Dinner Tonight: Seared Scallops Recipe from Women’s Health

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I’m back on track this week – made it to the grocery store yesterday and cooked up this recipe from the December issue of Women’s Health magazine. This is the Seared Scallops with White Beans and Spinach recipe. The dish clocks in at only 266 calories and best of all…it has BACON!

It’s a very quick and easy recipe –from start to finish it took me about 45 minutes to make.  Although the portion size seems small (recipe serves 4), it’s actually pretty filling with the large sea scallops. My only issue with the recipe is that next time I would pump it up with some spices. The scallops were fantastic, but the spinach mixture was a little bland. It could definitely use some more garlic and maybe some cumin or thyme.

Seared Scallops with White Beans and Spinach from Women’s Health

  • 2 strips of bacon, chopped into small pieces (I used 3 for more flavor)
  • ½ red onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (I used 2 cloves)
  • 14 oz. canned low sodium white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 lb. large sea scallops
  • Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

If you bought frozen sea scallops, defrost scallops in a large bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes. Then, heat a large saucepan over low heat and cook bacon until it starts to crisp.

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Add the red onion and garlic and sauté until the onions become slightly transparent.

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Add the white beans and spinach and simmer until the spinach wilts. (Side note – I’ve never cooked spinach before. Check out these before and after photos.)

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After

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Turn off burner and cover pan to keep warm. Next, heat a medium size skillet over medium-high heat.  Add butter to the pan. Blot the scallops with a paper towel to soak up any excess moisture. After butter has melted, add scallops to the skillet and sear for about 3 minutes on each side.

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After

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Make sure the spinach mixture is still warm. Squeeze lemon juice over the mixture and add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour a glass of white wine and enjoy!

Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value: 7 (10 points with glass of wine)

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