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Maple Pistachio Seared Scallops

August 5, 2014

I’m trying to get better at using Instagram. I used to love it, but in the last 6 months it’s kind of become a PITA. I’ve never put much thought into Instagram and really only use it to post behind-the-scenes pictures. While Instagram celebrities certainly do exist (hi Lexi! hi Jordan!) I am not one of them. Probably for good reason.

When I’m done a photoshoot with a recipe I’ll often whip out my phone and snap a pic. This is fun to give people a little heads up on what’s coming, but then when I do get around to posting it I have a habit of forgetting to update Instagram followers to tell them it’s up. I’m tryinggggg to get better but as soon as I open up IG I am overwhelmed by the number of pictures and end up with a serious case of FOMO forcing me to shut the app down.

Maple Pistachio Seared Scallops An easy dinner ready in 10 minutes!-// thehealthymaven.comInstagram also enrages me. I think on many levels the healthy living blog world is changing and to a degree is no longer promoting dumb Fitspo messages like “nothing tastes as good as skinny”. Sorry, not true. But so many Instagrammers don’t seem to get this message. I swear if I see one more young girl, half-naked talking about her “transformation” story, I’m gonna lose it. Can’t we all just put our clothes back on and talk about something else?

The issue is, this works. Post a naked selfie and duhhhhh people are gonna follow. While it might be effective, I don’t intend to take this route. Instead you’re gonna get previews of recipes, my wacko made-up dinners and pictures of my boyfriend who absolutely hates when I post anything of him to Instagram (love you C!). I also seem to have a habit of taking pictures in cool places with my arms in the air…seriously, it’s weird.

Maple Pistachio Seared Scallops 2The day I get a dog is when all of this is going to change. I am going to exclusively post dog photos, pictures of adorable dog clothes and homemade doggy treats I intend to bake. Yes, said dog already has a breed and a name and I talk about hypothetical situations that will happen with this dog. I might have to change my blog name to “The Dog Maven” when this day comes. Don’t worry, he’ll be so adorable I won’t need to hashtag x 10000 to maintain my followers. In fact, I intend to be the new Toast Meets World.

But until that day comes, you won’t find me baring all my clothing, contorting my body into crazy yoga poses (quick! #stopdropandyogi!) or taking pictures of my Garmin. I think there’s enough people doing that already. I’m just gonna work on remembering to post these Maple Pistachio Seared Scallops to Instagram, and call it a day.

Rant done.


Maple Pistachio Seared Scallops

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 scallops 1x


  • 10 U/10 sea scallops*
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a food processor or blender grind pistachios and garlic.
  2. Slowly add in maple syrup until a thick paste is formed.
  3. Divide paste into 10 and roll into balls.
  4. Flatten balls on top of scallops to cover tops.
  5. Heat up a large pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Add butter and melt. Butter should sizzle but not burn.
  7. Add scallops and sear for one minute.
  8. Flip and sear for another 45 seconds-1 minute making sure pan does not get too hot and burn scallops.
  9. Serve warm.


This means around 10 scallops per pound. They are bigger, but feel free to use any size.

Maple Pistachio Seared Scallops 4Thoughts on Instagram? Do you use it a lot? What do you like to see?


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  • Reply
    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    August 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    The Healthy Genius- making pistachio paste to flatten onto scallops?! Seriously, how did you think of this? Let me jump into your brain, or at least act as your fake dog that gets to lick up all your amazing table scraps (weird? sorry, I went there).

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      It’s funny cause I was in a crazy rush when I made these and they kind of just happened…I don’t think you want to be in my brain. It’s probably a weirdddd place to be!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    August 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I’ve grown to love Instagram in the last few months. My dog is totally more popular than me on it! I did a thing at the end of last year that shows you your most popular posts… not only was every single one a picture with her in it, most were just exclusively her!! Hahaha. So I suppose I’m not the only one who thinks she’s cute!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    August 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Instagram is actually my favorite social media platform…I mean, I made a whole speech about it. It can be kinda dangerous for me actually. I should start setting time restraints for my scrolling through my feed.
    But I agree that it can enrage me when girls focus on skinny fitspo and every single macro. I just want to bury my face in these scallops for consolation.

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    [email protected]
    August 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I have a love/hate relationship with IG. I mean its fun but I’m not sure how useful it is! I just like checking out bloggers I know to find out what they are doing in real life or if they have any cool photos! I post a ridiculous amount of photos of what I’m drinking. No Idea why.

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