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Why Wait? 9 Resolutions to Make Now

Who says you have to wait until New Year’s to take steps toward a healthier future? 

By Angie Fenton

If you’re like most people, at some point you’ve made a New Year’s resolution. Then, like 92 percent of us, you failed to make it stick. Yet, instead of simply starting over – and over and over, if necessary – the majority of us wait until the beginning of the next year to make even more resolutions we probably won’t keep. Whether it’s the first month or the eleventh month of the year, why not resolve right now to make a change for the better? To help you get started, here are 9 resolutions to put you on the path to a healthier future.

1. Get organized Vow to spend 15 minutes a day for the next 30 days organizing one room at a time, piece by piece. Planning to donate what you don’t love? Keep a box or bag in the room and add to it each day. Once it’s full, put it in your car so the next time you leave your home it’s ready for drop-off at the nonprofit of your choice.

2. Lose five pounds (or more) Need to lose weight? Be specific about how much – consult your doctor for assistance – and then focus on your goal. Or, take baby steps and work to lose five pounds. Then, once you do, work to lose five more until you reach a healthy weight.

3. Stop smoking If you smoke, stop. Don’t know how? Google it. Talk to your doctor. Reach out to friends. Share your intention of quitting on social media and then post updates on your progress. Whatever works for you, do it. Smoking doesn’t just stink – it kills.

4. Start saving for a vacation Taking time off is good for our mental and physical well-being. Experts say the act of planning for one can increase happiness and going somewhere new gives our brains a change of scenery, which is beneficial in myriad ways.

5. Train for the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon Thousands of people walk or run the mini every year, including lots of first-timers. Have you ever watched Facebook light up with updates from finishers or local news media interview participants and thought, I wonder if I could do that, If so, start making strides right now. Local running stores – like Pacers & Racers in New Albany and Swag’s in Louisville – are valuable resources and can get you pointed in the right direction.

6. Unplug Vow to put aside all electronic devices one day a week. Can’t bear to go without for that long? Try half a day, implementing a “no electronics” during dinner rule or walk away from the cell phone/ipad/computer for a few designated minutes every day, like first thing in the morning or before bed. Commit to disengaging from your devices and engaging with family and friends. You’ll be amazed at the near-immediate benefits.

7. Sleep better When it comes to sleep, quality is as important as quantity. If you use your phone for an alarm clock, flip it on its face so the glowing light doesn’t keep or wake you up. Try meditating before bed to turn your mind off. There are tons of apps designed to assist rookie meditators. Go to bed on a schedule, even on the weekends. Whatever you do, resolve to make better sleep a priority.

8. Train your brain to be positive Experts say it is entirely possible to rewire our brains to perceive the positive aspects of life. For starters, simply thinking about what you’re grateful for throughout the day can increase the level of dopamine and can give, in a nutshell, a natural high. Also, feelings of gratitude can increase serotonin levels, a mood booster. Stop focusing on what you’ve done wrong and steer your thoughts to what you do right and well. Try thinking only about positive things for a few minutes a day for the next month or starting the day by writing down three things that make you happy.

9. Make people feel like they matter We are bombarded with messages of how awful human beings can be to one another, whether it’s unspeakable violence or the pervasive act of shaming others on social media. Challenge yourself to do something kind for someone else once a day/week/ month. Pay it forward at your local coffee shop or anonymously help out someone in need. Make this a habit and soon you’ll reap more than good karma.

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Go Ahead, Enjoy Dining Out in Southern Indiana on Thanksgiving Day

COMPILED BY ANGIE FENTON 

Want to start a new Thanksgiving tradition? Visiting from out of town during the holiday? Don’t feel like dealing with the chaos of cooking and cleaning? Thankfully, you have several locally-owned Southern Indiana options for dining out – or catering in – on Thanksgiving Day.

AMORÉ FINE IT ALIAN CUISINE 

730 Highlander Point Drive, Floyds Knobs 

812.903.0139 

Amoré will offer its full Italian menu on Nov. 23 along with other Italian Thanksgiving Day-inspired dishes beginning at 2 p.m. on the holiday. Reservations are required. Take out will not be available. Call for full details.

