Here’s a fun and healthy twist on a classic appetizer. Sliders are usually mini burgers made with hamburger, cheeseburger, chicken or pulled pork; not exactly plant-based! Being on a Reboot doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite foods. This version is all veggies and perfect for a delicious, nutrient packed meal or snack. It’s also a vibrant dish that can liven up any party!
This recipe boasts some nutrient rich superstars:
Avocados are densely packed with anti-inflammatory, healthy fats. They are also well-known for its vitamin E content, an important antioxidant.
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta–carotene, a phytonutrient responsible for giving these veggies their rich orange color. Zeaxanthin has anti-cancer activity: it helps encourage cancer cells to ‘commit suicide’ (apoptosis), and helps prevent tumors from being able to create their own blood supply (anti-angiogenesis).
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into uniform circles
12 baby bella mushroom caps
fresh ground black pepper
pinch sea salt (optional)
Optional herbs (fresh when possible or dried): basil, oregano, old bay, cinnamon, cumin, chipotle, cracked red pepper
1/2 cup chopped kale
1/4 cucumber, sliced
1/4 tomato, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
2 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp water
2 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
pinch sea salt (optional)
squeeze of lime
– Preheat oven to 425 degrees
– Wash all veggies well
– Peel sweet potatoes and make uniform, thick slices in the shape of circles
– Remove stems from mushrooms
– Place mushroom caps and sweet potato slices onto baking sheet
– Drizzle olive oil over sweet potato slices and mushrooms
– Sprinkle herbs over sweet potato slices. Try using combinations (I used old bay + black pepper for some, basil + oregano + black pepper on others, cinnamon + cumin, chipotle + cracked red pepper)
– Bake for about 30-35 minutes depending on thickness of sweet potato slices, flipping about halfway through.
– Make spread in a blender or food processor while potatoes and mushrooms are cooking.
– Let sweet potato cool.
– Spoon avocado mixture onto 1 sweet potato circle. Add mushroom and top other veggies like kale/lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion – just like a burger! Add a little more avocado spread. Top with another sweet potato circle. Repeat the process until you’ve used all your sweet potatoes. You will most likely end up with leftover spread so feel free to have some on its own or with veggies like carrots, celery, peppers.
**For a sweeter taste try using pureed butternut squash (pumpkin) on sweet potatoes seasoned with cumin + cinnamon in place of the avocado spread.
**After your Reboot try using hummus, cashew cheese, white bean or edamame spread along with or in place of the avocado spread for more protein.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Total Time: 50-55 minutes
Makes 8-12 sliders depending on the size of your sweet potatoes and thickness of the slices.
Stacy is the nutritionist for Reboot with Joe. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. She also writes for online health and nutrition sites and works in private practice with her husband Dr. Russell Kennedy, www.wellnessguides.org. Stacy opened Stacy's Juice Bar in Needham, MA with Stacy Madison, founder of Stacy's Pita Chip company, www.stacysjuicebar.com. Stacy is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine. Stacy received a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently resides in Wellesley where she loves cooking healthy, juicing, hiking, practicing yoga and spending time with her husband, two sons, three dogs and friends.
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