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I ain’t gonna lie, I could care less about football, but I did watch half the Super Bowl because the New York Giants were playing and of course, the commercials and Madonna.  She’s still got it at 53!DSC_0534 - Copy

Another confession, I was flipping between the Super Bowl and a NONSTOP Sex and the City marathon on channel E!  Don’t the girls look like they’re having more fun?  I thought so, too.   
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A few friends came over to watch the Super Bowl with my husband and I.  My friend, Jhiane, made Honey Barbecue Chicken Wings which turned out good.  I made Spinach Dip w/veggies and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Chocolate Truffles which were AMAZING! 
I also served Chips & Guacamole, Grilled Cheese Guacamole Sliders, and Banana Bread Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze (healthy).  And of course, what’s a party without Martinis!
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I cooked from 11 am to 5 pm, so by the time 5 pm rolled around, I passed out on the couch until my guests arrived.  I’ll be sharing all my recipes with you in the coming weeks, but for now, let’s talk about them Grilled Cheese Guacamole Sliders, shall we?DSC_0519
I found the original recipe on Kevin’s site – Closet Cooking.  I find Kevin’s recipes to be simple and innovative.  Check out his site.DSC_0534
Here are some swaps I made based on the original recipe:
    – I skipped the bacon (I don’t eat red meat)
    – I skipped the tortilla chips, although this is a really good idea.
    – Instead of butter, I used Olive Oil.  I find avocado to be rich enough, so why add butter?
    – I added a touch of Crushed Red Pepper because I love everything in life hot & spicy. 😉
    – I used a softer French Bread to achieve the slider look for Super Bowl Weekend, but on a normal day I would much rather prefer to use 100% Whole Wheat Bread.

Enjoy!DSC_0552

NUTRITION:
Avocados are a good source of Vitamin K, Fiber, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C.  They are also an excellent source of Antioxidants and great for your skin.  Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamins A and C.  Lime is an excellent source of Vitamin C.  Although high in fat, Cheese is an excellent source Protein and Calcium.  

INGREDIENTS (enough to make 10 sliders):

  • Olive Oil – 1 tsp  (enough to make 2 to 3 sliders at a time)
  • French Bread (softer, or use Italian bread) – sliced  (for a healthier option, go for 100% Whole Wheat)
  • Monterey Pepper Jack Cheese – small handfuls on each side
  • Guacamole (use my amazing guac recipe) – 1 spoonful
  • Crushed Red Pepper – sprinkle to taste


DIRECTIONS:
1. Start by making my awesome guacamole, or your favorite guacamole recipe.  I doubled my recipe since I made enough guacamole for chips as well. 
2. Then slice up a “softer” French bread.
3. Heat a cast-iron skillet on medium heat – I urge you to use a cast-iron skillet for a smoky flavor.  Once heated, add a teaspoon of Olive Oil and place the bread on the skillet.
4. Once slightly golden, flip the bread.  Add a “good amount” of cheese on each side – this is really the most unhealthy part of the sandwich, and it is grilled cheese, so load it up.IMG_5008
5. Once it melts, add a spoonful of guacamole on 1 side.IMG_5010
6. Sprinkle a bit of crushed red pepper.IMG_5011
7. Cover the sandwich with the other half.  Gently press down.  IMG_5013
8. Grill to perfection.  I love burnt cheese.  🙂IMG_5014
9. Enjoy!  Creamy and gooey with a subtle kick of spice.  Tell me what you think.DSC_0563


TELL ME: How did you celebrate Super Bowl Sunday?  What did you make?  Which team were you rooting for? 





Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.


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  1. Since i don't care about the Super Bowl but adore food, I would spend all my time at your table…especially with a spread like that! Holy moly! And I'd probably be 15 pounds heavier when I left your door-step, with all the food I'd have stuffed in!
    I like the changes you made to the guacamole grilled cheese – I agree that avocado is rich and buttery enough to skip on the butter 🙂