Here is another simple recipe that I created for lunch at work. Just like my Easy Greens Salad, you don’t need to do any prep at home. The package sizes coordinate with this recipe too, so you won’t have any straggling ingredients to refrigerate or waste at the end of the week.
For about $10-$15, you will get all of the ingredients and bring them to work at the beginning of the week, and use them all by the end. This recipe makes 4 servings, so try it on a 4-day week, or treat yourself to lunch out on Friday.
Cucumber Avocado Pita Pocket with Sesame Oil & Hummus
Recipe & Shopping List:
- 1 package of 4 small whole wheat pita pockets (I go for the kind with plenty of protein and fiber)
- 2 avocados, one slightly more ripe than the other
- 1 large English cucumber
- 1 8-oz. container of hummus
- sesame oil (you will probably need to buy more servings that you will use by the end of the week, but it stores easily, travels easily, and has a relatively long shelf life)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Slice one pita into two pieces, so you have two pockets. Make sure that one pocket smaller than the other, and put the smaller-sized pocket into the larger one. This will make your pita pocket nice and sturdy.
- Cut one of your avocados in half, and slice one of the halves into bite-sized pieces. Place into a small bowl.
- Cut 1/4 of the cucumber into bite-sized pieces, and place into the bowl with the avocado.
- Drizzle the cucumber and avocado with 1-2 tsp. of sesame oil. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste, and toss together.
- Scoop 2 oz. of hummus into the pita pocket and spread along the inside. Put cucumber and avocado in with it, and enjoy!
The pita is filled with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and heart healthy ingredients. It’s also refreshing, filling, and easy to make. It reminds me of California roll sushi.
Another thing to note is that between the sesame oil and avocado, you’re getting a relatively high % of your calories from fat (almost 50%). Although they are very healthy fats, you still want to try to balance your macronutrients throughout the day. Keep your other meals low-fat or nonfat, and make sure they are higher in protein and carbs. Try oatmeal with fruit and a couple of egg whites for breakfast, or Greek yogurt with some fruit for a snack. And for dinner, chicken and vegetables is always a good choice.