Hi everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! I woke up this morning and had brunch with my Dad and sister in the suburbs before I headed back to the city.
I have been eating like it’s going out of style so I got back on track asking for egg whites, turkey sausage (instead of chorizo), and fruit on the side. It was delicious and making a few small changes cut the calories of this omelet in half!
I was watching Aarti Party on the Food Network and saw her make Lebanese Meat stuffed pitas. I was inspired and decided to make them myself with my own version (and a healthier twist).
If you are not familiar with the show Aarti Party, Aarti is the season 6 winner of The Next Food Network Star. She takes everyday dishes and puts an Indian spin on them. Since I’m not a fan of Indian flavors (sorry Aarti), I decided to make these meat pies using Mediterranean ingredients and of course ground turkey instead of ground beef.
- 1/2 large white onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1/2 small bunch fresh parsley
- 1 pound ground lean turkey breast (I love Jennie-O)
- 1 small tomato, diced finely
- 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup of reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2-6 whole wheat pitas (halved)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a food processor, combine the onions, garlic, and parsley until finely minced. Remove to a large bowl and add in the turkey, tomato, panko bread crumbs pine nuts, and feta. Season with salt & pepper.
Mix with your hands until well combined.
Arrange the pita halves on a baking sheet.
Fill each half with about 4 tablespoons of the turkey mixture, flattening it out so the filling is even.
Bake for 30 minutes, turning once halfway through. Pitas should be browned and crispy.
|finished meat pies|
The turkey meat pies turned out awesome! The pita was crispy, the meat was perfectly cooked and tender, and I was able to taste all the veggies and of course the feta!!!!! This recipe would go perfect with a side salad or cut in quarters and served as an appetizer. YUMMERS!!!!!!
Have a great evening!