Hey, friends. :) I have made no secret that blogging has changed my life. Many of the people I have met have changed my life, too. Unless you are a blogger yourself, it is hard to understand that passion for it. Take a moment and check out this incredible post by my friend Caitlin on the power of words. She is the type of writer I hope to someday be. How has blogging changed your life?

Last week, I was a bit of a slacker in the cooking-dinner department. I just couldn’t tear myself away from the 90’s hairstyles and MC-Hammer pants on Saved By The Bell. Or my comfy couch and college XXXL sweat pants. I am such a lady.

That guy I live with was feeling deprived. After a few days of listening to his whining over a lack of  pre-made lunches and dinners, I got back to my regularly scheduled program.

I did feel a bit bad. I was long out of creative, tasty dinner ideas for the last few weeks, and subjected The Protein King to dinner after dinner of chicken and burgers. He didn’t really complain, but . . .

I wanted to spice things up.

So, I made this fantabulous scallop dish.

As I scurried around the kitchen in my sweatpants and an equally as large sweatshirt, I knew I was bringing sexy back with this dish.

It was very delicious. We had it with some Carba Nada pasta, and that stuff is just as tasty!

I carmelized some mango, cabbage, and shallots with my favorite balsamic vinegar. Mark my words folks: I enjoyed this slaw and will eat it again. And it includes a vegetable.

I had never had red cabbage, or any cabbage for that matter. You would think that red cabbage would appeal to me, given it’s beautiful purple color and my immature, flaky mind that lives for all thinks bright and glittery.


Seared Scallops with Carmelized Mango Slaw

1 lb fresh scallops

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 mango, sliced very thin

1/4 red cabbage, sliced very thin

1 shallot, sliced

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Season scallops with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once hot, add scallops. Let cook on each side until brown, about 4 minutes.

In a separate skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium heat. Add mango, shallots and cabbage. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Top mango slaw with scallops. Add rice or pasta on the side.

Needless to say, my hubby was equally as pleased with this dish. The scallops were incredible over the sweet slaw.  I’m sure now he is just hoping I get rid of those gosh-awful sweats. . .

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59 Responses to “Seared Scallops with Carmelized Mango Slaw.”

  1. #
    Sonja @ ActiveFoodie — February 4, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    Yum, scallops…mango…slaw, sounds like the perfect dish to me! I love how you caramelized everything, sounds fantastic!


  2. #
    Kelly B. — February 4, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    Oh my goodness…that is beautiful!!!


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    megan — February 4, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    that looks so impressive! i’ve never made scallops before. i have a fear of cooking seafood. even shrimp. it’s actually kind of pathetic. but i’m very impressed with your meal!


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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — February 4, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    Such a beautiful dish!!! You always amaze me, Jess!


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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 4, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    holy wow, this sounds amazing! maybe i’ll hit up the store and grab some scallops today…

    btw, i tried (finally) your chocolate fudge sauce and O.M.G. hallelujah amazing! :)


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    Amanda — February 4, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Totally drooling. Yummers. Those scallops looks AMAZING!!! You got one lucky guy!


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    Erin @ The Houndstooth Apron — February 4, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    gorgeous! I love scallops and order them out but have never prepared them at home. BTW, I do my best cooking in sweats and my apron. No shame.


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    Mr. How Sweet It Is — February 4, 2010 @ 8:59 am


    You can keep the sweats if you insist on making such fantastic meals! I love you TONS!


  9. #
    genesis — February 4, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    great dish. question though…the mango…is it totally ripe or still has some firmness to it when you squeeze it?


    • Jessica — February 4th, 2010 @ 9:23 am

      genesis: I am not very familar with mangos, since we rarely have them here – but it was still a bit firm. :)


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    Heather @ Side of Sneakers — February 4, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    Hello those look amazing!! I’ve been scared of scallops ever since a little Christmas Eve-food poisoning incident, but maybe I’ll try the slaw part ;)


  11. #
    Erica — February 4, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    Such a pretty dish- I love cabbage! I also really enjoying making scallops for the husband- they’re so quick cooking. I try to always buy them when they’re on sale.

