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Falafel Pockets

Makes 12 sandwiches

These sandwiches are like Middle Eastern tacos in which pita bread (or pocket bread) takes the place of tortillas. The pita bread is filled with spicy garbanzo patties called falafel, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and Cucumber Sauce. Packaged mixes for falafel patties are sold in natural foods stores and many supermarkets.

1 package falafel mix
4 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup sliced cucumber
1 medium tomato, diced
2 green onions
6 pieces pita bread
3/4 cup Cucumber Sauce

Prepare falafel patties according to package directions.

Warm pita bread until it is soft. This may be done by placing individual pieces in a vegetable steamer over boiling water, or by wrapping them in foil and heating them in the oven.

Cut warm pita bread in half and carefully open the pocket. Fill each pita half with two falafel patties. Garnish with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, green onions, and Cucumber Sauce. Repeat with remaining pita bread.

Per sandwich

  • Calories: 164
  • Fat: 1.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Calories from Fat: 10%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Protein: 8.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.4 g
  • Sugar: 2.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.2 g
  • Sodium: 326 mg
  • Calcium: 61 mg
  • Iron: 2.5 mg
  • Vitamin C: 4.4 mg
  • Beta Carotene: 197 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.4 mg

Source: Healthy Eating for Life for Women by Kristine Kieswer; recipe by Jennifer Raymond, M.S., R.D.