Heart Healthy Seared Scallops and Quinoa Recipe
In a medium saucepan, add water and 1/4 tsp of the salt and bring water to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Set aside.
In a skillet, heat 1 tsp of the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté for 3 minutes, or until onion is softened. Add onion and bell pepper mixture, lemon zest, lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, mint and black pepper to quinoa. Toss to combine. Keep warm.
In a large cast-iron skillet, heat remaining 2 tsp of oil over medium-high heat. Season scallops with the remaining 1/8 tsp of salt and pepper to taste. Add scallops to skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. Serve with quinoa mixture.