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Pita Sandwich “Cake”

 

No, this is not intended to be a sweet dessert! It is basically a pita sandwich in disguise, a veggie wrap formed into a cake for a fun presentation for a party or potluck.

Variations:

  • Substitute other veggies if you’d like
  • Try a flavored hummus
  • If you only want to use raw vegetables to save time and skip the eggplant, try something like shredded carrots, thinly sliced bell peppers, or more of the other suggested vegetables
  • If dairy is not an issue, feta cheese would give a nice boost of flavor
  • Sliced olives in the middle layers or sliced or whole olives on top
  • Other fresh herbs such as basil (middle only, it will turn dark if on top)

Pita Sandwich “Cake”

Looking for a fun new way to serve sandwiches/wraps at a party? Try making this pita "cake" that will impress your guests!

Ingredients

  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • 2 cups hummus (Large (16-17 oz) container of storebought hummus, or homemade hummus made from 1 can of chickpeas (see below))
  • 2 cups tomatoes (thinly sliced, organic preferred)
  • 1 English cucumber (or 2-3 smaller cucumbers ( organic and thin skin preferred, such as Persian or Japanese))
  • 1 Medium eggplant
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes (cut in half, organic preferred)
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley (minced)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel eggplant and slice thinly. If you have time, lay on a baking sheet or large cutting board and sprinkle generously with salt, then let sit for 30-60 minutes to extract the bitter juices. Rinse and pat dry. Toss with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. Spread into one layer on a baking sheet and bake until tender, flipping over halfway, about 10-15 minutes. You can also move the baking sheet to the top rack and turn on the broiler for a few minutes to brown. Let cool completely.
Step 2
Use a serrated knife to carefully cut pitas in half, creating two thin rounds (rather than two half circles). Cut about half of the cucumber into thin discs. Use a vegetable peeler to cut long, thin strips.
Step 3
On a serving plate, place one halved pita, cut side up. Spread a thin layer of hummus, then add a layer of the cucumber discs, using about half of the discs. Add another halved pita, thin layer of hummus, then half of the sliced tomatoes. Add another halved pita, thin layer of hummus, and half of the cooled eggplant. Repeat all layers one more time and top with a halved pita, cut side down.
Step 4
Use remaining hummus to frost the "cake." Spread evenly with a rubber spatula over the top, then spread about 1/4 cup at a time around the edges.
Step 5
Decorate the "cake" with the long thin ribbons of cucumber around the outside and cherry tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with optional parsley. Feel free to get creative with other vegetable decorations!

 

Basic Hummus Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (can also use white beans such as cannellini or navy beans
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon, about 1/4 cup
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt to taste
  • water to thin if necessary

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until very smooth. Add water as needed to thin it out. Hummus will thicken when refrigerated.

Pita Sandwich "Cake" | Guess Who's Cooking | Healthy, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, whole grain

Pita Sandwich "Cake" | Guess Who's Cooking | Healthy, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, whole grain Pita Sandwich "Cake" | Guess Who's Cooking | Healthy, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, whole grain Pita Sandwich "Cake" | Guess Who's Cooking | Healthy, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, whole grain

Watermelon “Cake”

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Watermelon Cake - guesswhoscooking.com | healthy, vegan, low-carb, no-sugar-added, gluten-free, dairy-free.

This “cake” will be a pleasant surprise at a party! It requires 3 basic ingredients – watermelon, coconut milk, and vanilla! Decorate it as you wish with fresh fruit, toasted nuts, and/or toasted coconut flakes.

Watermelon “Cake”

Serves 12
This stunning no-sugar-added "cake" is made from 3 ingredients - watermelon, coconut milk, and vanilla! It can be decorated with fresh fruit and toasted nuts or coconut.

Ingredients

  • 1 large seedless watermelon (refrigerated)
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk or cream (without guar gum as an ingredient, refrigerated for 24 hours)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or contents of 1 vanilla pod)

For decoration

  • 1 cup sliced almonds (toaster)
  • 1-2 cup berries, such as strawberries and blueberries

Directions

Step 1
For best results, place a glass or metal mixing bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Carefully open the cans of coconut milk and spoon out the thick layer of cream that has separated from the liquid at the top of the can. Place into chilled mixing bowl. Discard the liquid, or save for another recipe such as a smoothie.
Step 2
Beat the cream on medium speed with a hand or stand mixer for 2-4 minutes, or until it becomes light and fluffy and soft peaks form. Add vanilla and beat until just mixed. Set aside. If it becomes too thin to frost the "cake," refrigerate to stiffen the frosting. If it becomes to stiff from refrigeration, beat with the mixer for a few seconds.
Step 3
Cut the ends off the watermelon, then place it on one of the flat ends. Use a large knife to cut vertically around the melon to remove the rind, creating a cylindrical form. As desired, shape the watermelon so it resembles a round cake, cutting off part of the tapered ends if desired.
Step 4
If not frosting the watermelon right away, keep it in the refrigerator until ready. Once ready, pat try the outside of the melon with a towel. Cover with frosting, then decorate with desired toppings.

Watermelon Cake - guesswhoscooking.com | healthy, vegan, low-carb, no-sugar-added, gluten-free, dairy-free.

Watermelon Cake - guesswhoscooking.com | healthy, vegan, low-carb, no-sugar-added, gluten-free, dairy-free.

Confession: The pictured cake was made using coconut milk with guar gum, so the frosting wasn’t as stiff as it should have been. However, if you also make this mistake, it will still turn out pretty well!