When it comes to choosing simple foods at the grocery store, we’re big fans of things that can be used to make both entrees and snacks. That’s why we love pitas so much! We can make ourselves a delicious pita wrap or sandwich for lunch time and then have pita bits and hummus with the kids when they come home from school asking for a snack. Lucky for us, the kids love pitas just as much as we do, so we’re always on the lookout for new recipes that we can make with them. After all, once you’ve found a staple food that your kids will happily eat without convincing, it’s always worth using that as much as you can before they’re sick of it, right?
Just in case you and your family love pitas as much as we do but you don’t know how to keep them interesting so that your kids keep loving them, here are 15 simple and delicious meal recipes and snack food ideas that we actually make all the time!
1. Easy Mediterranean pita pockets
We’re the kind of food enthusiasts who will eat any kind of meal during any season, but there’s something about pita pocket sandwiches that just makes us feel like summer. You won’t be surprised to learn, then, that we’ve been making them more and more now that the weather is warming up! One of our favourite ways to add lots of flavour to the simple tasting pita outside is to make what is basically a whole Mediterranean salad on the inside. Check out how Cait’s Plate cut their pitas in half and filled them like half circles for easy biting.
2. Flavourful chicken fajita pita
Perhaps you’re quite a big fan of the pita sandwich idea but you’d rather make a recipe that has a little bit of meat involved because you know your kids love chicken? Then we absolutely think you should take a look at how Life, Love, and Good Food created these mouth watering fajita chicken pitas. Their recipe shows you how to make the fillings of a classic Mexican fajita (you can control the spice levels) but they suggest putting it in a half pita for easier holding and less messy biting than when you wrap the chicken and veggies in a classic wrap.
3. Slow cooker Greek chicken pita
Did we really catch your attention with the idea of a delicious chicken filled pita but you’re working long days this week and you know you won’t have time to make yourself a good, hearty meal from scratch after work before you fall asleep? In that case, we’d suggest digging out the slow cooker and going in that direction instead! What 2 Cook shows you how to make irresistible Greek chicken that’s cooked in the slow cooker so all you have to do when you get home is scoop it in to the pita. It’s even already seasoned and accompanied by delicious veggies!
4. Greek style 15 minute pita pizza
We know we’ve talked a lot about pita pocket style sandwiches so far (if you know how delicious those are, we’re sure you won’t blame us), but sandwiches aren’t the only things you can make with pitas! One of our kids’ very favourite meals in the whole world is actually pita pizza, which we’re happy to make them just about as often as they want because the pizzas are light, healthier than a regular pizza, and surprisingly quick and easy to make! Check out how this fragrant Greek style pizza from My Greek Dish was made in just 15 minutes.
5. Lemon avocado dip with pita bread
When our kids get home from school, they’re always hungry so we make sure to have a snack ready and waiting so they can eat while they get down to their homework and still be hungry by dinner later in the night. Lately, they’ve wanted nothing but pita bites, so we’ve been trying to find as many different interesting dips for them to enjoy with their bite sized pieces, just to keep things interesting and easy. Since they’. re huge avocado lovers too, this lemon avocado dip has been a big hit in our house! See how it’s made on Cooking and Cooking
6. Black bean pita pockets with guacamole
Have you actually been looking for different fillings for pita sandwiches that will help you transition to a vegetarian diet without missing out on any of the nutrients your body really needs? Then we think you’ll find things like corn and beans helpful, and we also think you’ll be surprised to learn how satisfying those can be in a pita with peppers, tomatoes, and homemade guacamole! Get the full ingredients list on Taste of Home.
7. Vegetarian grilled veggie and hummus pita with alfalfa
Beans and corn aren’t the only things you can make fantastic (and very healthy) vegetarian pita sandwich fillings with! We’ve always been huge fans of zucchini and eggplant, so this delicious grilled veggie sandwich that pairs those with nice, big slices of red pepper is a favourite even though we actually aren’t even vegetarian! We love the way The Best Thing I Ever Ate And Then Some amped up the taste factor by adding hummus and alfalfa.
