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Breakfast Pitas

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These 8-minute Breakfast Pitas are a great way to pack protein and veggies into your morning meal. They are made with scrambled eggs, roasted red peppers, scallion and spinach topped with melted cheese, Everything Bagel Seasoning and hot sauce! They are a filling, satisfying and delicious way to start the day!

Why We Love This Healthy Breakfast Pita Recipe

If you are looking for more nutritious breakfast ideas, you are in the right place! I have a great recipe that comes together in only 8-minutes start to finish! So there is no reason to skip out on this important meal!

Breakfast Pitas are the perfect easy veggie-packed, high protein and high fiber meal for busy mornings! Plus, this customizable breakfast is a great way to use up any veggie scraps you have on hand and get more of your veggie servings into your day. Not only that, enjoying a meal that’s high in protein reduces your hunger hormone, ghrelin, while the fiber provides bulk to help keep you feeling full until lunch.

As a bonus, in this recipe, we used a low-carb pita to keep the net carbs and calories low. Each sandwich has 342 calories, 9 grams net carbs, and 29 grams of protein for one healthy way to start the day!

So, if you’re like us and enjoy having this flavorful breakfast pita while you’re running out the door or enjoying them at weekend brunch with a cup of steaming hot coffee and fresh fruit, this is one breakfast meal that the family won’t want to miss!

Also, make sure to check out our Spinach Egg Omelet Recipe and our Spinach Egg Bake, this Green Protein Smoothie and our Veggie Egg Cups for more spinach breakfast ideas.

Ingredients For This Recipe

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Pita Bread

You can use any type of pita you like for these breakfast pitas. I happen to like Joeseph’s Brand Flax, Oat and Whole Wheat low carb pitas because they are only 60 calories and high in fiber. If you are following a low-carb diet, these are great because they only have 7 grams net carbs. If you haven’t used the low-carb pitas before, note that they will be more fragile than regular pitas.

I also have made these with regular whole-wheat pitas and white pitas as well, and they also work great. The nutritional analysis in the recipe card is based on the lower-calorie Joseph’s 60 calorie pitas.

Eggs

The eggs are the main ingredient here and are a great source of protein, vitamins, and nutrients. One large egg has 6 grams of protein and just 78 calories making it an excellent choice as part of a healthy filling breakfast.

Baby Spinach

We used fresh baby spinach for this recipe. We love how it comes triple washed, so only a quick rinse is all it takes to get it ready for the skillet. Another quick-cooking green can be substituted, such as Swiss chard or arugula. 

if you happen to have full-sized spinach, feel free to use it; just remove the stems, chop it into bite-sized pieces prior to wilting it down.

And finally, if you grow your own spinach, be sure wash it a minimum of three times to remove any sand. We find the easiest way to wash spinach is in a salad spinner.

Roasted Red Pepper

To keep this breakfast quick and easy, we recommend purchasing a jar of roasted red pepper from your local grocer. However, if you’d like, feel free to roast your own. Fresh roasted bell peppers will last up to a week when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Scallions

Also known as green onions, these young plants have a much milder flavor profile than more mature onions. When using in the breakfast filling, be sure to slice both the white bulb and green stalk before adding to the egg mixture.

Everything Bagel Seasoning

This seasoning blend is a combination of seeds and garlic similar to that which is used for everything bagels. Trader Joe brand was the first well-known product but it is more widely available now and can be found at large supermarkets. It is great on sunny side up eggs and egg sandwiches as well as in these pitas!

Additional Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • Italian cheese blend or another grated cheese of your choice
  • Hot sauce (we like Old Bay brand for breakfast dishes)

Step By Step Instructions To Make Spinach Breakfast Pitas

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Step 1: Sauté Spinach

Prepare a non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Rinse the spinach and do not spin it dry. Over medium-high heat, add the spinach with the water still clinging to the leaves and cover. Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.

Step 2: Beat Eggs and Season

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat eggs and season with salt and pepper.

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Step 3: Scramble Egg Mixture

Add eggs into the pan with the spinach. Add in the chopped roasted red peppers and scallions. Using a spatula, gently stir and scramble the eggs.

Step 4: Finish Scrambled Eggs

When eggs are almost fully cooked (they may look a little wet still) sprinkle with Everything Bagel Seasoning and cheese and cover with a lid. Remove the skillet from the heat. Allow the carryover heat and steam to finish cooking the eggs and melt the cheese.

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Step 5: Warm Pita

Place pita on a microwave-safe plate and heat until hot and pliable, about 20 seconds. Cut in half and open the pocket.

Step 6: Finish Breakfast Pita Sandwich

Spoon the egg mixture into the pita pockets, dividing evenly. Drizzle with hot sauce and serve immediately.

FAQs And Expert Tips

What can I serve with these breakfast pitas?

While these breakfast pitas are great for busy, on-the-go days, feel free to make this quick recipe into a heartier meal by serving it with Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash or Melon Mint Salad.

How can I make these ahead?

