These roasted chickpea and garlic caesar salad pitas are a quick and healthy dinner that will be on your table in 30 minutes!
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This is the perfect recipe to add to your weeknight dinner menu! It is super easy, comes together in just 30 minutes and it’s an easy healthy choice for you and your family. Sometimes it seems like nutritious automatically sounds like it will be hard but it’s totally not, I promise. Plus, it’s a pita and who doesn’t love those? We have a hoisin pork and cucumber pita we love as well.
Is Pita Bread Gluten Free?
Traditionally, the pita bread is made with wheat flour and yeast. Wheat flour is a major source of gluten, so most traditional pita bread made from wheat flour is not low in gluten.
These chickpeas, which are really the main attraction, are tossed in Mediterranean spices and then roasted in the oven for 20 minutes along with fresh garlic. Toss some kale (romaine would work too) in your favorite Caesar salad dressing, add the chickpeas and some pre-cooked shrimp and place all in a warm pita. Dinner is served!
We are always looking for easy, simple ingredients to add to our pantry that will help us and our family lead healthier lives. Well, we recently discovered one of those ingredients in chickpeas and I’m pretty sure it’s a mom win and I totally deserve a treat this weekend because the kids loved the chickpeas! They are delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods known as dry-peas, chickpeas, lentils and beans. We love them, not just because they are healthy, but they are one of those ingredients that lend itself to basically any flavor. Instead of over-powering other ingredients and flavors in a recipe, Chickpeas, or any pulses will only compliment and enhance the flavors around them (all while adding nutrients to our family’s diet).
What Are Chickpeas?
Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have spread their culinary influence across the world.
They also come with a range of potential health benefits.
Like other legumes, such as beans, peas, and lentils, chickpeas are high in fiber and protein, and contain several key vitamins and minerals.
And did you know that May is Mediterranean Diet Month? Chickpeas (and shrimp) are a key ingredient in this heart-healthy diet and we all know who wanted that added, Cade. The guy slips shrimp in to all meals but especially during the summer months.
Is Shrimp Healthy?
Shrimp may have a variety of health benefits.
It is high in several vitamins and minerals, and is a rich source of protein.
Eating shrimp may also promote heart and brain health due to its content of omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant astaxanthin.
roasted chickpea and garlic caesar salad pitas
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Roasted Chickpea and Garlic Caesar Salad Pitas
- 1 cup Pulses® chickpeas
- 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon smoked garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon turmeric
- 1 Tablespoon dried basil
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- 2 whole wheat pitas
- 6 pre-cooked shrimp
- 2 cups chopped kale romaine works as well
- 3 garlic cloves halved
- 2 Tablespoons Caesar salad dressing more to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In small mixing bowl, combine smoked garlic powder, turmeric, dried basil and sea salt.
- In another mixing bowl, toss Pulses® chickpeas in the avocado oil
- Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of the smoked garlic mixture over the Pulses® chickpea and toss, ensuring they are well-coated.
- Place Pulses® chickpeas on baking sheet, along with garlic clove halves.
- Roast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When Pulses® chickpeas are done, remove from oven and set aside.
- In medium bowl, add kale, shrimp and your desired amount of Caesar dressing.
- Take pita and add kale/shrimp mixture.
- Top with Pulses® chickpeas.