I’ve gotta admit, I’ve always found the word “sliders” to be a little … gross. It just makes me think of grease upon grease which, of course, aids greatly in the action of unhinging one’s jaw to gulp an entire miniburger in one fell swoop.
But ignore what I’ve just said please, because these black bean sliders are not greasy nor gross (nor could you swallow one whole, for that matter, unless you’re a snake or a freak of nature).
They’re delicious, easy, meatless, and perfect for game day, sure. But definitely not gross.
I know how fortunate I am to be able to stay at home with my baby for her first year. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But the whole “stay at home mom” thing is a bit of a misnomer, as I pretty much can’t handle staying at home for more than a day.
Maybe it was because I was holed up for months on end during a tough pregnancy, then housebound shortly after she came along as I nursed my broken ankle (stairs, hyped-up dogs, yeah, fun). It’s like I accumulated this debt of cabin fever over the past year-and-a-half, and I have to repay it by getting out of the house with Miss Thing pretty much every single day.
It’s good for me, and she loves it too. We go to music classes, parent-baby groups, library story times … and occasionally, now that she’s eating solids, we enjoy a little lady’s lunch together, just her and I.
It was during one such lunch that I discovered the made-for-each-other combination of chipotle peppers, butternut squash, and pepper jack cheese.