Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Wrap

This afternoon, I had made up my mind to make a roasted red pepper pita for my newest post. After preparing everything I needed, I grabbed the package of pita pockets that have been sitting in our pantry and set to work. That is...Until I realized the pitas were FAR past their expiration date. I substituted the pita for a whole wheat tortilla and the result was surprisingly delicious. Dare I say, it was better than my beloved Pepper Pitas! The best part? It's insanely low calorie for such a big wrap. In total, the whole wrap (which kept me full until dinner) summed up to around 175 calories. Really. And the tortilla that I used had tons of fiber, and only 6 net carbs.

The flavors of the wrap blend perfectly together. The natural sweetness from the roasted red peppers and balsamic vinegar play off each other perfectly. The feta adds just enough tang and creaminess. This wrap is simple, quick, tasty and seriously healthy. Just a note, it's much easier to eat this with a fork! Have fun and enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Wrap
Makes 1 serving

1 red bell pepper
1 ounce onion, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 whole wheat, low carb tortilla (I like La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat low carb)
1 ounce fat free crumbled feta cheese (I like President brand)
Olive oil

1. Place the red pepper on the burner, directly on a medium flame.

2. Char the pepper on each side, turning until the whole pepper is black

3. Once the pepper is charred, place it in a zip top plastic bag, and seal. (This softens and steams the pepper.) Leave in the bag for 5 minutes.
4. Rinse the black skin off the pepper under cool running water.
5. Slice the pepper into about 1/4 inch wide slices, and pat dry.
6. In a small sauce pan, heat balsamic vinegar over very low heat to reduce. (Reducing creates a thick sauce. Vinegar should simmer until reduced to about 1/2 the volume)
7. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over low heat.
8. Lightly grease the skillet with olive oil, and add the onions, stirring for about a minute, or until the onions are barely translucent.
9. Add the pepper slices to the onions, and stir for about 2 minutes.
10. Once the vinegar has reduced, pour it in with the onions and pepper, stir and remove from heat.
11. Let the vegetables cool for a minute or two, then spoon them onto the tortilla in a line about 1/2 way to the middle.
12. Sprinkle the feta cheese evenly on the vegetables. 13. Roll the tortilla and serve the wrap with the crease side down, for easy eating!

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