sunday sliders & menu monday.

by Janetha on October 3, 2011

in product review

my sister gave me an awesome slider grill pan for my birthday… back in june. like any professional procrastinator, i have put off making sliders all summer long. awesome.

i recently received a sample of the new mini sandwich thins from arnold/orowheat.

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are you thinking what i’m thinking?

bingo. sandwich thin sliders!

for last night’s dinner, i combined 1 pound of organic, 96% lean ground beef, minced garlic and trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute. i separated the beef into eight 1/8 pound balls.

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next, i used this handy dandy slider shaper that came with the grill pan. IS IT NOT SO ADORABLE?

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perfectly pressed!

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i popped the sliders into the grill pan and turned it over to marshall to get them grilling.

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i worked on the condiments—pickles, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, ketchup & mustard. i also baked some alexia chipotle sweet potato fries (hard work, folks.)

i fixed my mini slider sandwich thins and had them ready & waiting for the burgers.

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as you can see, the sliders shrunk a bit, but they were cooked perfectly.

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they were a little small in terms of bun-to-burger ratio, but it all worked out (and tasted the same.)

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the sandwich thins were a good vehicle for the sliders, but by the time i started on my second slider, the sandwich thin was falling apart—maybe too much ketchup? (is there such a thing??) other than than, they were great. the sandwich thins are 50 calories apiece, 100% whole wheat and pack 2.5 grams of fiber and 2.5 grams of protein (per bun—two buns in a serving.)  thanks for the minibuns, arnold. (nobody paid me to review the buns but i did get them for free.)

and now, the second part of this post… menu monday! because “sunday sliders” wasn’t enough alliteration for me.

it’s a short week for me! i am heading to LA thursday night for a weekend with deb & eden. (woohoo!) here’s my meal plan for the week:

dinners.

monday: chicken puffs & asparagus

tuesday: red chicken enchiladas (recipe to come)

wednesday: sweet potato shepherd’s pie

thursday: something involving chicken and the crock pot since i will be catching a flight—any suggestions???

lunches:

breakfasts:

snacks:

i also plan to bake some pumpkin protein bars to take on the plane.. if they turn out, i will post a recipe.

a few items of business…

  • winner of the contigo coffee mug is #128, ty (i emailed you.)
  • as i mentioned above, i am going to be in LA friday through sunday. if you want to hang, email me! not sure what my agenda holds but i’d love to see as many people as i can while i am there.
  • the better breakfast challenge results will be posted later this week!

check ya later.

xo. janetha g.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Need the slider pan – we just bought a grill for belated Father’s Day gift. Link???

janetha October 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

It was a gift! I have no idea.. but I bet Google knows best!

Liz @ Southern Charm October 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I have to have that slider pan! How fun!!! Love what you did with it!

Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I’ve never seen ground beef look so darn cute!

Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries October 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I love the idea of the mini sandwich thins! And you’re right, there’s NO such thing as too much ketchup! ;)

Stephanie @cookinfanatic October 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Those sliders are so ridiculously cute & fun!!!

Jillian @ sprinkle massacre October 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I love those little mini’s! I’ve already finished one package. Obsessed. I also love those Mix 1 drinks..ever since HLS, but yes, quite pricey.

Wish I could say I was in LA and could meet you but I’m stuck on the east coast where it’s starting to get sooooo cold!

Meg October 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Agh! Chicken puffs! Such a Utah/Idaho thing… or is it? My friend who gave me the recipe calls them chicken pillows but same difference.

Heather (Heather's Dish) October 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Soooo cute! I’m so jealous, I love the little slider thing!

Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza October 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm

what cute burgers! Something about eating smaller version of food is so fun :)

I’m making crock pot BBQ shredded chicken tonight! It’s super simple, I got the recipe from the hungry girl cookbook:

1/2 c ketchup (I subbed BBQ sauce tonight, but it’s also good with ketchup)
1 small can tomato sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar + 2tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
Garlic powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Chicken

Place everything in the crockpot on low, cook for 7-8 hours. Shred with a fork. Easy peasy! :)

I also like cooking chicken in chicken broth in the crock pot and having chicken tacos.

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I officially want a slider now. I like how you can have different versions of burgers with them. I have never seen those mini arnold thins.

Emma October 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Hi Janetha! I read your blog daily and rarely comment/have nothing to day that is relevant to this post…but I thought you should know that I just bought a Contigo mug at Target solely because you told me to.

