Back to School Lunch: 3 Easy, Vegetarian Stuffed Pita Recipes

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FroBunni | 3 Easy, Back-to-School Vegetarian Lunches
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Sometimes I look back and wonder if I could be a vegetarian while growing up. Obviously, my mom bought all the food, and while she bought healthy food, I still had meat at almost every meal. I envision that she wouldn't have even let me try, assuming vegetarianism to be too expensive. And she definitely wasn't going to make two different meals for dinner. It's fun to look back and wonder, but I'm glad I made the decision at 29, as opposed to 16.

But if your child has made the decision to be a vegetarian, don't fret. Being vegetarian doesn't have to be expensive, in fact, it's quite the opposite. Many people think buying fresh fruits and vegetables aren't worth the price tag, but you can get fresh produce on a budget. Places like Hungry Harvest sell ugly fruits and vegetables, or fruits and vegetables that have aesthetic imperfections, and don't meet the standards of sale for retailers. Because they can't be sold in stores, they're often sold at a reduced price, meaning savings for your wallet.

Whether you use ugly or perfect fruits and vegetables, you and your child can use them to make these three easy, plant-based pita-stuffed lunches that can be eaten at your desk, in the cafeteria, or on the go.

Mediterranean Pita
Easy and simple, this pita sandwich takes a total of 5 minutes to put together, and the ingredients can be found virtually anywhere. It's packed with fiber and can keep you or your child full for hours.
1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup of cucumbers
1/4 cup of bean sprouts
2 tablespoons of hummus
3 tablespoons of feta cheese

Vegan Asian-Inspires Pita
3 tablespoons of peanut sauce
1/4 cup of edamame
1/4 cup of cabbage
1/4 shredded carrots
If you think vegan means boring and flavorless, think again! This vegan pita is flavorful and hits a home run when it comes to healthfulness with its blend of protein, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats. Mix all the ingredients together before stuffing the pita, and have some extra peanut sauce on hand to dip.

Buffalo Bean Pita
3 tablespoons of buffalo sauce
1/4 cup of canned white beans
1/4 cup of chopped celery
1/4 cup of shredded carrots
3 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
Craving buffalo wings? Try buffalo beans instead! Beans are just as filling as chicken, but if you use canned, so much easier to cook (I have a history of poorly cooking chicken). I like to use white beans, but you can use black or pinto.

Disclosure: I've become so passionate about ugly fruits and vegetables and reducing food waste that I've become a Hungry Harvest Ambassador. Hooray, I'm a #hungryharvesthero! Use the code HERO5 to get $5 off your Hungry Harvest order. While I did not receive any compensation for this post, it does contain an affiliate link, and I may receive free or discounted products. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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