Seriously Seared

Our busy season is starting to slow down a tad so I've been cooking like crazy! Sometimes there is nothing better than a delicious (and fast!) canapé. Not only is it easy it's pretty gourmet too. I love seafood and avocados so much and wanted to share this healthy appetizer for your next meal, gathering, or even as a side dish. 

Here is what you need:

  • 6 (or however many you think you need) big scallops, make sure they are big scallops this recipe won't work as well with small ones, trust me on that.
  • 1/3 cup Honey Dijon dressing
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 2 tsp Honey Dijon dressing
  • dash of salt
  1. Wash and dry your scallops, coat them in dressing and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Use a small Ziplock bag, smash avocado and add dressing. The bag will stop it from browning.
  3. In a saucepan heat the olive oil, salt and pepper the scallops, let them sear on each side for about 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a plate, and top with the delicious avocado sauce. 

*Fast Tip: If the scallops stick to the pan when trying to flip then they aren't ready yet.

Honestly I could eat this meal every single day! It's totally amazing and low cal too.

Hope all of you have a great Wednesday!


Spicy Chic

I've been dying to share this recipe for so long! It's right up my alley too, easy gourmet, fast, low cal, and chic! I absolutely love Gina Homolka from Skinny Taste. Her recipes are always my favorite and this is no exception. .

Spicy California Shrimp Stack

1-1/3 cups cooked short-grain brown rice (from 1/2 cup uncooked)

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

8 ounces cooked shrimp, peeled and tails removed

1 cup diced cucumber (about 1 small)

1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives

1/2 cup mashed avocado (about 1 medium)

4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

4 teaspoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Siracha sauce

Cook the rice and then add in rice vinegar. Evenly spread the rice on a pan to cool. Cut the shrimp into once inch cubes, then combine cucumber and chives. In a different bowl combine mayo and Siracha.

Spray a 1 cup measuring cup with oil, layer 1/4 cup cucumber

Two teaspoon avocado

1/4 cup of shrimp

and 1/3 cup rice

Carefully turn the cup upside down. If you like sesame seeds (I don't) sprinkle them then drizzle with soy sauce and mayo mix and soy sauce.

This makes for the perfect dish for a dinner party or after a long day of work throwing together for a healthy, delicious dinner.

This dish is only 225 calories per stack. So enjoy!

Have an awesome Thursday! We are so close to the weekend!


Hello Bello

This is a dish that I have been making for years. Mostly because it combines so many of my favorite things. It is also very easy, and absolutely delicious. Here are the only four ingredients you need:

Portobello Mushroom Caps, Avocado, Crab Meat, and Mozzarella Cheese

Carve out the centers of the mushroom and bake on 450 for 10-15 minutes.

While that is baking, mix in a bowl the other three, sprinkle with whatever seasoning you like, for me, garlic everything. Then, take out the Portobello's and top with the delicious mixture. Pop back in the oven for about 5 minutes. That's it. Low cal, delicious, and simple. Talk about easy gourmet!

This is great for a fast weeknight meal after you've been running around all day. Or say just returning from a photo shoot.

Happy Tuesday!