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Pita Joes

Here’s a low-sodium favorite loaded with veggies and flavor, not fat. It’s perfect for lunchtime, dinnertime—anytime!

A pair of Pita Joes, with an ear of corn on the side

This healthy recipe makes for a quick and easy meal the entire family will love. And it’s a snap to prepare in a hurry!


1 lb. extra-lean ground beef 1 T. firmly packed light brown sugar
⅓ cup chopped onion 2 t. chili powder
1 medium carrot, chopped 2 t. Worcestershire sauce (lowest sodium available)
2 oz. zucchini, finely chopped 1 t. dry mustard
1 14.5-oz. can no-salt-added whole
   tomatoes, drained and chopped
⅛ t. pepper
1 8-oz can no-salt-added tomato sauce ⅛ t. salt
1 medium garlic clove, minced 4 7-inch whole-wheat pita pockets


1. In large skillet, cook beef, onion, carrot, zucchini and garlic over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, or till beef is no longer pink. Drain and discard liquid.

2. Stir in remaining ingredients except pitas.

3. Reduce heat to minimum and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Before serving, cut each pita in half, wrap all in paper towels and microwave on high for 45 to 60 seconds.

Spoon ½ cup beef mixture into pocket of each pita half. Serves 4.

Nutritional Information:  Calories: 380; Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 550mg; Total Carbohydrates: 52g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugars: 12g; Protein: 31g.


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