Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pan Fried Scallops and Bacon

I'm a huge fan of seafood, and these guys, well expensive, are one of my favorites, both for being easy to cook and their taste.

1 slice bacon
1/4 lbs. scallops

  1. In small frying pan, cook bacon thoroughly.  
  2. Set aside to cool and then crumble.
  3. While bacon is cooling, turn up heat to medium high.  
  4. Rinse and pat dry scallops. 
  5. Using tongs, place scallops about 1 inch apart into bacon grease and cook about 2 minutes per side, until seared.  
  6. Serve with bacon crumbles.

I, of course, ate mine with a cup of baby spinach and a Tbsp. of Wegmans' awesome Greek Yogurt Caesar dressing, and garlic mashed cauliflower.

Serves 1/ Approx. 160calories (spinach salad not included)

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Erm. Mer. Gerd.

I hate cauliflower.  Loathe it.  Cannot stand it.  You get the picture.

I stuffed myself full of this!  In fact, I'd say it's safe to bet you could trick people into thinking it's potatoes.  Healthy potatoes with less carbs and more vitamins.  In fact, it's about 1/3 of the carbs, similar in protein, and even with the yogurt added it's still less than half the calories. However, it's much higher on its own in sodium, so people with blood pressure issues should take that into consideration before adding salt.

It is a little smoother than those package mixes. For those who prefer a thicker mix, I'd add 1/2 a cup more of cauliflower.  Also, the garlic is mild, so garlic lovers might want to double it.

2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
3 Tbsp. Parmesan and Romano Cheese, grated
1/4 tsp minced garlic
2 heaping Tbsp. Greek yogurt, plain
1 Tbsp. butter

  1. Cook cauliflower in boiling water until tender, about 8 minutes.  
  2. Drain using sieve or colander lined with heavy duty paper towels and pat dry while hot.
  3. In blender or food processor, puree all ingredients.
  4. Serve as you would garlic mashed potatoes.

Serves 2-3/ Approx. 167 calories total (bacon not included).