Quick lunchbox recipe: Pocket pizza sandwich


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Lunchboxes need to be quick, healthy AND tasty, and something that will stay tasty 4 hours after you fill them up. Even though am also early morning person, a number of chores miraculously line up for our mornings, no matter how well we try to organize them.Maximum we left with no more than 15 minutes allotted to prep-cook and pack the lunch.

While making things from scratch is a done deal for most part. These mini pitas picked up from Foodworld were just that. Cut them through the center and they make a nice pocket to fill up with whatever you fancy. The Splitz tomato paste is another such ingredient that leads to umpteen cheat meals – instant rasam, pasta sauce and in this case, a faux pizza sauce. Keeping a couple of veggies handy, (no one never say no), the humble tava such a quick alternative to that, preheating the oven, and while they do need a little monitoring on the tava.
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Pita Pocket Pizza Sandwich
Makes into pieces
(lunchbox / sandwich recipes)

Ingredients
2 pitas, roughly 3″ in diameter
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5-6 leaves of fresh basil, finely chopped or 2 fat pinches of dried basil, crushed
Ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
3 tbsp of diced red bell pepper or a mix of onion, bell pepper, zucchini
2 tbsp of pizza cheese, cut into strips or grated
1-2 tsp of ghee or butter to cook
Directions
Slice the pitas horizontally through the center to separate into two layers, but not through and through, so that they are still attached at one end.
In a small bowl, with a small spoon, mix the tomato paste, extra virgin olive oil, finely minced fresh basil, black pepper and salt, until well combined.
In a pan, heat a few drops of olive oil and saute the bell pepper for 1-2 minutes until just a little soft.
Gently spread the prepared tomato sauce inside both the cut open pita breads.
Divide the cheese strips between the two pockets, and divide the sauteed bell pepper on the top of the cheese equally.
Close the pockets by pressing down gently.
Heat a non stick pan or heavy bottomed pan. Spread a thin layer of ghee or butter.
Place the stuffed pitas on the hot pan and on medium heat let it turn golden brown on one side. Flip them around and let the other side turn a nice golden. By this time the cheese melts and holds on to the vegetables.
Slice into two semi-circles each-wrap tightly in cling wrap or foil and pack in a hot casserole lunch box so that the sandwiches are still warm at lunchtime.
we can prepare the same thing for an older kid’s lunchbox or an adult’s lunchbox, by adding more complex veggies like mushrooms, wilted spinach or marinated tofu, and adding some chilli flakes to the faux pizza sauce. A bean salad on the side would make it a heartier lunch.
If you don’t find pita breads easily where you live, you can buy pizza bases, cut them through the center and use them similarly. One medium sized pizza base can be used instead of two pita bread rounds.

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