Even though the sun is shining bright and I’m finally home with mi amore, there is a dark, somber cloud hanging over my Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure how many of you know, but my husband lost his dog on Saturday night. It was very unexpected so to say that he is completely heart broken is an understatement. For as long as I’ve known E, Lily has been by his side. It’s hard being home knowing she isn’t here and it’s even harder to see how much pain my husband is in. I can’t imagine. It breaks my heart in many, many ways. Because it’s really too hard to talk about, I’m going to switch subjects to something far brighter and happier; scallops over tri-color couscous.
This is one of the easiest, healthiest and frankly, most delicious meals out there. If you’re looking for a light meal to make at home for Valentine’s Day, this should be it. The entire serving has less than *310 calories, so you can enjoy an extra slice of cake or a few more glasses of champagne without any guilt. Plus, it’s so light and has a “beachy” vibe to it, thanks to the fresh scallops and lemon zest.
Is there really anything more delicious than a seared scallop? Where the inside is so soft and buttery you could melt? I used to be very intimiated by scallops but now, I make them whenever I can. These plump, juicy fishies (crustaceans? shellfishies?) have given shrimp, my first love, a run for its money. But, given how much shrimp I ate in Mexico, I’m okay to blow them off for a date with scallops instead.
Seriously, if you’re cooking at home tonight for your special someone, consider this dish. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and is probably better than most of those overpriced dishes you get out at those “fancy” restaurants. Plus, it costs about $15 to make. Which sure beats the $85 you’d pay if you went out!
Nutritional information per serving (3 scallops and 1/3 cup couscous):
Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 48 grams
Fiber: 1.5 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Weight Watchers points: 7
*Serving size is 2 scallops per person to keep the calorie count under 300. Another scallop will add another 45 calories and 2 grams of fat to the dish.