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I grew up in a stereotypical protestant environment. Liturgy made me squirm, seeing someone cross themselves caused me to roll my eyes a little, the idea of common prayer made me absolutely uncomfortable. I am so thankful that I attended a Bible College and was able to be exposed to all sorts of Christian traditions and rituals. As I’ve grown closer to the Lord, I’ve been able to “try on” some new traditions and see what is a good fit for my religious journey.
One of the traditions I scoffed at growing up was Lent. As a protestant, I didn’t believe Lent should be a part of the Christian faith. I agreed with those who said that Lent is a season of doing things (or, more accurately, not doing things) to earn favor with the Lord and those who are saved by Grace need to do nothing.
While I still believe wholeheartedly that there is nothing a Christian can or needs to do to earn favor with the Lord, I have drastically changed my view on Lent. I have come to find that it is a perfect season to be intentional about spending time with the Lord, turning way from things that are hindering our relationship or turning toward things that will help it. This time can help build healthy habits and strengthen our walks with the Lord. It’s not something that should be done out of guilt or obligation. It’s simply a season that is already in place to remind us of our commitment to the Lord and give us a little kick in the rear if we need to make some changes.
Lent is a perfect season to follow the Biblical discipline of prayer and fasting – fasting from food or other habits to focus more on the Lord. The tradition of fasting from meat every Friday during the Lenten season is one I choose to partake in while I reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus. A simple meal of fish is a good reminder of why I believe the things I believe. Being intentional about what I’m putting in my body reminds me to be intentional about other aspects of my faith – such a prayer and Bible reading.
There’s no reason protestants need to shy away from the traditions we are not familiar with. Prayer and fasting is something we all could use more of and the season of Lent is a perfect time for just that!
30 Minute Lenten Fish Dinner
1 Cup Quinoa
2 Cups Water
1 lb Brussels Sprouts
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Rosemary
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
2 tbsp Sriracha
1.5 tbsp Sweetened Condensed Milk
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2. Cut brussels sprouts in half lengthwise and trim stems. Toss with olive oil and seasonings. Place in oven safe dish and roast in oven for 20 minutes.
2. At the same time, place the Crispy Fillets and Mac and Cheese Bites on a cookie sheet and cook according to package instructions.
3. Different items in the oven will be removed at different times and that’s ok!!!
4. Combine quinoa and water. Bring water to a boil and then cover and cook on low until all the liquid is absorbed.
5. While everything is cooking, mix up the mayonnaise sriracha, and sweetened condensed milk for the sauce.
6. Once everything is cooked, serve everything with he fantastically tasty sriracha sauce and enjoy!
Since the Lenten season is about focusing on my relationship with God, it makes me happy that I can add simple but intentional Lent diet approved dishes to my day. I love Gorton’s Beer Battered Crispy Fillets both during the Lenten season and outside of it because it is so quick and easy to prepare. There’s something about a fillet of fish that intimidates me and causes me to shy away from cooking it but being able to pop the cripsy fillets in the oven and having them be SO tasty is right up my alley! It’s fun to add in the Mac n Cheese Shrimp Bites to my meal because, well, let’s be honest, they’re just SO TASTY! I feel as though they’re basically a chef-inspired experience. They’re so quick and easy it’s hard to believe they’d be as tasty as they are.
Since I’m a mom, I don’t have time to worry about whether what I’m eating is good for my family. I love that I can get seafood into my diet on a regular basis with Gorton’s and they’re so easy to pickup at Walmart when I’m out and about and throw in the oven as soon as I get home.
How do you feel about oberving Lent?
What Gorton’s product are you interested in trying?