Do Less. You’ll Live Longer.

Do less. You’ll live longer. That’s a piece of advice my Grandmother gave me a long time ago. Now, before anybody gets their knickers in a twist, “do less” does not mean “do nothing”. It is simply deciding exactly what things are most important then prioritizing those things. Everything else gets done when it get done…no guilt allowed!

Saturday was a “Do Less Day” at my house. Hubby had just put his mother on a plane back to Florida and I used the day to relax before playing catch up on Sunday. My “Do Less Day” included my morning speed walk around the neighborhood which, as my only form of “medication”, is absolutely, positively not negotiable and a healthy dinner…another “not negotiable”. Everything else waited for later. It was my day to recharge and refuel. Dinner was easy, delicious and nutritious straight out of the toaster oven!

So, in the spirit of doing less, recharging and refueling here is my super simple, “free form” recipe for Do Less Day Marinated Roasted Wild Salmon.

Do Less Day Marinated Roasted Wild Salmon

Serves 3-4. This is a “free form” recipe so all measurements are approximate. Tasty marinade additions are a few drops of toasted sesame oil or a small spoonful of good Dijon mustard…sadly, I’m allergic to both.

16 ounce wild Coho (Silver) salmon fillet*


thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 cloves garlic, germ removed, peeled and grated

splash Ponzu Sauce (or Soy Sauce)-Ponzu is a citrus infused soy sauce.

1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate

splash dry French white vermouth


1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

salt and pepper

Combine marinade ingredients, pour over salmon and marinate for about an hour. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove salmon from marinade and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with dark brown sugar, salt and pepper. Roast until just cooked through-approximately 15 minutes.

*A few words about salmon. Personally, I consume only wild fish and seafood. Wild salmon is the term used for all varieties of wild caught salmon (Sockeye, King, Coho, etc). The fat content of salmon varies with the specific variety. Coho (Silver) salmon contains 7 grams of fat per 3 ounce cooked serving. Other varieties have varying fat contents with King being the highest at 11.5 grams per 3 ounce cooked serving and Pink the least at 4 grams . So, if you think salmon might be Gastroparesis-friendly for you keep in mind the fat content (and protein!) of each variety when shopping: Wild Alaskan Salmon Nutritional Information.

By the way, Grandma outlived all my other grandparents by at least a decade and had a longer life by decades than my parents. Just sayin’…she may have been on to something. Slow down. Do less. You’ll live longer.


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