Having some extra time off before going back to school I decided to clean house a bit. I went through my stacks of old fitness magazines and ripped out workouts and recipes I would like to try. I ended up with a new stack…of ripped out magazine pages. Fantastic. I decided to go through my recipe pile and start cooking. This fall is going to be crazy with me going back to work and grad school and I would like to get organized and stay healthy. I decided to make my new project into a blog series. Each recipe that I make (and enjoy!) I will document on the blog. This way I will have an electronic copy of the recipe and be able to get rid of the ripped out copy. Also I can share these new healthy recipes with you!
Up first we have:
Citrus Scallops With Fall Veggies
adapted from SELF Magazine
Heat oven to 450. Cut brussel sprouts in half, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper & garlic. Cut 1 sweet potato into french fry sized strips. Toss with oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven on baking sheet for 20 minutes.
On stove, heat olive oil & chopped garlic over medium heat. Cook 3/4 pound sea scallops 4 minutes each side and remove from skillet. In the same skillet, heat 2 tsp sugar for 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Removing skillet from heat, whisk in 1/2 cup orange juice and 2 tsp white wine vinegar. Return to heat and bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium, cooking until think (approximately 5-8 minutes) Remove from heat, stir in 2 tsp unsalted butter. Return to heat and add scallops to skillet, covering with sauce. Divide and plate. Serves 2.
I didn’t think Dan would eat the sweet potato fries since he doesn’t like yams so I also made a salad.
Cucumber, Tomato & White Bean Salad
This recipe is pretty simple : ) Toss ingredients with salt, pepper basil & italian dressing.
This recipe was a huge hit. Dan even ate the sweet potato fries! I also couldn’t believe he agreed to eat a seafood dinner- he is not big into fish, although he has been loving shrimp lately. After he ate it I told him how healthy it was…he couldn’t believe it!
According to SELF, here are the nutritional stats for this dish (keep in mind that I modified it)
THE SKINNY 545 calories, 19 g fat (6 g saturated), 61 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 37 g protein
Not bad! And there’s more!
Superfoods & Nutritional Benefits
*Brussel Sprouts: good source of antioxidants & fiber, helps reduce inflammation, prevents cancer, good source of vitamin k, promotes cardiovascular function, aids in digestion
*Sweet Potatoes: good source of fiber, heart healthy, rich in beta carotene (vitamin A), great source of mangnese & rich in vitamins C & E.
*Olive Oil: A healthy fat which protects against heart disease.
*Scallops: healthy fat, protein, iron, selenium
*Tomato: Rich in lycopene & high in antioxidants. Reduces the risk of heart disease.
*White Beans: High in fiber, antioxidants & protein.
*Cucumber: Good source of potassium & vitamin K.
*Black Pepper: Good source of vitamin K & iron.
*Garlic: Cardiovascular benefits & cancer fighting properties.
*Orange Juice: Good source of vitamin C, protects against inflammation, improves blood pressure & decreases LDL
So there you have it! Literally the only ingredients I added that were not considered superfoods were the salt, butter and vinegar, although I would disagree with vinegar not being a superfood.
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