Canned Tuna and Salmon Get Globally Inspired

Freshé Sicilian Caponata tops fresh kale.
Freshé Sicilian Caponata tops fresh kale.

Henry and Lisa Lovejoy take seafood seriously and responsibly, having founded EcoFish in 1999, a New Hampshire company that sells sustainably-caught frozen and canned seafood nationwide.

It was the first seafood company certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Its seafood advisory board also includes some of the globe’s leading marine conservation scientists.

Freshé is the company’s line of single-serve, easy-open, tinned seafood designed to be a protein-packed small meal to take on the go to enjoy wherever and whenever.

They are all built around either certified sustainable tuna or certified sustainable aquaculture salmon.

They come in six international varieties, which I had a chance to sample recently: Provence Nicoise (wild tuna), Sicilian Caponata (wild tuna), Barcelona Escalvada (salmon), Moroccan Tagine (salmon), Aztec Ensalada (wild tuna), and Thai Sriracha (wild tuna).

Featuring a medley of herbs, spices, vegetables, and legumes, they make for a tasty complete meal unto themselves or can be enjoyed on grilled bread, crackers, salad greens, and more.

Each 4.5-ounce tin has 100 to 340 calories, 330 to 470 grams sodium, and 11 to 16 grams protein, depending upon the variety.

Six varieties are available.
Six varieties are available.

The Sicilian Caponata, with chunks of tuna in a saucy blend of butternut squash, red bell peppers, almonds, is sweet and zesty, and would make a tasty sandwich.

The Moroccan Tagine features salmon, chickpeas, zucchini, quinoa, and olives in plenty of flavorful oil that begs to be mixed into cooked pasta of your choice.

Pop the lid on the Moroccan Tagine blend.
Pop the lid on the Moroccan Tagine blend.

The Thai Sriracha is one of my favorites because it’s quite hearty with a load of tuna, black beans, and peanuts in a sweet, tangy, and barely spicy olive oil-based sauce. This one will definitely power you up in a hurry at lunchtime without weighing you down.

If you find yourself bored with the usual plain canned salmon and tuna, these definitely inject a big helping of new excitement.

Find Freshé sold on Amazon, and at Whole Foods and Walmart, as well as on its own web site, where a 4-tin pack is $17.99.

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