Thursday, July 15, 2010

Yummalicious Pitas

So it's July. We are seven months into the year already, and I've been thinking about my list. The list I made in January, which I didn't call resolutions because I didn't want to jinx it. They are more like "I hope these happen this year" kinds of things.  The first two items on the list are:


  • Increase my repertoire of recipes that I am comfortable with and confident in so that hospitality will become easier for me. I'd like to try new recipes more often.
  • Plan meals in advance to save on grocery bills and dining out. 

So this is the week I finally got inspired to start. Thanks to Cozi and Evernote, which I told you about in this post,  it was very easy to spend some time (okay, too much time) clipping recipes from the different blogs I read and Eating Well's website. It got me all riled up to do crazy things, like go grocery shopping, and buy exotic ingredients, like cilantro. 

I used Cozi to make a To Do list of meals for this week. I love that you can copy and paste a hyperlink right into the list so when you're ready to cook you can just click the link and get to the recipe (instead of printing them all and increasing your paper clutter). And the shopping list is right there in the same program so it's easy to keep a running tab of what you need to buy for the recipes. I also started a list of meals that I make regularly to make planning meals easier. I've tried this several times in the past, but I always lose the paper almost immediately. Or I forget that I started a list and it gets lost in the digital shuffle. I think Cozi is going to be a good fit for me. Did I mention in that post that you do not have to have an iPhone to use both these amazing programs? They were desktop programs first, the app is just an added tool. I use them more on my computer than on my phone.

So anyways, back to my original point for this post.

I've been wanting to make this recipe for Indian style pitas from Eating Well for a while now, but I couldn't find any pitas that met with my transfat-and-preservative-free standards that weren't hard as a rock. Then I came across a blog post at The Grocery Shrink  that suggested you could make your own. I scoffed for a moment, because it drives me nuts when people say "Oh just make your own, it's soooo easy." Those are the same people who say it's so easy to sew a button on. My buttons look great until you try and fasten your pants, and then they ping across the room and take out someone's eye. If a button falls off in this house, you will probably outgrow the pants before it is reattached. 

But I followed her link to this recipe  for whole-wheat pitas and decided to give it a go. Lo and behold, I AM A PITA MAKER!! *cue evil laughter*

Using my bread machine, it only required me to measure ingredients and set the dough cycle. I can do that! Then I had to cut the dough into eight pieces and roll it into circles... who knew, I can do that too! 

Here my cute little dough circles are rising on the counter for 30 minutes.... okay, it was more like an hour cuz I mowed the lawn and forgot about them, but I don't think it mattered.

Then you bake them for four minutes in a 500 degree oven. 

I told my kids to come and watch, because I found it fascinating. 

 
Apparently this was comparable to asking them to watch paint dry.

 

Four short minutes later, and the pitas come out puffed up like little beach balls. Well, most of them did, I'm not sure what happened to the pita on the right. Doesn't matter though, I love it anyways.


Layer the hot pitas between damp towels until they are cool.

 

Grill up some chicken. 


Slice the pitas in half and giggle spastically when you see that they do indeed have a pocket inside. Then stuff with sliced chicken, shredded romaine, sliced red onion, and maybe some tomato if that's your thing (we are tomato haters so we skipped that part) and then pour in some ranch or homemade tziki sauce. 

Warning: This may cause you to lay on the floor and kick and scream, so make sure you chew your food properly. 

Today I am making Beef and Bean burritoes from The Pioneer Woman. I got my hands on her cookbook at the library and I'm loving it. Mostly because I love her. Not in a weird stalkerish way, but an "I want to be you when I grow up" kind of way. 


5 comments:

  1. You may as well start the McKee Bakery with all your yummalicious ambitiousness! Those look unbelievable.

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  2. That's the money shot, I will send it to my friend who works for food network!!!

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  3. UGH I want to be YOU when I grow up. Homemade PITAS?!! I am coming over for lunch :)! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  4. Ok just so you know, I made bread today and thought I would try making them into Pitas (hoping that perhaps it didn't require some sort of special bread recipe). I got round rolls. . . oh well, guess next time I will have to do it the "real" way :).

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  5. Homemade pita's?!?! How is it I can barely find time to put clothes on and eat breakfast everyday and you can manage 4 boys, make homemade pita's, mow the lawn, and only a mommy knows what else...all in one day! You amaze me!

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