If you want a healthier alternative to the hamburger, you should try a whole wheat pita and beef sandwich recipe, with baby spinach, tomato, onions, and raisins. Add some shredded cheese and low calorie condiments such as mustard, or barbeque sauce. This recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes.
Spinach is one of the ingredients of the whole wheat pita and beef sandwich, is a very good source of zinc, niacin, fiber, and protein. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiaminee, iron, and riboflavin. In addition, spinach contains folate, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. It is also low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol.
Tomato is also an ingredient of the whole wheat pita and beef sandwich. Tomato is a good source of Vitamin E, thiamine, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium and manganese. It is low in sodium, and similar to spinach, it is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Raisins are core ingredients of the whole wheat pita and beef sandwich. Raisins are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. However, a large portion of the calories contained in raisins, is derived from sugars. So if you are diabetic, be mindful of the portion of raisins you add to your whole wheat pita and beef sandwich recipe. Green apple slices can be substituted for raisins, as they are lower in sugar content.
Beef is low in sodium. It is also a good source of niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, zinc and phosphorus, and a great source of selenium and protein. Contrary to tomato and spinach, beef is high in cholesterol; therefore, your beef consumption should be low to moderate. To reduce the cholesterol content, trim the extra fat, or choose lean cut beef such as sirloin, round steak, rump roast, or extra-lean ground beef.
Whole Wheat Pita
Whole wheat pita is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, and a very good source of manganese and selenium.
Onion is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, manganese, folate, and potassium. In addition, onion contains a large percentage of vitamin C. Research have shown that onion has the ability to fight a wide variety of illnesses such as common cold, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, etc. Onion contains chemical compounds that have anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, and antioxidant properties.
Summary of ingredients for the whole wheat pita and beef sandwich: Grated cheese, baby spinach, raisin, tomato, whole wheat pita, marinated beef, honey mustard, barbeque sauce, and olive oil.
Coat a medium pan with a thin layer of olive oil, on a medium stove flame. Add the beef strips, and let them sear on each side for about 6 minutes. Lower the flame, and pour the remaining marinate sauce. Cover, and let simmer until cooked. In another pan, sear some onions on a high flame for about 1 minute. Do not cook them all the way. Warm up the whole wheat pita in a pan or oven. To make the pita sandwich, add a bed of spinach to the pita, then add some beef, sprinkle cheese, tomato, raisins, onions, and end with an additional layer of spinach. Top it all with condiments of your choice.