Pack a Healthy, Hearty Lunch Take the time to pack your own lunches and cook your own dinners. You’ll know exactly what you’re eating if you prepare it yourself — no heavy dressings or hidden ingredients! Once you get into the habit of making your own meals, you can experiment with the flavors you enjoy. Whether you’re a kitchen pro or a newbie cook, try these simple but tasty pita sandwiches for your next meal!Amelia’s Italian Pork Pita PocketsIngredients
- 1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges and separated
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 8 boneless pork loin chops, 2 oz. each
- 2 green bell peppers, each pepper cut into 8 lengthwise strips
- 2 portobello mushrooms, cut into 8 slices and separated
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 8 100% whole wheat pitas, cut into halves
- 4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese, 1 oz. slices, cut in half
- Heat oven to broil.
- Coat a large baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange pork chops and vegetables in a single layer on baking pan.
- In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and fennel seed. Brush mixture on both sides of pork chops.
- Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat for about 6 to 10 minutes, or until pork is browned and vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from oven and divide pork and vegetables among pita pocket breads.
- Add 1 slice of cheese to each sandwich and enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Number of Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 8 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 75 mg
Sodium: 280 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 21 g
Protein: 21 g
Recipe Source: National Pork Board
JILLIAN’S TIP OF THE DAY
Buy Organic Bell Peppers
Conventional bell peppers are one of the most contaminated vegetables on the market today, which is why they’re still the most toxic even after you wash them. It’s important to buy organic bell peppers and other vegetables like celery, kale, lettuce, spinach, and anything you eat on a regular basis because the non-organic vegetables have less antioxidants and can disrupt your endocrine functions. So even though organics may be a little bit more expensive, your health is worth the extra cost!