- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or white beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 to 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup grated manchego or pecorino romano cheese
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and sliced
- 1 small cucumber, sliced or 1/2 bell pepper, seeded and sliced
- 10 to 12 whole-wheat pita minis (3 inches), lightly toasted
Combine the chickpeas, water, cheese, lemon juice, salt and red pepper flakes in a food processor and puree until completely smooth, about 5 minutes. While the motor is running, pour in the olive oil and process until fully incorporated and velvety. Season with pepper, to taste.Spoon a scant tablespoon bean spread into toasted pitas. (Put remaining bean spread in an air-tight container.) Add avocado and cucumber slices, or other vegetables of choice and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Wrap in parchment or butcher paper, and pack in a plastic container to keep from getting squished. Pack in a lunch box and send to school.
TIP: Remaining bean spread becomes a dip for vegetables or pita chips, or as another dimension layered in your child's favorite cold cut sandwich.
As your day winds down, it's time for a satisfying, but easy to make dinner. This Spinach Walnut Penne is the perfect ending to your Meatless Monday and leftovers provide a delicious lunch for the next day. (Note: Fleischmann's® Made with Olive Oil Spread can be substituted with olive oil, butter, or a butter alternative.)
Ingredients2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano-No Salt Added, undrained 2 cups dry multigrain penne pasta, uncooked
2 tablespoons Fleischmann's® Made with Olive Oil Spread
1 pkg (6 oz each) baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup chopped walnuts1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
DirectionsCombine broth, undrained tomatoes, pasta and Fleischmann's in large skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover skillet, reduce heat to medium and cook 15 minutes or just until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
Stir in spinach and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with walnuts and cheese just before serving.