Spanish Empanada
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Similar to a Empañapita, this Spanish Empanada “pita” uses pita bread for the shell and is absolutely delicious and nutritious.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 (6½-inch) whole-wheat pitas
  • 1 C Tangy Salsa
  • For filling:
  • 2 C canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed
  • 2 C frozen broccoli, corn, and pepper vegetable mix, thawed (Leftover Friendly)
  • 2 C grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced (about 4 small breasts)
  • ½ C shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, rinsed, dried, and chopped (or substitute 1 tsp dried coriander)
  • 2 Tbsp scallions (green onions), rinsed and chopped (or substitute red onions)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 ºF.
  2. Combine beans, vegetables, chicken, cheese, and seasonings. Mix well.
  3. Cut pitas in half, and open the pockets. Divide filling evenly between the four halves (about 1½ cups each).
  4. Place pitas on a nonstick baking sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes until the filling is hot, cheese melts, and chicken is reheated.
  5. Serve each Spanish Empanada with ¼ cup of Tangy Salsa.
If you can’t find beans labeled “low sodium,” compare the Nutrition Facts panels to find the beans with the lowest amount of sodium. Rinsing can help reduce sodium levels further.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 stuffed pita half, ¼ C Tangy Salsa Calories: 373 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 60 g Sodium: 374 mg Fiber: 14 g Protein: 27 g Cholesterol: 34 mg
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