Favorite Owensboro Eats

Y’all. I love to eat. So it was so much fun eating my way through my hometown for this post. While I’m partial to OBKY, I really do think we have some of the best food in the country (lookin’ at you BBQ).

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q (& Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn and Ole South Bar-B-Q)
Owensboro is known for its barbecue. Like anytime someone important comes to visit our town, they go to Moonlite. BBQ is a big deal here and I love it. We even have a BBQ festival (and 5k!) in May to celebrate all of the BBQ goodness. I could eat BBQ all year round, but since it is finally starting to get cooler, I have been craving burgoo. Such a staple in Kentucky!

The Famous Bistro
Y’all. While Owensboro is known for comfort food and barbecue, The Famous Bistro has some pretty great Greek-inspired dishes. Their gyros are the best and I love their cozy dining room or the option to eat on the sidewalk patio. They also have Greek favorites like spanakopita and moussakas. It’s one of my favorite downtown Owensboro restaurants and when the weather is warm, I love to go there and eat lunch outside.

Great Harvest Bread Co.
So while this isn’t a local place, I always think it is. It’s locally-owned, but part of a franchise. They have the best salads, soups, loaves of bread and treats. My best friend and I eat breakfast there every Friday and I love all of their free bread samples. The banana chocolate chip will always be one of my favorites.
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Honorable Mentions
Colby’s Fine Food & Spirits — I love their sweet potato fries.* I really want to try The Lure Seafood and Grille — it’s a cute little place tucked inside one of our downtown hotels. Since my husband is allergic to fish, that eliminates this place for date night, but I am needing to round up my girls and visit!

* We have entirely way too many fast food and pizza places in our town.

Hit me up if you ever come to western Kentucky! I have so many great recommendations for places to eat, stay and visit.

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5 Instagram-worthy dessert bars

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I don’t like to cook, but I do like to bake.

I also have a huge sweet tooth.

That’s why today’s post is all about easy and tasty dessert bars! I’ve linked five of my favorite dessert bar recipes below. Have one I should try? Let me know in the comments!
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Maple butter blondie. These look so good! Since it’s winter, I think you can get away with this maple-flavored treat.

10-minute magical chocolate almond butter superfood seed bars from Half Baked Harvest. Not only are they made with great ingredients, but they taste wonderful too! Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as the picture (and I used regular chocolate chips instead of vegan) but they were a hit! Check out her page, she has lots of great recipes (and photos and videos!).

Gooey chocolate-chip sandwich bars. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ARE MY FAVORITE. I could seriously eat them every day.

No-bake biscoff marshmallow chocolate bars. These are so easy to make and come together in less than five minutes!

Funfetti gooey bars from Crazy for Crust. These would be so great for a birthday party.

All of these recipes are basically fool-proof and create Instagram-worthy bars every time. Share your finished product with me! @mileswithmeghann

Blueberry banana french toast

I’ve talked about this before — I am not a cook. I don’t enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy hosting friends and family and eating! I also like baking and simple recipes.

Also, similar to Leslie Knope, I believe breakfast is the best meal of the day.

So today, I’m sharing a decadent and delicious breakfast recipe. While I usually eat the same simple breakfast throughout the week, I love making a special breakfast on Sundays or around the holidays. This french toast recipe is great all year long and can be easily changed by substituting different fruits.
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Ingredients
1 large egg
¼ cup milk of your choice (almond, skim, regular)
A dash or two of cinnamon
½ banana, sliced (or more if you want!)
A handful or two of blueberries
2 slices bread of your choice

Instructions
Beat the egg, milk, and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
Heat your skillet and spray with coconut oil or another non-stick spray.
Add the sliced banana and blueberries and cook for approximately 2 minutes or enough to get them warm and soft.
Remove from pan and set aside in a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
Place one slice of bread in the egg, milk, and cinnamon mixture, flip to coat.
Put the bread in the pan and cook until it’s golden brown.
Repeat with the second slice of bread.
Plate the toast and top with the warm bananas and blueberries.

EAT UP!

Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love baking cookies. While I am not a cook, I do like to dabble in baking. I also love chocolate chip cookies — seriously one of my top five favorite foods. I have several cookie recipes that I keep in rotation, and this is one of them!

I plan on making some later today while I enjoy a snow day off from teaching.

Betty Crocker Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

Steps
Heat oven to 375F
Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Pour a big glass of milk and eat up! & don’t forget to share 😉

Avocado fried egg toast

Today I have a super easy + delicious breakfast idea for you! I’m planning on making this x2 today after my 8-mile run.

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Preheat the frying pan. Get it medium-hot.

While your frying pan is heating up prep your toast, cut your avocado and mash it on your toast + add any other toppings you like.

Then, crack the egg into a small bowl, (it’ll be easier for transferring to your skillet) then slide the egg out of the bowl and into the frying pan. Put a lid on the frying pan — keep that heat in there!

Cook for about 4 minutes, until the egg white solidifies; the yolk will thicken slightly as it heats. Do not flip the egg.

When your egg is done, slide the cooked egg onto your prepared avocado toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and eat up!

I can’t wait to check in with you all on Monday about week one of marathon training!

Friday Favorites v.83

Happy Friday, guys! It’s been a cold week, but thankfully it’s supposed to warm up over the weekend (to like the mid-30s). Usually, on short weeks, the days seem to drag on, but this week flew by.

I’ll recap week one of marathon training on Monday! I have an 8-mile run scheduled for tomorrow morning and I’m hoping to make it to a local trail instead of running on my treadmill.

