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Pick Your Pocket- No Noodle Spaghetti Pockets

Hearty Italian goodness loaded with low fat protein!

In this delicious meal, the pita bread takes the place of the noodle. Savor all the flavor of an Italian dinner without all the carbs from a plate full of pasta.

Full to the rim with protein and fiber from the tempeh and black beluga lentils, this pocket is a great choice to refuel after a hard workout. Once again, stove to plate in 15 minutes tops!

THE NUTRIENTS WITHIN
*Lightlife Soy Tempeh, poached and crumbled
Whole wheat pita pockets
Olive oil
Baby spinach
**Archer Farms instant black beluga lentils package
Onion, diced
Garlic, minced
Roasted garlic marinara sauce
Daiya mozzarella cheese shreds
Italian seasoning
Fresh or dried herbs (optional)

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*If you prefer less soy, Lightlife makes several types of tempeh including Three Grain and Flax. Or you can find other brands made with wild rice and other grains.

**Archer Farms brand is available at Target.

Place tempeh in a skillet of warm water (just enough to immerse it). Heat just to a boil and then reduce to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes. This process helps tempeh be more easily digestable and takes away any bitterness. Drain and cool. Cut the tempeh into strips and then crumble with your fingers so it looks like this.

Sauté crumbled tempeh with a little olive oil, diced onion and garlic. (If you like your onions really soft, sauté them first before adding in tempeh and garlic). While cooking, add in a few handfuls of baby spinach leaves. Continue to stir fry until spinach is cooked down. 

Heat instant black beluga lentils per package instructions in microwave. Then add them to the skillet. 

Pour in garlic marinara sauce just until ingredients are covered but not soupy. You want the tempeh and lentils to bond with the sauce so don’t overdo it. If you can find Emeril’s Roasted Gaaahlic Pasta Sauce, available in some grocery stores and on-line, it’s my favorite!

Liberally sprinkle in Italian seasoning and/or additional herbs such as oregano, basil or Italian parsley.

Cut the pita pocket into two halves and carefully separate the thin sides. Stuff with skillet fixin’s and top with mozzarella shreds. Take a deep breath before the first bite because you may not come up for air until you’re done with the first half:)!

Did you know there is 22 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of saturated fat in this tempeh protein source?!

Serve with a simple spinach salad for a beautiful presentation.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Asian Tacos!

 

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo de Vinci

 

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