John’s Tuesday schedule brings him home later than normal and the kids and I are always finished with dinner and getting ready for bed by the time he’s walking through the door. Tonight I made my normal Tuesday night Paleo Tacos which vanished into the bottomless pits which are my children, leaving none for dad! John’s such a resourceful guy I wasn’t too worried that he would starve, but I did happen to have some awesome wild caught scallops that I found at Trader Joe’s defrosting in the fridge for lunch tomorrow. Needless to say, I’ll have to change my plans because while John helped the two littlest ones out of the bath and into pajamas, I made my sweetheart some scallops. Jaden gave the scallops a kids stamp of approval after he helped his dad finish them off for his “bedtime snack.” Feel free to use any seafood of your choice in this recipe if scallops are not easy for you to find.
1 pound wild caught sea scallops (or other raw seafood of your choice)
1 bunch asparagus, diced
1/2 purple onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely diced
Juice from ½ a lemon
1/2 cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon dried thyme
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons coconut oil
Saute the onions in 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil for 4 minutes. Add the garlic and asparagus and saute for another 2 minutes. Add the parsley, lemon juice, thyme, sea salt and pepper to taste and cook for another minute. Remove the veggie mixture from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining coconut oil to the skillet and heat over medium high heat. Make sure your scallops are entirely defrosted and patted dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the scallops with a bit of sea salt and pepper and sear the scallops for 1 minute on each side (they should be nice and brown). Add the veggie mixture on top of the scallops, pour over the chicken broth and gently stir. Bring to a boil and simmer for another minute or two. The scallops should be tender and cooked all the way through, do not overcook scallops or what is typically delicious and buttery will turn rubbery!!