8. Chicken caesar pita pockets with red pepper
Are you actually looking for something even more quick and easy than you’ve seen so far, with a classic taste that you already know your kids have always loved? Then a caesar filling will basically never fail you. We love the way Litehouse Foods added red peppers to their caesar mixture and then, to save even more time than a simple sandwich, folded their pitas in half instead of cutting into them!
9. Ground pork and yogurt sauce Greek pitas
We’ve show you a number of Greek recipes already, but what if you’re looking for one that’s a little more satisfying in the meat department and a little less heavy on veggies because you know your kids don’t always eat their greens? In that case, we have a feeling this ground pork pita filling featured on Kitchen Bowl will be a huge hit in your house! Even better than the seasoned pork is the yogurt sauce they show you how to make. We load this on like crazy when we make these pitas!
10. Caprese mini pita sandwiches
If we’re being fully honest with you, this recipe from Simply Recipes is actually our favourite meal on this whole list and we make it for ourselves all the time. It’s not one that our kids will really get behind, but it makes the perfect healthy lunch for us and it’s quick enough that we keep the stuff on hand so we can have it whenever we want. If you’ve ever had a mozzarella and tomato Caprese salad and enjoyed the flavour, you’re going to adore the way these little toasted pita sandwiches taste with every bite!
11. Fragrant curried chicken pitas
We’ll fully admit that we’ve never done well with very spicy food, but we still find curried recipes so incredibly delicious that we’ll eat them whether they’re mild or hot. Of course, when we’re cooking for ourselves at home, we’ll err on the side of mild. That’s why we were so happy to stumble across this curried chickpea pita sandwich recipe from Taste of Home! Add some lettuce to give it a bit of crunch and we’re willing to bet that you’ll eat more than one pita’s worth of this delicious filling.
12. Perfect egg, cheese, and bacon breakfast pita
Did you know that pitas are the kind of snack you can use to make sandwiches at any meal, rather than just lunch? These delicious egg and bacon filled pita sandwiches are so popular in our house that we’ve basically gotten into the habit of reaching for the things we need to make them on autopilot on a Saturday morning. We love them because we can hand a nutritious pita to our older kids as they run out the door to sports practices and dance rehearsals. We’re totally thankful to Mr. Food for helping us keep them fed even on the go.
13. Falafel pita with tahini, cucumber, and tomato
Did we really catch your attention with all these chicken-filled Greek and shawarma inspired pita sandwich recipes, but your favourite vegetarian alternative hasn’t actually been feature on our list so far? Well, look no further, because we’ve finally linked you to our very favourite homemade falafel recipe! Check out how Eden Foods made their own delicious chickpea based falafels and filled a pita with those, yummy homemade tahini sauce, and even some veggies for vitamins, flavour, and crunch.
14. Lamb and spinach pita pizza
When we started talking about pita pizzas, were you hoping to see an option that’s actually a little more gourmet, rather than just being quick and easy like most of the recipes we’ve shared with you so far? Well, if you’re the kind of meat lover who enjoys making something other than chicken or pork occasionally, we’ve found a lamb option that will have your mouth watering before you’ve even taken your first bite! Check out Nutritious Eats to see how these delicious little lamb and spinach pita pizzas were made.
15. Broccoli, chickpea, and avocado pita sandwiches
Just in case you’re still look for vegan or vegetarian options, or even simply just looking for simple, yummy ways to up your veggie intake, here’s another pita sandwich filling that’s perfect for you! Cookie and Kate suggests chopping up and mixing broccoli, chickpeas, and avocado with some sun dried tomato dressing to give your pitas great flavour with every single bite. They even show you how to fold the pitas perfectly for minimum mess while you’re eating.
Do you have another favourite pita recipe or way to enjoy pitas and it’s so popular in your house that even your kids love it, but you don’t see anything quite similar on our list? Tell us all about how you make it or link us to recipes and photos in the comments section!