This week was a good one! Let’s recap some favorites 🙂

1. My love for eggs comes and goes and right now I am all for them. I think I ate fried eggs on my sandwiches almost every day this week for lunch.

2. Aldi’s almond butter. I love Aldi for their prices and selection — not only do they have the basics (meat, bread, eggs, produce) but they have some healthy picks too! I picked up a jar of almond butter last week and I have eaten some almost every day this week for breakfast or as a snack.
The benefits of almond butter vs. peanut butter (even though I love them both!)

3. My biggest work project of 2017 launched on Thursday and I got so many positive comments on it! It was the perfect way to end the week and I am so proud of the work me and my team put in to make this magazine awesome.

4. I sent this screenshot to husband earlier this week. Can’t wait to buy this Sarah Marie Design Studio sweatshirt.

5. Last weekend I got a new pair of shoes to kick off marathon training. I decided to go with the Glycerin 15s instead of the Ghosts (a shoe I have loved for years) for more support and cushioning. I’m thinking about dedicating an entire post to these shoes because I am so in love with them.

I highlighted these socks in an Instastory on Monday but thought I would share them over here too.

7. Did you all see my post from earlier in the week on virtual races? I’m still a little on the fence about them, but I take my chances later in the year and sign up for one.

8. Sun-bathing diva.

Friday Favorites v.82

The last Friday of the year — woah. It’s been a weird week and I’m honestly glad it’s over. Super cold temps, a sick husband and a mountain work made this short week anything but easy.

But I’m headed into 2018 with a happy heart and some BIG goals.

So let’s wrap up this week with some Friday Favorites.

1. My treadmill runs have surprisingly been a favorite this week. They have been my “me time” and a way for me to decompress from the day. Win-win!

2. Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 training program.

3. A fun journalism link I found earlier this week. Here’s the best stuff Bloomberg didn’t write this year.

4. Lots of Kentucky sports are happening today, so I’m repping by blue and white! UK and Louisville tip off this afternoon and UK’s bowl game is today. C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!

5. Sushi! I’ve had it twice this week. I’m pretty sure I could eat it every day if given the option.
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6. I got my first look at the 2018 RnR Nashville marathon/half marathon participant shirts. I am so excited! Four months from today!

7. I won’t quit, but I might cuss the whole time tank. Thanks to Run, Travel Dream, I found where to buy it in her T-shirt Tuesday post.

8. Murphy has been such a good pup all week. Ryan has been home sick since Wednesday and every day I get a report of how good Murphy was during the day. I’m pretty sure puppy cuddles can cure anything. 

30 minute homemade pizza

Every single Thursday night is pizza night in the Richardson household. This is one my favorite traditions Ryan and I started soon after we got married and it’s one I hope stays around forever. We both love pizza and whether it’s carried out from a national chain store (we love Pizza Hut!), made from scratch, or a baked frozen pizza, it makes for a simple, but delicious meal that I don’t have to think about.

So today I’m sharing a basic recipe for homemade pizza. Enjoy!

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Friday Favorites v.78

This week kicked my butt. Work was hard, my workouts were hard, meal planning didn’t go great and overall it was exhausting. Even though I am wiped, I feel like I am plowing through the thick of things and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (24 days til Christmas!)

But, let’s talk about the good and fun things from this week with my usual Friday Favorites post!

1. I hit my daily goal of 10,000 steps four times this week! Even though I try to run almost every day after work, I sit so much at my desk job during the day that I don’t always hit 10,000 steps a day. I love job, but I do wish I could move around more at least have a stand-up desk. My Fitbit Blaze has been great and reminding me to move more every house. Even the small steps add up!

2. Gift guide for the monogram addict.

3. These Nature’s Bakery fig bars are the best! They are dairy-free, made with no bad ingredients and only have 10 grams of sugar (which is still kind of a lot, but way less than others bars I’ve tried) I got them at Kroger and they have been a great mid-day snack.

4. I taught my last class earlier this week and I am so proud of myself for making it through the semester. I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to improve and teach again next semester. Go Panthers!

5. I snagged this cup at TJ Maxx on Black Friday and it’s perfect for me! I work at a newspaper and teach a media writing class. So if you have any newspaper-lovers in your life, grab this cup. It’d make a great stocking stuffer!

6. I finally got my hands on Grace Not Perfection AND A Simplified Life, both by Emily Ley. I’ve about 3/4 of the way through GNP and I can’t wait to finish it this weekend.

7. I roasted sweet potatoes for the first time earlier this week and HOLY YUM they are a new favorite.

8. Murphy loves our Christmas tree! It’s so cute to see him play with the ornaments and lay in his bed and look at the lights. Now I just need to put presents under the tree!

Tips for a healthier Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I love all the food, family, football and naps that are associated with the holiday. But every year I have to remind myself that it is not a time to go overboard with the great food. While I strongly believe in a balanced lifestyle, I think it’s okay for little splurges around the holiday. If you restrict yourself from the foods you want, not only will you go overboard later, but you will probably regret not eating your favorite foods that you only get once or twice a year.

So here are tips and articles from around the web that I hope will help you have a great and healthy Thanksgiving!

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This article is from 2015, but all the tips still ring true!
7 tips for a healthy Thanksgiving.

Eat breakfast.
While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast — such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk — so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering.

Make or bring your own healthy dish.
Most people are going to notice if you use ingredients with less sugar or fat. While it’s fun to splurge on grandma once-a-year- pumpkin pie, it’s also nice to have some other healthier options. This way you can have your pie and eat it too 😉

Recipe ideas!
Roasted Kabocha Squash & Grapes.
Smokey Chicken Chili. 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Mine will forever and always be mashed potatoes and gravy.