Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 15: Sea Scallops with Saffron Sauce

We made it to Day 15 of the 500 Calorie or Under Challenge! Day 13, I was on an overnight mom escape with a friend. yesterday, we had Qdoba for dinner which I figured was a better fast food option. Tonight's meal was quick too! It only took 30 minutes from start to table. I made seared sea scallops with a saffron sauce served over brown rice. Asparagus is in season so that was our vegetable. I just lay the asparagus on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 1-2 tbp of olive oil and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 20 minutes in a 350* oven turning halfway through. The scallops was another recipe that I found on Pinterest! We love the nutty flavor that the saffron sauce brought to the scallops. My husband hasn't been on a scale lately, but says his clothes feel looser and I'm officially down a pound this week for a two week total of 3.5 pounds!

Seared Sea Scallops with Saffron Sauce:
(Serves 4, 278 calories per serving)

12 sea scallops
6 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup cooking sherry or dry white wine
2 tbsp heavy cream
1/4 tsp saffron threads

Into a nonstick pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil. Add scallops. Season tops with salt and sear well on both sides. Careful to turn only once {you don't want scallops to tear} Remove scallops from pan and keep warm. Add wine to hot pan and de-glaze pan. Reduce temperature to medium - low and allow wine to reduce by half. Add cream, remaining butter and allow to combine. Once butter has combined, add saffron threads. Stir well to combine. Return scallops to pan. Turn to coat. Serve immediately.

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