BRISTOL BAR & GRILLE 

700 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville 

812.218.1995 

Bristol Bar & Grille offers up a gorgeous view as well as a Thanksgiving Day buffet, featuring dishes from locally-sourced farming partners, with seating from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Alcoholic beverages – including Bristol’s unique wine selection hand-picked by Master Sommelier Scott Harper – will be available for purchase. The Southern Indiana favorite also offers pre-ordered catering and pick-up on Thanksgiving Eve. Prices vary and a minimum of 25 servings is required for catering orders. Call now to RSVP for Thanksgiving Day or to place a pre-order. Cost: $25.95 per adult, $7.95 for kids 4 to 11 and free for children 3 and under.

CAFÉ 157 

157 E. Main St., New Albany 

502.548.9114 

Café 157 plans to serve Thanksgiving Day from noon to 5 p.m. but advanced reservations are required. Dishes for the plated meal will include turkey or ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and two of the three following dishes: corn pudding, green beans or sweet potato casserole. Diners also get to choose from pumpkin or apple pie. The meal includes coffee, tea or water. Call to RSVP or send an email with the number in your party to innbridge@aol.com. Cost: $15 per plate plus tax and gratuity. Kids under 10 are $8.50.

DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE 

525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville 

812.288.8281 | derbydinner.com 

Once again, Derby Dinner Playhouse will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal on the holiday before guests will get to watch the performance of A Christmas Carol The Musical. The buffet features carved turkey and ham, fried fish, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, vegetable sides, a salad bar and desserts, including pumpkin, pecan and chocolate pie, as well as a sugar free option. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and the buffet will be served until 1 p.m. The show begins at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $43 per person

JOE HUBER’S FAMILY FARM & RESTAURANT

2421 Engle Road, Starlight 

812.923.5255 | joehubers.com 

Joe Huber’s serves Thanksgiving all month long in November and, once again, will offer its traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fabulous meal was featured on Food Network and includes oven-roasted turkey, homemade dressing, real mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, corn, chicken & dumplings, dried biscuits with apple butter, country slaw, Waldorf salad, fruit cobblers with ice cream and unlimited beverages. Be sure to call ahead for reservations especially for Thanksgiving Day. Cost: $19.99 per adult, $9.99 for kids 4 to 11 and free for children under 3.

OLIVE LEAF BISTRO 

130 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville 

812.913.1252 | oliveleafbistro.com 

Once again, Olive Leaf Bistro will serve a delicious brunch Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dishes include pumpkin soup, mixed organic greens, roast turkey, spiral ham, sausage-apple stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry-ginger-pear chutney, and pumpkin and apple tarts. Reservations are highly recommended. Cost: $20 for adults, $10 kids 4 to 10 and free for children under 3.

RADISSON HOTEL LOUISVILLE NORTH 

505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville 

812.283.4411 

Radisson Hotel Louisville North – formerly Clarion Hotel Conference Center – serves up a traditional Thanksgiving buffet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the holiday and has for more than 30 years. Enjoy roast turkey, smoked ham, roast beef au jus, along with seafood salad, Waldorf Salad, sage dressing, sweet potato casserole and a host of other favorites, including the delicious dessert bar. Cost: $19.95 for adults; kids 10 and under are half price; children 5 and under are free.

SAM’S FOOD & SPIRITS 

702 Highlander Point, Floyds Knobs 

812.923.2323 | samstavern.com 

No, Sam’s Food & Spirits isn’t open on Thanksgiving Day – but you can pre-order Thanksgiving dinner ahead of time and enjoy turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and other delectable offerings for pick-up on Thanksgiving Eve. Sam’s caters to parties of any size. Just be sure to call ahead. Cost: Price varies depending on party size and food.


OTHER TRIED & TRUE THANKSGIVING OPTIONS

BOB EVANS 

1101 Lewis and Clark Pkwy, Clarksville 

812.282.8299 

The Clarksville Bob Evans opens at 6 a.m. and will offer a limited menu before serving a special Thanksgiving menu 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are not needed. Cost: Prices vary.

2204 State St., New Albany 

812.948.0938 

The New Albany Bob Evans opens at 7 a.m. and will offer a limited menu before serving a special Thanksgiving menu 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations are not needed. Cost: Prices vary.

CRACKER BARREL 

350 Triangle Road. Sellersburg 

812.246.0740 

Cracker Barrel opens at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will serve breakfast and then plated Thanksgiving meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant also offers a heat & serve family meal to-go that serves up to 10 people for $99.99, which is available for pickup Nov. 21 through Nov. 23. Call for more details.

