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Healthy Recipes Your Grandkids Will Actually Eat: Baked Pita with Cheese, Tomatoes and Cucumbers

We grandparents are always looking for easy-peasy healthy recipes to cook for our grandkids. This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a jazzed up version of your basic grilled cheese sandwich.


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  • 4 6 –  inch whole-wheat round pita breads, cut in half
  • 4 oz. fat-free, shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced into quarter-inch rounds, salt-free
  • 1 large cucumber, cut into quarter-inch pieces, peeled
  • 1 green onion, chopped

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  1. Preheat oven (regular or toaster ove) to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the pita breads in half and set aside.
  3. Shred the cheese and mix well with the garlic.
  4. Sprinkle the dried basil over the shredded cheese.
  5. Divide cheese evenly between the 8 pita halves, 2 Tablespoons per pita bread.
  6. Place pita breads with cheese on a flat pan, cookie sheet or aluminum foil and put in the oven for 5 minutes, until the cheese melts. You may wish to make these in batches to keep the cheese melted and the bread from getting hard.
  7. Remove from heat carefully, put on plates and serve with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions.

Additional Tips


  • You can also add sprouts, chopped lettuce or other favorite veggies to these pita and cheese pockets.
  • You can make these with corn tortillas for a quesadilla or on sliced whole- grain bread, for a melted cheese sandwich.

Kids in the Kitchen: Your children can help set out the ingredients, and depending on their age, help shred the cheese, cut the tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions and assemble the pita pockets with the vegetables.

Keep it Healthy: Avocado or hummus can take the place of the cheese for a vegan version.

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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