While this recipe is meant for busy on-the-go mornings if you’d like to get a head start on them, feel free to beat the eggs the night before and store them in a resealable container in the fridge. The peppers and scallions can also be cut in advance and kept in another airtight container in the fridge for up to one day.

Variations To Try

This recipe is extremely versatile and can be made with a variety of veggies and cheeses! If adding in harder vegetables, we recommend cooking them separately first to soften. To do this, steam in a microwave-safe bowl with a little water, or sauté on the stove-top.

Alternate Veggies: Some veggies that would taste delicious in this would include broccoli, zucchini, asparagus and mushrooms.

Alternate Cheeses: Feel free to swap out the Italian blend of cheeses for cheddar, pepper jack or even Swiss!

Breakfast Burritos: This filling is also yummy used in breakfast burritos. Simply wrap it in one large or two small flour tortillas (or low-carb tortillas) for another quick breakfsat idea.

Low Fat: To make this recipe low-fat, substitute liquid egg whites (egg beaters) instead of the large eggs. And use part-skim mozzarella or grated Parmesan instead of the cheese blend.

Grain-Free: You can use Siete almond tortillas to wrap the egg mixture up instead of stuffing the filling into the pita pockets.

More Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

  1. Serve this Broccoli Egg Bake as a crustless quiche or tasty breakfast casserole for brunch! This easy-to-make, high-protein, grain-free recipe is a perfect make-ahead breakfast that’s ready in just under an hour.
  2. Paleo Egg Muffins with sausage and broccoli are mini omelets made in a muffin tin! This easy meal-prep recipe is a high-protein, low-carb portable breakfast that will keep you full to lunch!
  3. This Sheet Pan Breakfast Hash is low-carb, keto-friendly, Whole30 compliant, and is super easy and full of flavor. Veggies and bacon roast in the oven and eggs get added to the sheet pan at the very end; it doesn’t get any easier than this! Perfect for when you want a tasty breakfast but don’t want to spend hours making it!
  4. Vegetable Tofu Scramble is easy-to-make, freezer-friendly, and packed with protein and fiber for a super healthy breakfast.
  5. Turkey Sausage Patties with Apple are kid-friendly, mom-approved, and budget-friendly, too! These tasty breakfast treats are made without any added fillers, preservatives, or sugar and taste amazing next to a side of farm-fresh eggs for one filling breakfast any day of the week!

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These 8-minute Breakfast Pitas are a great way to pack protein and veggies into your morning meal. They are made with scrambled eggs, roasted red peppers, scallion and spinach topped with melted cheese, Everything Bagel Seasoning and hot sauce! They are a filling, satisfying and delicious way to start the day!


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Ingredients

  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup baby spinach, washed and drained with water still clinging to leaves
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup drained and sliced jarred roasted red peppers
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • ¼ cup shredded Italian Cheese blend
  • Hot Sauce, to taste (We like Old Bay brand)
  • 1 4-inch whole wheat or low carb pita bread

Instructions

  1. Coat a small non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Add spinach, cover and set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring once or twice until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, beat eggs, salt and pepper in a small bowl. 
  3. Pour the eggs into the spinach and add roasted red pepper and scallions. Cook, using a heat-proof silicone spatula to gently stir and scrape the egg mixture along the bottom of the skillet to allow all of the egg to cook, and scramble the eggs. 
  4. When there is only a small amount of uncooked shiny and wet-looking egg left, sprinkle with Everything Bagel Seasoning and cheese and cover with a lid. Remove the skillet from the heat. Allow the carryover heat and steam to finish cooking the egg and melt the cheese.
  5. Place pita on a microwave safe plate and microwave until hot and pliable, about 20 seconds. (Alternatively, you can heat pita in toaster oven, wrapped in foil.) Cut in half and open the pocket.
  6. Spoon the egg mixture into the pitas, dividing evenly. Drizzle with hot sauce and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Ingredient Note: We used Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Breads for this recipe. They have only 60 calories per pita (each pita is 37 grams.) They each have 9 grams total carbs and 2 grams fiber with a total of 7 grams net carbs. Recipe nutrition analysis is based on these pitas and not regular pitas which are higher in calories and carbohydrates. Nutrition details are an estimate. If you are following a specific diet, please verify analysis on your own and consult your doctor or dietitian. 
  • Tip: This recipe is very versatile and can be made with a variety of vegetables and cheeses. For harder vegetables, cook them separately first to soften them. They can be steamed in a microwave safe bowl with a little water, or you can cook them on the stove top. Some veggies that would be great in these include broccoli, zucchini and mushrooms. We also love cheddar cheese or Swiss cheese with these. 
  • Make Ahead: These come together in only 8 minutes, so there isn’t much need for making anything ahead. But if you do want to get a jump on them, try beating the eggs with the salt and pepper and keeping them in a resealable container. The peppers and scallions can be cut in advance and kept in another resealable container. 

Nutrition

  • Calories: 342
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 29 g

Source: healthyseasonalrecipes.com

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