Scampied Pollock & Healthy Solutions Spice Giveaway

Last October, the FDA released a report which stated that 12% of the spices imported by the U.S. are contaminated with insect pieces, rodent hair and other debris which is twice the amount of “filth” found in other types of imported food. While the FDA says that it has increased its inspections of spice facilities and will take further action to strengthen the spice safety net, it is probably wise for those of us who enjoy cooking at home to be more selective about the source of the spices and dried herbs that we purchase. Enter Healthy Solutions Spice Blends™.

Made with no fillers, preservatives or MSG, these recipe-ready spice blends are all natural and come in
16 distinct blends: Crusted Tilapia, Shrimp Scampi, Cajun Seafood, Encrusted Haddock, Lemon Pepper, Sesame Ginger Tuna, Grilled Swordfish, Salmon with Dill, Bold Beef Rub, Authentic Chili/Tacos, Hearty Beef Stew, Italian Meatballs, Perfect Steak, Savory Meatloaf, Ultimate Burger and Pork & Poultry. The spices come in resealable packets which have a transparent window that allows you to see exactly what is inside, and are printed with the ingredients and nutritional information as well as several cooking methods allowing you to choose one that best suits your needs.

We were lucky enough to receive several Healthy Solutions blends to work with. Last evening, we tried the Shrimp Scampi mix with the main ingredients of dehydrated garlic, onion, parsley and sea salt. Instead of going with the standard use, we opted to dust some Pollock fillets with the spices and run them under the broiler. The fish emerged juicy and perfectly seasoned.

4 fresh or frozen Pollock fillets (thawed)
4 teaspoons Healthy Solutions Spice Blends™ Shrimp Scampi blend
¼ cup breadcrumbs
Freshly grated Parmesan for serving

Set your oven rack about 6 inches below the broiler element and preheat broiler. Spray a broiler pan or a foil-covered cookie sheet with cooking spray.

Rinse fillets and pat dry with paper towels. Because thick layers of seasonings will burn under the broiler, lightly sprinkle both sides with the scampi spice blend and lay skin-side-down on the greased pan.

Broil for 10 minutes per inch of fish, based on how wide it is at its widest point. It'll take at least 5 minutes, even for thin fillets, but it is a good idea to keep a close eye on the cooking fish. Because Pollock is fairly delicate, we do not attempt the flip the fish over.

While the fish cooks, place the breadcrumbs in a non-stick pan and toast briefly over medium heat and set aside.

Remove the fish from the oven and pierce with a knife gently separating the flesh to check for doneness. If you see pink or translucent flesh, broil the fillets for a few more minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and plate the pollock. We served the fillets layered on a Caesar salad. Top the fish (and salad) with the toasted breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan.

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