Vegan Mediterranean Pita Pockets

Vegan Mediterranean Pita Pockets
Vegan Mediterranean Pita Pockets

One of my resolutions this year was to start eating more vegetables in the raw. And I don't mean a bland house salad or a platter of veggies encircling a tub of onion dip. I wanted a main course — high in protein, rich in vitamins, and smashingly tasteful. And as it turns out, this final product happens to be vegan as well. 

Vegan Mediterranean pita pockets are a taste bud-tickling meal for any health-conscious citizen who wants to feel full and doesn't have a whole lot of time on their hands. It also has the ability to transport you to a seaside café in Mykonos... if you close your eyes and turn on an oscillating fan.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Place the pitas on either a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack to keep warm. 

Combine the bell peppers, onion, and tomato wedges in a large plastic bag. Add the lemon juice and the black pepper. Seal the bag and shake well, coating the vegetables.In a large frying pan or skillet, pour in the olive oil. Once heated, place the "chicken" breasts in the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, and then season with rosemary and oregono; flip, and cook for 10 minutes on the reverse side. 

Remove the meat-free chicken from the heat. Remove the pita pockets from the oven and let cool.

On a cutting board, slice the meat-free breasts into thin strips. 

Open a pita pocket and spread about 1-2 ounces of hummus within. Fill the pita with about a ¼ of lemon-vegetables, or more or less if you prefer, the spinach leaves, and the meat-free chicken strips. Repeat with the rest of the pitas. Season with a dash of cayenne... that is, if you like that extra kick.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

359 kcal

Daily value:

18%

Servings:

4
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 22 g
  • Protein 32 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 16 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 31 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 1 µg
  • Vitamin B-12 1 µg
  • Vitamin B-6 1 mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 4 mg
  • Vitamin D 25 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 11 µg
  • Alanine 2 g
  • Arginine 2 g
  • Ash 3 g
  • Aspartic acid 3 g
  • Betaine 4 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 64 mg
  • Carotene, beta 18 µg
  • Cholesterol 71 mg
  • Choline, total 93 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 2 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 7 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 3 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 4 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 4 g
  • Folate, DFE 36 µg
  • Folate, food 36 µg
  • Folate, total 37 µg
  • Glutamic acid 4 g
  • Glycine 1 g
  • Histidine 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 2 mg
  • Isoleucine 1 g
  • Leucine 2 g
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 30 µg
  • Lysine 2 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 52 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 1 mg
  • Methionine 1 g
  • Niacin 9 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 1 mg
  • Phenylalanine 1 g
  • Phosphorus, P 379 mg
  • Phytosterols 10 mg
  • Potassium, K 719 mg
  • Proline 1 g
  • Selenium, Se 54 µg
  • Serine 1 g
  • Sodium, Na 556 mg
  • Sugars, total 1 g
  • Thiamin 1 mg
  • Threonine 1 g
  • Tyrosine 1 g
  • Valine 1 g
  • Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 1 µg
  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 1 µg
  • Water 98 g
  • Zinc, Zn 2 mg
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