Sunday, April 24, 2016

Open Faced Pitas

Brain cells studying for finals need fuel and quality nutrients, but if time is tight, human nature will settle for less!  

Tell me about it--I have been hibernating while studying for my own boards in medicine--ugh!! Let me say, it is extremely hard to stay on course with eating and staying healthy, i.e. going to the gym and getting sleep, especially if you are working and/or going to regular classes simultaneously!

Prep some condiments going into finals week, like Greek Tzatziki or Hummus; or, spend a few bucks to buy one or two storebought versions of your favorite spreads for crunch time! And don't forget to stock the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies--the variety makes your options endless!


In a pinch you can load a toasted pita like a pizza; and, begin layering flavors according to your taste--be creative! These can be "cold" or you can broil cheese over a layer of veggies or meat; or, make it sweet! 

Check two options below:
1. Cool Mediterranean /Greek
2. Cheeseburger Heaven 

But, see what you got:
--Nutella, Bananas with Peanut Butter Drizzle
--Vanilla Yoghurt, Strawberries with a Touch of Honey and toasted nuts
--Cinnamon Sugar (broiled) with loads of fruit and a dollop of yoghurt
--if you have roasted chicken leftover, say no more

Open Face Pitas

Equipment:
Toaster Oven or Regular Oven with Broiler

Ingredients:
Really...the world is your oyster here, but I laid out a few:

--quality pita rounds (I like Kronos)
--quality hummus--garlic, roasted red pepper, original
--thinly sliced red onions
--thinly sliced cucumbers
--good feta
--cherry tomatoes--red, yellow

Condiments:
Greek Tzatziki
--follow link to recipe

Lemon-Tahini Spread
1/3 cup tahini
2/3 cup greek yoghurt
1-2 Tbls lemon juice
1-2 Tbls water
Salt to taste
--Adjust liquids to consistency you prefer, i.e. runnier or more like a spread.


Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Prep your ingredients.
3. Toast your pitas or heat your pitas on the grill or skillet.


4. Begin layering with one of the spreads, i.e. tzatziki or hummus
5. Start adding cucumbers, red onions, feta, tomatoes and spices.



6. Drizzle with olive oil or tahini dressing.

7. If making the Cheeseburger option, I think you know what to do:
--favorite ketchup, mustard, and mayo
--pickles, onions if you got 'em
--ground hamburger
--cheddar or American cheese





8. Broil any of the combinations that require a quick melt!

Yahoo!! Hooyah!
Stomach satisfied. Brain functioning again on all cylinders!

Good luck folks with finals!!