When the Good Stuff Happens with Roasted Salmon & Succotash
This Roasted Salmon & Succotash is an easy, one-pot meal using summer corn and green beans. Easy entertaining!
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.–Elbert Hubbard
I was feeling a bit overwhelmed in the kitchen, about 20 minutes before our guests were to arrive, and I did the thing I hate the most. I had a “Mimi meltdown,” as my family will say. I got very short and demanding with my family. OUCH. Do you ever do that when you’re under stress?
I seriously thought I’d learned my lessons, and I’ve promised my family when we entertain, this won’t happen again. But stress .. the pressure of the clock, things aren’t done the way I think they should be, I’m falling behind …
I did have a melt-down, although it only lasted about 2 minutes … I caught myself. I realized I was relying on myself to accomplish everything, in my own power. Big mistake. When I do things in my own strength, I always mess up.
Love. Faith. Hope.
Hospitality is about making others feel warm and welcome in our home, so it’s not just hosting a party. I put a meal on the table based on love, faith, and hope.
Love: Loving people. That’s easy to do.
Faith: I have no idea what’s ahead or what will unfold, how the food will turn out, but I have faith that it will go the way it’s supposed to go.
Hope: I have hope that my failures or kitchen mishaps (or bad attitude) will turn to glorious success!
I quickly apologized to my son and husband, I admitted I was wrong, I asked for forgiveness, and I moved on. Whew!
My daughter had witnessed my little “episode,” so when she walked in the door, I had to apologize to her as well.
What happened is, I had these thoughts going through my head: I can do this, I don’t need to ask for help, It doesn’t all need to be perfect.
But time got away from me. My pride and insecurities rise to the top and then I freak out!
Seriously, friends, stupid little things like: The water isn’t in the glasses yet. I haven’t even made the salad yet. I forgot to clean the guest bathroom. Where are the steak knives? Look at this disgusting window – where’s the WINDEX? (My entertaining best friend:)) I’ve got to move that GIANT stack of papers …
Good Stuff Happens.
Each time I entertain now I pray for wisdom, try to get myself organized and stay on task, keep calm, and catch myself as soon as I can to AVOID all this apology stuff. I’m learning more about grace, discernment, being productive in the ways that really count. It’s never about creating, cooking, doing or being something that is perfect— that is for sure.
My hands may fail, my mouth may get in the way, but guess what? God uses it anyway … we move on, the doorbell rings, the guests are ever-present, the food gets set on the table, we hold hands to give thanks, and then the good stuff happens.
All things come together and work beautifully.
And, I’m really glad that I have a forgiving family.
Roasted Salmon & Succotash.
Here’s a ONE-PAN easy recipe for company if you love salmon like we do.
With fresh green beans (from my friend, Joan’s garden) and corn (cut right off the cob), and our garden tomatoes. Add the salmon fillet. Your favorite seasoning.
Bake and serve!
What do you do to avoid meltdowns before company arrives?
Roasted Salmon & Succotash
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine, SEPT 2015
- 1 pound green beans, trimmed
- 2 ears corn, kernels cut from the cob
- 6 ounces cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pound salmon fillet
- Favorite seasoning (Old Bay is a good option)
- 1/4 cup sour cream (optional)
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the green beans, corn and tomatoes with the oil. Arrange in a single layer. Place the salmon in the center; season with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning.
Roast until the vegetables are tender and browned in spots and the salmon is just opaque in the center, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the sour cream and 1 tablespoon thyme; season.
Sprinkle the salmon with the remaining 1 tablespoon thyme. Serve warm or at room temperature with the sauce (sauce is optional).
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