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Seared scallops and quinoa are a great combination for an easy seafood dinner that is sure to impress. This healthy, high-protein romantic dinner can be made in 30 minutes.

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  • 2 cups water
  • 3/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon fresh juice
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs sea scallops (about 1 inch each)


In a medium saucepan, add water and 1/4 tsp of the salt and bring water to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Set aside.

In a skillet, heat 1 tsp of the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté for 3 minutes, or until onion is softened. Add onion and bell pepper mixture, lemon zest, lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, mint and black pepper to quinoa. Toss to combine. Keep warm.

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat remaining 2 tsp of oil over medium-high heat. Season scallops with the remaining 1/8 tsp of salt and pepper to taste. Add scallops to skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. Serve with quinoa mixture.

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6

Serving size: 10 scallops 3/4 cup quinoa

Per Serving: Calories: 239 Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 38mg Sodium: 336mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 3g Protein: 24g

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Date Last Reviewed: February 10, 2017

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