Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Laura's Caprese Pita & Lemon Flax Vinaigrette

When counting calories, it's easy to get into a rut at each meal and eat the same thing over and over until you just cannot face it anymore and pig out on something else. This sandwich is a great alternative to that tired old turkey sandwich or salad for lunch.

Laura's quick and easy "flexitarian" sandwich is a good source of fiber/protein and her flexitarian ingredient suggestions are in parenthesis. The recipe was analyzed for calories and nutrition using the first ingredient listed.

The nutrition facts for this delicious sandwich can be found at Calorie Count!

Caprese Pita (1 sandwich)

Ingredients:

1 oz. fresh mozzarella, chopped (alternative:  1/4 cup white beans, rinsed/drained - or add both as Laura does!)
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp pine nuts
2 tbsp low fat Italian dressing or Lemon-Flax Vinaigrette (see below)
1 whole-wheat pita pocket, cut in half
Directions:
Mix mozzarella and/or beans, tomatoes, basil, pine nuts and dressing together.  Stuff mixture into pita halves. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts for Vinaigrette.

Lemon-Flax Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
1/4 C lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
1/4 C flaxseed oil
1/4 C white balsamic vinegar
 1 T Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Whisk ingredients and place in a small jar with a lid; lasts in the refrigerator for about 7 days.

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