Saturday, May 18, 2013

Easy Recipe for Spicy Avocado in Pita

Spicy Avocado in Pita
One of my favorite options for a quick healthy lunch is this Spicy Avocado in Pita.

(Updated May 2013 with better photos and step-by-step instructions.  I've been making this Spicy Avocado in Pita regularly since I first posted it in 2006!)  If you're going to stick with any kind of healthy eating plan you need some easy and healthy options for times when you just don't want to cook, and this is one of my favorite things to make for an easy lunch or dinner, especially whenever avocados are on sale. It's nothing more complicated than avocado mashed with a fork, spiced up with a bit of chile powder and salt, and then eaten in a 100% whole wheat pita pocket or Foldit with a bit of lettuce.  (The same whole wheat pita I use for this is also great to cut into triangles, crisp in the oven a little, and use instead of chips for any kind of dip or hummus, for another easy and healthy snack or lunch.)

I used to make this with Kangaroo Brand 100% Whole Wheat Salad Pockets, but lately I've been using these Flatout 5 Grain Flax Foldits, which have 7 grams of fiber and only 90 calories.  (If you're making this for the South Beach Diet, be sure you choose this one and not one of the white-flour Foldits, or any type of whole wheat or whole grain pita will work.)

Mash up the avocado with the spicy chile powder and salt.  (I love Vege-Sal for avocado.)

Spread half the avocado on each Fold-It or inside the pita pocket.

Top with shredded lettuce, fold over and eat!

And just to make you laugh, here's the original photo for this post from 2006!


Spicy Avocado in Pita
(Makes 2 servings, Kalyn created this for lunch one day in 2006, and she's been making it ever since!)

Ingredients:
1 very ripe avocado
1/4 tsp. spicy chile powder (or more, I used Penzeys ground Chipotle, but any spicy chile powder would work here)Vege-sal (or use plain salt, but the Vege-sal adds a lot of flavor)
2 100% whole wheat pita pockets (Kangaroo brand Whole Wheat Pockets or Flatout 5 Grain Flax Foldits preferred)
(2 pita pockets would be one piece of pita bread if you can't find the pockets)
Lettuce

Instructions:
Remove peel and seed from avocado and mash thoroughly with a fork. Season avocado with chile powder and Vege-sal or salt, and stir until it is quite creamy looking. Spread 1/2 avocado mixture inside each pita pocket, top with a generous amount of shredded lettuce, and eat.


South Beach Suggestions:
One thing I love about the South Beach Diet is the concept of *good fats* whereby something like avocado becomes a treat you can enjoy. One of these pita pockets with avocado would make a great lunch for me. If you wanted a more substantial lunch, add a lowfat choice like Wake Up Your Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Easy Recipes with Avocado:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Five Fresh and Simple Avocado Salads ~ FoodieCrush
Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Easy Avocado Feta Dip ~ Two Peas and Their Pod
Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Lime, Mint, and Feta ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Avocado Toast ~ The Kitchn
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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The two whole wheat pita products mentioned here are things that I buy myself, and the manufacturers have no idea that I'm recommending their products.

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21 comments:

  1. I love avocados! I just made quesadillas with avocados, cheese and jalapeno peppers. The best. And yes, woohoo, I'm preggers, 13 weeks now, that is why I was so quiet for awhile--off napping!

    All the best,
    Riana

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  2. Riana, very cool. I am so happy for you. I think you should still nap as much as you can to store up sleep for those long nights!

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  3. Looks GREAT! BTW when I crisp up pitas, I also mist VERY lightly with olive oil, then sprinkle on pimenton or Italian seasoning or whatever sounds good from the spice shelves! They're wondrous ...

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  4. Yes, it's easy. But, the best thing is that it would taste so good!!! I love avocado sandwiches.

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  5. I have a hard time finding them, but I love the Kangaroo whole wheat pitas!

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  6. Alanna, I like the idea of misting and seasoning the pitas. Haven't tried that.

    Sher, we could put some avocado on our bacon and tomato sandwiches, what do you say?

    Joe, it's a mystery to me why they're so hard to find. I keep bugging the people at both of the stores where I shop, so maybe that will help.

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  7. I love avocados and chipotle chillies, I think I would really enjoy this!

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  8. Beautiful photo of one of my favorite foods - avocados. I'll be looking for Kangaroo pitas up here.

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  9. Kayln, another great recipe from you. Thanks, I love avacado sannies!

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  10. it amazing how something so simple can be so delicious.

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  11. I love avocado - this could be my lunch almost everyday. I've seen those pita breads but never tried them.

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  12. Jeanette, I love these high-fiber ones even more than the old brand I used to buy; bet you would like them!

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  13. Mouth-watering!

    I don't laugh about your older photo, it is really hard to find the right white balance, without studio lights. ;-)

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  14. Thanks Merisi! And I have definitely improved.

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  15. Kalyn you surely have come a long way with your food styling photos!!

    I love the smashed mashed avocados mixed with a little vege salt lime juice and spread it on sourdough toast.

    This is a perfect summer sandwich Kalyn......thanks

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  16. Thanks Barb. I had nowhere to go but up on this one! Glad you like it.

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  17. I love avocado, so this is spot on for me. Like those foldits, we don't have them, so it would have to be a plain old whole wheat pitta for me.

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  18. Jacque, the Foldits are great, but this is good no matter what kind of pita you use. Hope you enjoy!

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  19. You mean you can do something with avocados other than guacamole??? Looks simple and YUM.

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