For some, the holidays are a time to let loose! Undo the button on your jeans and get ready to sample everything on the dinner table. For others, though, keeping the calorie count under control is a concern, and most challenging this time of year. If you fall into that category, but still want to enjoy a savory holiday meal, this recipe is perfect for you.
It’s got succulent sea scallops, it’s got champagne, it’s got risotto — you really couldn’t ask for more out of a holiday meal. But most importantly, it’s got only 210 calories per heaping 161g serving.
- 4 green onions
- 10.5 ounce can chicken broth
- cooking spray
- 2 teaspoons butter, melted
- 2/3 cup uncooked aborio rice
- 3/4 cup Brut champagne
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 lb sea scallops
Start by mincing the green onions, separating the white section, and set them aside. Simmer, but do not boil, the broth in a small saucepan and keep over low heat.
Heat a large saucepan, coated in cooking spray, over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the butter and the whites of the green onions. Cook until they begin to soften and add in the rice. Cook for 3 minutes with occasional stirring.
Pour the champagne into the rice and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is almost absorbed (about 5 minutes). Pour half the chicken broth into the mixture, cook until it’s nearly absorbed, then do the same with the other half. This should take about 10 minutes.
Add in the greens of the onions, water, and scallops. Cook for another 5 minutes. You should now have a creamy texture and the rice should be somewhat firm.
Your recipe is ready to serve!
If you’re not sure where to get good scallops, remember you can buy fresh seafood online along with your turkey, sides, or other dinner components.