Here is a fresh and crunchy salad filling for a low-fat sandwich. For a totable lunch, pack the salad separately in a plastic container and fill pitas just before eating.
Mushroom Pita Pockets
375 g (12 oz) medium mushrooms, thinly sliced
125 ml (1/2 cup) each diced red pepper, cucumber and green onion
175 ml (3/4 cup) grated old cheddar cheese (optional)
175 ml (3/4 cup) no-fat herb or Italian dressing
4 pitas (15-17 cm/6-7 inches in diameter), cut in half
8 small lettuce leaves
Fresh herb sprigs, such as dill, coriander, basil, or oregano (optional)
In a large bowl, combine mushrooms, red pepper, cucumber, onion, cheese, if using, and dressing. Toss to mix well. Open pita halves and place lettuce leaf in each pita half. Spoon filling evenly into the pita halves. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.
Makes 8 servings
Nutritional information per serving: 108 calories, 21 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 2 g fibre, 1 g fat.
Variation: Spread 15 ml (1 tbsp) low-fat mayonnaise inside each pita half.
Source: Mushrooms Canada, www.mushrooms.ca.