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  • Makes 6 sandwiches

Creamy hummus and sumac-spiced veggies give these sandwiches a distinct Middle Eastern flare, especially when drizzled with or dipped in the homemade herbed tahini sauce. Pita pockets are easy to eat without getting messy, and the thin bread won’t overwhelm the filling like sub-style sandwiches tend to do, making these scrumptious snacks perfect for on-the-go eating. If you aren’t a fan of eggplant, feel free to substitute yellow summer squash or portobello mushrooms to add extra heft.

Middle Eastern Pita Pocket Sandwiches with a bowl of tahini sauce on blue wooden table

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1¼ cups cubed zucchini (1-inch cubes)
  • 1 cup cubed eggplant (1-inch cubes)
  • 1 cup bite-size strips red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 3 whole wheat pita rounds, halved crosswise and warmed
  • 2 cups oil-free hummus
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce

Instructions

  1. For filling, in a large skillet cook onion and 4 cloves of the garlic in ¼ cup water over medium 10 minutes or until onion is golden, stirring occasionally. (Don't add water; you want the onion to brown.) Add the next five ingredients (through cumin). Cook 10 minutes or until eggplant is tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. For tahini sauce, in a bowl stir together tahini, lemon juice, parsley, the remaining 3 cloves minced garlic, and ¼ cup water until smooth. Season with salt. Stir in additional water if needed to reach drizzling consistency.
  3. Open pita halves to make pockets. Spread hummus in pockets. Add ⅓ cup each lettuce and vegetable filling to each pita pocket. Just before serving, drizzle filling with tahini sauce.

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Dolores McCluskey3 months ago
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Delicious combination of flavors and easy to pull together! We made extra of the tahini sauce and used it in other recipes.

Carol Lacey5 months ago
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I like this recipe a lot. When I cut the garlic, I let it rest on the cutting board for a while. I have read that letting the garlic sit for a few minutes after cutting releases “good stuff.”

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.

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