Friday, October 14, 2011

Fitness Friday #10- Veggie Pita Sandwiches

You may have noticed by following along with my Fitness Friday posts that I get really excited when I find ways to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor. Today's recipe is TREMENDOUSLY healthy, containing whole grains and a rainbow of fresh veggies. It's not only delicious, but also very versatile. You can serve it to a crowd for parties, cut down the recipe and have a nice weekend lunch, or make it on a Sunday to take to work for the rest of the week.

Veggie Pitas

Veggie Pita Sandwiches

1 package whole wheat pita bread
2 zucchini squash
1 Roma tomato
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 yellow bell pepper
2 cups fresh spinach
1/4 cup hummus
2 tbs olive oil
Seasoning of your choice for grilling zucchini

★ Wash all vegetables and prepare a workspace with a knife and cutting board.
★ Cut zucchini into 1/4 inch slices. Spread the zucchini medallions face-up on your work surface, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with your choice of seasoning (I used a salt free, all purpose seasoning, but you could also use salt and pepper or whatever you prefer).
★ If you have an indoor grill (I have this one and I use it ALL the time), coat it lightly with nonstick spray and turn on the heat to medium. Place the zucchini slices seasoned-side-down on the grill. While this side is cooking, brush the other side with olive oil and season.
★ Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or until slices are tender and grill marks are present.
★ Once cooked and cooled, cut the zucchini slices into quarters. Dice the Roma tomato and the bell pepper (you will probably only need about half of the pepper).


★ Place a single pita on your workspace and spread hummus to cover the entire top. Covering only half the pita, add zucchini first (the heaviest of the veggies will need to be closest to the hummus to keep it from falling out), then layer on the other veggies.
★ Fold the pita in half and press to pack everything together. Cut the folded pita in half.
★ Continue this process until all pitas and ingredients have been used.

This recipe yields 12 small sandwiches. They make a perfect finger-food for parties, and they keep really well when refrigerated. Pita bread is resistant to becoming soggy, so this is a great way to keep a healthy snack to get you through the week.

I pretty much just made this recipe up based on what sounded like it would go well together, so feel free to change it up! You could use different veggies, add fresh herbs, or experiment with different seasonings or even flavored hummus. I'd love to hear your ideas!


Jennifer Juniper said...

I got sooo hooked on pitas with hummus, black olives, tomato, and feta when I was pregnant! This looks great!

Cabootique said...

That looks so vibrant and delicious! I love anything with hummus, so I'm definitely going to give this a try.

just tututiny said...

Wow - so healthy and delicious looking. I have yet to try hummus but heard that it is wonderful, will have to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing these food photos.

Miss Ewig said...

that looks zoo good!!!

Xxx :D

Faerie Moon Creations said...

So much veggie goodness here! It looks soooo good. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, and have a really great weekend! :)

ac neil said...

I think I'm just going to start going over to your house on Fridays for lunch...

Pili said...

Yum! This recipe sounds amazing!

Carrie said...

oh my goodness that looks yummy!

Stela said...

That looks soooo yummy!!

Anonymous said...

these look fab!!