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  • Makes 4 pitas

The delicious seasoning blend that tops everything bagels is just as tasty mixed into creamy hummus in these veggie-packed pitas. Tender butternut squash, tangy red onion, sweet bell pepper, and satisfying zucchini are sauteed to perfection and spooned over a generous slather of the spice-infused hummus. Sprinkle each pita with fresh thyme, and you have an explosion of delicious flavors awaiting you in each bite. 

Tip: Toasting the seeds for the spice blend brings out more flavor and aroma in the final dish. The spice mixture can be cooled completely and stored several days in an airtight container before you make the pitas.


  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 cup purchased hummus
  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped cooked butternut squash
  • 4 whole grain pita bread rounds, toasted
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh thyme (optional)


  1. In a large skillet combine sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and caraway seeds. Cook over medium 1 minute or until sesame seeds are toasted, stirring frequently. Pour into a small bowl and let cool. Stir in garlic and onion. Reserve 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture. Stir remaining spice mixture into hummus.
  2. In a large skillet cook zucchini, red onion, and red sweet pepper over medium 4 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Add butternut squash and 1 teaspoon of the reserved spice mixture. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more or until squash is hot, adding water as needed.
  3. Spread hummus over pita rounds. Top with vegetables and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon spice mixture. Season to taste with sea salt. If desired, garnish with fresh thyme.

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John1 year ago
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Why not use everything bagel spice from Costco? I like E Z Breezy

Francisco Caselles1 year ago
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you are super better off without a Costco there! You are lucky, indeed!☮

narf71 year ago
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I really appreciate that the author has supplied a recipe for the spice mix because I live in Tasmania Australia and we don’t have Costco here. Not everyone has access to specific shops and providing a recipe so that everyone, wherever they are in the world, can make this is a really excellent thing to do.

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Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.

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