Red Pepper Scallops in a New Light

-Ingredients-

• 3 large red bell peppers
(select longest ones)
• 1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops
(about 16 per pound)
• 1 bunch large scallions, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
(including white and green parts)
• 2 teaspoons olive oil
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Makes: 6 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate

-Directions-

Broil or grill the peppers (can do 2-3 days ahead): Preheat the grill to high (or, your toaster oven to Broil, lining the baking tray with foil). Grill or broil the peppers, turning occasionally with tongs, until charred in spots, 25–30 minutes. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool. With a paring knife, remove the skin, stems, and seeds. Slice lengthwise into about 24 long, 3/4-inch wide strips.

To grill the scallops, preheat grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Wrap a pepper strip around each scallop to cover sides completely, overlapping the pepper ends.

Alternately thread 2-3 scallion pieces with 2 pepper-wrapped scallops on 24 (6-inch) metal or bamboo skewers, using two skewers at a time to hold the food securely and anchor the pepper wrappings on the scallops. Brush lightly on both sides with the oil and sprinkle with pepper.

Grill, turning once, until scallops are almost firm to the touch and scallions are lightly charred, 3-4 minutes per side. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and lemon juice and serve at once.

Nutritional Information:
Per serving (2 skewers, or 4 scallops and about 1/3 cup scallions):
150 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans), 35 mg cholesterol,
190 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.

-Making it lighter-
• Plump up the serving size by including lots of low-calorie, fiber-rich veggies and scallions.
• Reduce the oil to cut calories and fat.

What’s the difference?
Red Pepper Scallops in a new light cuts out 20 calories, 3.5 g fat, and adds 1 gram fiber.

Recipe courtesy of Diabetes in a New Light

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