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Gluten Free in Martinique

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Last week Jeremy and I took a trip to Martinique. Martinique is a rugged Caribbean island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles. An overseas region of France, its culture reflects a distinctive blend of French and West Indian influences. Its largest town, Fort-de-France, features steep hills, and narrow streets. Located 3.5 miles south-southeast of Fort de France, is the town Pointe du Bout. Pointe du Bout is a “popular” tourist destination because it offers lots of shops, restaurants, beaches and ferry access to Fort-de France. 

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With that said, the tourist industry in Martinique is still rather small. It wasn’t until 2015 that Americans really started travelling to Martinique. Many people I’ve spoken with have never even heard of it! 

Pointe du Bout offers quite a few restaurant options. While there aren’t gluten free menus anywhere, there are plenty of gluten free options. Most menus feature grilled fish and meats, and as long as you speak french or have a french gluten free guide card, you should be just fine! 

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Le Bistrot d’en face is a wine bar/French restaurant that serves a variety of meat dishes. Many of the grilled meats, without marinade, are gluten free. 

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Fish is also very popular on the island. Marlin, Dorade (sea bream), smoked salmon, Chatrou (small octopus), shrimp and prawns can be found on restaurant menus throughout the island. 

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Colombo is a signature spice of the Island and is made with a blend of French, West- and East Indian spices. It combines turmeric, brown mustard seed, hot pepper, coriander, West Indian bay leaf, thyme and black peppercorn. The most famous dishes include Colombo de Martinique which is a curry traditionally made from lamb cooked in coconut milk, ginger and Colombo powder. It is also used to season chicken, goat, pork or vegetables such as aubergine, pumpkin or other local root vegetables.

Ceviche is also quiet popular. We had ceviche twice during our trip. 

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Breakfast was a little trickery, as most people ate pastries of some sort. Luckily, fresh fruit and eggs are on every restaurant menu. 

We had such a great trip and there was no shortage of fresh fish or fruity drinks!

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Tonnino Gourmet Tuna

Tonnino is bringing a new kind of tuna to the table – 100% yellowfin fillets, caught in the wild and jarred by hand. Tonnino is a gourmet line of olive oil or spring water-packed tuna that sets a high standard for what’s possible when it comes to tinned or jarred tuna fish. Every jar of Tonnino tuna is dolphins-safe, rich in omega’3s, and contains the lowest possible level of mercury.

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There are eight tuna fillet varieties, all but one of which is packed in olive oil: 

  • In spring water
  • In olive oil
  • Lemon and pepper in olive oil
  • With oregano in olive oil
  • With jalapeno in olive oil
  • With garlic in olive oil
  • With capers and garlic in olive oil
  • Ventresca in olive oil
Low in fat and cholesterol, but high on deliciousness. The freshness of these tasty gourmet tuna fillets will be the perfect addition for your balanced diet. Use it as the main ingredient in salads, sushi rolls and pitas, and have yourself a healthy pleasure. You can taste the difference in Tonnino Tuna. It is fresh – easy to tell that it is made with high quality fish – and super flavorful. Tonnino makes it nearly impossible to go back to plain-old tinned canned tuna.
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Tonnino can trace every jar from the fishing of the tuna to the point of production. 
 

You can also see what you’re getting because the yellowfin tuna fillets are packed in glass jars and thus clearly visible. Tonnino tuna is gluten free and non-GMO project verified. 

You can purchase Tonnino tuna at retail locations across the country and on Amazon.com. Click here to find a store location nearest you.

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 
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Minute® Ready to Serve Rice & Chicken of the Sea Salmon Pouches

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In recognition of National Salmon Day on October 8, 2016 (the day before I get married!), Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon Pouches and Minute® Ready to Serve Rice have partnered together to make meal-planning easy.

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both offer portability and portion control and are ideal for lunch or a snack.

Minute Ready to Serve Rice is an ideal portable solution for lunch (or really any time of the day!) because you can eat it on the go. In just 60 seconds, you have a fully cooked, perfect single portion of rice for any meal or snack. You’ll never get bored with your lunch since there are several flavorful and wholesome varieties, including; Basmati Rice, Black Beans & Rice, Chicken Rice Mix, Fried Rice*, White Rice, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Brown Rice & Quinoa, Brown & Wild Rice, Jasmine Rice, Mutli-Grain Medley and Yellow Rice Mix. *Fried Rice is the only flavor that is not gluten free.  

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Chicken of the Sea Pink Salmon pouches are portable, too. Just like Minute Ready to Serve Rice, they’re wholesome and convenient, creating a tasty lunch alternative. Both are a wholesome and nutritious option with built-in portion control. Both products are conveniently packaged: Minute Ready to Serve in two individual single-serve cups and Chicken of the Sea Salmon pouches is available in single serving 2.5 ounce pouches. Pairing Minute Ready to Serve Rice and Chicken of the Sea Flavored pouches together makes for a delicious twist on the standard sandwich, salad or rice bowl. It makes an easy go-to lunch at the office since both products don’t need to be refrigerated and require little to no clean-up. 

