SCALLOPS WITH ASIAN NOODLE SALAD

Fresh and tasty dish to use those herbs you’ve been growing, such as MINT, BASIL, and CILANTRO!

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YIELD
Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

Salad

  • 4 ounces bean thread noodles (cellophane noodles)*
  • 4 ounces snow peas, thinly sliced on diagonal (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup matchstick-size strips seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Thai fish sauce (nam pla)*
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced serrano chili
  • 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce*

Scallops

  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass*
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
 PREPARATION

For salad:

  1. Pull noodles apart; place in large bowl. Pour enough boiling water over to cover generously. Soak noodles until tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Drain; return to same bowl. Cut noodles in half (or in thirds if very long).
  2. Add snow peas, bean sprouts, cucumber, herbs, peanuts, and carrot to noodles and toss to blend. Combine 1/3 cup water and all remaining ingredients in small bowl; whisk to blend. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Stir dressing into noodle mixture. Let stand 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.

For scallops:

  1. Sprinkle scallops with sugar, salt, and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots, lemongrass, and garlic; stir 1 minute. Add scallops; sauté until just opaque in center, about 3 minutes.
  2. Divide salad among 4 plates; top with scallops and serve.

Available at Asian markets and in the produce section and/or Asian foods section of some supermarkets.

Courtesy of Epicurious

Easy Pesto Recipe

Basil is one of the fastest growing herbs in the AeroGarden so here is a recipe that focuses 100% on basil. Use right away on toast, in sandwiches, with crackers, mixed with warm pasta – or freeze and pull it out in the middle of winter to bring tastes of summer back when the temps are cold outside.

  • 2 cups of basil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup parmesean cheese (more or less to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pulse basil, garlic and toasted pine nuts in a food processor until coarsely combined. Slowly add oil while processor is running until mixture is smooth. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and add parmesean cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately and store in refrigerator. If freezing, transfer to freezer safe bowl and top with olive oil.

What is YOUR favorite Pesto recipe? Please post them so we can all enjoy!

Trim Back Basil for Bigger Harvests

The most frequent mistake made by new AeroGardeners growing fresh herbs is in NOT trimming back basil.  Basil grows like a weed in the AeroGarden, and often excited gardeners raise the light hood quickly to accomodate it.  Don’t do it!  Raising the light hood diminishes light to all the other plants, and they need it more.  Instead, trim back that basil.  Again and again!  The more you trim basil, the more it bushes out.  For every one branch you trim, two new ones appear! 

Start trimming after the second set of true leaves and never look back.  Enjoy your harvests in soups, salads, pastas and more.  By aggressively trimming back your basil and keeping the lights down low, you’ll not only harvest more low growing herbs like thyme and oregano, you’ll also harvest more basil too!