Sausage and Peppers Sliders

Healthy Living, Recipes

Looking for healthy party food? This tasty sausage and peppers recipe is a crowd pleaser. Perfect for watching the game, these easy sausage and peppers sliders will become a football party favorite.

A common question I am asked is in regards to the term “multigrain.” As so many of us are bombarded with food labels, nutrition information and health claims, it can be confusing to know what’s a marketing term and what’s an approved health claim. The term multigrain simply means that the bread is made from more than one grain. It does not mean the product is whole wheat or a whole grain. Whole wheat and other whole grains, are necessary for food bowel health, providing fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, and are associated with reduced weight and reduced risk of certain diseases. When looking for a multigrain bun for this recipe, read the ingredient label. It should say as the first ingredient “whole” and then the grain. For example “whole wheat flour, whole oats” would be a whole multigrain product. If it says “wheat flour, oat flour” than it’s not a whole grain but just a multigrain, and therefore still a refined carbohydrate source which lacks many of the health benefits of whole grains. For more information, go to www.wholegrainscouncil.org.

Theresa Jackson RD, CSOWM, CDN

Clinical Nutrition Manager, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Ingredients

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup plain whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 large onion halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper seeded, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 8 mini multigrain Kaiser rolls
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce optional

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine beef, turkey, fennel, oregano, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, milk and bread crumbs. Mix well. Shape mixture into 8 patties, 1/2 inch thick.

Lightly coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat until hot. Add onion, bell pepper and water; cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from skillet and cover to keep warm.

Wipe skillet clean and spray again with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat until hot. Add patties and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until there is no pink in the center. Serve patties topped with vegetables and BBQ sauce, if using, on Kaiser rolls.

Yield: 8 servings

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Calories: 319

Sodium: 389mg

Fat: 7g

Carbohydrates: 35g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Fiber: 2g

Cholesterol: 54mg

Protein: 28g

* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content

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