GOLDEN CORRAL 

1402 Cedar St., Clarksville 

812.258.2540 

Golden Corral serves a Thanksgiving-themed buffet on the holiday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations accepted; first-come, first seated. Dishes include turkey, ham, smoked meats, steak, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberries, green bean casserole, corn pudding, green beans corn carrots, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, bread pudding and much more. Cost: $13.99 for adults, $12.99 for seniors, $6.99 for kids 9 to 12, $5.99 for kids 4 to 8 and free for children 3 and under.

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WHO IS KENTUCKIANA’S BEST SPORTS SPOT?

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-29-49-pmWE ASKED AND YOU ANSWERED. After narrowing downs the dozens of restaurants, bars and public places you nominated as Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot, we asked you to vote on the finalists at ExtolSports.com.

AND NOW WE HAVE A WINNER…

KENTUCKIANA’S BEST SPORTS SPOT is BEARNO’S SOUTHERN INDIANA!

Congratulations to Bearno’s Southern Indiana, Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot – as voted on by you. 

Sure, the pizza is amazing and award winning, but what makes Bearno’s Southern Indiana Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot? According to many of you it’s the atmosphere, staff and your fellow patrons. But that’s not all. screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-09-pm

There’s live music in the warmer months and plenty of TVs for your viewing pleasure. When you frequent one of the three locations on the sunny side of the river, you’ll find great drink specials, beer specials and locals who make each respective locale their spot – but welcome newbies to join.

“I don’t want to say we’re like Cheers,” said owner/operator Kirk Johnson with a half smile, “but we’re kind of like Cheers. Anyone is welcome here.”

That also includes families and youngsters. “We do a lot with kids and schools, lots of Little League and also basketball,” said Johnson. And, “any kid wearing their (sports team) uniform gets a free six-inch cheese pizza.”

Each location also has a lunch buffet featuring all-you-can eat soda, salad, pasta, pizza and dessert for $8.99. Plus, added Johnson, “we host birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, events, fantasy football drafts, you name it.”

If you go, be sure to try the Mama Bearno’s pizza and mac ’n‘ cheese wedges – or the grilled chicken sandwich if you’re seeking healthier fare – and don’t forget to congratulate the Bearno’s Southern Indiana staff on their much-deserved win.

“I think (the award) is great,” said Johnson. “A lot of friendships have been made here. It’s like a second home for a lot of people, and that feels great.”screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-29-pm


BEARNO’S SOUTHERN INDIANA

3002 Charlestown Crossing

New Albany

812.949.7914

 

401 Lafollette Station Drive

Floyds Knobs

812.923.4600

 

700 W. Riverside Drive

Jeffersonville

812.282.3125

*Search “Bearnos Southern Indiana” on Facebook


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-40-pmBUCKHEAD MOUNTAIN GRILL

A NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE and Louisville staple for more than two decades, Buckhead Mountain Grill is a locally-owned, family-friendly restaurant that combines a comfortable and relaxed mountain lodge atmosphere with a full selection of classic, delectable foods. From their famous Cheese Boulders to delicious, homemade pot pie, guests have been enjoying many of the signature dishes for years – and great TV sports viewing, too.

The bar offers a wide variety of beers – including a great selection of craft brews – and knowledgeable staff. Enjoy the riverside view at the Jeffersonville location during halftime while dining on meat loaf, ribs, salads and other fare. The large menu offers something for everyone. Made from original recipes, Buckhead’s delicious choices are always fresh and made by hand every day.

Visit one of the three locations, either in the greater Louisville area or in Bellevue, Ky. – just minutes from downtown Cincinnati. And when you stop by, don’t forget to congratulate the Buckhead crew on being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.


707 W. Riverside Drive

Jeffersonville

812.284.2919

 

3020 Bardstown Road

Louisville

502.456.6680

 

35 Fairfield Avenue

Bellevue, Ky.

859.491.7333

www.buckheadmountaingrill.com


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-46-pmTHE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB 

THE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB is a relaxed sports bar offering classic pub food and tremendous sports viewing in a comfortable tavern setting. Serving lunch, dinner and a dynamic nightlife, The Sports & Social Club also offers bowling, live entertainment and The Eagle: a fully equipped private party room.

The restaurant and bar is equipped with state of the art technology including the ultimate sports viewing room equipped with two 100-inch, high-definition projectors and digital surround sound, making this the perfect venue to watch sports and party with friends.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-53-pmThe Sports & Social Club has been ranked No. 21 by ESPN Magazine in their “29 Greatest Sports Bars in the Known Universe” and “Best Sports Bar 2013” by A List Louisville.