If you have a little bit more time on your hands, or want some variety in your daily meals, there are so many different ways you can incorporate Minute Ready to Serve Rice and Salmon of the Sea Pouches into delicious, nutritious, quick and easy recipes. My favorite is Salmon Rice Cakes. 

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Salmon Rice Cakes
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Ingredients
  1. 2 2.5 oz Lemon Pepper or Sriracha Salmon Pouches
  2. 1 cup Minute Ready to Serve Rice
  3. 1/3 cup chopped onions
  4. 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  5. 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 teaspoons paprika, divided
  8. 1 garlic clove, chopped
  9. Salt and Pepper, to taste
  10. 4 Tablespoons dairy free butter or olive oil
  11. 1 lemon
  12. 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  13. 3 Tablespoons Mayonaise
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Combine salmon, rice, onions, carrots, basil, egg, 1 teaspoon paprika, garlic, juice of 1/2 a lemon, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Heat butter in a pan over medium heat.
  4. Form 4 to 5 patties
  5. Cookies the patties until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes on each side.
  6. While the patties are cooking, make the sauce. Combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice, dijon mustard, mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Serve on top of Salmon Rice patties
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This recipe is also very easy to make and takes 15-20 minutes from start to finish. You can serve with a salad or on it’s own for a wholesome gluten free meal!

From September 25 thru October 8, the “Salmon Loves Rice Sweepstakes,” will take place where you can use the hashtag #NationalSalmonDay on both companies social media platforms to answer salmon trivia questions for a chance to win an Alaskan cruise and Chicken of the Sea Flavored Salmon Pouches and Minute Ready to Serve Rice products!

Join the Twitter party on September 27 at 11 a.m. ET to get ideas on some fun ways to pair Minute Ready to Serve Rice with Chicken of the Sea Flavored Pouches. Just search for the hashtag #SalmonLovesRice during the party!

 

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Gluten Free In New Orleans

New Orleans is a great place for eating…gluten-free! New Orleans is one of the culinary capitals of the U.S., with a mix of Cajun, Creole and French cuisines, making it uniquely it’s own. There are a few staples you must try if you are there – Po’ Boys, Chargrilled Oysters, Gulf Fish – and luckily you can find gluten free versions of all these dishes and more. 

Oysters on the Half Shell at Red Fish Grill
Oysters on the Half Shell at Red Fish Grill

Raw oysters served on the half shell are popular throughout the South, but chargrilled oysters are a distinctly New Orleans specialty. Traditionally made with a mixture of breadcrumb, herbs, cheese, and melted butter, you can find a gluten free version of this NOLA staple at Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and The Irish House. 

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Po’ Boys are also a NOLA staple, but finding a gluten free version of this French Bread sandwich filled with fried seafood, can be hard. There are two restaurant that offers a gluten free version, Casamento’s and Meals from the Heart Cafe. Casement’s has the classic, with fried shrimp and fried oysters, but the catch is they close at 2pm and you must get there early if you don’t want to wait in line. We didn’t know this and ultimately did not want to wait over an hour, we were hungry. So next time I am in NOLA, it will be my first stop of the day. 

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Sautéed Alligator

If you are a seafood lover, then NOLA is definitely the city for you. With fresh gulf fish and seafood on almost every menu, you must try gulf shrimp, blue crab, alligator, and red fish. 

My favorite meal was at Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The waiters are knowledgable about the menu and they offer many gluten free dishes. 

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On Christmas we ate dinner at Richard Fiske’s, a martini and jazz bar serving creole food in the French Quarer. While they do not offer a gluten free menu, they can do just about any seafood dish gluten free. They also have a great happy hour, with $3 martini’s from 4-7pm! 

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Gulf Ref Fish

 

After we decided not to wait in line at Casamento’s we ended up at the best Vietnamese Restaurant, Magasin Cafe in Uptown. 

Magasin Gluten Free Menu
Magasin Gluten Free Menu

Chicken Pho and Salmon Spring Rolls
Chicken Pho and Salmon Spring Rolls

 

Other Gluten Free Restaurants in NOLA: 

3 Potato 4  (French Quarter) organic baked potato-fries company that serves a variety of organic, gluten free, 99% fat free, baked potato-fries with homemade sauces in a biodegradable paper cone. 

Bayona (contemporary American, French Quarter) almost anything on the menu can be made to accommodate gluten allergies. 

