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Smashed Bean Sandwiches in Pita

Yield2 Servings

This creative use for leftover beans results in wholesome, hot sandwiches in just a few minutes.

Smashed Bean Pita Sandwiches recipe

 1 cup cooked kidney beans or lentils, well drained and mashed
 2 to 3 tablespoons ketchup
 ½ teaspoon curry powder
 2 whole pita breads (see note regarding gluten-free)
 ¼ cup or more finely diced sweet onion
 2 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced or shredded, dairy or nondairy
 Fresh alfalfa or broccoli sprouts
 Tomato slices
 Note: Any gluten-free flat bread or sliced bread can be used.

In a small saucepan, heat beans or lentils with ketchup and curry powder until warm.


Smash with a fork.


Preheat toaster oven or conventional oven broiler.


Spread bean mixture on top of pita bread. Sprinkle with onion, then if desired, top with a dairy or vegan cheese to cover. Place under broiler until cheese melts, watching closely.


Remove to serving plates. Pile sprouts on top, add tomato slices, and serve while hot.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 2