Scallops with Spinach Salad


Yet again my girl  Jenny from Dinner, A Love Story  has been a true inspiration for an amazing dinner!! Jack was with his cousins tonight so I thought I would make the Hubs and I a special dinner. I whipped into Dockside Seafood and saw these beautiful scallops! I remembered reading about a scallop dish with a bacon and corn hash and that was where I began!!

I had 2 ears of silver queen corn in my fridge along with some fresh spinach, grape tomatoes, Vidalia onions and of course BACON!

8 large scallops, rinsed and dried

2 slices bacon, cooked set to side (drippings used to cook in)

1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped

2 ears of corn, cut off the ear

2 handfuls, (about 1/2 pint) grape tomatoes

1 large handful fresh spinach

juice of one lemon

big splash (1/4 cup or so) white wine

So here is where I got crafty! I grabbed my iron skillet and fried up 2 pieces of bacon. Set the bacon aside and added a pat of butter, seared the big ole scallops on all sides about 2 mins on each side as these were large scallops. While they were searing I cut the corn off the ears, diced 1/2 of onion, cut tomatoes in half. Remove scallops from skillet cover with foil. Add corn and onion, sauté about 3 mins add tomatoes and splash of white wine and lemon juice, swirl around and get all the yummy goodness from the pan add spinach allow to wilt about 2 mins add scallops back to pan and then serve up, no joke 20 minute meal. Delish!!

Ta ta for now- Bird

Crispy {un-fried} Yogurt Chicken

This, I stumbled upon when I was doing a Food Blog Search trying to come up with new and different ( I mean there is like 1 million and 1 ways to prepare the stuff!) ideas to do with chicken. Thanks to the Pioneer Woman for this great/easy and healthy inspiration for Crispy (opposed to Fried) Yogurt Chicken.  I did switch up a little to make more convenient for me! Here goes:

1 (16 oz) plain yogurt

juice from 1 lemon

kosher salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste

fresh dill, to taste

Mix all ingredients together and placed boneless/skinless chicken in mix. Marinate for a few hours. Then, roll chicken and coat well in Panko bread crumbs(if you want a HEALTHIER version you could used crushed All-Bran cereal, I was out!). Place in sprayed casserole dish, cover and bake for 1 hr at 350, remove foil and cook additional 15 mins. ENJOY!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Hydroponic Lettuce,Goat Cheese and Blueberry Salad

Fresh and oh so tasty. First, I have to give a shout out to a few amazing LOCAL peeps who are Amazing!! First Mr. Jerry, no this is not his real name, however he does look a lot like Jerry Garcia! He grows the most beautiful Salad Greens I have ever seen. They taste so good. He comes on Saturdays to our local Farmer’s Market and sells my fav, a combo of red & green leaf, Bibb & romaine for $5. I am so in love with the fact that Jerry shares his lettuce here. He sells to Whole Foods and tons of restaurants in the area. He is a grow master!! Here’s a pic of the hydroponic lettuce.

P1010140 Another FAV of mine is Ripshin Farms who has the most incredibly mild and tasty goat cheese I have ever put in my mouth. She is only there on Wednesdays so I must hit the market twice a week to get both of my OBSESSIONS!!

P1010142In their honor, I made a yum salad with the green leaf lettuce, blueberries (NC grown), goat cheese, red onion and Champagne vinaigrette. DELISH!!


Broccoli Salad

Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies and broccoli salad rates in the TOP 10 favorite salads! I posted my recipe during Easter and I had several comments and questions, SO I thought I would do a more detailed post as I am making it tonight for dinner. It is fresh & yummy!

The trick (or big difference)  to MY salad is that you blanch the broccoli for 2 mins to bring out the bright green color and to lightly cook. It is still crisp just more tender.  P4100031Isn’t the color amazing?
The broccoli on the left has been blanched and the right is raw.

2 heads broccoli
6 slices bacon, crisp & crumbled
1/2 c golden raisins
1/2 c toasted almonds
1 small red onion, chopped fine
1 c mayo
1/4 c honey
2 Tb vinegar
Blanch broccoli for 2-3 mins remove submerge in cold water. Once cool add red onion and raisins to broccoli. Mix dressing and pour 1/4 to 1/2 onto broccoli mix and chill. Just before serving add almonds & crumbled bacon and additional dressing (if needed). Makes a great addition to any spring or summer meal. Enjoy!



Meal Planning

I am still on my diet and will be out of the house 3 nights this week so I am planning EASY meals that if need be Hubs can (possibly) prepare.

Monday~ Jambalaya
(Zatarain’s Rice mix w/ Turkey Smoked Sausage)
316 calories per 1 cup serving
{Featured Chef Tuesday~ Recipe to Follow}
(made about a month ago, froze the leftover stuffing!)
Thursday~ Sloppy Joe’s
Friday~ Hotdogs
I wanted to share with you guys something new that I am working on.
Whenever you see this
You will know that the recipe is HEALTHY, FLAVOR~FULL and UNDER 400 calories per serving! The weight loss plan that I am doing adds back dinner after Week 6 and it must be under 550 calories. I thought that it would be easier for me if I got a head start on planning recipes that would fit in this calorie range. I also wanted to try and keep the main component of the meal to be under 400 calories so that I could have a little room to play if I wanted to add a veggie or fresh salad greens. 
I hope you ENJOY and have a great week!!
For more great Menu Plans go HERE

Food Revolution {PSA}

JOFR-badgeLg Jamie Oliver’s FOOD REVOLUTION is premiering on Sunday at 10pm on ABC. PLEASE set the dvr and watch it with your family. Also GO HERE and sign Jamie’s petition.  I can not tell you how much I support this project! It is so IMPORTANT to teach our children to be healthy.  After watching FOOD INC I have been on a mission to try and help spread the word. I am so excited about what the can mean for everyone!

From Jamie: “The American FOOD REVOLUTION needs to start now! If you care about your country and the health of its children please help us make a difference. We need your support to get people back in touch with food and keep cooking skills alive before it’s too late. We want to make sure every kid gets good, fresh food at school. It’s proven that real food promotes more effective learning. If you want better health for your kids the junk food must go. I need to be able to show The President and industry how many of you out there really care about this issue so please don’t wait, sign up today. It will only take 30 seconds.”

SO, I am asking you what do you do to make a Healthier America for your family?


1. Planting my Garden

2. Shopping Locally (farmer’s mkts are a great source)

3. Buying ORGANIC even now at Wal Mart

4. Cooking fresh food for my family!

How about you?