Bay Scallops + Asparagus in a Lemon Pepper Parmesan Sauce
Great dinner tonight!! Bay scallops were on sale yesterday so we changed the meal plan accordingly. And asparagus is making its way to the shelves! Yay for springtime! We added in some frozen peas to keep the spring theme going. This dinner looks fancy but it literally took 15 minutes to throw everything together.
First we got 3 oz of dry whole wheat penne cooking and the asparagus trimmed and under the broiler.
Then we seared 1/2 a pound of bay scallops in 2 tsp of olive oil, turning when they were nice and brown, adding a handful of thawed frozen peas near the end of cooking.
In the meantime, we grated some fresh parmesan and combined 1 tbsp flour and 3 fl. oz of milk in a small pot with some pepper, heating on low and stirring until it thickened.
After about 8 minutes, we drained the pasta and removed the asparagus from the broiler and cut it into bite size pieces.
Toss everything but sauce together and squeeze on fresh lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning.
Plate, and top pasta with sauce.
It was quite delicious!! We ate too fast. It was hard to put our forks down.
From above -
Each portion was about 414 kcal, 10 grams fiber and 35 grams of protein.
In true Robin Miller style, I used some free time today to prep for a busy week. With the husband headed back to work, we’ll have to be more organized about our meals. I hardboiled some eggs, made a batch of steel cut oats and made my first try at oat bran pancakes (the same as oatmeal but with oat bran instead.) Here’s the line-up on the stove:
The oat bran pancakes turned out nice – kind of like cornmeal texture and taste and not as sweet as oatmeal. I split the middle one with the husband for a snack. My batch was 1/2 a cup of oat bran (240 kcal), 1/2 cup egg whites and a splash of hemp milk. It made about 6.5 pancakes, about 50 kcal each. Perfect for a pre-workout snack topped with a little PB&J! They’re in the freezer waiting for me.
I also soaked a big bag of navy and pinto beans yesterday and simmered them on the stove today for about an hour. They are DELICIOUS and that’s without seasonings!!! I just love beans. The hardest thing about making beans from scratch is soaking them. And there’s nothing hard about soaking beans!!! Just put a bag of beans under water in a big bowl or pot for 24 hours in your pantry or laundry room. When you’re ready to cook, drain the water, cover the beans with fresh, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low until they are no longer hard.
And for $0.79 you get a TON of beans – literally! We’re using these in a soup tomorrow and another recipe on Wednesday, but I’ll be eating them for lunch too!
Around 5:00 I had a bowl of cereal - Kashi H2H plus a weetabix biscuit plus 2 honey graham sticks with hemp milk. I think cereal is the BEST application of hemp milk! And some Good Earth tea.
So that was my Sunday!! I also got some Physiology done, vacuumed the house, folded clean bedding, swept the kitchen floor, among other things, and am now going up to take a bath, exchange back massages(!!), and read Eat, Pray, Love until I’m tired or 9:30 – whichever comes first!