On today’s episode Heather visits with Madison Prewett Troutt to discuss dating, waiting, and falling in love. You may recognize Madison from season 24 of The Bachelor, where she was a finalist. Madison made national news when she shared on the show that she was a virgin and saving herself for marriage. She later eliminated herself from the competition. Fans fell in love with Madison and her commitment to her Christian faith. Now she has written a book about dating and singleness to encourage other women. The Love Everybody Wants: What You're Looking For Is Already Yours is available wherever you buy Christian books.

This week Heather also debuts a new segment that will run all month called Friends in the Kitchen, featuring celebrity chef Danielle Kartes. Heather and Danielle connected at a conference last year and became fast friends. You may recognize Danielle from her regular appearances on The Kelly Clarkson Show. If you do, you’ll know why there’s no one better to talk recipes, friendship, and current events with than this spirited woman. As for why she’s doing a food segment on Viral Jesus? Heather says she started cooking regularly over the Christmas break and discovered how much she loves it. She also knows that food and food photography is a popular subject among the creators and influencers out here in the land of Instagram and TikTok. So get your taste buds ready! If you like this segment, make sure to email us at HellotoHeather@gmail.com and let us know you’d like us to bring you more recipes and more of Danielle.

Danielle’s Hibachi Bowls

On today’s show, Danielle says a great thing to make if you want to gain confidence in the kitchen are Hibachi Bowls. Here is Danielle’s recipe.

Hibachi Bowls:

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Serves 4

4-6 servings cooked Calrose rice

1 1/2 pounds XL shrimp (can also do veggies, steak, or chicken)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Aleppo chili pepper or paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 zucchinis

5-8 mushrooms

1 cup pea pods, chopped

1 bunch green onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

Soy sauce to taste

Sesame seeds to garnish

Sriracha Mayo

1 cup mayo

1/2 cup sriracha

Juice of a lime

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

1. Cook rice according to package instructions.

2. Fry shrimp 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat in olive oil and seasonings. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Fry sliced veggies and a handful of green onions in the same pan over high heat. This is a quick cook. If the pan gets too hot, decrease heat.

4. Once veggies are crisp tender, around 5 minutes, add shrimp and garlic, then season with a touch of soy sauce. Stir fry 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat.

5. In a bowl whisk together mayo, sriracha, lime juice, and green onions.

6. Assemble the bowl and enjoy!

You can find more from Danielle by getting her latest cookbook, Butter, Flour, Sugar, Joy.

Guest Bio

Madison Prewett Troutt first stood out for her stance on relationships during her season on The Bachelor. Since completing the program, young women have continued to turn to Madi for relationship advice, which she talks about frequently on her social channels (3.2 million social followers). She was single as she started writing The Love Everybody Wants and married her husband Grant Troutt last fall as she finished the manuscript. Although she shares for the first time some of their love story, her book isn’t a manual for how to get a boyfriend or a manifesto for getting married. It’s about understanding the foundations of love and your self-worth.

Host Bio

Heather Thompson Day is an associate professor of communication at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is the author of eight books, including I’ll See You Tomorrow and It’s Not Your Turn. Reach out to Heather on X, the app formerly known as Twitter at @HeatherTDay and on Instagram @heatherthompsonday. Receive Heather’s weekly inspirational email every Friday at 7pm EST; sign up at www.heatherthompsonday.com/links.

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Host and creator: Heather Thompson Day
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Producer: Loren Joseph
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