On Saturday night I made Scallops with Pea Puree. Peas are Dave's favorite vegetable! And I've never cooked scallops by themselves so I was excited to try out this recipe from Fine Cooking.
PS- Can you believe Peas are Dave's favorite vegetable? I mean I like them, but favorite?!?! He loves them! Check out this beauty! Sauteed Scallops on a bed of delicious pea puree. And no Alex didn't take my pea puree and I know this is Top Chef not Top Scallop!!
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 package frozen peas
1 cup chicken stock
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes
3 slices bacon, cooked until crunchy
1-1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
12 medium all-natural “dry” sea scallops
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
Cook shallots and garlic over medium-low heat until the shallots are soft and fragrant but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and the broth and season with a pinch of salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pan and cook until the peas are tender, 5 to 8 minutes for fresh peas, 3 to 4 minutes for frozen. Transfer the contents of the pan to a blender or food processor and purée to a smooth consistency, adding a little water if needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Return the purée to the saucepan, cover, and set aside on the stovetop to keep warm. Pat the scallops dry and season them generously with salt and pepper.
I really think this entire dish took me twenty minutes. Seriously, super easy and delicious!
And today I made one of the most amazing dishes I've ever ever tasted. Most of you know I'm pretty obsessed with Kale. I have no idea where I got the idea but I had a ton of Kale left from last week so I thought to make Kale Pesto. Then I googled it and found an awesome NY Times recipe. I also decided I wanted to try Brown Rice Pasta that I saw on Emily's blog. It was easy to find at the grocery store and tasted exactly the same as pasta! I really don't think I'll make any other pesto ever again. This was so perfect!
Brown Rice Pasta with Kale Pesto & Chicken Sausage
Ingredients:1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 small bunch (about 1/2 pound) kale, center ribs removed
8 ounces brown rice pasta
2 links of chicken sausage cooked and taken out of their casings
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
2 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped OR 1 tablespoon (spoonful) of pre-minced garlic (I cheat)
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; have ready a bowl of ice water. Drop kale into boiling water and cook for 45 seconds.
Drain kale well, then wrap tightly in a dry kitchen towel and squeeze thoroughly to remove any excess moisture.When water in pot comes back to a boil, cook pasta according to package directions. In a food processor, pulse together kale, nuts, garlic, salt and lemon zest until mixture is smooth and salt has dissolved.
So before I head out for the Boston Blogger Launch Party, let me recap my Workouts for the Week.
15 min eliptical, 12 crossramp, 10 incline, 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy
Lifted arms for 30 minutes
15 minutes Big Step
7 minutes running backwards at an incline of 15, 1 minute on, 1 minute off
AM Workout: 15 min eliptical, easy the whole time
1/2 hour lifting, 15 minutes of abs
PM Workout: 49 minutes, 5 miles of Intervals at Equinox
No Workout, Snow Day, Celtics!
Lunch Workout: 4.5 miles, 43:20, Speed Workout 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200
10 min eliptical
Lifted Legs- 4x10 Walking Lunges with 10lb weights, 3x10 Single Leg Squat, 2x10 each side of standing leg hip flexation, 3x10 cable hip extension, 3x10 weighted step up, 3x10 calf machine
10 Miles outside, 1:36, 9:36 pace
9:37, 9:23, 9:24, 9:22, 9:32, 9:46, 10:03, 9:53, 10, 9:03
Oh and I'm down 3lbs this week for Biggest Loser and 1.5% Body Fat.
What did you cook this weekend? How was your week of workouts?