November 24, 2009
Blue Cheese & Chicken Pita with Sprouts and Walnuts
It's almost Thanksgiving and there may be a tendency for people to just kinda give up on being healthy this week because Thursday will "undo" it somehow. Not so, you of little faith! This is what I've been eating for lunch since Sunday, and it's a wonderfully healthy and delicious meal that takes no more than 5 minutes to assemble each time.
-1/2 whole wheat pita
-1 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
-1 tbsp chopped walnuts
-1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
-1 oz deli chicken
1. Toast your whole wheat pita.
2. I love sprouts. They are amazing and crunchy and have a bitter and fresh aftertaste...perfect for sandwiches!
Take a small handful of alfalfa sprouts. Wash them in a bowl and pat dry on a paper towel.
3. Put the sprouts in a bowl, and add blue cheese. Remember this guy?
I love blue cheese!
4. These are the walnuts I used. They're found in the baking aisle. You can also use almonds or whatever kinda nut you happen to like.
Let's get this straight. I'm not a walnut person, nor do i really like any nut. Like, i'm not one to just sit and eat nuts. But these add a crunch and depth to the sandwich that is just wonderful.
In a small pan, toast the chopped walnuts. Just roll them around in the pan till they develop a nice brownish color all around. This process makes all nuts taste absolutely amazing.
5. Add the nuts to your bowl.
6. Once pita is done being toasted, stuff with a slice or two of chicken. I got mine from the deli, and it's a BBQ chicken...so it's a little sweeter than normal.
7. Stuff the pita with the sprouts, blue cheese, and walnuts.
And you have a fabulous lunch that is just out-of-this-world!
You have a combination of sweet chicken, pungent blue cheese, aromatic walnuts, and best of all, crunchy sprouts with a fresh taste!
You're also getting whole grains, fiber, protein, dairy, and vegetables all in one small package that "costs" you less than 300 calories. Pair this with a small piece of fruit and you will be so totally set for lunch.
Don't let the Thanksgiving blues get you down...do yourself a favor and eat something healthy from Monday through Wednesday. :)
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