Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo

An easy (but impressive!) mediterranean style meal. Serve with a fresh green salad for a complete meal. If you don’t like scallops, swap them out for jumbo shrimp.

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Ingredients:
Cooking spray
1/2 cup prechopped onion
1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in pasta, broth, wine, and thyme; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and pasta is al dente. Stir in chopped chives and lemon juice. Keep warm.
2. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle scallops evenly with salt and pepper. Add scallops to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with pasta mixture.

Yield: 4 servings (480 calories, 5.1 g total fat, 1.7 g saturated fat, 60.9 g protein, 45.5 g carbohydrate, 2.2 g fiber, 122 mg cholesterol)

Cooking Light, July 2007

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