Thanks for that.

Emma October 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

*SAY. NOTHING TO SAY. OH GOD HOW EMBARRASSING. #internethotmess

@HilaryFleming October 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Those shapers are unBELIEVABLE–the make the meat look like elf burgers. So cute. I’m looking for ideas for my son’s 2 year old bday party and I think little kids would love those.

I know you are a fitness buff with you mom and I wanted to share that I’m doing a $50 Lululemon athletic gear giveaway on my updated blog.
http://www.hilaryfleming.com/2011/10/welcome-50-lululemon-giveaway.html

Denice October 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

What?!?! You’re going to be in LA….what for…..where exactly?!?! :-0

Erica October 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I love mini food items, so i purchased the buns the minute i saw them! They do fall apart easily, but they are soooo darn cute! Great meal. How about pulled bbq chicken in the crockpot?

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

We were gifted a slider pan about… 2 or 3 christmases ago… Still haven’t used it yet. I’m WAY good at procrastinating too.

Jennie (the gf-gf) October 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I LOVE your sweet potato shepherd’s pie – I might need to modify my menu plan to fit it in! Thanks for the reminder ;-)

Amanda October 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Excited to see you soon my friend!!!!

That mini burger press is way,way too cute. I love it! I also want a grill. One of these days.

Aimee October 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

The weather down here is great! Have a fun weekend.

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats October 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Sliders are so good! :) Maybe for a chicken crock pot idea you could make pulled BBQ chicken and use it to make salads or sandwiches?

Ali Mc October 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I wanted to ask where you got the slider grill thing too, but I see from the comments you don’t know. I LOVE that press too. so cute. I can’t wait to try this. we have used pitas as buns before they’re awesome!.

PS: I know it’s over but yesterday I had one of my “worst” breakfasts in well over 6 months – chocolate chip pancakes (bisquick ones) maple syrup (processed) bacon and JUICE – which I NEVER had…..I almost sent you the pic lol just as a joke :D

Lauren October 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

The sliders are so fun! I’ve never seen an actual slider pan but how cool is that? Gosh, they think of everything these days.

Have a blast in LA!!

lynn @ the actor's diet October 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

are we hanging?!? i have no idea?!?

Amanda October 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Gah! I would love to get in on some bloggy meetup something or other this weekend with you in town, but alas, between my sister’s bridal shower on Saturday and catching up on everything else I will just have to wish you a lovey trip, let you know they are predicting mid eighties both weekend days, and hope you make it back out soon for some reason…
And love your menu plan, can’t wait to see how everything turns out!

katie October 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Love mini things, they are more fun!!!!!

Saw the mini syrup you found, I squealed, so cute!

How lucky you are going to Cali, visiting your sis?

Hope your feeling better, thinking of you : )

Love you!

Mama Pea October 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I’ll give you a dollar to try my black bean burgers in those.

I’m kind of kidding, but not really.

:)

Naomi(onefitfoodie) October 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

omg I will forever love that combo of cottage cheese and sweet potato and nut butter from YOU! seriously wil be 80 years old eating it and always think of Janetha! lol

the sweet potato shepards pie is bookmarked and It is on my ‘to make’ list…i remember when you made it and sounds SO good!

mini sliders so stinkin’ cute!

Angelina October 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm

This is my first visit to your blog, and I am lovin it! Pulled chicken is ALWAYS wonderful for the crockpot, so easy and delicious. We love Santa Fe chicken in our house. Put chicken, a can of black beans, a can of corn, and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies into the crock pot and let it cook on low for 7-8 hours. Serve over rice, with avocado slices and shredded cheese on top. Its amazing, and you can get all of your canned veg with zero sodium.

Angela Yates October 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Can you post the recipe for your chipotle sweet potato fries?

Missy October 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Yah – you’l be there in time for Eden’s birthday bash! Ya’ll will have a blast – can’t wait for the recaps :)
I know you are having the enchiladas Tuesday, but Crockpot salas cicken is easy and good – just chicken and a jar of your favorite salsa. You can also sprinkle on taco seasoning for extra flair.

momma b. October 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Cutest sliders ever! No never too much ketchup.
Missing you already!

xo

Abby October 4, 2011 at 12:43 am

Those 50 calorie mini sandwich thins have made my week! They had better be coming to a grocery store near me soon! Perfect for a snack!

