Last weekend, one of my clients asked me for no meat meal ideas for Fridays during Lent, and it hit me that I never shared my Lenten resolution or any meal ideas with you all! So today, I’m going to do just that by giving you my favorite Friday night Lenten dinner…besides pizza or sushi of course 🙂 But before that, a little blurb about my resolution.
I’ve always taken an alternative approach to Lent, and it usually shocks people that I don’t give anything up. Instead, I choose to take something on (yes, you can do that too!). When I first started, I decided to watch the daily scripture readings on YouTube every morning to strengthen my faith. To be honest, it was a little difficult to do, but I quickly found that watching them while I ate breakfast was more productive spiritually than browsing through Facebook…so much so that it actually stuck with me for two years!
Of course after two years, I started to get complacent, so I began reading religious and self-help books at breakfast. This is now my favorite way to spend time in silence, and I look forward to doing it every morning. What I noticed though is that I had a hard time focusing. My mind spins in the morning. I think about anything and everything…what I need to do that day, what I forgot to do the day prior, what I’m going to make for dinner, etc. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t keep my mind from wandering, so I’d find myself rereading passages multiple times.
So this Lent, I decided to attack my problem spiritually by dedicating these 40 days to listening with purpose and focus. By this, I mean truly paying attention to what people say when they talk to me, listening to the cues God places throughout my day, and trying my best to focus during Mass. I set an intention with everything I do. For example, I dedicate my morning reading to a person I know that’s in need or even to myself.
My mornings now look like this: I read the daily readings on my phone along with a short reflection and prayer, then sit there in silence while I finish my meal. I listen for God in the birds and even in the dog barking next door. I listen to the cars turning on and people rushing to work.
I’ve realized the world is full of so many interesting sounds, and that God works in so many small ways. Not only has this resolution let me focus and listen more intently, but it’s also made me more aware of God, and it has strengthened my faith…which is exactly what Lent is about! Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of work to do 🙂
Now, time for some food! This Maple Soy Salmon recipe is one that I’ve been eating my whole life. My mom’s been making it for as long as I can remember, and boy it never gets old. It’s super simple too! All you do is marinate salmon in equal parts soy sauce and maple syrup, then throw it on the grill and in 15-20 minutes, you’ve got a delicious, caramelized filet sure to please the family 🙂 We usually serve it along side Olive Oil and Herb couscous or roasted potatoes with sautéed Parmesan spinach. Seriously, this dinner plate is bursting with flavor and health! I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to comment blow, like the post, and share it with your friends! I’d really like to know if anyone else struggles with focusing during certain points of the day, and what you’ve done to combat it. Thanks for reading 🙂
Maple Soy Salmon
- 5-2 pounds of wild salmon, cut into 4 filets
- 1/2 cup of real maple syrup
- 1/2 reduced sodium soy sauce
- Place salmon filets in a large bowl or glass-baking dish with soy sauce and maple syrup mixture.
- Let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, turning half way through. It’s always better the longer you let it sit, however.
- Preheat grill to low-medium heat.
- Coat salmon with nonstick spray and place skin side down for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the filet and grill temperature.
- Baste the salmon with the maple soy marinade.
- Flip filets and baste with the maple soy marinade. Cook for 5-7 more minutes, or until internal temp is around 145 degrees.
- Remove from grill and serve with desired sides. Enjoy!