a small bowl and add the remaining ingredients together, whisk and spoon over the flesh of the amberjack, allow to marinate for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Original Recipe:
Mark Allison
"Forever Oceans"