Middle Eastern Roasted Chickpea Pitas- your new favorite vegetarian meal to whip up in under 30 minutes. Quick & packed with flavors!
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In honor of the new upcoming live-action Aladdin movie, by Disney. I’m dedicating the week for recipes that are inspired by the movie. Have a picnic on your magic carpet.
There are just so many days when I am BORED cooking. I’m over it. So done.
And the worst thing about it is that I don’t just have to feed myself, but 2 kids too. (Sure, I sorta have to feed my husband, but if I stopped cooking, he would live off Taco Bell. He wouldn’t be too sad)
The thing is that, I get in these ruts and I just end up standing in front of the fridge or pantry, with my mind scrambling. How many times can kids in cereal in a row? Can I just live off bagged salad? Can’t make pasta for dinner, they had waffles for breakfast and mac & cheese for lunch. They need to eat a veggie!
Well, I think I found my thing that will get me out of any rut… Middle Eastern Roasted Chickpea Pitas
Oh my goodness gracious! They are so stinking good and easy to make. I love the robust flavors from the spices and how it comes together to quickly.
Have you ever roasted chickpeas before?
Roasting them might not seem the obvious thing to do with them, but it’s a great way to prepare them. It gives them a wonderful crunch.
The seasonings on the chickpeas give it that rich Middle Eastern flavor. When you open the oven and the toasted spice flavors come wafting out… bliss! It’s like you have stepped into the halls of the open air market. 10/10 Aladdin would eat these Middle Eastern Roasted Chickpea Pitas.
Besides roasting the chickpeas, the rest of it is just assembling the pitas.
(Okay, truth be told, I prefer to use naan bread, instead of pita, but you get the point.)
Then you just slap some hummus and tzatziki down as the foundation. This basically acts like a glue for the rest of the ingredients. (Note- you can use store bough hummus and tzatziki but I suggest trying to make your own. This Toasted Pine Nut Hummus and Homemade Tzatziki are wonderful to try.)
You finish it off by putting the rest of the ingredients on top and you’re ready to dig right in! It takes about 2 minutes to assemble.
I swear that from the moment you make these Middle Eastern Roasted Chickpea Pitas that you will declare they are your new favorite “get me out of my cooking rut” meal. Hands down- winner!!!
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For the Chickpeas
- 2 15.5 ounce chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon all spice
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 4 warm pitas/naan
- 1 Cup Hummus
- 1 Cup Tzatziki Sauce
- Feta Cheese
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pint tomatoes, quartered
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Fresh dill
- Preheat oven to 425F. Place a non-stick baking liner on the rimmed sheet pan.
- Mix together the chickpeas, olive oil, and spices. Pour on the baking sheet. Spread out.
- Roast the Chickpeas for 15 minutes, then mix them and return for 10 more minutes
- While the chickpeas roast, prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- When the chickpeas are done, assemble the pitas. Spread the some hummus on the pitas, then drizzle some tzatziki sauce. Place some arugula and 1/4 of the roasted chickpeas on that, press down gently. Top with the remaining ingredients, drizzle with some olive oil to finish.