My 19 year old son, Lucas, is home from his first year at The University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I have two boys (3 if you include my husband) and they could not be more different. Dalton is our athlete. He acts like an athlete, eats like an athlete and definitely SMELLS like an athlete. He knows random facts about professional athletes that the typical person could care less about and even has a special alert on his phone that sounds when something “BIG” happens in the sports world. Lucas has no desire to play or watch sports. He is our intellect who can read a book faster than you could watch the movie, loves animals and nature and….is a vegetarian! While I completely support his choice not to eat meat, it does make cooking and grocery shopping more complicated and more expensive. It also worries me that he is not getting the nutrients he needs. Thank goodness he will eat fish and seafood, so he can get some of his protein needs there, but the amount of protein he is putting into his body is far from what he needs and his caloric intake is way too low. It’s one thing to hear people, like Paul, talk about how fueling your body affects your performance. It’s another thing to see it first hand, and it’s not pretty. (By the way Paul, I can’t wait for you to talk to him!) We are in the process of forcing Lucas to stay awake while feeding him whatever we can. He is in this vicious cycle where all he wants to do is sleep, which keeps him from eating, which makes him want to sleep more. 6 months ago, I may have thought that this was just typical behavior from a college student who just finished a week of finals and whose sleep schedule is off. Now, I think differently. This is not normal, even for a college student. This is a body that has not been fed correctly and can no longer function properly because of it. Mom to the rescue!
Tonight, a nutrient packed dinner for the boy! Since he will eat seafood, I pull out the scallops from my freezer. Since they have been in the freezer for a while now, I can’t just do the typical salt and pepper, sear in a pan with butter scallop…this will need some extra flavor. I love cioppino! Cioppino is a stew full of various types of seafood in a tomato based broth. Since I don’t have a variety of seafood (remember, I am in Minnesota) I will make a scallop cioppino. I think I will add some spinach to it too, since I add spinach to as many of my dishes as possible just to add a little bit more nutrition. Since the boy is basically in starvation mode, I will serve this over some cooked white rice too!
After I made this recipe, I tasted it and thought…YUM! You could substitute chicken, fish, veal or whatever protein of choice and it would still be delicious!
- 10-12 medium scallops
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 cup chopped red onion
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 16 oz can of crushed or diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 handful of baby spinach
- cooked white rice
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a skillet, heat the coconut oil until melted over medium high heat. Add the red onion and cook a couple of minutes, until transluscent. Lower the the heat to medium/low and add the garlic. Cook about 1 minute and add the coconut milk, tomatoes, italian seasoning and spinach. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted.
In a baking dish, arrange your scallops in one layer and pour your tomato mixture over the top. Cook for about 15-20 minutes (this is a perfect time to cook your rice). Scoop your rice into a dish, top with your scallop cioppino and enjoy!!!