First off, don’t let the word Paleo scare you away! You see, two of my closest friends, Stephen and Alisa, just moved into their new home and invited me over for lunch this weekend. They recently started the “Paleo lifestyle” and instead of searching for a healthy restaurant, we decided to cook our own fancy lunch instead!
No, I’m not going Paleo. But, I love learning new things, and I love experimenting with food. This was the perfect opportunity for me to learn what all this Paleo jibber jabber is all about, and between the three of us, we managed to find a recipe that was healthy, nutritious and delicious. As for the diet in general – I’m not sure that Paleo is for me, as I love my rice, quinoa, beans and cottage cheese way too much. Plus, not sure I could hang with all the oil and bacon.
Okay, back to the slider recipe – all I can say is that this lunch was bomb.
Estimated Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients (serves 3-4):
- Lean Ground Beef – 1.25 lb
- Yellow Onion, chopped – 1 medium
- Fresh Pineapple – 1/2 medium
- Avocado – 1 large
- Iceburg Lettuce – 4 large leaves
- Mango – 1 large
- Vine Tomatoes, de-seeded – 4 small
- Red Onion, chopped – 1/4 cup
- Fresh Cilantro – small handful
- Garlic Powder – 1 tbsp
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Cooking Spray – 2 sprays
Start with beef sliders first. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mix yellow onions, ground beef and garlic powder together. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, and make small 2-3 oz slider patties; place the sliders on the sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until desired center is achieved.
Next, cut the fresh pineapple into halves. To learn how to cut up a fresh pineapple, click here (we didn’t know how either). Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and begin to grill the pineapple. Cook on medium/high for about 10 minutes.
Next, work on the mango salsa. De-seed and chop the tomatoes, and then combine the fresh mango, red onion, cilantro and salt in a blender. Lay a bed of iceburg lettuce down on each plate, and then layer the pineapples, sliders and mango salsa on top of one another. Add avocado as desired. Done! Either wrap the sliders with the lettuce or try it with a knife and fork. Both are delish!
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 8 points per serving (yields about 2 sliders per serving with 1/4 avocado)