SO I was a bit skeptical before trying these out...i mean the list of health benefits was like 10 things at least so in my head I'm thinking "these will probably be disgusting but HEY its a change up from other unhealthy options I've slightly been devouring (go away donuts!). Anywho, I decided to give them a try and I have never been more pleasantly surprised by health food. The taste is so savory and honestly they don't taste one bit healthy or cardboard-like making them Amanda approved! There are so many ways to cook these, prepare them, combine them with other sides...SO here is how I do mine...I add a little olive oil (barely any) to a skillet and throw the burgers on (switching sides every few minutes). While those are heating up I prefer to add a pasta (any will do & kudos if you have some veggies as a pasta addition! I sometimes grate a little cheese or seasoning on top of it all and there ya have it! Easy lunch or dinner recipe and they take little to no time...which is a bonus if you're like me and are trying to multitask alwayssss. Truly give these a try, you all will not be dissapointed AND on top of it all they are kid approved! Tatum is into dipping anything in some sauce so I always add a teaspoon of avocado ranch for her to dip away!
"I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes."
1. Bath-time with little miss Tatum has become a time we both truly cherish. With her spunky little personality, she never fails to keep me on my toes while laughing uncontrollably at her silliness. She takes baths at night occasionally but we have it set where she mostly gets one bath or "cat-bath" each day before nap-time. So after lunch we do hardcore play for maybe 30 minutes (running around playing chase/chalk outside/dancing/building forts for animal babies) and then its bath time. SO T will help me turn on the faucet and add in some bubbles and let tub fill up. While this is happening, we venture to her room and pick out a comfy t-shirt and pants/shorts along with 2 books. By then the tub is filled.... and she plops in...splishing, splashing and laughing at the littlest occurrences such as bubbles on her chin. This is a learning time as well because we make sure to clean toes/knees/arm-pits...ya know..EVERYWHERE and she is learning quickly the names of her body parts (like where her pinky toe is and cleaning behind her ears. This age (18 months-2 and half) makes most every activity a learning one if one chooses to do so! Once she hops out of the bath I bundle her into burriot fashion/lotion her up/get dressed and we snuggle up reading the two books she chose prior to bath. Naptime lasts a good 2 hours most every day and probably 3 if I let them. Some days, yes, we may not always have time for this and she naps wheerever but I do notice a big difference when our says have a schedule/stability. Tatum appreciates this routine as well knowing whats to come and knowing this is a part of hygiene and cleanliness!
2. Game of Thrones has me braiding up a storm...is anyone else getting the khaleesi vibes hardcore?!). Growing up, Ill never forget all the girls at girl scout camp all eager to have me braid their hair in french braids/fishtail braids/well any braid basically! As natural as it is for me to whip up most hairstyles featuring a braids in some way shape or fashion, I find it super efficient to take my all natural hair extensions and pre-braid them for days I literally am exhausted or possibly on-the-go and need a bad hair day quick fix. I simply do a messy bun and throw in either one or two braided strands secured with bobby pins. BAM!...One simple hair style with effortless functionality which might I add looks a bit trenddyyy!
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
-Roger Caras (photographer and writer)
I'm sure you all are wondering if this blog is really a lifestlye blog or turning into a foodie blog with all my recent "Taste & Tell" posts, HOWEVER, I assure you it is not. Learning how foods make my inner being/mood/happiness/feelings in general has really taught me the importance of the matter. Observing over reading has always been the best learning strategy for me. SO that being said, toss me a thousand cook books..& while I do enjoy the inspiration and savory concoctions filling each page, I will rarely be able to create what they present. For me it is hands on, trying new recipes while adding different ingredients to older recipes..watching someone cook beside me as I take it all in...these tactics instill a better chef in myself. As Julia Child puts it in her book "My Life in France"
“...no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
On to these sliders...they have a difficulty level for a 3 year old (minus the veggies sauteed). So I usually grab a pack of the king Hawaiian rolls, turkey/ham/chicken (whichever meat you prefer or better yet combo that sucker!), your cheese of choice and veggies including zucchini, tomatoes, squash...really anything will do! I prepare the sandwiches while sauteing the veggies in a little olive oil and some seasoning. Once prepared let veggies cool down just a minute or two and toss them on top of the ham and cheese. Genius right!? Okay maybe not, but at least it gives sliders a little more nutrition and flavor. The beauty of sliders too is that they are easy to make a larger batch and snag them throughout the day or week. For all the mamas out there these are great after school snacks to keep the hangry level down until din din (we all know the witching hour!).
--Lastly opt to add a toothpick or something to keep the sandwich nicely together and not falling all over the place ha! Enjoy!