Light Dinner Recipes: Whole Wheat Couscous with Scallops and Lemon

by Pamela

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It’s hot, it’s sticky and the last thing you want to do is move out that comfortable position you finally found yourself in. No, I’m not referring to that post coital afterglow, I’m talking about summer weather. And really, you need to quit bitching about it since it’s what you were looking forward to all those months when you were bundled up like the Stay-Puft marshmallow man and slogging through the slop and snow of winter. I totally understand how you don’t want to really do much of anything when the mercury is practically exploding out of the thermometer. But you do have to eat. That’s when light dinner recipes like this whole wheat couscous with scallops and preserved lemon comes in handy.

Neither man, nor woman, can survive on popsicles alone but it’s funny how we all try to do that at some point. Summer heat tends to turn your appetite down quite a bit, so light dinner recipes are a must. Aside from the frozen treats, a big cool salad is typically the other summer favorite for dinner but those can get tired pretty quickly. So what’s a hungry person to do?

Summer eating calls for light eating. You already feel kind of sluggish, thanks to the heat and humidity so you don’t need a big full belly adding to that feeling. Plus, summertime is sexy time. You know…wearing all those skimpy clothes, or no clothes at all, and trying to keep yourself in the shape you need so that you can continue wearing all those (or not so much all those) outfits.

Easy Scallop Recipe with Whole Wheat Couscous for Light Summer Eating

This easy scallop recipe is something that will make your head, belly and waistline happy. It’s made with whole wheat couscous, so it comes together quickly and the whole wheat keeps you feeling full, longer. I used frozen scallops in this recipe, but if you can get some nice fresh one’s you could use those instead. (I have a hard time being able to find really nice fresh scallops when I need them, so I usually have a bag of frozen scallops on hand.) The preserved lemon in this easy scallop recipe adds a bit of tanginess to the dish as well as a bit of change from just plain ol’ lemon (but if you don’t have preserved lemons, you could use some fresh lemon juice and zest instead).

Summer eating is all about keeping things easy too. This recipe is one that you can really play with. You can replace the scallops with shrimp, you can change up the lemon (like I mentioned above), you could throw in some chopped red peppers or even sprinkle on some chili flake for some added heat. Whole wheat couscous is like a big blank slate just waiting to take in flavors.

So make up a big pot of this for dinner tonight and you’ll have leftovers for a nice cold lunch tomorrow and maybe even for dinner too. Summer eating doesn’t just have to be all about frozen treats and salads. You can eat ‘real’ food and still feel light and satisfied.

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meatballs & milkshakes August 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

I love using bay scallops in dishes like this, and they are so inexpensive where we live! I’ve made my own preserved lemons, and they’ve lasted for a couple years!

Pamela August 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I used preserved lemons that I had made in this dish. Hopefully I’ll get more lemons this year to make more. I’m jealous that bay scallops are inexpensive where you live…they’re a little bit pricey here.

Nancy@acommunaltable July 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

This is SO my kind of summer dish!! I adore preserved lemons and seem to throw them into just about everything!!

Pamela July 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

I just started using preserved lemons last year and am hooked. I’ll be throwing them in more things for sure.

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