Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Jerk Scallops with Coconut Rice

Ted and I had an AMAZING time on our honeymoon on Ambergris Caye in Belize! It was beautiful, tropical, relaxing, adventurous - everything you could ever want in a honeymoon! It was also TASTY!!! Every meal included flavorful, fresh seafood, which is reason enough to go there. One of our favorites was jerk seasoned scallops with coconut rice, which I never would have thought to make, since I've only had jerk chicken!  While there, we purchased our own little jar of authentic Jamaican jerk seasoning so we could replicate the meal at home!

Side note - if you'd like to make your own jerk seasoning, it's surprisingly easy, as I've also done that! All you need to do is mix the following ingredients and rub on the meat you cook!

Jerk Seasoning

2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

To cook our scallops, follow this way!!

Ingredients

1/2 lb scallops
jerk seasoning
veggies (we used one onion, one poblano, and half of a zucchini)
1 tsp oil (we used sesame oil)
rice
2 cans coconut water
cilantro for taste

How To

  1. Marinate the scallops in the jerk seasoning for as long as possible (30 min to an hour)
  2. Instead of using regular water for the rice (we used bag rice!), heat up the 2 cans of coconut water. It'll infuse the flavor and leave a bit of sweetness in the rice!
  3. Heat up the oil in a large skillet to sautee the veggies, starting with the veggie that takes the longest, in our case, the onion.
  4. Once the boil in bag rice is close to finished (10 minutes), and the veggies are looking soft, throw the scallops into a pan with a bit of cooking spray or oil - they only take a couple of minutes to cook and you don't need to overdo it!
  5. Serve the scallops over rice, next to the veggies, and garnish with cilantro!
  6. Enjoy!!
Best part? 7 WW points! Hooray!

We forgot to take a picture of the meal, so here is beautiful Belize instead!

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