Last year for the Super Bowl I made about 100 different foods, which was way too much for just Brian and I. This year I'm planning on scaling back a bit, but one dish that will definitely be included are sliders. Just one of these sliders, placed on a whole wheat mini pita, provides 16% of your daily iron requirements, nearly 19 grams of protein and more than 4 grams of fiber.
Yesterday morning, my office opening was delayed because of the weather, so I worked from home for a few hours before heading in and I had time to make some pita in the morning. It only takes a few minutes of actual effort and the rest of the time is just waiting for the dough to rise to rise. The recipe typically makes eight pitas, but since I was prepping for sliders I cut the dough into 12 pieces and cooked them for four minutes instead of five.
It smelled SO good.
After work I threw together the rest of the sliders- I used a half pound of ground beef to make four patties and loaded them onto a bun with lettuce, ketchup, caramelized onions, tomato, cheese and avocado.
These will be perfect for Sunday. If you don't want to make the pita, you can usually find mini-sized pita at the grocery store, and you can also use store-bought dinner rolls as a last resort.
To round out the meal I chopped up some veggies for chili.
Into the pot went pepper, carrots, onion, zucchini and garlic with a little olive oil. I make my own chili spice mix, but if you find a chili spice packet without additives that works too.
Chili Spice Mix
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
I added a large (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes, 1/2 can of water and 1 1/2 cups of dried beans that I had soaked during the day. I let it simmer for about an hour to cook the beans, then tossed in some frozen corn and chopped spinach.
Topped with a little cheddar cheese and cilantro. Throw the whole batch into your crock pot (set on warm) during the game and let guests help themselves as they get hungry.