Meal times aren’t exactly the easiest part of my day. Ok, let’s face it some days if I didn’t haveto feed them I probably wouldn’t. They are food moody kids and it can drive this Momma batty. What they loved one meal might be scorned the next and vice versa.
Most nights I sit down to the table not quite sure of how things are going to go, and most nights I kind of dread it. There is one night a week however that we ALL look forward to, one that’s met with cheers and giggles and full tummies (without the kitchen timer)! Once a week is Picking Platter Night, and it’s the best!
I pull out our big serving platters and begin to fill them while the girls have a bath and lay out the “picnic” blankets on the floor. We set up our picnic, pop in a movie and spend the evening eating, giggling and being. It’s pretty darn near perfect (except when the movie is dumb, then it’s not). The highlight for the girls is that we let them serve themselves. Nobody makes them eat anything new that they don’t want to, nobody tells them what to choose and short of having to finish what they take there are no rules. It’s what makes them happy.
There’s a platter of veggies, cheese & meats. Then there’s another filled with crackers, chips & bread/buns, a bowl of fruit, a bottle of Ranch (it’s the universal dip), a jar of my Mom & my homemade salsa and when it’s made, a bowl of our hummus – find the recipe HERE.
Due to the nature of my allergies, so many times I’m not able to eat things, but this night I can and it’s awesome! My favourite? The Pita Chips on the platter. They’re ALL from scratch, all made in my kitchen and absolutely fantastic with salsa, hummus or on their own.
Whether it’s movie night, the BIG game or you just have a serious case of the munchies you NEED to make these pita chips!
Pita Chips Recipe:
Whole Wheat Pitas
Olive Oil Cooking Spray (you can get kitchen pumps for your oil to make your spray healthier)
Seasoning – We mix between regular salt, seasoning salt and a mix of garlic powder & oregano
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
2. Using a pizza cutter (it works the best!) cut pitas into wedges. Depending on the size of your pita will depend on how many wedges. I find for my homemade pita recipe I get 6 wedges per pita.
3. Take each triangle, open it up as though you were opening a pita and make it into two chips.
4. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
5. Lay chips out without touching on the sheet and mist with olive oil.
6. Sprinkle with Seasoning and put into oven.
7. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown. I do flip mine at the 8 minute mark just to make sure they’re super crispy.
8. Remove from pan, let cool slightly (if you can) and either serve or store in an airtight container.
9. ALTERNATIVE – Cinnamon & Sugar for seasoning makes a heavenly dessert chip!
These are very easy to make and a wonderful addition to any snack fest! Don’t forget if you’re looking for great dips to have with your fresh and yummy pita chips, check out the ones over at Life Made Delicious, they’ve got it covered!
Whole Wheat Pita Recipe
1.5 Cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
2.0 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (plus some for dusting)
1 tsp Salt
1 pkg Quick Rise Yeast
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Olive Oil
1.3 Cups Water
1. Sift together flours & salt in a large bowl
2. Take 1/3 cup of the water and make sure it’s very warm. I generally boil it and then let it cool until I can just stick my finger in it.
3. Add yeast & sugar to the warm water and leave sit for 5 minutes
4. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture, add remaining water amount (make sure it’s warm NOT COLD) and olive oil. Stir to combine.
5. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is soft and slightly sticky, adding more flour as needed. This usually takes about 10 minutes.
6. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise somewhere warm for 2 hours
7. Punch down the dough, don’t be afraid you won’t hurt it! Divide into 12 pieces.
8. Roll each piece into a ball and then using a rolling pin roll out until 1/4″ thin
9. Let rounds rise on a floured surface for another 45 minutes
10. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. 5 minutes before the rising is finished place a pizza stone or cast iron frying pan into the oven to get hot.
11. Place 2 to 3 pitas on the hot stone and bake for approximately 3 minutes, they will puff up that’s good!
12. Remove from stone, wrap in a damp towel and let rest for 5 minutes. Allow stone to get hot again and then repeat the process
WARNING: DO NOT press down on the puffed up pita. The air inside the pita is extremely hot and can burn your hands. I know because I burnt myself badly.Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”