Vegan Mediterranean Pita Pockets

Ingredients

  • red bell pepper, julienned
  • orange bell pepper, julienned
  • yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • tomato, cut into thin wedges
  • 8 Ounces  hummus
  • meat-free chicken breasts, such as Quorn or Gardein
  •   Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon  oregano
  •  Pinch of  rosemary
  •  Dash of  cayenne (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup  olive oil
  • 4-6  whole-wheat pitas
  • 2 Cups  fresh spinach

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:

620 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

31%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 118g 181%
  • Carbs 246g 82%
  • Saturated 22g 108%
  • Fiber 49g 196%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 22g
  • Protein 129g 258%
  • Cholesterol 223mg 74%
  • Sodium 2,570mg 107%
  • Calcium 324mg 32%
  • Magnesium 580mg 145%
  • Potassium 3,222mg 92%
  • Iron 22mg 123%
  • Zinc 13mg 88%
  • Phosphorus 1,748mg 250%
  • Vitamin A 14,499IU 290%
  • Vitamin C 362mg 604%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 134%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 64%
  • Niacin (B3) 49mg 243%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 212%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 588µg 147%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 20%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 17mg 83%
  • Vitamin K 359µg 448%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 63g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 25g
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