These Barbecue Beer Meatball Sliders are a nice change to regular old burgers with a hidden nutritional punch!
I LOVE the smell of grilling in the summer, but sometimes I’m just not in the mood to grill, or we’ve been gone all day and I want a quick meal to feed my family. I know, who doesn’t want quick, healthy meals all the time!? If you’re looking for more variety of quick, healthy meals follow this excellent Easy Weeknight Dinners Pinterest board that’s filled with delicious meals that won’t keep you in the kitchen for hours.
Anyways since my family loves burgers, I thought why not create meatball sliders, but add a bit more fiber and protein using an ancient grain? I must be on an ancient grains kick, because in the past few months I have made Freekeh Spinach Salad, Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Almonds and Italian Farro Zucchini Boats, all of which contain a different ancient grain. This time the “hidden” nutritional punch is freekeh.
Freekeh is a whole grain that provides 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein for every 1/4 cup. Unfortunately I couldn’t find whole grain slider buns, but I’m happy that I added my whole grains to this meal using freekeh.
Protein, found in the lean ground beef and freekeh in these meatballs, also provides excellent nutritional benefits. Research shows that eating adequate amounts protein helps keep you satisfied longer, manage weight and maintain muscle mass as you age. I would say those are pretty good reasons to focus a bit on protein, don’t you think?
And although these meatballs take a little longer than 30 minutes to make, they can easily be reheated and enjoyed over the next few days with just a few minutes of prep time.
And the small slider size was perfect for my kids to enjoy (even my 18 month old)!
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These sliders are excellent paired with one of my favorite nutritious side dishes:
Greek Chopped Salad via Rachel Cooks
Balsamic and Honey Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower via Mom to Mom Nutrition
This BBQ Beer Meatball Sliders recipe first appeared on Chocolate Slopes.