Slow-Cooker Ginger-Orange Beef Pita Sandwiches

Beef and veggies provide a simple addition to a hearty pita sandwiches – a slow cooked dinner.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 50 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
pound beef boneless round steak
1
medium red onion, cut into eighths
1
medium orange bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
1
medium jicama, peeled and cut into julienne strips (1 1/2 cups)
1
tablespoon grated orange peel
1/3
cup orange juice
1
teaspoon finely chopped gingerroot
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
package (6 ounces) frozen snap pea pods, thawed
3
pita breads (6 inches in diameter), cut in half to form pockets
Chutney, if desired
  • 1 Trim excess fat from beef. Cut beef lengthwise into 2-inch strips. Cut strips crosswise into 1/8-inch slices.
  • 2 Place beef, onion, bell pepper and jicama in 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker. Mix orange peel, orange juice, gingerroot and salt; pour over beef and vegetables.
  • 3 Cover and cook on low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until beef is tender.
  • 4 Stir in snap pea pods. Cover and cook on low heat setting about 15 minutes or until pea pods are crisp-tender.
  • 5 Spoon beef mixture into pita breads. Serve with Golden Fruit Chutney.

Expert Tips

To peel or not to peel gingerroot-that is the question. The great thing is, you can do either! Plus, if you would rather not spend the extra couple of minutes finely chopping the gingerroot, use a grater instead. Grate against the fibrous strings on the narrow ends of the gingerroot instead of the wider flat side. You can also see the fibers when you slice off a piece of gingerroot.

This gingery beef mixture makes a fabulous sandwich, and it also makes a fabulous dinner when served with hot cooked basmati or jasmine rice and chutney. Finish the dinner with a cup of steaming tea and a bowl of coconut pudding.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
195
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
370mg
370%;
Total Carbohydrate
31g
31%
(Dietary Fiber
7g
7%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
18%;
Exchanges:
2 Fruit;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.