    I laugh when you write about you being in sweats all the time. I am ALWAYS in my workout gear- going or coming from teaching (you know how it goes) and I wonder if my husband is hoping one day to come home to me all nice and dressed up.


  12. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 4, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    I love scallops! Its my favorite seafood, aside from shrimp :)

    I just read Caitlin’s post… very inspiring!


  13. #
    The Candid RD — February 4, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    Oh my gosh, scallops are my favorite fish (or at least, sea creature…) of all times! I love them. Your dish looks so beautiful. And YEAH for eating veggies! See, there are some veggies out there that you can enjoy, you just have to know how to prepare them. With your culinary skills I would think you could make ANY vegetable taste delicious (even if it means adding butter and salt!).

    Have a wonderful day.

    Oh, and regarding your comment on my blog about that gluten free bread, yes it IS expensive, which is one of the reasons why I am forcing Nick to eat it. No money wasted!


  14. #
    maris — February 4, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    Now I have an incredible craving for seafood!


  15. #
    Meg @ Be Fit Be Full — February 4, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    No words for how good that dish looks. Seriously. My mouth is watering!


  16. #
    kate — February 4, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    that looks SO good. and i love all of the ingredients, how creative!


  17. #
    Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries — February 4, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    So did you write this with the knowledge that seared scallops + mango-based dressings are two of my FAVORITE things to eat? I’m literally drooling, and adding this my springpad NOW.


  18. #
    Jordan — February 4, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    Not sure if you hate doing the dishes after making a feast as much as I do (must push I cook you clean harder on D), you could put your scallops on a plate and just use the original pan for your veg/fruit! The vinegar will get any/all scallop bits off that may have stuck during cooking too and boost flavor in your sauce. Looks delicious!


  19. #
    Erin @ Big Girl Eats — February 4, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    Oh my lordy, that is a dream dish. How GOOD does that look!!?


  20. #
    Blond Duck — February 4, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    I think it’s amazing you cook so much! I cook 4-6 days out of the week, supplementing them with scrounge and breakfast dinners. I can’t imagine cooking every night as amazing as you do!


  21. #
    Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) — February 4, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    Beautiful colors!!! PS.. congrats on the kale.. im so proud ;)


  22. #
    Bianca @ south bay rants n raves — February 4, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    Looking good as usual! Blogging has changed my life too! Since I started my little blog back in September, I’ve discovered many restaurants & many types of cuisines! It’s definitely been an adventure!

    You cook so much too & it’s very creative! I’m trying to make dishes from scratch this year, meaning no cookbook, just wing it! I hope I can me half as good as you! :-)


  23. #
    katie — February 4, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    yumm jess! i gota do this with my scallops next time!


  24. #
    Nicole, RD — February 4, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    Nom nom nom!!! Saving this one! We love all things seafood and delicious! And P.S. sweats rock!


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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — February 4, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    oh the incredible sweet slaw and the mangoes. Wow. That would be my part of the meal!
    BTW check this post out by my pregnant high raw vegan friend. She’s an author and private chef. About husbands and going raw and vegan and the protein thing. Just thought your hub may wanna see that “real men” can maintain their muscle being a vegan :)
    My husband was like whoa….when I showed him this.

    happy day honey!
    and you’re a great writer; you write as passionately as one can about food. I love when you branch out into life stuff topics :)


  26. #
    Kacy — February 4, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Don’t you know you’re always supposed to cook in a see-through negligee and hooker boots? Geez… you’re really slackin’ in the wife department ;)

    I heart scallops and don’t know why I don’t buy/cook them more often.

    Caramelized mango sounds more delicious than words can say…


  27. #
    Gabriela — February 4, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    Scallops are my favorite seafood…this looks SO AMAZING!


  28. #
    Linda — February 4, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    Yum. I love scallops. I can’t wait to try it.


  29. #
    homecookedem — February 4, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    I love scallops so much!! I haven’t had them in ohhhh, a year? I need to make these – they look so wonderful!!


  30. #
    sophia — February 4, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    Holy scallops! Where do you get these AWESOME ideas, my dear? I don’t even LIKE scallops, and it’s taking all my willpower not to lick my screen! That slaw with the mango is just GORGEOUS!


