Whole wheat pitas are a great base for any sandwich. Low in calories, high in whole grains and fiber, and just enough of a fluffy texture reminiscent of bread – I love stuffing pitas with just about anything for a healthy lunch or dinner.
The husband and I both love falafel and mediterranean food, but falafel is sometimes a bit too time intensive to whip up on a busy weeknight.
These chickpea stuffed pita pockets have the essence of falafel without the long prep time it takes to make them!
Pan-frying the chickpeas gives them a perfect crunchy texture, and the homemade lime tzatziki sauce adds a nice cooling element to the dish.
You can enjoy one whole sandwich for under 400 calories, and I promise you will feel full and satisfied at the end of your meal!
Adapted from CookingLight
- 1 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1/8 + 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (more if you like things super garlicky)
- 1 cucumber (about 8 ounces), peeled, seeded, and shredded
- 6 whole-wheat pitas, halved
- 2 (15-ounce) cans organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 8 cups loosely packed arugula
- 12 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices
- 2 tsp + 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
Step 1: Shred cucumber. Combine yogurt, mint, lime juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, garlic, and cucumber in a small bowl, set aside.
Step 2: Place chickpeas in a single layer on paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; pat dry. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chickpeas to pan; sauté 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy, stirring frequently. Remove chickpeas from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
Step 3: Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, chickpeas, cumin, paprika, and red pepper in a medium bowl; toss well to coat.
Step 4: Combine 1 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add arugula; toss gently to coat. Add chickpea mixture; toss to coat.
Step 5: Fill each pita half with about 2/3 cup chickpea mixture, a couple tomato slices, and 2 tablespoons sauce. Serve immediately.
This is a great make-ahead meal too — you just make the chickpeas and yogurt sauce ahead of time, and then on the day-of: prepare the dressing for the arugula/chickpea combo and assemble!
Another tip: warm the pitas before assembly – it will make them super soft and fluffy, perfect for serving.
I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did!