Scallops with Tri-Color Couscous

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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.

scallops

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.

easy low fat scalloops

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.

Fresh easy scallops

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!

CLICK HERE FOR THE EASY, LOW-FAT SCALLOPS WITH TRI COLOR COUSCOUS RECIPE!

Nutritional information per serving (3 scallops and 1/3 cup couscous):

Calories: 305 
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.

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  1. Posted by Liz DellaCroce on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    So sorry to hear about your hubby's dog. :-( I can't even imagine.
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Thursday, February 14th, 2013
      Thanks Liz. It's tough.
  2. Posted by Nelly Rodriguez on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    Aw, so sorry about your husband's dog - so so sad. Recipe looks amazing, as always.
  3. Posted by Stephanie Wise on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    I am so sorry to hear about your dog -- I know the pain of losing a well-loved pet is tough. :( But to switch gears (albeit awkwardly :)), on a lighter note, I am loving this dish! Especially the fact that it's all healthy and stuff. YUM.

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Thursday, February 14th, 2013
      Thank you Stephanie.
  4. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    Those are the most gorgeous scallops ever!


    So sorry about your husband's dog - losing a pet is never easy. xo
  5. Posted by amy donovan on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    I absolutely love scallops - they're my go-to quick + easy romantic meal. And yours look fab!



    So sorry to hear about Lily - losing a pet is one of the hardest things imaginable... =(
  6. Posted by domesticfits on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    When we lost our dog (he was always more my husbands dog) it was the first time I ever saw my husband cry and I've known him since I was a teenager. Even though I missed Juilo too (that was our big fat bulldog) it was much harder for me to watch how heartbroken my husband was. And it was the looks from the people who had never been through it that said, "What? it's just a dog?" That made me so mad. I knew they just didn't get it, they had no idea that we had lost a family member. and right or wrong, it was much harder for us to lose Julio than it was when any of our grandparents passes away, even though I know people will judge me for saying that (we didn't live close to our grandparents and only saw them once every 2 or 3 years). Love and hugs to you both. My only advice is to wait a looooong time before you get another dog. We jumped right into getting a new dog because we were so desperate to feel better, and it was a huge mistake.
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Thursday, February 14th, 2013
      THANK YOU. I agree 100%. I still loved the dog but it's the hardest thing in the world to watch my husband so heartbroken. I just don't know how to deal or what to say. It's so hard :(


      Thank you for sharing this. It means the world.
  7. Posted by carrian on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    That is so hard. i'm truly sorry. My husband adores animals and I know it would rock his world to lose a pet. Much loce
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      Thanks Carrian, it's so hard :(
  8. Posted by carrian on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    love. wow.
  9. Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    What a simply perfect dish. So sorry to hear about the dog, that is never easy! I'm so sorry!
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      Thanks Cassie!
  10. Posted by Bev @ Bev Cooks on
    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    A) I can't even imagine what you and your hubby are going through. Being a dog lover myself, I would freaking vanish into nothing, forever and ever. My heart ACCCHHHEEES for you guys.

    B) Feed me?
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      Blargh, it's awful. and please, come over anytime!
  11. Posted by Bree (Skinny Mommy) on
    Friday, February 15th, 2013
    I am so sorry to hear about your doggy :(. Your Valentines sure looks like restaurant quality--perfect!
  12. Posted by Carole on
    Friday, May 24th, 2013
    Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about scallops? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers

    PS Sorry to see about the dog.