Friday, March 4, 2011

Foodie Friday... Pasta with Scallops, Artichoke, and Tomato... YUM!

I've made this dinner twice in the past two weeks because the family loves it so much!  So let's jump right into the heart of it...  oh, and note that this photo is of a salad size plate, not a dinner plate...

Recipe is for one serving... sooooo easy to make for the whole family!  The serving shown above is smaller than the single serving portion detailed below!  This is a very filling dinner!

14 small scallops - 150 calories, 1 fat gram, 0 dietary fiber grams = 3 points
1/2 cup grape tomatoes - 15 calories, 0 fat grams, 1 dietary fiber gram = 0 points
OPTION:  14 pieces sundried tomato - 72 calories, 1 fat gram, 3 dietary fiber grams = 1 point
1/4 cup chopped onion - 16 calories, 0 fat grams, 1 dietary fiber gram = 0 points
1/2 serving (8 pieces) artichoke heart quarters (in water) - 18 calories, 0 fat grams, 1.5 dietary fiber grams = 0 points
3/4 cup (dry) pasta - 210 calories, 1 fat gram, 2 dietary fiber grams = 4 points
1/2tbsp olive oil - 60 calories, 7 fat grams, 0 dietary fiber grams = 2 points
1 12" stalk steamed broccoli - 98 calories, 1 fat gram, 9 dietary fiber grams = 1 point

This one is SO EASY!  Cook the pasta... easy... done.  Saute the onions... then when almost done, add the scallops per package directions (it is only a few minutes).  I added a bit of Oregano, Basil and Garlic Salt to the onions/scallops.  The last minute, add the artichoke hearts and tomatoes... pretty much just to heat them up.  Steam the broccoli and this is one EASY AND AWESOME dinner the whole family will LOVE! 

Final counts:

My recipe for whole dinner with grape tomatoes (add one point for sundried tomatoes) = 10 points

I didn't really find a restaurant comparison except Macaroni Grill... their Capellini Pomodoro Pasta ("ripe grape tomatoes, tomato sauce, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil") - 390 calories, 14 fat grams, 7 dietary fiber grams = 8 points... add in some scallops and if you just steam them, you are looking at the points above... 3 points.  Funny thing... I have been trying to find ways to cook great meals at home for WAY LOWER POINTS than you can find in the restaurants... but it looks like I found a way to cook an AMAZING dinner, JUST LIKE THE RESTAURANTS... at home!!!

ENJOY!  And have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!

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