  31. #
    Beth @ DiningAndDishing — February 4, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    scallops are one of my absolute favorite foods ever. this dish looks DIVINE! you are quite the chef :)


  32. #
    Shelley — February 4, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    i will have to check out that post! and this recipe sounds great, i love scallops and mangos :)


  33. #
    MelissaNibbles — February 4, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    Such a pretty dish! It reminds me of summer. I should make it to help me shake my winter blues :)


  34. #
    Lisa — February 4, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    What a wonderful looking dinner! You are such a talented photographer too – love it!


  35. #
    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — February 4, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    OMG I am making this !i have two huge bags of carba nada pasta I need to use and this sounds like the perfect recipe!!! I am pritning it now….I really need to make a Jess folder in my files because I have so many of your recipes :)


  36. #
    Anna @ unsweetenedcocoa — February 4, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Scallops are such a sexy dish. Very good for appeasing the grumpy husband.

    I love purple cabbage! It’s such a funky colour. Mom always used to make a big saute of it to go with our feast meal (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc), so I associate it with special occasions.


  37. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — February 4, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

    I think I have professed my love for mango to you before, but I will say MAN, I love mango and this looks amazing! I wish the desert had better seafood!


  38. #
    Reeni — February 4, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    Your scallops are perfectly seared and the entire dish looks absolutely delicious! Big sweat pants are the best for lounging in and sometimes the stretchy waist bands are needed. Blogging has changed my life for the better. At first my family didn’t completely ‘get’ it – but their all for it now.


  39. #
    Light Delight with TouTou — February 4, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    Glad you decide to be back to the normal schedule , which mean more delish food I can learn!!!
    The Scallops are HUGE!!! they are really perfectly done. I would have much better appetite if I see this dish on my dinner table!!! He is such a lucky guy !


  40. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — February 4, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    Those scallops look so perfectly cooked – what a great dish!


  41. #
    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — February 4, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    um wow – scallops is one of my most favorite things and this recipe looks absolutely amazing. I NEED to try this. Blogging has definitely changed my life and made me realize I could be doing something else with my life…now I if I could only figure out what that should be I’d be golden.


  42. #
    Mae @ OhhMay — February 4, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    Everything is so colorful. I like cooked slaw so much better than raw slaw.

    This is beautiful- & I’m a sucker for anything with scallops. :-D


  43. #
    chris — February 4, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    I love scallops, but you had me at carmelized mango. What an awesome use! Love everything about this dish and I do believe it is in my future! :)


  44. #
    Mara @ What's For Dinner? — February 4, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    I’m so proud! You ate your veggies!!! :)


  45. #
    Jessica @ The Process of Healing — February 4, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    OH wow that sounds amazing! I love scallops.

    Blogging has changed my life in SO many ways and I’ve only been blogging about 1 month (but have been reading them for a loooong time). I was feeling so so so down and discouraged and alone about my injury but I was really lifted up and encouraged by so many bloggers and readers. And that’s only the beginning.


  46. #
    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — February 4, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

    Blogging has changed my world immensely! I was feeling trapped in the “mommy” rut. I used to be a textile/graphic designer for Disney. Aprés kids that job dried up. Being a mom is a wonderful job, however I still missed being creative. When I launched Family Fresh Cooking last year it was so fun to get back that creative side again! It is becoming quite the full time job (without pay!)

    This recipe for scallops and red cabbage slaw looks awesome. I love scallops and all things cabbage. This is just the way I like to eat…tasty lean proteins with loads of fresh veggies.


  47. #
    my spatula — February 4, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    those scallops look sooooo good. one plate for me please.


  48. #
    Pure2raw twins — February 5, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    The slaw looks and sounds amazing!!


  49. #
    Jessie — February 5, 2010 @ 7:52 am

    Mango, cabbage, and scallops — I’m totally trying this. Great recipe!


  50. #
    Yum Yucky — February 8, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    how the hell did I miss this delectable post? I’d stuff all those scallops in my Food Trap at once….then chew.



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