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Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pitas with Lime Tzatziki

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Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pitas with Lime Tzatziki on white plate
 
This meal has become a staple for us in the summer. It is quick, almost no-cook, healthy, and has awesome flavor. Plus it makes a ton, so I don’t have to “cook” for at least two meals in a row. We have honestly been having it about once a week, and still are not tired of it.
 
Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pitas with Lime Tzatziki
 
 
 

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Yield: 4 Servings

Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pitas with Lime Tzatziki

Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pitas with Lime Tzatziki

These easy chickpea pitas are a perfect summer family meal!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 TBSP fresh chopped mint
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 5/8 tsp salt, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
  • 6 whole wheat pitas, halved
  • 30 ounces organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 TBSP olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 8 cups loosely packed arugula
  • 12 tomato slices

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mint, lime juice, 1/8 tsp salt, garlic, and cucumber. Set aside.
  2. Pat the chickpeas dry with paper towels.
  3. Heat 2 TBSP oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Add chickpeas and sauté 10 minutes, or until lighty browned and crispy, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  6. In a medium bowl whisk the remaining 1 TBSP olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper.
  7. Add the arugula and toss gently.
  8. Add the chickpea mixture and toss.
  9. Fill each pita half with 2/3 cup chickpea mixture, 1 tomato slices (or more...) and 2 TBSP tzatziki sauce.
  10. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 805Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 925mgCarbohydrates: 132gFiber: 24gSugar: 25gProtein: 36g

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(Cooking Light, May 2013 )

 

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Amy

Thursday 1st of August 2013

These look delicious! They look really flavorful and lovely for a summer dinner.

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