Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread

I have been a huge fan of Joseph’s bread products for as long as I can remember. Mediterranean food is big in my area and since I’ve grown up eating it, pita bread has been a staple that I reach for. Over the last year, I’ve been trying to eat more wheat based breads (with the exception of hamburger buns and light Italian bread). So when I spotted the Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread I decided to pick up a pack.
These particular pita breads are sold in 2 sizes – one is a larger round pita, whereas these are small “personal sized” pita bread. I have tried both varieties and I find I enjoy this particular type a lot more than the larger size. The pita is on the thinner side, but it is filling due to it being made up of oat bran and whole wheat, it also helps that each pita packs a punch with 5 grams of protein. If you’re used to classic white flour based pita breads, you’d undoubtedly notice a difference in taste … but once you are used to the wheat bread taste, it’s delicious. The one thing I love about these breads is they are so universal. They’re the perfect size to stuff a hamburger into, deli meat, tuna salad and they’re great for a personal sized salad pocket. They’re also standalone delicious for a personal sized pita bread pizza.
A serving is 1 pita which is 50 calories or 1 points plus value or you can have 2 pita breads for 100 calories or 2 points plus values.

Meatball & Pepperoni Pita Pizza

This is a special little treat I had made for myself for nearly half a week. I was in the mood for pizza, but since I was trying to be “good” and not order out pizza I decided to make some healthier pita bread pizzas for myself.  They turned out to be delicious, extremely low in points and nailed the pizza want on the head.
I used 2 Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Breads and between the two bases topped it with ¼ cup canned tomato sauce that I doctored up with a bit of spices (salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, Italian seasoning). I then divided out 1/3 cup of Kraft Fat Free Shredded Mozzarella and topped each pizza. I had some thick cut turkey pepperoni in the fridge so I took 2 slices (0pp) and cut it into quarters and topped each pizza. I then took 1 Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatball and cut it up into pieces and topped my pizzas with it. Since I enjoy my pizza with veggies I cut up some red onion and sprinkled it over the top.
I popped the pizzas in a 350 degree oven for roughly 8-10 minutes and took them out when the bread was crispy. They were perfect, tasty and delicious. Plus they were a guilt-free 5 points plus values! 3 for the pita, 1 for the meatball and 1 for the cheese.
Winner winner, pizza dinner!

Joseph’s Falafel Veggie Patties

I’ve mentioned this numerous times but I am a big fan of Mediterranean/Lebanese foods. They’ve always been foods that I ate growing up because I live in an area where there are a few Lebanese bakeries and restaurants, plus my uncle is Lebanese and will make dishes and share with the whole family. I’ve seen these Joseph’s Falafel Veggie Patties at the grocery store a few times, but always waited to purchase because I already had a plan as to what I was eating that week.  Well, this week I knew I had hummus I wanted to have so I decided to give these a try.
If you’re not familiar with falafel it’s a vegetarian dish made of chick peas or fava beans which are blended and incorporated with spices, and typically deep fried.
The Joseph’s falafel is absolutely delicious and in a way reminds me of vegetarian kibbe. It’s very flavorful, filling and a perfect addition to salad alongside some hummus and even pita bread. It’s been my lunch of choice for the past few days. Outside of homemade falafel this is one of the best premade falafels I have had.
A 2 patty serving is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.
Have you ever had falafel?

Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Thin Sandwich Rolls

While picking up some groceries at the store I spotted a new sandwich thin from Joseph’s. I’ve been a big fan of the Joseph’s Flax line (pitas, tortillas) so when I spotted the Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Thin Sandwich Rolls I checked the nutrition facts and set the package into my grocery cart.
Immediately the thin sandwich rolls reminded me of the Trader Joe’s Multigrain Slims.  They’re around the same nutrition information, while they’re the same points plus values.  If you haven’t had either, this would be similar to the Arnold’s sandwich thins, but the Joseph’s feel a little lighter.  The bread itself is filing and holds up pretty well when toasted.  Side note – I really feel I prefer these over the Trader Joe’s multigrain slims!
If you live in an area where Market Basket is your local grocer – I just want to note that Joseph’s breads are on sale 50% off until the end of December.  
Each roll is 90 calories or 2 points plus values.
Have you tried the Joseph thin sandwich rolls?

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Dinner: Whole Wheat Beef & Bean Stuffed Burritos

I decided to make stuffed burritos at home one night, so I picked up an Oretega burrito mix at Target and I will say – honesty, next time I will make them with taco seasoning because the Ortega burrito seasoning was FAR too spicy. So spicy indeed I had to add some sour cream to the meat in hopes of muting the spice, but even that didn’t help.
We had a few people over for dinner and everyone mentioned how spicy they were.  I felt bad; my boyfriend couldn’t even finish his because the spice was just killing his taste buds.  I fought through the burn because outside of JUST the spice they were delicious.. They would have been a homerun if I substituted taco mix (which I originally planned on using) until I spotted the burrito mix.
Hoping to further mute the spiciness of the seasoning pack, I layered refried beans into the tortilla shells – which helped a bit.
Here’s what I used:
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 packet reduced sodium Ortega Burrito seasoning
  • 5 tablespoons fat free sour cream
  • 1 can fat-free refried beans
  • 1 pack Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas
  • Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas
I had some Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Tortilla shells I wanted to use up, so I filled those with 2 ounces of meat to 1 tablespoon of fat free refried beans.
With the remaining mixture I mixed those onto the Joseph’s wraps using 4 ounces of meat mixture  and 1/3 cup refried beans).  I personally found these to be more palatable because the s[ice was minimized.
I paired the burritos with a simple tossed salad.
The Joseph’s wraps were 9 points plus for the 2,whereas the Trader Joe’s wraps were 8 points plus for 2.

Have you ever made burritos at home?

Dinner: Simple Homemade Chicken Quesadillas

I made homemade chicken quesadillas for dinner a few weeks back.  I had a craving for them and decided to get a little creative.  Since my boyfriend isn’t a cheese fan I had to make something that was versatile – meaning I could eat it the way I wanted it and he could eat it without it containing cheese.  I started by sautéing some peppers and onions in a pan – my pan was spritzed with Pam to prevent sticking.  I seasoned them very lightly with black pepper and sea salt.  When done I transferred the cooked peppers and onions to a bowl and then heated through a package of original Perdue Short Cuts.  Once it was warmed I set the heated meat into a bowl.
I assembled two fajitas for my boyfriend (not pictured) and went ahead and made myself two quesadillas.  I spritzed my Joseph’s What Flax Tortillas with spray butter, added on ¾ cup chicken, topped with peppers and onions and then equally sprinkled with 1/3 cup of measured fat free mozzarella cheese.  I folded the quesadilla shut, spritzed it with spray butter and cooked it on both sides on medium heat.  When done I cut into triangles and served with some Uncle Ben’s 90-second rice, diced tomatoes and medium salsa.  Quite delicious and so filling!
10 Points Plus for the entire dinner.  Not bad at all!
Have you ever made quick & simple quesadillas?