Totally Tasty Walnut and Cauliflower Pita Treat
Like many people, I'm really trying to cut down on snacking between meals. It's not easy, so that means finding tasty, nutritious and filling meals to reduce the urge to snack. This delicious walnut and cauliflower pita (or pitta) sandwich certainly fits that brief.
You can choose a vegetarian or vegan option. In the photo, you can see the vegetarian version of my pita sandwich, which includes cheese spread to bind the ingredients. For vegans, you can substitute mashed avocado instead of cheese - equally yummy! I serve with a little green salad, and sometimes with a few fresh tomato slices for vitamins and color.
The cauliflower and walnut spread is also healthy, with walnuts being a great source of essential minerals. One ounce of walnuts will give you 11% of the average daily magnesium requirements, and 10% of the vitamin B6 requirements, as well as calcium and iron. Three ounces of cauliflower will give you almost 70% of the average daily value required for vitamin C. Most of the calories in this sandwich come from the walnuts and the pita bread, so be aware that if you increase the ratio of walnuts to cauliflower in the spread, you will also increase the calories. As it stands, the total calorie count for this recipe is less than 400, and it keeps me feeling comfortably full for hours.
- 3 oz cauliflower
- 1 oz walnuts
- 1 cheese triangle
- 1 pita bread
- rocket and watercress
- Steam or microwave the cauliflower florets
- Chop the walnuts
- Blend together with a small amount of soft cheese cheese or mashed avocado
- Chop the rocket and watercress leaves, and fold into the cauliflower and walnut mix
- Spread thickly inside a pita pocket, and finish with slices of pickles
Pita the Great presents many mouthwatering ways to fill, dip, and wrap pita breads AND includes recipes for baking your own. It contains good, basic and tasty recipes that are easy to follow. Make your own poppy seed and sesame pita, hummus guacamole, pita pizzas and pitas filled with coriander and lamb sausage patties. For those with a sweet tooth, try the pita cheese crepes with orange-blossom syrup or the scrumptious pistachio and banana toffee rolls.
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