Chickpea Cucumber Mini Pita Pizzas. A light and refreshing summer meal of toasted mini pitas, chickpeas, spiraled veggies and a tangy yogurt sauce.
This fresh, filling, crunchy, creamy recipe for Chickpea Cucumber Mini Pita Pizzas is brought to you courtesy of a second chance and the ability to change.
I love beans, kidney beans are my favorite but I will top a dish with any available legume. Sadly, I married a wonderful man who most certainly was not a bean fan. Unless they were on top of nachos or hidden in a bowl of chili he wanted no part of them.
At the start of our healthy eating adventure my husband Tim became interested in weight training. As with any new pursuit he started learning a lot about it, specifically the part protein plays in muscle development.
One night we watched a documentary on body building. It included some very muscular vegetarian and vegan body builders. I think that movie sold the idea of eating plant based protein better than I ever had.
Off-Topic – I’m convinced you can find a documentary on any hobby or interest. Last week we watched one on a single typeface! That’s right a whole movie about a solitary font and it was actually interesting.
Back to the beans: Over time there were no more silent protests of uneaten kidney beans at the bottom of salad bowls. And Lima beans stopped being creatively spread around empty plates.
Curious one night I asked him about this new found bean enjoyment. I was surprised when he said he liked their high protein but was a bigger fan of their taste and texture.
Confused, I asked what had changed. He said he couldn’t really remember why he disliked beans so much he just always said he didn’t. And after considering their nutritional benefits he thought it might be worth giving them another chance.
It didn’t hurt that we had started eating seriously yummy bean-filled meals like Mango Sriracha Potato Veggie Bowls, Spicy Chickpea Edamame Salad Pitas, Baked Egg Tostadas, Sweet and Savory Baked Sweet Potatoes and these fresh Chickpea Cucumber Mini Pita Pizzas.
The point of this post (outside of a very yummy recipe) is not to tell you to eat something if you hate it. It’s just a recognition that changing is hard, requires thought and second chances are underrated even for beans.
Being open to questioning long held food or exercise phobias can make creating a healthy diet fun and exciting.
The worst that can happen is you become 100% certain as to why you dislike something → I’m looking at you mustard 🙂
Nutritional Information is an estimate for 2 Mini Pizzas.