Bring the restaurant home

Do you ever let a week pass and realize you didn’t eat at home once?

It happens.

It’s not good, but it happens.

Even when you’re eating out and you THINK you’re being healthy often time there are lots of hidden little traps. A pad of butter here and extra splash of oil there. Before you know it, you’re racking up hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of calories.

You think you’re sticking to your diet but you may as well have stuffed your face with a Big Mac. And fries.

Here’s a good example: I used to eat Wahoo’s tacos like it was my business. That is until I searched the nutritional information one day and learned a two taco meal was 1,100 calories! For chicken tacos, black beans and rice. Crazy biz!

I haven’t sworn off Wahoo’s but I don’t eat it as frequently and treat it like fast food.

It’s always always better to bring the restaurant home. It’s cheaper and healthier and really doesn’t take all that long.

Last night, my husband made this dish adapted from a Women’s Health recipe that I found. He tweaked it a bit and added fresh tomatoes for acidity and shaved lemon zest for a little extra citrus.

SO good. Restaurant quality and healthy!This only took him about 20 minutes to cook. (He’s the chef, I’m the baker, usually).

Because J.D. tweaked the recipe, I guess we can name it after him. 😉

Dizzle’s Seared Scallops


1. Heat a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook the bacon until it has begun to crisp. Add the onion and garlic; saute until the onion is soft and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, white beans and spinach and simmer until the beans are hot and the spinach is wilted. Keep warm.
2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Rinse the scallops well and dry them thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Add the butter and the scallops to the pan and sear the scallops for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until deeply caramelized.
3. Before serving, add the lemon juice to the beans. Season with salt and pepper. Shave lemon zest over the scallops and top off the bean mixture with a little zest as well.  Serve the beans and top with scallops.
Here’s the nutritional info per serving:
Calories: 266
Fat: 3 g
Carbs: 25 g
Sugars: 2 g
Fiber: 6 g
Protein: 27 g
Bon Appetit!

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