I walked into a loaded coffee shop to sit down and get some work done. There were no tables available except for half of one across from this man. I’ve seen him sleeping downtown on sunny days and cold nights. He’s usually on the move.
I walked up to ask if he would mind sharing and before I could say anything, he offered it. I gratefully sat down and introduced myself as I pulled out my computer. I offered him a coffee or something to eat and he politely declined. All he could do was offer me help: plugging in my computer, making room for my bag, and asking if the shade was ok. He’d been listening to a sermon behind us. As it came to an end, he stood up, gathered his only belongings in 3 stuffed bags, tipped his head to me as he grabbed his cane, and off he went to his next destination.
He never told me his name, but he remembered mine as he said, “Have a blessed day, Darah.”
As the weather cools off and the evenings free up, I have found myself starting to cook more often. There’s something about Fall that makes it one of the most peaceful and gratifying things for me to do!
I get asked quite a bit about my favorite go-to recipes and things to keep on hand. So here we go! I love to stay with a gluten-free, whole-food approach to anything I make at home. These are three of my quick and easy favorites!
Grilled Pineapple, Onions, & Jalapeno
Stay with me here.. It LOOKS very strange. It’s actually very good and as a bonus, it’s adjustable!
Slice a fresh pineapple however you like it. I prefer chopped. Add a sliced jalapeno and chopped onion and grill until it’s slightly browned. Trust me on this one.
Who doesn’t love pancakes?! On to the next one:
Easy Egg-Banana Pancackes
This one is just as easy! I take two fresh eggs and mix them with a banana until it’s a relatively smooth consistency. The eggs will allow the banana to set. I grill mine over a little bit of coconut oil until they’re cooked through and drizzle with raw, unfiltered honey. Perfection in the form of protein and potassium for breakfast.
The next one comes with a disclaimer: These will be gone before they hit the counter. It may be best to make these under cover of night before the other house mates catch wind of it.
(Hey.. I had to think of something besides “Magic”..)
You can adjust this however you’d prefer. I like to take a little of each in a bowl and add the honey and coconut oil until it’s pliable but holds together. Spread the resulting mixture into a thinly oiled pan until they’re a little over an inch thick. I cover them with wax paper and let them set for about an hour in the fridge. This is one that may take some trial and error. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve ended up with something more like granola cereal instead. No matter what, it will be just as good!
I hope you’ll try these and enjoy!