30 Minute bay scallop dinner under $20 (Cheating)

Ok so I cheated on this dinner but I thought I do that a lot. Why not post easy great meals using some store bought short cuts. There is a lot of sodium in the Near East Pilaf and really all store bought rice blends so I do not salt anything else. If you want to use salt further by all means do so.
Total cost for 4 servings:
Bay Scallops $8.99 1 pound
Near East Rice Pilaf $1.99
1 Lemon $.79
Left over parsley $.25
Asparagus 3/4 lbs on sale $1.79
Hollandaise packs 2 each $3.00
Butter $.25
Total $17.06

Bay scallop over pilaf with asparagus tips and sauce hollandaise

30 Minutes or less to prepare this easy weeknight gourmet dinner
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Cost: $17.00


  • 1 Lbs Bay scallops
  • 1 Each Lemon
  • 2 Tbls Butter
  • 1 Each Package Near East Rice pilaf
  • 1 Cup Asparagus tips
  • Zest from the lemon
  • 1 Tbls Parsley chopped
  • 2 Each Mellisa's single serve Hollandaise sauce


  • Prepare Pilaf according to directions on package
  • At 10 Minutes into cooking rice add asapargus tips and lemon zest
  • Heat SS or cast iron skillet to very hot add butter let brown for minute or two
  • Add scallops and cook for four minutes turnign often .. pour off white discharge
  • Microwave hollandaise 10 seconds
  • Remove scallops from heat toss in parsley and juice from lemon
  • Serve scallops atop rice and asapargus drizzle with hollandaise

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