Something about September always feels like a fresh start. I’m not sure if it’s due to years of school starting, or if it’s because the mornings start to feel crisp and Fall-like, but September feels like a do-over.

Hence – my Husband and I jumping on a “clean-eating” wagon this week. As someone who lives to eat, sometimes I struggle with lower calorie meals. It can be especially hard on hectic days where I don’t feel like I have time to cook.

Today after work (and running what felt like countless errands), I came home to an empty house. I had no food prepped, and almost zero ambition. Since my Husband was at a work event I decided to take the opportunity to make a quick, easy, and healthy seafood dish!

I had all these items in inventory already, so from start-to-finish, this dish took about 15 minutes! It was refreshing, delicious, and exactly what I needed!

Seared Scallops & Pea Puree

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 1

Ingredients

Pea Puree

  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Shelled Peas
  • 1 Fresh Mint Leaf
  • 1/4 TSP Fresh Minced Garlic
  • Sea Salt To Taste

Scallops

  • 5-6 Jumbo Scallops
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Peppercorn
  • Olive Oil For the Pan

Garnish

  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Peas
  • 1/4 Cup Pea Shoots

Instructions

Pea Puree

  • Add peas to boiling water and allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove, and add garlic, salt, a little of the water that the peas were boiling in, and mint. Puree with an immersion blender. Add additional water if required. Set aside.

Scallops

  • Pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Season generously with sea salt and fresh cracked peppercorns (Like, go nuts!)
  • Heat your pan over medium-high heat, and allow it to get piping hot. Drizzle with olive oil. Place your scallops down in the pan.
  • Allow scallops to cook for about 2 minutes per side. You want a crispy golden sear!
  • Remove scallops from the pan once they are properly seared on each side. A very hot pan will ensure this happens quickly, without over cooking your scallops.

Plate and Garnish

  • Place your pea puree on a plate, then scallops, then sprinkle additional peas and pea shoots for garnish.
  • Enjoy your "Clean Eating" Meal!

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