Bourbon House (Seafood, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu available 

BRAVO Cucina Italian (Metairie) Gluten Free Menu available includes salads, pasta and grilled entrees 

Casamento’s (Uptown) all fried seafood is gluten free 

Juan’s Flying Burrito (Mexican, MidCity, Garden District, French Quarter) gluten free corn tortillas 

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen (French Quarter) offers gluten free pasta 

Meals from the Heart Cafe (Market, French Quarter, limited seating) Gluten Free Menu includes pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, sandwiches, crab cakes, salads, gumbo, pastries 

Mother’s Restaurant – Gluten Free Menu available, including grilled fish and seafood, omeletes, salads and soups

Muriel’s Jackson Square (Creole/Cajun, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu

Palace Cafe (Creole/Cajun, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu available 

Red Gravy (Italian, Central Business District) Gluten free homemade fettuccine, lasagna and ravioli, using almond flour. 

Seed (vegetarian)  Gluten Free Options labeled, including starters, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts.  

Rivista (bakery, Uptown) shortbread, muffins, frittatas and salads

Sukho Thai (Uptown/Garden District) – gluten free options 

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar (Uptown) Gluten Free Menu available, including salads, char grilled oysters, shellfish, grilled fish, meat, dessert

The Irish House (Uptown) notes gluten free and paleo items on their menu, including leek soup, charbroiled gulf oysters, duck confit salad, braised beef short ribs, hanger steak, rustic lamb fricasse, shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, blackened gulf fish, chicken, shepard’s pie. 

The Rum House (Caribbean Taqueria, Garden District) Gluten Free Menu options labeled, including queso dip, avocado mango dip, salads, Caribbean inspired tacos (brisket, duck, jerk chicken, lamb vindaloo, creole rib, flaked fish, seared scallop, veggies, shrimp)

Theo’s Pizza (3 locations in Elmwood, Uptown and Mid-City) gluten free crust for $4.25 extra

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MEET A NEW FAMILY OF TUNA -Tonnino’s offers a better tuna for a better you

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Tonnino Gourmet is bringing a new kind of tuna to your family’s table—100% yellowfin fillets, caught in the wild and jarred by hand, dolphin-safe, rich in Omega-3s with low mercury levels. Available in seven delicious varieties of flavor, each contains only the finest cuts of tuna for exceptional appearance, texture, and taste you can enjoy straight out of the jar. Once you realize just how tasty tuna is supposed to be, there’ll be no going back to the can.

It’s been a staple in the American pantry: drained albacore, punched up with some mayo and seasoning for classic salads, sandwiches, and casseroles. But now there is a more sophisticated way to enjoy tuna, as Tonnino is tempting taste buds and bringing foodies everywhere to change their tune. Tonnino Premium yellowfin tuna features innovative flavors and high quality ingredients, combined to make a delicious and healthy product not to be missed. Each distinct in taste and personality.

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Tonnino classic, Italian-style, yellowfin is soaked in the purest olive oil and perfectly adapts to your favorite recipes. For an even fresher flavor, Tonnino low-fat fillets are submerged in spring water to spruce up any salad, a perfect addition to any healthy diet. For a more Italian experience, Tonnino fillets with oregano in olive oil offers a blend of delicious tropically-grown herbs and spices, ideal for pasta and pizza—and perfect on its own, as well. With its flirtatious hint of spice, our tuna fillets with jalapeno in olive oil will make your palate blush and bring any Mexican dish to life. Another Mediterranean delight, Tonnino gourmet tuna fillets with garlic in olive oil is deliciously versatile. The addition of capers takes things to another level, perfect for spreading on a bagel or instant canapés.

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I bring lunch to work almost everyday. Tonnino Tuna over greens was delicious, healthy, and satisfying.

As people are learning to taste with their palate and their conscience, becoming increasingly aware of where their food comes from and that its production is socially and environmentally responsible, Tonnino wants to know that it’s safe. Tonnino can certify and guarantee that fishing has not harmed any other species, only selecting small sized yellowfin tuna with low levels of mercury. Hand packed in glass jars for quality you can see and taste, Tonnino offers convenience without sacrificing sophistication. Can the idea of canned tuna and try Tonnino! Tonnino ($7.99) is available nationwide at Whole Foods, Fairway, Central Market, Wegmans, etc. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Tilapia with mango avocado salsa

Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Meals and Fall Side Dishes

 

Jeremy and I don’t eat that many frozen meals, mainly because there just aren’t that many gluten free options. Ok, maybe there are more gluten free frozen food products available in stores today more than ever before, but have you tried some of them? The amount of sodium in many meals is too high for my likely (and make the food taste way too salty!) Other products just have too many unpronounceable ingredients that I personally do not want to put into my body. For that reason, I cook most of our meals at home from scratch. As you can imagine, this isn’t always easy, especially on days that I work that or that I’m so tired from a long day at work and the last thing I want to do is cook!  NewFamilyShot_cartons Well thanks to Bumble Bee Foods, North America’s largest branded seafood company, who recently came out with a new product line Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Premium Fresh Frozen, which is 100% gluten free, low sodium, and made with very few ingredients, all which I can pronounce.  Bumble Bee SuperFresh® is a new line of naturally seasoned, restaurant-quality premium fresh frozen seafood that is cleaned, cut and fresh frozen within hours, then chef prepared with high-quality, all-natural ingredients. High in protein, rich in flavor and gluten free. The six premium seafood items include:

