So, it’s a new year and a new you, right? A marker in life where you can start over or improve. Maybe you made a goal of making a new habit or trying to change an old one. Or perhaps you’ve created a word or mantra that you can repeat over and over again in your head as you move through the year… (though that might get annoying!)
I find the idea of a resolution challenging (the same way I feel about reading lists), because if the end of the year comes and I haven’t made my goal, then does that mean I failed? Don’t get me wrong…I like to conquer my goals! But then I always set another goal…and then maybe another one after that, and then another…
That can be the road to getting things done, but it can also begin to feel like I’m never satisfied or content!
In the bible, John the Baptist says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
Can I really stay content and satisfied (but not complacent!) if I’m constantly putting myself first? This is something I really, personally struggle with. I will admit, there are (many) days when I start my day with me instead of Him, with my own ambitions instead of His word.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make those first 30 minutes of “everyday” for Him and make it a daily habit instead whatever else I’m putting first!
Maybe that’s what my resolution should be for the year (and every year!) – less of me and more of Him? Everything else leads to discontentment and more of my own ambitions.
In this world, it’s easy to believe that we can only become better and more perfect if we do this, give into that, or buy x, y, and z. But, really, that’s the lie. Wealth, beauty, and power are achievable, but at what cost…and to what end?
The truth is that His power is perfected in our weakness and when we are content with our struggles and our weakness, then our weakness becomes strength, all for Christ’s sake, not ours. 2 Corinthians 12:9,10
With weakness in mind, I know that food can be a weakness for many. I personally can never say no to a cookie! Or three. And trust me, I had my fair share of cookies this past month. I also don’t regret it. The Christmas season comes once a year and that is why I lost count while I was over at my in-loves on how many of their delicious sugar cookies I ate. They were good and I was not about to deny myself. But now that we’re in a new month and the sugar cookies are gone, I’m aiming to put a few more healthier dinners on my menu, one of which is this one pan salmon dinner.
I know we’re all recouping from a busy holiday season, and after cooking and eating your way through the month of December being in the kitchen is probably the last thing you want to do. Which is why this meal is perfect! You’ve got your main course and two sides that all cook alongside each other, limiting your time in the kitchen (and the amount of dishes you use!).
I like the idea of salmon because it’s SO good for you. I’m addicted to sweet potatoes, and for me, they are a must on every sheet pan dinner I make, but russet, red, or white potatoes would work as well. The veggie I mix up, though. I love asparagus, but when it’s not on sale it is spendy. You could substitute fresh broccoli or cauliflower florets, green beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots…whatever is on sale at your store that day, and the cooking time won’t change at all. And if you’ve never roasted your vegetables before for a simple side dish, well, you are in for a treat because it doesn’t get any better than that!
Chels, Catz in the Kitchen
One Pan Salmon, Asparagus, and Sweet Potato Dinner
- 1 1/2 lbs . salmon
- 1 lb . fresh asparagus , ends trimmed
- 2-3 sweet potatoes , peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 3 tbsp fresh rosemary , minced
- sea salt and pepper , to taste
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 lemon , juiced
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place sliced sweet potatoes on side of the pan, drizzle with 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp rosemary, 1 tbsp garlic, and salt and pepper. Toss to combine and roast for 40 minutes.
When potatoes have roasted for 35 minutes, toss the potatoes for even cooking. Place salmon and asparagus on the baking sheet. drizzle remaining olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and lemon juice over the salmon and asparagus. Sprinkle smoked paprika over the top of the salmon and place the baking sheet back in the oven for 18-20 minutes. Cook until salmon is flaky.
If the potatoes still need a bit more time, tent the asparagus and remove the salmon and cover with foil on a plate so the fish doesn't dry out.
Chels is a born-again believer who dreams of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. She’s a wife and stay at home mom to her four vivacious kiddos whom she home schools. When she’s not schooling or chasing after her munchkins, she enjoys reading, bubble baths, and finding clothing/kitchen treasure at thrift stores. But more than all of that, she finds refuge in her kitchen where she and her husband can be found cooking and baking up a storm for their family and friends. You can read more about her culinary endeavors at CatzintheKitchen.com.