Prefer to play sports as opposed to watching them? Take a turn on one of the bowling lanes.

The menu is delicious, but definitely try the cheesesteak rolls or the chicken-bacon macaroni and cheese.
When you stop by, don’t forget to congratulate The Sports & Social staff on being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.


427 S. Fourth St.

Louisville

502.568.1400

thesportsandsocialclub.com


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-59-pmTUCKER’S AMERICAN FAVORITES 

LOCALLY-OWNED and -operated, Tucker’s American Favorites offers great food and service in a sports-oriented atmosphere. Whether you sit in the bar or opt to eat in the two-tiered dining area, there’s no shortage of sports on TVs of all sizes.

Belly up to the bar and you’ll be catered to by attentive and amicable staff. Or, bring the family – including little ones of all ages – and catch the big game/match/competition as you enjoy a burger (try the fresh-made salmon burger for a healthy bite), the scrumptious cheese fries, succulent wings, one of the many steaks, a salad, ribs or even the vegetarian platter.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-04-pmBig games are fun to watch at Tucker’s because most patrons who frequent the eatery at those times are fans and aren’t shy about voicing their loyalties. There are a few massive booths down front as well as tables that can be moved to accommodate large parties, too.

Also, if you’re interested in hosting a private party or meeting, there’s a banquet room reserved just for that. And don’t forget to congratulate the Tucker’s team for being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.


2441 State St.

New Albany

812.944.9999

tuckersaf.com


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-10-pmSAM’S FOOD & SPIRITS 

SAM’S FOOD & SPIRITS serves up classics, favorites, specials and ample viewing for sports fans who want to catch the big game on TV. With its casual, neighborhood feel, locals often refer to Sam’s as their “second kitchen,” which makes watching sports there a no-brainer.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-15-pmMunch on specially-spiced (free) popcorn as you wait for a cold one, but then peel your eyes away from screen to place your order. Here are a few recommendations: You can’t go wrong with the half-pound burger, a flatbread pizza, nachos or the hand-breaded onion rings.
But, you’ll thank yourself (and us) later if you order the blackened fish tacos. We have yet to find any – and we mean any – as good as those served at Sam’s.

Not as into sports as you are animals or maybe you want a bit of both? Sam’s patio is always dog-friendly.


702 Highlander Point Drive

Floyds Knobs

812.923.2323

samstavern.com


 

FLOYD COUNTY BREWING COMP ANY
129 W. Main St.
New Albany
470.LUV.BEER (470.588.2337)
FloydCountyBrewing.com

A Taste of SoIN | September 2017

Things a Chef Can Do (That I Can’t)

BY LUANNE MATTSON 

IN MY BOOK, the difference between brilliant chefs and decent cooks are deliciously apparent. Maybe one of these days I’ll become a chef, but I’m happy to enjoy the chefs’ culinary skills at my favorites Southern Indiana (SoIN) restaurants.

What makes chefs rock stars? Their ability to elevate humble ingredients into magical dishes is a start. This month’s Taste of SoIN is dedicated to their mad skills. Here are just a few of them.

MESA COLLABORATIVE KITCHEN 2 Pearl Street New Albany 812.725.7691 MesaChefs.com

MESA COLLABORATIVE KITCHEN
2 Pearl Street
New Albany
812.725.7691
MesaChefs.com

THE MAGIC BEHIND THE KITCHEN DOOR

You walk into a restaurant, and the dining room is beautiful. You order your food, and your server disappears through the kitchen doors. Minutes later, they re-emerge with beautifully made dishes. How does that magic happen?

At Mesa Collaborative Kitchen, you feel like you’re being let in on a delectable secret. Grab a seat at Mesa’s counter, and you can watch as simple ingredients transform into lovely dishes. Mesa is a new concept that allows you to join 20 others for dinner while you watch the chef and team work.

If you love the Food Network but wish you could be the one asking the questions, you’ll love Mesa. The chefs and their staffs will plate a 3- to 5-course meal where you’ll get a front row. Chefs talk as they cook, and you can ask questions along the way.

Grab a friend, a seat and a libation. This sport is a meal where you are a fan, interviewer, student, and dinner guest!


