Seared Chili Scallops with Baby Bok Choy

Main, Seafood | January 31, 2017 | By

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This sweet, tender Seared Chili Scallops recipe is a dish I could eat once a week!  Honestly, it’s incredibly easy and so impressive when plated!  Scallops are quick-cooking, tender, and mild, and go well over just about any vegetable or grain. We plopped them on top of quickly wilted baby bok choy.  The colors are just beautiful from the fresh basil and mint, and the pop of color and heat from the Thai chili peppers.  Did I mention how low-fat this recipe is?  No guilt!  Just some Asian persuasion from our end!

Quickly wilted baby bok choy is deliciously paired with the seared scallops!

Sweet and succulent fresh sea scallops are the star of this dish!

Seared Chili Scallops with Baby Bok Choy
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil (divided)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Thai red chili peppers, seeded and finely chopped (or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes)
  • Zest and juice from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 20 large sea scallops
  • 1 pound fresh baby bok choy, ends trimmed
Instructions
  1. In a medium glass bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon canola oil, garlic, chili pepper, lemon juice and zest, orange zest, basil, mint, salt and pepper. Add the cleaned scallops to the bowl and let marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature. Remove the scallops and pat dry, reserving the marinade.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet over high heat. Add the other tablespoon to the pan. Sear the scallops until just done, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
  3. Place the reserved marinade in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer, keeping marinade warm.
  4. Heat the same heavy skillet over medium high heat, with 2 tablespoons canola oil. Quickly wilt the baby bok choy in the skillet, adding salt and pepper to taste (optional). To plate, place several leaves of bok choy at the bottom of a dish. Top bok choy with the scallops and marinade. Sprinkle more basil and mint to garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Chinese Curry Chicken

Main, Poultry | January 24, 2017 | By

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We’re celebrating the Chinese New Year — “Year of the Rooster” — with this traditional, Chinese Curry Chicken dish that will dance in your mouth!  It’s a one-pot meal that’s a cinch to prepare!  We used chicken thighs for its tenderness, aromatic curry and turmeric powder, lemongrass, and a bit of heat from dried chili peppers. The starchy baby potatoes thicken the dish, so no need to serve with rice (extra carbs!).  Really important tip: Remove the red chili peppers before you eat this dish or you may have to call the fire department to rescue your tongue!  Happy Chinese New Year!  You’ll savor this recipe for years to come!  新年快乐

This dish is bursting with flavor from the fragrant curry powder, turmeric powder, and red curry paste!

This one-pot dish is super easy to prepare!  Just toss in the ingredients and slowly simmer!

 

Chinese Curry Chicken
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and sauté until starting to brown. Add in the lemongrass and sauté with shallots another 2 minutes. Toss in the baby potatoes and dried chili peppers and stir. Stir the chicken thighs together with the sautéed vegetables. Add in the red curry paste, curry powder, turmeric powder and coat the chicken well. Add in coconut milk and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until chicken is tender and the potatoes are done. Remove lemongrass stalks and chili peppers before serving.

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Easy Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup

pumpkin coconut soup

Soup & Salad | January 17, 2017 | By

Baby, it’s cold outside!  Warm up your tootsies with this super easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup!  I literally made this in 30 minutes!  Need I say more? There are so many fragrant spices in this recipe, plus the sweetness from the pumpkin purée and a dash of brown sugar combined with the heat from the Thai chili pepper is so incredibly satisfying! It’s seriously healthy too, no fat in this bowl of goodness! Pair it with a nice glass of wine (or whisky) and you’ll be warming up in no time!

Pumpkins really work wonderfully in this comforting bowl of soup!

Toast the raw pumpkin seeds with a sprinkle of salt and sriracha seasoning!

 

 

Easy Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 15 oz. cans pumpkin purée
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • Dollop of low-fat sour cream
  • Toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds for garnish (recipe below)
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a heavy Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper. Sauté until fragrant and onions are translucent. Stir in the curry powder, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and salt until well blended with the sautéed vegetables about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the chicken stock, coconut milk, pumpkin purée, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, purée the soup until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Add in the pepper and more salt if necessary. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.
  3. To make the toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds:
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 cup of raw pumpkins seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spray the pumpkin seeds with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and 1 teaspoon of sriracha seasoning. Toss well to coat. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until browned and toasted. Let cool.
Notes
Thai chili peppers can be replaced with red chili flakes. Sriracha seasoning can be replaced with adobo seasoning. For vegetarian, you can substitute the chicken stock for vegetable stock.

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