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Jake Byrne's Pan Seared Tilapia with Veggies

Jake Byrne grew up in Rogers, Arkansas. A type 1 diabetic since the age of fourteen, he has since been proactive combating the disease and mentoring diabetic youth. He played football for the University of Wisconsin as a tight end, and went on to compete in the NFL. Originally an undrafted free agent who signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2012, he has also been a Houston Texan, Kansas City Chief, and San Diego Charger. Currently, Jake and his wife Emma life in Dallas and have two dogs –Yeti the Great Dane and Duke the Dogo Argentino. Jake blogs at www.typewon.net.

First and Goal – What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up, by Jake Byrne (and Holly Michael)

Jake Byrne dreamed of playing professional football. He had the size, the talent, the drive...but at age 14, he found out he also had type 1 diabetes.

Still, Jake was determined to reach his goal. And God was determined to guide and empower him all along the way.

Jake's journey to the NFL is the backdrop for this collection of inspiring devotions based on nearly a hundred football terms. Jake takes you to the weight room, practice field, and even across the goal line. You'll feel as if you're lined up next to him, facing a very large defender you're about to take down. He also includes Scripture and then ties up each story in a way that feels real and encouraging. You'll discover...

* what to do when God calls an audible in your life
* how to respond when God puts you on special teams
* why prayer is never an incomplete pass

These quick daily readings will help you press through your own difficulties and experience God's dream for you. First and Goal, published through Harvest House Publishers, can be purchased at many books stores and online booksellers. Purchase the book HERE.

[Holly Michael has enjoyed a writing career as a journalist, features writer, and a regular ghostwriter for Guideposts magazine before authoring novels and nonfiction books. Married to Anglican Bishop, Leo Michael, Holly has three grown children and lives in Kansas City. She blogs at www.writingstraight.com]


Jake's Recipe for Pan Seared Tilapia With Veggies

4 Tilapia fillets 
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 package veggie mix (fresh or frozen)
salt, pepper, garlic salt- spicy if wanted

Preheat large skillet on high with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Season fish with garlic salt, black pepper, and a little spice if you want. 

Turn saucepan to medium heat. Toss veggies in the pot with a little water, coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Put lid on and occasionally stir. 

Lay fish on skillet (there should be a crackling sound if pan is hot enough). Leave fish on one side for 3-5 min then flip (or until each side is a little browned). Once veggies are cooked, but not mushy they're ready to serve!