FLAMING DESSERTS

If you’re a cooking show fan, you watch masterful chefs set something aflame and cook it perfectly. I’m adventurous with flavors, but I’ll keep the flames on the burner, thank you very much. I leave the flaming desserts thing to the professionals. The staff at Olive Leaf Bistro can give you a show with Bananas Foster. Though bananas foster isn’t on the restaurant’s printed menu, you can order it as a special request for dessert. They’ll roll a cart near your table and expertly light it so you can watch as your flaming bananas foster is prepared tableside.

OLIVE LEAF BISTRO 

130 W. Riverside Drive 

Jeffersonville 

812.913.1252 

OliveLeafBistro.com


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THE EXCHANGE PUB + KITCHEN
118 W. Main
New Albany
812.948.6501
ExchangeForFood.com

HOLY COMBO, BATMAN!

Chefs can take (often humble) ingredients and transform them into something delightful. Can I do those things? Sometimes, but usually only when the stars are aligned perfectly. But these chefs can come up with things that I can’t. I’m a decent enough cook, but I’m not masterful the way so many of the chefs at our SoIN restaurants are.

Three of my favorite ingredients are goat cheese, bacon, and honey. Some genius at the Exchange Pub + Kitchen decided one day to serve delicately breaded goat cheese fritters on a bed of bacon aioli. Then, to top it off, they drizzled them lightly with smoked honey. Talk about delicious! My friend paired these with a glass of sauvignon blanc from the Exchange’s menu. It’s now my standard order.


FLOYD COUNTY BREWING COMP ANY 129 W. Main St. New Albany 470.LUV.BEER (470.588.2337) FloydCountyBrewing.com

FLOYD COUNTY BREWING COMP ANY
129 W. Main St.
New Albany
470.LUV.BEER (470.588.2337)
FloydCountyBrewing.com

Wine is usually my libation of choice, but on a hot afternoon, there’s nothing like an ice-cold beer. Who, then, would use it as a glaze for salmon? That’s right, a chef. The folks at Floyd County Brewing Company use their amber brew to glaze their salmon filet. Served with steamed veggies and rice pilaf, this is the healthiest and yummiest way to appreciate a good beer. Pair that with any of FCBC’s beers brewed on site.

 



TIMING IS EVERYTHING

They say timing is everything in love. That saying is even more appropriate for a meal.

I’m doing good to get all my dishes finished at the same time (within a couple of minutes of each other). Could I do that for a group of people each night? Probably not. That’s why I’m amazed at a restaurant’s chef and staff. They work as a team to feed dozens, hundreds or even thousands of guests a night – every night!

These rock star chefs and others are waiting to prepare a meal for you. If you want to sample any of the dishes described here, search SoIN’s website for a restaurant that strikes your fancy.

Visit www.gosoin.com/restaurants/ to browse the restaurants for a memorable – and delicious – taste of SoIN.

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PRO TIP | Eat Well. Move Well. Live Well.

“ Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” – Greg Glassman

By Case Belcher of Four Barrel Crossfit • http://fourbarrelcrossfit.com

SEEKING AN EASY WAY TO INCORPORATE HEALTHY EATING INTO YOUR LIFE? TRY ADDING THESE RECIPES TO YOUR WEEKLY FARE.

Ready-to-Go Hot or Cold Quinoa

Ingredients 

2 cups Quinoa

4 cups Almond or Coconut Milk

2 pinches Sea Salt

1⁄2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Almond Butter, Cocoa, Cinnamon and Toppings to Taste

Instructions 

Bring pan to medium heat

Toast quinoa for 2 to 3 minutes

Add almond milk or coconut milk, sea salt and vanilla extract

Stir and bring to boil

Then cover and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes or until most liquid has cooked off

Stir in a small amount of additional milk for moisture if needed

Store in sealed container in refrigerator

Add almond milk and topping (almond butter, walnuts, berries, etc.) and either serve cold or reheat and then add toppings.

Sage Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash

Ingredients 

4 Medium Sweet Potatoes cubed

1 Green Bell Pepper cubed

1 Red Bell Pepper cubed

1 Medium Red Onion diced

Scallions or Green Onions for garnish

Salt, Pepper, Cumin and Garlic to taste

1⁄2 pound Sausage or Bacon (nitrate/nitrite free)

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

Instructions 

Bring pan and 1 tablespoon of oil to medium heat; then add meat to brown

When meat is 3⁄4 of the way done, add peppers, onions, and spices to taste

Cook until peppers and onions begin to soften, then remove or add to potatoes (if potatoes are done).

