Shrimps with Pineapple and Green beans

Shrimps with Pineapple and Green beans Ronit Penso

Very often we describe frozen products as less nutritious and healthy, compared to fresh ones. However, in many cases it is far from true. Good quality frozen vegetables and fruits are often cut and frozen very close to picking, therefore keeping their nutritional values better than vegetables or fruits that were shipped from afar and ended up on the shelves long after they were picked. This is also the case with some meats, fish or seafood, that are frozen soon after catching.

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Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Peppers Cream Sauce

Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Red Peppers Cream Sauce Ronit PensoScallops are one of my favorite seafood, for  their fresh, sweet flavor and wonderful texture. However, it’s not always easy to find really fresh ones. So, when I do, I immediately buy some and then cook them the very same day, and as close to serving time as possible, as fresh scallops need very short cooking time, otherwise their texture will quickly turn rubbery.

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Scallops with lemony cream sauce + Israeli couscous salad

Lemon scallops with Israeli couscous Ronit PensoWhen I found these beautiful fresh wild scallops at the store, I quickly grabbed a few. They are so flavorful and so easy to prepare. The only concern with scallops is to remember that they are delicate creatures, so you need to cook them gently and quickly, otherwise their texture becomes rubbery. So, make sure to cook them as close to serving time as you can. I’ve paired the scallops with a delicate lemony cream sauce, that compliments their natural sweetness. I also added a bit of garlic, thyme and roasted red peppers, for both color and flavor.

The scallops are served on a bed of Israeli couscous, but you can serve them on their own, or with any other type of small pasta or polenta.

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Peanut Butter -Coconut Milk Sauce Ronit Penso

Spicy, Sweet and Fragrant: Peanut Butter-Coconut Milk Sauce

peanut butter coconut milk sauce ronit penso

This tasty and versatile sauce combines two of my favorite ingredients – peanut butter and coconut milk.
Interestingly enough, both key ingredients are called “nuts”, even though neither one is! The peanut is actually a type of legume in which the pod matures underground, unlike most of the nuts we know, which grow on trees. The coconut does grow on a tree, but is actually a drupe and again, not a nut. Who knows, maybe that’s why they match so well together? Continue reading