New Year Recipes: Alaska Salmon Salad or Grilled Pollock Salad (YUM!)

This post was sponsored by Alaska Seafood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

When you're at the grocery store, make sure you #AskForAlaska! I have TWO recipes using Alaska Seafood, and both are light, delicious, wholesome meals for the new year. #ad #IC

I just have two words for you: Alaska seafood.

That’s right. As you all know by now, my biggest travel life dream was to go to Alaska, and we went last summer. I still think about it every day. I think about what it was like, what we missed doing, and how I can get back there with my kids. Of course I think most about the life experience, the wilderness with Cassidy, the landscapes, and the wildlife. It was such a sensory experience that I still can remember that tickle in my stomach from soaring through mountains by helicopter. I still can smell the smoky air, hear the sounds of rushing rivers in Eagle River, and of course – I can still remember the tastes of the fresh food. The seafood was UNBELIEVABLE. I can’t remember the last time I tasted such wild and delicious freshness.

If you ever go to Alaska, go hungry. Go really hungry.

Alaska seafood

For the rest of us, though, we’re lucky to have Alaska seafood right in our very supermarkets!

Alaska seafood

Why choose Alaska? So many reasons! You see, the seafood from Alaska is always sustainable and wild. One of the reasons I fell in love with the place is because you KNOW that any species of Alaska seafood that you eat is sustainably caught, and that includes Alaska pollock, salmon, crab, halibut, crab, and more. Alaska is the nation’s largest source of domestic seafood – which is a great source of pride – because nearly 60 percent of all of the wild seafood harvested in the US comes from the pristine waters of Alaska. How important is sustainable seafood to Alaska? Well, it’s been the law there since 1959!

In fact, Alaska is the only state with sustainability written into its constitution.

Alaska seafood

They have created checks and balances to ensure sustainability by working with many organizations at the state, federal and international level to set sustainable fishery management methods that uphold Alaska’s high standards. Alaska only harvests as much fish as the environment can handle which allows the marine ecosystem and seafood species to continue to replenish year after year. The seafood is harvested seasonally by proud fishermen, and these proud men and women come from families who have been commercial fishing for generations. How do you ensure you’re eating sustainable seafood?

That’s easy. Ask for Alaska at the seafood counter, dining hall, or local restaurant. Or look for “Alaska” on frozen and canned seafood labels as well as on menus. It offers extensive health and nutrition benefits and is perfect for the new year!

Alaska seafood

And that’s why I have two easy recipes for the new year. I use Alaska seafood for each one, to ensure sustainability. Both dishes are easy salads. First, I like to grill my Alaska pollock and then cut it over a fresh green salad.

Next is my new favorite, using the canned Alaska salmon:

Alaska Salmon Lunch Salad:

Ingredients:

1 can Alaska salmon, drained – with bones and skin removed
2 Tbsp mayo
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dill
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
4 lettuce leaves

Instructions:

In a bowl, toss together the salmon and mayo. As an option, add hard-boiled eggs! Add the lemon juice, dill, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, combine the chopped vegetables. Spoon your Alaska salmon salad onto the bed of vegetables.

And OH, it’s so good! I love the easy steps to make both salads.

Alaska seafood is an ideal protein choice loaded with minerals, vitamins, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. I’m inspired by these benefits to eat it with the freshest and crispest vegetables I can find at all times of the year.

Want more info? I did after going to Alaska, and after researching sustainability practices. For more info: sustainability information, recipe ideas, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and a cool Alaska seafood infographic.

What’s your favorite dish using Alaska seafood?

When you're at the grocery store, make sure you #AskForAlaska! I have TWO recipes using Alaska seafood, and both are light, delicious, wholesome meals for the new year. #ad #IC

Melting Snowman Cookies With My Blogging Best Friend

You know what I think? I think these Melting Snowman Cookies will be a hit anytime you make them - whether at home with your kids - or for a winter party. The holidays are over, but snowman fun is not over until spring. Enjoy this fun #recipe!

Let’s start our Monday morning off with something wonderful, shall we?

Yes. I don’t know what I really have to complain about, other than the fact that only three days – and at least 20 work tasks – are what stands in between my Disney vacation and me. Oh, and it was -13 degrees over the weekend. We found our magic, though. We went to IKEA on Saturday, and that’s my happy place. On Sunday, I had my first photo shoot of the new year, but it had been previously scheduled for last Thursday, until the snow hit. So my first photo shoot of the new year was in the first week of January. That’s unheard of! It’s usually March. I wonder if this is a sign of another busy year to come.

And I can’t forget to mention that we saw Coco last night. I rarely cry at movies – it might really be once every five years. Well I full on sobbed during the last ten minutes. What a movie. I still have a Coco hangover. I think I might have this one for awhile. I won’t talk too much about it, but I’d love to hear if you saw it and how it affected you. Des might have been a bit young for it, but Scarlet felt the happy/sad impact and Cassidy said it was amazing. After that, I talked to my blogging best friend – Janine from Confessions of a Mommyholic – because we like to be twins on things, and we are twins on making Melting Snowman Cookies. She made a recipe of them years ago, and it’s the perfect snow day activity. It was my turn too!

I’m not the neatest baker in town, but I made an effort with these. I finally tried them after all these years of wanting to make them, and Janine updated her recipe. So we’re posting on the same day. Be sure to check out her post too!

Melting Snowman Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • Large marshmallows
  • Orange and black decorating frosting
  • White Wilton Cookie Icing
  • Mini Chocolate Chips


Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.

  • In a separate mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the butter and sugar. Add the egg and milk and mix until completely combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix on low until mixed together.

  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  • Sprinkle a large surface with flour or powdered sugar. Place dough on top and roll flat with a rolling pin. Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut out your cookies.

  • Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Rotate pan and bake for another 5 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and let cool.

  • On a large marshmallow, use the black decorating frosting to make two eyes and a mouth. Use the orange decorating frosting to make a carrot nose.

  • Use the white Wilton cookie icing to ice the top of the cookies.

  • Before it hardens, add the large marshmallow on top.

  • Use the black decorating frosting to draw two arms below the head.

  • Add 3 mini chocolate chips for buttons.

You know what I think? I think these Melting Snowman Cookies will be a hit anytime you make them - whether at home with your kids - or for a winter party. The holidays are over, but snowman fun is not over until spring. Enjoy this fun #recipe!

And then, you just enjoy the cuteness. And eventually eat them. I hesitated..

You know what I think? I think these Melting Snowman Cookies will be a hit anytime you make them - whether at home with your kids - or for a winter party. The holidays are over, but snowman fun is not over until spring. Enjoy this fun #recipe!

You know what I think? I think these Melting Snowman Cookies will be a hit anytime you make them - whether at home with your kids - or for a winter party. The holidays are over, but snowman fun is not over until spring. Enjoy this fun #recipe!

Enjoy!

You know what I think? I think these Melting Snowman Cookies will be a hit anytime you make them - whether at home with your kids - or for a winter party. The holidays are over, but snowman fun is not over until spring. Enjoy this fun #recipe!