Bring a deep cast iron pan and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to medium heat and add potatoes and spices to taste

Stir occasionally until the outsides begin to brown; then cover pan for 7 to 10 minutes until potatoes are soft all the way through, uncover to stir occasionally for even cooking, add a small amount of additional oil if needed.

Once potatoes are cooked all the way through, remove from heat, stir in sausage, peppers, and onions

Once cooled, store for reheating and serving

Add 2 to 3 fried eggs for additional protein and scallions for garnish.

Green Superfood Smoothie

Ingredients 

1 handful Kale

1 handful Spinach

1⁄2 Frozen Banana

1⁄2 cup Frozen Blueberries or Strawberries

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein (whey or vegan)

1 tablespoon Almond Butter or 1⁄2 Small Avocado

Cinnamon & Turmeric to taste

1 to 2 cups of Water or Almond Milk

Combine all ingredients in a 1-quart size freezer bag and store in freezer for faster prep screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-4-59-22-pm

Instructions 

Combine all ingredients in blender

Blend and gradually add liquid until you reach the desired consistency.

Learn more about Four Barrel CrossFit, which has locations in New Albany and Louisville, at fourbarrelcrossfit.com or call 502.509.3801.

 

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Now We’re Cooking!

By Kristin & Adam Kleinert

This month we bring you delicious, healthy recipes that are working wonders starting to get into a good groove with recipes that make a big impact – on our bodies AND our taste buds – and we wanted to share some of our favorites with you. Below, you’ll find three basic recipes that each lend themselves to loads of easy adaptations. You can follow them as-is or make changes that suit your family’s size and tastes. Enjoy!

Confetti MeatBalls

“These are the best meatballs ever!” says our 6-year-old Brahm, who is the pickiest eater ever. While that might be a strong statement, the fact we can get nutrients from beets and spinach in our picky little guy has us loving these meatballs, too, and they have proven to be the ultimate crowd-pleaser. They can be served over pasta with marinara, on sandwiches or as a stand-alone entrée. Adding the spinach and beets packs this dish with tons of extra nutrients without adding texture or flavor a picky eater can detect. *Make them even healthier by using all-natural meats and eggs.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS
½ c. finely chopped spinach
½ c. finely diced beets
¼ c. bread crumbs
1 lb. ground Italian sausage
1 lb. lean ground beef or bison
¼ t. salt
¼ t. pepper
1 egg, beaten

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mash together by hand. Shape into balls about the ff1size of a golf ball. Spray two muffin tins with cooking spray, and put one meatball in each cup of the pans. Bake on center rack of oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Yield: 24 meatballs.

Tip: To achieve the most kid-friendly texture, consider roasting your chopped beets for 3 or 4 minutes at 425 degrees on a sprayed cookie sheet before adding them to the mixture.

Energy Bites

These little bites of yummy goodness are our favorite household snack. They are easy to make and hard to keep around!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 0

INGREDIENTS
1 c. oats
½ c. ground flax seeds
1/3 c. chia seeds
¾ c. peanut butter
1/3 c. honey
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ c. dried cranberries
*1/3 c. wheat germ (reserve 1/3 cup for finish)

Combine oats, flax, chia and 1/3 c of the wheat germ in a medium bowl and toss. Add peanutff2 butter, honey and vanilla and stir together. Add chocolate chips and cranberries and stir together. Put bowl in freezer for 5 minutes. Remove from freezer and form mixture into small spheres (ping pong ball-sized). Roll each ball lightly in reserved wheat germ. Store in refrigerator. Yield: approximately 24 energy bites.

Tip: Variations on these are endless! You can omit ingredients you don’t like. You can add sunflower seeds, nuts (we like slivered almonds), coconut, other dried fruit, etc.

Crock-Pot Lettuce Wraps

Fast, delicious and healthy, this is our go-to recipe for busy days! It takes no time to throw together and ensures we have a nutritious meal on hand so that we can avoid fast food and concession stands for dinner!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

PROTEIN
Fresh or frozen chicken breast (we use about 6 breasts for our family)
1 jar of any Asian flavored sauce (we like pad thai, but you could use Korean bbq, sweet chili, etc.)

