Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ginger Sea Scallops ~ Fighter Fuel

Tis the season for Sea Scallops. Yeah really, there is a season. It runs from October till March, of course you can get them anytime frozen. They are very quick to cook. 2 minutes per side if you are searing them in a fry pan over high heat.

Scallops are a great food for fighters. Why? To build muscles, Scallops have a whopping 19 grams of protein in every 4 ounce serving. To help the cardio, they contain 33.3% of the daily value for vitamin B12 as well as being a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and potassium. To improve your mood, scallops have 81% of your daily tryptophan levels. You get all this good stuff while only consuming 100 calories.

There is a lot of misinformation about tryptophan. It used to be THE excuse to unbutton your pant and fall asleep after the huge Thanksgiving meal we have in America. Truth is tryptophan is used by the body in a process that makes serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that help regulate sleep. Tryptophan is in all meats at comparable levels. It is the high carbs and the overeating that makes you sleep after Thanksgiving.

Ginger Scallops from Just Cook This

12 large scallops, about 1 pound
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped (do not use a grater)
2 tablespoons, green onion, finely chopped
Olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Mix butter, ginger and green onion. Heat non-stick pan on high then add 1 tablespoon oil.
When almost smoking, add half of the scallops and sear on both sides until nicely browned, 1-2 minutes a side.
When almost finished cooking, put half the ginger butter in the pan and toss scallops until all coated and serve.
Cook remaining scallops the same way.

Makes 4 servings