Sometimes (okay, most of the time) after a long day of work, I don’t feel like gettin’ down and dirty in my kitchen. However, I know for both my physical and financial health, it’s best for me to cook at home. That’s why I keep a pile of simple recipes on hand. Many of them I wonder if they can even be called a recipe being that they’re so simple.
One of these prime examples of a not-really-a-recipe recipe is my all-time favorite Whole Wheat Pita Pizzas.
They are incredibly easy to make. But had it not been for my mother making these on the grill at the lake years ago, I don’t know if I ever would have thought of this idea myself.
When I make my pita pizzas, I start with whole wheat pitas. It’s important to me to eat as naturally as possible and when I buy things in packages, I try to keep the ingredient list short. Trader Joe’s has great whole wheat pitas made with recognizable ingredients – 100% whole wheat, water, sesame seeds, wheat gluten, yeast, salt, distilled vinegar. And they only cost $1.49 for four 8″ pitas!
Then I grab a can of tomato paste (made from just tomatoes and salt) and top my pitas with whatever leftover protein and veggies I have in the fridge! Cover them with delicious cheese, bake, and PRESTO, individual pizzas are ready to be eaten. Serve with a side salad, and you’ve got dinner ready in under 15 minutes. How’s that for an easy weeknight meal?
- 2 whole wheat pitas (170 g) $.74
- 1/4 cup tomato paste (64 g) $.15
- 1/2 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped ( 85 g) $.56
- 1/4 green bell pepper, chopped (30 g) $.07
- 1/8 red onion, chopped (14 g) $.03
- 6 spinach leaves, chopped (6 g) $.06
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (57 g) $.75
- oregano, to taste
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Spread 2 tablespoons of tomato paste on each pita.
- Top each pita with half of the chicken and veggies.
- Evenly cover the pitas with cheese.
- Sprinkle each with oregano, salt and pepper, to taste.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and pita edges are crispy.
- Total Servings: 2 | Total Cost: $2.36 | Cost per Serving: $1.18
- Curious where my prices come from? Check out my Grocery Price List.
What’s your favorite simple weeknight meal?
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