SUGGESTED FIXINGS
Head lettuce broken into “cups” (or long leaves of romaine if preferred)
Shredded carrots or broccoli slaw mix
Fresh bean sprouts (canned will work)
Chopped peanuts (or other nuts)
Asian dipping sauce (we like peanut sauce and sweet chili sauce) Spray a crock pot with cooking spray and place chicken inside.

Pour sauce over top and cover with lid. Cook on low for several hours if using fresh chicken, ff3high if using frozen. Chicken is ready to eat when it is tender and easily shredded. Fork a small mound of shredded chicken into a lettuce cup, top with multiple fresh toppings. Drizzle with preferred sauce and enjoy!

Tip: This is another recipe that can be easily adapted. For example:  substitute a can of salsa verde for the Asian sauce and you’ve got a Mexican shredded chicken you can use for tacos, enchiladas or nachos. Or stick with the Asian chicken and experiment with new toppings and sauces!

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Brownie’s: Your Closest Home to Home

Photos and Story by Nick Carter

Let’s set the scene: There’s a nip in the air letting you know that winter has officially settled in. This means one sure thing: It’s basketball season in Hoosier Country. Game day is here and IU is set to go up against Purdue in what could casually be called a battle of epic proportions.

You’ve been pumped about this matchup since last year, and nothing could get your blood pumping more, except that your cable subscription does NOT include the one channel the game is being aired on. Frantic, you start calling your friends, hopeful that someone will have that much-needed cable channel.

“Nah, we only have basic.”

“I got rid of my cable years ago. Too expensive!”

“Netflix and brew, dude?”

Exasperated, you wrack your brain for a solution, and then it hits you: Brownie’s “The Shed” Grille & Bar, right in the heart of New Albany, will have the big game on plus so much more (and I’m not just talking about matchups).

Founders Keith and Jason Brown had always dreamed of a place where they could gather with their family and friends; a place that felt like home and memories could be made. They wanted to be able to sit back, have a beer, watch a game and enjoy some good food. Friends inviting friends and forming new relationships. What started out as an idea and a humble beginning eventually became reality when Brownie’s opened their first location 11 years ago in Louisville. Then, having achieved the reputation as “your closest home to home,” they decided to cross the river and opened the West Main Street spot in New Albany in September 2015, now with Neace Ventures owner John Neace and New York Jets offensive tackle Breno Giacomini on board.

b2In that short period, Brownie’s has become the go-to destination for the cable-rogue sports fan, or whoever just wants a solid meal and a good drink. Boasting more than 25 flat screen TVs, there is every possible cable package available, which means you can watch whatever games you want. The Sunday Ticket, Big 10, ESPN College GamePlan, you name it and they have it at Brownie’s. You can sit back and root for your favorite team and enjoy a drink from Brownie’s full service bar, featuring 20 beers on tap and also serving local favorites like Falls City and Old 502 Wines.

If you find yourself getting a little hungry by halftime, there is no need to worry because Brownies has you covered. With a full menu that is described as “your momma’s sports pub food,” there is surely something to please most everyone, from loaded burgers and spicy wings (with 10 different sauces, ranging from “Honey” to “Insane”) to lighter options like fresh-made salads and wraps, and even a few things for the vegetarians.

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Classic items like the Maker’s Mark Burger, served with bacon and Swiss, and Pretzel Nuggets with Beer Cheese always hit the spot. There are also newer items on the menu, such as the Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizza. Wash it all down with a cocktail by bartender Jared, and you’ll be a happy camper.

In addition to the standard menu, Brownie’s has a rotating list of homemade plate lunches called the Daily Hot Plate. Items like homemade Meatloaf, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and the Fried Cod Fish Sandwich are certain to make anyone reminisce of days gone by and that special meal their momma used to make. Pop in for a late lunch and you’ll also be able to take advantage of Happy Hour, which takes place 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hosting an event or needing a venue? Brownie’s features a boxed lunch catering menu that can accommodate parties of 25-200. Or, if you are needing a space for a party or meeting, take advantage of the on-site banquet area which can comfortably seat parties of up to 75 guests. While having fun with your friends, you can step out on the patio for a little cornhole match or start a game of volleyball on one of two sand volleyball courts, weather permitting, of course. They host both private parties and volleyball league matches, and feature live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Brownie’s “The Shed” Grille & Bar 822 W. Main St.
New Albany 812.920.0030
www.browniestheshed.com HOURS
11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday *Be sure to take advantage of the Lunch Club and Brownie Points programs to win free food and gift certificates!