Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Miso Glazed Scallops with Wasabi Mased Cauliflower and Edamame

This was one of the most AMAZING meals I've ever made. It was one of those meals that after you take the first bite your taste buds do a happy dance . . . and you vow to make the dish again and again for as long as you live. Well, that's what happened to me earlier this evening. This dish will definitely be a staple on my weekly menu. Whether it be scallops, cod, chilean sea bass, or salmon- this miso-glaze is going on something at least once a week!!

Now for the side:  I've made mashed cauliflower before, but I haven't done it in a really long time. For some odd reason, the process of mashed cauliflower-making seems so labor-intensive and I think that's why I never do it. Wash, cut, steam, blend, season....It's weird because I cook and bake much more intensive meals and snacks than this simple side dish. So, I really don't understand my logic. In any case, I took on the challenge tonight because the thought of making it Asian-style by adding wasabi and edamame sounded exciting. Plus, I cheated a bit and bought a steamer bag of cauliflower so I didn't have to chop and steam and make a mess. I had many other meals going on at once so I had to make something easy! After I steamed the bag I added it to my Ninja food processor with about 2/3 cup steamed edamame (I bought frozen shelled edamame and steamed it in the microwave also), 1 T wasabi powder and about 1/4 fat free sour cream and some salt to taste. YUM.

Miso-Glazed Scallops 

Adapted from Eating Well's Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook


3 T white miso
2 T mirin (I used a cheap bottle of sake from the liquor store)
2 T rice vinegar
2 T canola oil
1 t minced fresh ginger
1 t minced garlic
1 pound sea scallops (I got fresh wild sea scallops at my local fish store)


1. Whisk miso, mirin, vinegar, oil, ginger, and garlic in a medium bowel. Add scallops and stir gently to coat. Let marinate 5 minutes (scallops will begin to break down if marinated longer)

2. Heat a non-stick pan with non-stick spray (or use a little olive oil) over medium-high heat. Add the scallops and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes each side.

The cookbook version serves this with soba noodles and says to reserve the marinade to make a sauce for them. I obviously didn't do this, but you can maybe add a little marinade at the end and let it reduce to drizzle over the scallops. However, I wouldn't change anything I did- they were amazing! You may want to double up on the marinade and keep some on hand on the fridge . . . you WILL want to make this again.

On a side note, today was the first day of my clinical rotation as a dietetic intern. It was just an orientation day, but I was still really anxious about going. I'm freaking myself out because I am prone to passing out. It seems as though hospital settings and I have trouble getting along. The good news is, I felt better after I met everyone I'd be working with (they are all super nice!). One of the dietitians was actually in one of my classes last semester. It was a huge relief to talk to her because she said she is just like me with the queasy stomach and blood intolerance. She promised it wasn't as bad as I thought and if she could do it, I could do it. I am determined to get through this and get over my passing out nonsense. Any who, I started my very first day with a deliciously healthy breakfast: 1 slice of Ezekiel Flaxseed bread with avocado slices and a poached egg. I wanted to post this to remind everyone that healthy, satisfying, nutritious meals can be really simple and easy to make!

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