healthy dinner recipes

French Onion Soup Sliders with 'Au Jus' Dipping Sauce

Disclosure: I received free samples of Sabra mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I've been loving hummus lately. I've mostly be using it as a snack with peppers and carrots so I was excited for this contest to try using it more creative ways. Sabra has a ton of different flavors, all of which are absolutely delicious. This recipe uses the caramelized onion flavor which is probably one of my favorites.

The dipping sauce mimics French Onion Soup broth and adds the perfect amount of moisture and salt. Technically 'au jus' is a sauce made with meat drippings, but I much prefer simple recipes so this recipe simply uses store-bought beef broth.

french onion soup burgers

These sliders are seriously delicious. They work great as sliders for a smaller meal or appetizer or as burgers for something a littler bigger. The Sabra Caramelized Onion Hummus is absolutely amazing and complements the burger so nicely.

caramelized onion burgers

Yield: 6 sliders (or 4 burgers)


hummus burgers

Caramelized Onions:
1 onion, sliced thinly
1.5 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 cup low sodium beef broth

1 lb grass fed ground beef
1/4 cup Sabra Caramelized Onion Hummus

Au Jus Dipping Sauce:
3 cups low sodium beef broth
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
2.5 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup sherry

6 small burger buns for sliders (or cut regular sized buns in half)
4 oz gruyere cheese, sliced thinly
6 Tbsp Sabra Caramelized Onion Hummus
lettuce or other toppings of choice
caramelized onions and au jus dipping sauce from above


Caramelized Onions:

1. Heat a medium sized non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, butter, thyme, and brown sugar. After 15 minutes, add 1/4 cup beef broth to help prevent sticking. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until soft in texture and golden in color.


2. While the onions are cooking, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef with 1/4 cup hummus. Mix with your hands.

4. Shape the beef mixture into 6 small, 2-inch wide patties. Place on baking sheet.

5. Bake for 8 minutes then flip to the other side.

6. Bake for another 10 minutes or until cooked through or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees. With about 2 minutes left, add a slice of cheese to each burger.

Au Jus Dipping Sauce:

7. While the burgers are cooking, heat the beef broth in a medium sized pot over medium-high heat.

8. Add the soy sauce, garlic powder, and sherry. Add the flour 1/2 Tbsp at a time and whisk until combined.

9. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low to keep warm until serving.


10. When the onions, burgers, and sauce are ready, compile the sliders with hummus on either side of each bun, caramelized onions, and any other toppings you choose. Pour dipping sauce in small serving dishes to dip burgers in. Enjoy!


Maple Dijon Chicken & Roasted Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner


I'm all about quick and easy meals. For the nights I get home late or just don't feel like cooking, I need meals I can make with little effort to prevent me from ordering out. Sheet pan dinners are one of my faves! They're SO easy. You literally just throw everything on a sheet pan and have dinner in less than 30 minutes.

This recipe was for our monthly #letsberealmeals challenge. Each month a group of registered dietitians and myself create recipe videos of simple, healthy meals you can actually make. Each recipe contains less than 10 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Follow me on Instagram for more recipes and nutrition tips and stay tuned on the 15th of each month for more recipe videos.

This month the #letsberealmeals theme was apples, as we try to get festive for fall. We don't always think of adding fruit to our dinners or more savory meals but they can add great flavor and a subtle sweetness and help you get in more produce in your day. Speaking of apples, check out one of my very first posts and one of my all time favorite fall recipes here: Homemade Applesauce.

For this recipe, I just bought 2 chicken breasts thinking it would be enough to feed us both just for dinner. I ended up slicing the chicken breasts into a total of 6 tenders just so they would cook faster, and it ended lasting us for leftovers too. Depending on appetites and the size of your chicken, I'd say this recipe is good for about 4 servings.


sheetpan dinner

2 chicken breasts (~0.5lbs each), sliced into tenders
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
2 cups shredded kale (or about 2-3 stalks)
1 apple, chopped (any kind)

for the sauce:
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1.5 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (balsamic may also be good if you don't have ACV on hand)



1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper to prevent sticking.

2. Combine ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl, whisk with a fork.

3. Add veggies to your baking sheet, add the chicken on top. 

4. Drizzle the sauce over everything. Give the sheet pan a light shake to mix it all together. (If you don't mind the extra dish you could also mix everything with the sauce in a bowl before spreading on the sheet pan).

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through or reads 165 with a meat thermometer. Check after 15 minutes and mix everything around and flip chicken.