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 🙂
- 4 mini whole wheat pitas
- 1 medium English cucumber , spiraled or thinly sliced
- 10 grape tomatoes , sliced
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley (with most of the stems removed)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil (use more for desired consistency)
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice
- Place the chickpeas, cumin, coriander, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and parsley in a food processor and pulse a 3 to 4 times to combine. Scrape down the sides and drizzle olive oil over mixture, process until well combined with small chunks remaining. (If you want a smoother spread, add 1 to 2 teaspoons more olive oil and process to desired consistency)
- Preheat toaster oven to 425 F. Lightly rub olive oil on bottoms of pita pockets. Place pitas oiled side up on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 6 minutes until lightly browned and crispy.
- While pitas cook prepare the yogurt sauce. In a small bowl whisk together yogurt, sea salt, pepper, dill weed and olive oil. Whisk in lemon juice a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread chickpea mixture onto each pita, top with cucumbers and sliced tomatoes. Drizzle with yogurt sauce and enjoy.
Pizzas can be made using 2 full size pitas instead of 4 mini pitas.
Nutritional Information is an estimate for 2 Mini Pizzas.