Eden October 4, 2011 at 2:18 am

I’m like a mini person

you inbox must have exploded by now, btw.

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish October 4, 2011 at 2:43 am

I love your slider shaper and grill pan! SO cute. And so are the sliders themselves, even if the meat to bun ratio was bit off. (And no, you can most certainly never have too much ketchup!)

Have a FANTASTIC time in L.A.! <3

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish October 4, 2011 at 2:46 am

p.s. I’ve never seen the cocoa raspberry Simply Bar! Where do you find them? I can occasionally snag peanut butter chocolate or lemon at CVS, but they’re tough to find!

janetha October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

they send them to me since i am an ambassador, but i know they are available on their website thesimplybar.com! love you lady!! miss you!!!

Brittany October 4, 2011 at 6:09 am

Those are so adorable! I love how you plan out all your meals. It would be such a great idea but I never get around to doing it.

janetha October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

it’s really just because i only want to have to go to the grocery store once on sunday, haha

cathy October 4, 2011 at 6:48 am

hope the week flies by before your trip. you + eden + deb? fun blog posts await!! you’ll all have a blast!
sweet potato + sunbutter + cottage cheese sounds awesome!!

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 4, 2011 at 8:02 am

I made the best stew in my crockpot on Sunday with chicken. I have leftovers today for lunch and am so excited- I’m sure it tastes even better today! It was amazingly good and filling.
The recipe is here: http://oatmealafterspinning.com/2011/10/02/renn-fest-traditions/

Love the slider buns! I have to go get some- they’re so cute! (And the slider press, too!)

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

I’ve never seen those little slider buns! I love that slider pan that you have. The sliders look delicious! :) I think they are the perfect dinner or even an appetizer for a party!

Have fun in LA! :)

Crystal Coppel October 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

I love that little slider press! So cute! I need to find some of the mini sandwich thins. I love those things! They would be perfect for a snack or some sliders! Have fun in L.A.! Hope the pumpkin proteins bars work out. They sound like they would be good! :)

natalie (the sweets life) October 4, 2011 at 11:59 am

ha it took us over a YEAR to use our slider press. we suck. and after i did, i was kicking myself for not using it sooner! sliders are just too fun :)

chicken and a crockpot? hmm
buffalo chicken chili http://www.thesweetslife.com/2011/02/crockpot-buffalo-chicken-chili.html or orange chicken! http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/10/slow-cooker-orange-chicken.html

Lindsay @ biking before bed October 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Its amazing how “cute” food is when it comes in mini forms.

julie October 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

and here i thought you were flying to ny. obvi we’re not on the same page lately. i thought mini pizzas you thought mini sliders. i thought you flying to ny you thought you flying to la.

eliza (Zestyappetite) October 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

well now I need a burger and sweet potato fries asap!!!!! those look so delicious and fun. Why is it that anything mini is more fun to eat? perhaps because you tell yourself you can eat more?…mini things win my heart

Maren October 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

What the perfect little slider maker! I love the little press too. Kitchen gadgets are the best, aren’t they?

Lara October 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

YUMMMY! You always have the cutest “mini” stuff.
I’m a little confused though…aren’t the regular sandwich thins 100 calories, too? Are these just smaller?

Janetha October 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

2 buns=100 cals.. so you get two instead of one

Lara October 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Oh, sweet!

Kim @ The Family Practice October 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I love the thins! Mini thins is even better! Everything mini is better!

WELL… maybe not everything ;)

Pure2raw twins October 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

love this, i need to get my dad that slider maker for christmas, he would love it!

Emily R. October 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I just have to say…I can totally relate to your ketchup comment (“Is there such a thing??”) – I 100% totally agree!! :)

Renee October 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

First off, I LOVE your blog. and I love to cook so a lot of your ideas inspire me to create new things. Anywhooo, I wanted to comment today because I saw that you like Mix1s. I think they taste great but they have sooooo much sugar which just makes me crave more sugar (yikes) so I found Orgain (thanks to my second job at lifetime athletic I can compare and contrast bars and other random health products (: ) which is really similar with at least half the sugar (yay). Try them out sometime…the only thing is I don’t think they have as vast of a selection of flavors as Mix1s :( Well, hope you have a great week!!

janetha October 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for the tipoff on this brand! I have never heard of it, I appreciate the info. Also, thanks for reading! xo

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