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Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pita Sandwiches with Lime Tzatziki

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 23 mins
Total time 23 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 2 pita halves)
With flavors reminiscent of a falafel, Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pita Sandwiches with Lime Tzatziki take less work, are tasty with lots of texture, and an easy weeknight meal to put together.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 5/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cucumber (about 8 ounces), peeled, seeded, and shredded
  • 6 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, halved
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups loosely packed arugula
  • 12 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices

Nutrition Information

  • calories 370
  • fat 10.4 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 5.2 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 15.8 g
  • carbohydrate 57 g
  • fiber 9.9 g
  • cholesterol 3 mg
  • iron 3.9 mg
  • sodium 586 mg
  • calcium 131 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine yogurt, mint, lime juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, garlic, and cucumber in a small bowl.

  3. Wrap pitas in foil; bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until warm.

  4. Place chickpeas in a single layer on paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; pat dry. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chickpeas to pan; sauté 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy, stirring frequently. Remove chickpeas from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, chickpeas, cumin, paprika, and red pepper in a medium bowl; toss well to coat.

  5. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add arugula; toss gently to coat. Add chickpea mixture; toss to coat.

  6. Fill each pita half with about 2/3 cup chickpea mixture, 1 tomato slice, and 2 tablespoons sauce. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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