The Super Bowl is rapidly approaching marking the time of the year when many remaining New-Year-Resolution-making health nuts drop off the map. You know the time, when your body is achy from working out, you don’t want to get out of bed and well, one more cookie won’t hurt right? My friends, I encourage you to put the cookie down, get out of bed, and remind your sore body why you decided to change your life in the first place. In my first post, I spoke on the ability to still enjoy eating but just make healthier, smarter choices about what you put in your mouth. Here’s a good question to ask yourself, “Is what I want to eat going to get me closer to my goal or further from it?” So now we have the Super Bowl with all its temptations. It’s making a lot of you nervous about cheating on your fresh “new-tritional” goals. You’re going to be surrounded by treats from burgers to cake to beer. Yes, beer is a treat! Remember, no matter what you eat on one day, you need to get right back to your clean nutrition the next. It is important to note that portion control is key. Having ONE burger during a game day party isn’t horrible. Having three, with chips, soda, cake, and whatever else you get your hands on, could be a problem. If you’re the chef for the big game, you may wonder, “How can I make party food that people won’t hate, because I chose to eat better…” Clean eating doesn’t always mean going straight to ground turkey all of the time. It can mean increasing the quality of the foods you eat. Ladies and gentleman I present to you my Angus Avocado Sliders. These little knockouts are made featuring sourdough bread topped with an avocado and orange bell pepper mash, covered with a 5-year aged Wisconsin cheddar. I am going to show you the basic ingredients I use but you can customize this recipe. These are easy to make in a short amount of time.
Angus Avocado Sliders
1 lb. Angus Beef
3 bell peppers (any color variety)
1/4 lb. 5-year Aged Wisconsin Cheddar
1 loaf of Sourdough
1 – Season your meat accordingly and form little patties no bigger than the palm of your hand. Cook until the internal temperature is above 165 degrees.
2 – Chop your bell peppers into little chunks; do the same with the avocado. Combine into a bowl and squeeze some lemon into it and slowly stir. The lemon will keep the avocado from turning brown. If you put too much lemon in and the taste is too strong, add a pinch of table salt and garlic powder.
3 – Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. For your bread you can either toast lightly first or leave it plain. I chose sourdough because it is hearty and I didn’t want to toast everything first. Put the your bell pepper avocado combo on the bread, then add your meat and top it all off with a slice of cheese.
4 – Put on a cookie sheet and pop them into the oven until the cheese melts.
5 – Pull them out, plate them up and eat.
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