Being from Texas, one of my favorite foods is a traditional taco. Admittedly, I have become much of a Mexican food snob because I know a taco when I “see it” and “taste it.” And while traditional tacos taste amazing, what’s not so good are the trans fats since much of the meat (protein) is cooked using lard and butter. That’s why I love using Kelapo coconut oil – I can sautee my veggies and cook my protein using only about ½ tablespoon. Here’s a quick scallop “fajita” taco recipe that will leave you wanting a little more of Texas and Mexico.
- 7oz giant bay scallops (raw)
- ½ yellow bell pepper (raw)
- ⅓ red onion (raw)
- 1 tbsp fresh minced garlic
- fresh cilantro
- ¾ tbsp Kelapo coconut oil
- 2 whole grain tortillas
- Seasonings: ½ tbsp cumin, salt & pepper (to taste)
- 4 tbsp fresh pico de gallo
- ½ small avocado (optional)
- Set a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add Kelapo coconut oil and allow the oil to heat up. Should take about 1-2 minutes.
- Chop yellow bell pepper and red onion into pieces and add to the skillet along with garlic. Sear the veggies and stir with a spatula.
- Pat dry the scallops with a paper towel to remove excess water. Add to the skillet.
- Season the scallops as they are cooking and be careful not to let them burn or stick to the skillet. Use a spatula to toss them around in the oil so they absorb the flavor or the veggies and the delicious Kelapo oil. Scallops cook very quickly so they should be cooked in a little under 5 minutes.
- Once the scallops are brown on both sides (top/bottom), remove the scallops from heat and serve immediately with warm tortillas.
- Assemble the tacos with scallops, grilled veggies, pico de gallo and if you want, fresh cilantro and avocado.
Approx macros: 494 calories, 39g protein, 45g carbs, 18g fat. Remember to always adjust portion size to complement your diet and goals. To reduce calories, you can use only 1 tortilla, less scallops and use spray Kelapo coconut oil instead.
About the Author
Kevin is a fitness enthusiast out of Dallas, TX. When he saw himself in his friend’s Facebook photo he knew it was time to make a change. He was overweight, felt sluggish and had steadily rising blood pressure. So, he did what many people try to do – he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. He quickly learned through periods of weight cycling that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.
He started studying nutrition and got started cooking! In 2012 Kevin started a small blog to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas.
The blog was called Fit Men Cook and it had a simple message and belief system – “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”
Kevin firmly believes that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty!
Fit (Wo)Men Cook is the “fit” story of all of us. It is taking your individual success stories and things (in nutrition & fitness) that have worked for you, and sharing those ideas with the masses so we can all grow, improve together. Just everyday people – no matter the fitness level or athletic ability – aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating. Are you a Fit (Wo)Men Cook?
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