      • Spicy Shrimp Romesco
      • Lemon Shrimp with Garlic & Herbs
      • Salmon with Garden Pesto
      • Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs
      • Tilapia with Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    I recently had the chance to try some of the new products and I was very impressed with the fresh flavor, and how quick and easy it is to prepare. Bumble Bee SuperFresh® raises the bar for what seafood lovers can expect from frozen food!

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Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs with mango avocado salsa

All Bumble Bee SuperFresh® entrees go from freezer to table in 25 minutes or less, perfect for busy nights, and nights you get home late from work and just don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen preparing a meal. The Salmon and Tilapia come with their own parchment paper baking pouch,  a special uncoated parchment paper to seal in flavor and juices, it’s included so you don’t have to worry about having parchment paper or not. Each fish is high in protein, and low in number of ingredients used. I try to eat as clean as possible and never buy frozen meals for this reason. But Bumble Bee SuperFresh® certainly is an exception, and great addition to frozen meals available in the market.  

Bumble Bee SuperFresh® smells and tastes amazing. No fishy smells here. Because you prepare Bumble Bee SuperFresh® straight from the freezer, there isn’t any smell associated with thawing fish, which is especially appreciated when you live in a small city apartment where smells easily travel to every room and get trapped in.  My favorite product is the Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs. What a difference fresh lemon makes! Combined with Extra Olive Oil, shallots, black pepper and other natural ingredients, this simple recipe brings out the clean, fresh flavor of premium tilapia. Another thing I love about the new line is that there is no mess to clean up!! No dishes to clean, no mess to clean, and no fuss. Like I said, the meals are easy to prepare, simply preheat the oven, take the fish out of the box, pull back the seal of the plastic bag each fish is wrapped in, place the fish in the parchment paper bag, fold the open edge of the bag, place on a baking sheet, and put in the oven, and voila!  IMG_2745 (1) Some of my favorite, quick, easy and delicious side dishes (all can be prepared in less than 25 minutes!) that are perfect for fall include: 

1.Avocado Mango Salsa     

 

Avocado Mango Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
  2. 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
  3. 1 small red onion, diced
  4. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
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2. Roasted Rosemary Oregano Potatoes    

3. Spiralized zucchini noodles topped with Spicy Shrimp Romesco and baby tomatoes      

4. Sautéed Fresh Spinach    

5. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Green Beans

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Green Beans
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound green beans, washed & trimmed
  2. 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  3. 1 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
  4. 2 Tbs. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Infused Olive Oil
  5. 1/2 cup red pepper, seeds removed, thinly sliced lengthwise
  6. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Steam the green beans for 7 minutes or until tender.
  2. In large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add red pepper, green beans and balsamic vinegar, cooking for 2 - 3 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Remove from heat. Add remaining Oil, salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.
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 6. Roasted Fall Vegetables     

7. Braised Radishes 

Braised Radishes
Serves 6
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb radishes
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the radishes in a large skillet and add just enough water to cover. Add the butter, sugar, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until the radishes are tender and the liquid has reduced to a glaze, about 12 minutes
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer radishes to a serving dish (or your plate)
  4. Pour glaze over radishes
Notes
  1. If the radishes are tender but the liquid has not reduced sufficiently, remove the radishes from the skilled and continue to reduce the liquid.
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   8. Spinach Quinoa Salad with craisins and almonds     

  9. Quinoa with Apples and Carrots 

Quinoa with Apples and Carrots
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 cup finelly diced carrots
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 cup chicken broth
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 2 cups diced unpeeled apples
  9. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa and rub the grains together for 30 seconds before cooking.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a saucepan over med-high heat. Add onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper. Sautee for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender and carrots begin to brown.
  3. Stir in broth, water, quinoa and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  4. While the quinoa is simmering, in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add the apple and sautee for 7 minutes, until apple begins to brown.
  5. Add apple to the quinoa and toss to combine.
  6. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. For a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth.
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Visit the Bumble Bee SuperFresh® website for a $2 off coupon so you can try these delicous SuperFresh® products for yourself! Bumble Bee SuperFresh® products are available at super markets nationwide, including Fairway Markets and Gristedes in NYC. To find a retail location nearest you, click here

Salmon with roasted potatoes and braised raddishes
Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil with roasted potatoes and braised raddishes

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