Redemption in Snacks - FamilyEducation

Redemption in Snacks

September 28,2009
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

As life gets busy and busier, I find us doing more eating-on-the-run, especially as I tote R and G around to and from school, activities and other fun times. If we can't eat a healthy *meal* on the run, sometimes I can sneak in an extra vegetable or fruit through snack time. These easy, easy pita chips are a surefire way to get R and G to eat extra hummus. Every time I make homemade pita chips, the boys get all sorts of excited and gobble up an extra dose of whatever I am serving up with them. Take the added step to seek out 100% whole wheat pitas and feel especially good about what you are letting your kiddos gobble up at the snack table. Pita Chips 3 - 6 inch whole wheat (or white) pitas 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt seasoning* Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Slice each pita like you would a pizza, cutting into 8 slices each. Separate each wedge, and layer the pita pieces on a baking sheet, placing them close to one another, but trying not to overlap. Drizzle the pita pieces with olive oil and salt. *If desired, you can add seasoning, such as 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cumin or other favorite seasoning. Bake for 8-12 minutes. Check frequently after 8 minutes because the chips can go quickly from warmed to burnt. Remove from the oven when they are slightly browned and let cool for several minutes. Makes 48 pita chips. Serve with hummus or whatever you desire! (R permitted me to snap a quick photo before he inhaled this snack) SPC