Rachel Getting Hungry: Warm Spinach Salad With Bacon and Scallops

by Rachel on June 29, 2010

I love what happens when you return from datecation only to discover you were so caught up in the moment, you ran out of town five days early and left behind a fridge of good groceries…that’s not so good anymore!

Yesterday around lunch time I was getting pretty hungry and had limited options. It was at that point I started going through the freezer…where I found the bag of frozen scallops I had bought a couple months ago to make a recipe for bacon, spinach, and scallops from Cooking Light. I couldn’t remember the exact recipe, so I took what I knew from my recipe for warm greens and then added the new proteins up in the mix!

Ingredients (Serves YOUR HUNGRY ASS!)

  • Two slices of bacon
  • Six ounces frozen scallops, thawed in cold water (takes about five minutes)
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • As much spinach as you are fit to handle (or any greens really) — keep in mind it really cooks down, so you’ll probably want several cups.

This Is How We Do It

  • Fry the bacon in a pan until it’s crispy and set it aside. Once it’s cool, crumble it.
  • Add the thawed scallops to the bacon fat and cook them for about four minutes, seasoning with pepper, garlic, or whatever herbs you have handy. Set aside.
  • Add the butter to the pan and saute the spinach; when it’s almost done, add the scallops back to the pan for the last minute or so.
  • Serve the greens and scallops topped with the crumbled bacon.

The salty bacon and buttery scallops and greens are just allll good!

This is a ridiculously fast and easy dinner; way faster, actually, than calling for take-out. It was also really light, which I’ve been wanting with everything I eat lately.

Definitely a good “purple meal” to add to the rotation!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mandy June 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I just like to let you know that this is what I’ve decided to have for dinner tonight :)
You’ve inspired me!

Also, I love that you don’t wimp around with fake foods. Real cooking at it’s finest.


2 Rachel June 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Mandy that’s awesome!! I hope it turns out well for you!

And no, I def don’t do fake shit. I used to, but DAMN this is a better way to eat!!!


3 Trinidad Pena June 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

I have yet to try my hand at scallops and I love to cook! Cooking seafood kinda scares me. These look awesome!


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