Grilled Scallops w/ Veggie Orzo (One Pot)

Scallops on Baseball Night?

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?

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).
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