Pack-it-in Pita Pocket- Dean - WI

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Pack-it-in Pita Pocket


1/2 cup spinach, trimmed leaves
1/4 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup carrots, shredded
1 tablespoon salsa, mild
1 tablespoon fat-free ranch salad dressing
1 (6 1/2 inch) pita pocket
4 oz. extra-lean ground beef (5% fat), cooked or vegetarian meat crumbles



  • Cut pita in half.
  • Combine spinach, cucumber and carrots with salsa and ranch dressing, mix well.
  • Using your finger, slowly open the pocket so as not to tear the bread.
  • Divide beef and veggie mix in half and place in each pocket half. Combine spinach, cucumber and carrots with salsa and ranch dressing, mix well.
  • Serve with 1 cup of fresh fruit on the side.

Makes 2 servings.
1 cup of fruits and vegetables per serving
Fruit and/or veggie color(s): green, white, red

Nutrition information:

Calories: 247
Total fat: 5.5g
Saturated fat: 2.2g
Percent calories from fat: 20%
Percent calories from saturated fat: 8%
Protein: 21g
Carbohydrates: 29g
Cholesterol: 51mg
Dietary fiber: 4g
Sodium: 400mg

Each serving provides an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and a good source of folate, magnesium, potassium and fiber.

Recipe contributed by Dean Medical Group dietitian Jennifer Smith, RD.
Recipe above from the Cool Fuel for Kids cookbook.

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