You think this dinner is the last thing you make on the night of a baseball game – not true. We had to be at baseball at 5:15PM so I served dinner at 4:45PM. Why not – who wants to eat at 8:30PM? Skip the attack of the snack drawer after school and eat early if you have to. Another idea for game night – next time you bake some chicken cutlets (find in “chicken” recipes), make some extra and throw them in the freezer for a quick meal. If you’re really in a pinch, you are better off making the kids scrambled eggs and toast than some processed frozen chemical dinner. I takes less time and is way better for them. Ask your two-year old how many ingredients are in an egg – even she can count to one.
Scallops: (Faster than chicken to grill)
- Pat dry scallops. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on both sides.
- Grill for 3-5 minutes on each size (depending on size).
- Serve with fresh lemon or squeeze it right on!
Veggie Orzo (Warm, Cold or Room Temperature): Make some extra, it’s great for leftovers. You can add a little chicken or soy sauce to it the next day for lunch or toss it into a salad. Or you can eat it as a snack over your sink (my favorite).
- Cook Orzo (or any pasta) in salted water according to directions. Drain pasta and reserve about a cup of pasta water.
- Use same pot to cook a little garlic in EV olive oil. Throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge (I try to use up everything on Thursday night). I cooked some snow peas, yellow and red pepper for about 10 minutes until cooked (firm but not mushy). I remove the garlic.
- Add some (1/4 cup) chicken broth or a little pasta water (and a splash of wine if you like) and some fresh lemon juice. Stir and cook for a few more minutes.
- Add pasta into the veggies and toss with a dash of salt/pepper and some parsley.
- Serve any temperature.
What Can the Kids Help With?
- Pat the scallops with a paper towel and help you sprinkle EVOO and salt/pepper on them.
- Ask kids to help pick the type of pasta (orzo, rigatoni, penne, etc.)
- Ask kids what veggies they want in the pasta.
- Picture of scallop shell: http://beachcare.org/_img/learn/seashells/speckled-scallop.jpg
- Fruit/Veggie Bingo: http://www.abcteach.com/free/f/fruit_veg_bingo_crds_w_wrdbnk.pdf
Did You Know:
- A scallop “swims” around opening and closing its shell compared to the oyster and clam which anchors itself permanently.
- Shell Oil uses the scallop shell on all their service station signs.
- Scallops are shucked from their shells on board the fishing boats.
- Sea Scallops are the big ones and Bay Scallops are the little ones. Diver scallops do not refer to the size but rather that they are hand-picked by divers (they do tend to be larger though).