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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gorton's Smart and Crunchy: All The Fun, All The Flavor, Never Fried. #GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

My kids are all about the fish sticks. They won't even side-eye a nice piece of salmon, but you bring fish sticks home and they're gone in seconds. So, of course, a healthier alternative would be most welcome. And Gorton's not only delivered, they let me try it out!

Oh, and the friendly plushie in the front is Smarty Crunchman. Not just another pretty face. And neither is new Gorton's Smart and Crunchy Fish Sticks and Fillets. As the bag proclaims, they contain 100% Wild-caught Alaskan Pollock, 50% less fat than regular Gorton's Fish Sticks, and are only 180 calories per serving.  The breading is made with Panko breadcrumbs, and has a fabulous crunch to it, as well as the awesome Gorton's flavor my kids and I know and love. At least, that's what they told me, after building (and eating) fish stick towers.

My helpers are sporting Mommy/Daddy and Me Aprons, the perfect accessory for fish stick construction.

Now, back to the fish. They're a great item to keep in your freezer for a quick and healthy meal or snack on the fly.

But they're just for kids, right?

Not at all. They're the perfect starting point for more grownup recipes as well. For instance, a fish sandwich with fresh spinach and a lemon-pepper mayonnaise. Instead of fatty chips or fries, a few crudites do the trick nicely. It's a quick and easy preparation, too.

For the mayo, inspired by this page:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsps lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
Pinch of pepper

Mix and enjoy. It's really wonderful with fish, but would work for other items as well.

Or if you're looking for a spicy fix with a less fatty finish, there's Buffalo Fish. The wing style, not the large hairy style. Observe.

Again, simple prep. Bake the fillets as directed. Remove from oven and brush with wing sauce. I make my own using the standard combo of butter and hot sauce, but you can use your favorite. Put the fillets back in the oven for about five minutes to crisp back up. Done and done. I used sweet peppers instead of the usual celery to give a vitamin C boost as well. And yes, they count as finger food...they stay crunchy even when sauced.

Looking for other adult type foodie action? There's lots of recipes right HERE.

Hungry yet?  Join up with the Smart and Crunchy Tour!

Instant gratification: Get a $1.00 off coupon right now...just go HERE. You can also enter the Smarty and Crunchy Sweepstakes, and sign up for the e-newsletter, so you won't miss another moment.

If you think you can hold out, however difficult that is, I'm also hosting a fatanbulous giveaway! You can win:

  • Two full-value free product coupons
  • The two adorable Mommy/ Daddy and Me Aprons my kiddos were modeling
  • Plus your very own Smarty Crunchman plushie!
I know, you totally want that just for the plushie alone. Enter NOW!

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I received free products for testing and review purposes. My opinions and love of spicy fish are my own.

USA only. Prize is fulfilled by the brand. All entries subject to verification. This blogger and all participants involved in the promotion of this giveaway are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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