Lunch and Dinner, Main Dishes, Middle Eastern Recipes

Low Carb Arayes

A hand holding 4 juicy pockets of ground beef stuffed pitas with cherry tomatoes and vibrant green parsley in the background

People believe that healthy and low carb foods are often boring and have a dull flavor. In addition to the scarcity of finding affordable healthier options. However, this is not the case, and such myths must be debunked! The number of healthy recipes inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine is impressive. Low Carb Arayes for instance, is a cleaner version of the authentic Meat Stuffed Pitas (Palestinian Arayes).

With a slight switch of ingredients, but with safekeeping the delectable flavors and tempting crunch, this light and healthy Arayes is on another level of perfection. It is created with a tasty fusion of lean ground beef, onions, tomatoes, garlic, bell pepper, and an aromatic blend of spices. This combination is then nestled in a low carb pita bread.

Elevate your healthy foods list and add this nutritious Arayes recipe!


a tower of 4 golden crispy pita pockets, with parsley and other beef stuffed pita in the background.


Low Carb Arayes VS the Classic Arayes

First of all, let us clear things up, we are familiar with the meat stuffed pitas (Arayes) concept. If not, it is as simple as it sounds. A traditional Palestinian delight made with Pita bread, stuffed with seasoned ground beef and baked to perfection. To learn more about it go ahead and check out my Meat Stuffed Pitas (Palestinian Arayes) recipe.

On the other hand, low carb arayes recipe is a smart and delicious alternative for the authentic beef arayes. Luckily, the major distinctions between these two do not entirely mold the classic flavor and crispiness of the original.

And with that being said, let us delve into the differences. Originally, classic meat stuffed pitas are made with traditional pita bread, unlike light arayes, which are made with any low carb pita or tortilla bread.

Another difference would be in the type of meat incorporated in the filling. For instance, traditional pita pockets use any kind of meat without considering its level of fat. However, in this lighter version of arayes, the meat used must be lean or extra lean ground beef. To reduce the consumption of unnecessary fats.


A hand holding 2 juicy golden crispy pockets low carb arayes of ground beef stuffed pitas.

Serving Suggestions

Initially, people enjoy beef stuffed pitas as a main dish or an appetizer. However, to enhance the flavors of this low carb arayes, it is recommended to have it with a variety of refreshing sides.

What is better than dipping the arayis in cool Cucumber Yogurt Salad | Khiyar Bi Laban! Nothing complements the flavors of spices and minced meat other than the refreshing yogurt. It balances out the flavors and cools down the warm arayis!

Besides, there are countless side salad options to have with these nutritious stuffed pita pockets. Fattoush, Arabic Chopped Salad (Salata Arabiyeh), or Tabbouli Salad Recipe (Tabbouleh) are ideal to have with arayes for their tangy notes and addictive crunch!

Moreover, creamy hummus is considered a great dip to pair with meat-stuffed pitas. It is a tad lemony, wholesome, and versatile.


A hand holding one pocket of ground beef stuffed pita bread. The filling is thick and juicy. In the background, there are other arayes with green parsley and tomatoes.

Top Tips and Tricks

Make sure to use baking soda. It is a crucial ingredient to add to the filling since it helps the beef retain moisture because it has a low fat content.

If you like a kick of heat, you can add Jalapeño pepper. This step is totally optional.

You can either choose to add freshly chopped parsley or dried ones.

Low carb pitas are used in this recipe. However, you can opt for low carb tortillas.

This recipe is the healthier version of the traditional one. Therefore, do not drizzle olive oil, instead, spray some over the pitas before cooking.

You can choose to prepare the stuffing ahead of time in order to allow the flavors to meld.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it possible to use different types of meat in the filling?

Yes, you can definitely use other lean or extra lean ground chicken or turkey if you are not a fan of lean ground beef.

What to do if 7 spice blend is not available?

It is extremely easy to make your own blend from scratch. You will only need to mix equal parts cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, ground cloves, white pepper, and finally ground coriander.

Can we make healthy beef stuffed pitas ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can either prepare the filling or the whole pita ahead of time. However, both must be placed in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. And when you are ready to have them, you can reheat them in the oven.

What is the best way to cook low carb arayes?

In this case, you have two easy options to choose from. You can either air fry them for 10-14 minutes at 400 degrees or choose to bake at 425°F for 8 to 12 minutes.


A hand holding 4 juicy pockets of ground beef stuffed pitas. They look crispy and delicious with cherry tomatoes and vibrant green parsley in the background.

Ingredients for low Carb Arayes

Lean ground beef

Low calorie pita bread

Yellow onion

Garlic

Roma tomatoes

Bell pepper

Jalapeño pepper (optional)

Olive oil spray

Seasonings:

Aleppo pepper

7 spice

Coriander

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Baking Soda

Black pepper

Paprika

Parsley (optional)


How to Make Flavorful Low Carb Pita Pockets

First, add the vegetables to a food processor and process until chunky.

Next, add the vegetable blend to a bowl along with the beef and all the seasonings.

Then, cut the pita bread in half to create two half pockets per pita.

After that, stuff the meat mixture equally among all eight.

Finally, lay them flat on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil lightly on both sides.

Air fry at 400 for 10-14 minutes flipping halfway through. Or, bake at 425°F until crispy for about 8-12 minutes depending on your oven.


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A hand holding 4 juicy pockets of ground beef stuffed pitas with cherry tomatoes and vibrant green parsley in the background

Low Carb Arayes

Fatimah
Low Carb Arayes is a guilt-free take on traditional Palestinian meat-stuffed pitas. It is an easy and wholesome main dish ideal for low carb diet. This smart culinary creation spares the authentic taste and crunchiness of the traditional pita pockets!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Palestinian
Servings 8
Calories 300 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 Joseph's 60 calorie pita or any low calorie pita/ low carb tortilla
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 large aroma tomatoes
  • ½ bell pepper
  • jalapeno optional
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped

Seasonings

  • 2 teaspoons Aleppo pepper
  • 2 teaspoons 7 spice
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Instructions
 

  • Add the vegetables to a food processor and process until chunky.
  • Add the vegetable blend to a bowl along with the beef and all the seasonings.
  • Cut the pita breads in half to create two half pockets per pita.
  • Stuff the meat mixture equally among all eight.
  • lay them flat on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil lightly on both sides. Air fry at 400 for 10-14 minutes flipping halfway through. Or, bake at 425 degrees F until crispy for about 8-12 minutes depending on your oven.

Notes

  • Make sure to use baking soda. It is a crucial ingredient to add to the filling. Since it helps the beef retain moisture because it has a low fat content.
  • If you like a kick of heat, you can add Jalapeño pepper. This step is totally optional.
  • Low carb pitas are used in this recipe. however you can opt for low carb tortillas too.
  • This recipe is the healthier version of the traditional one. Therefore, do not drizzle olive oil, instead spray some over the pitas before cooking.
  • You can choose to prepare the stuffing ahead of time in order to allow the flavors to meld.
  • You can either choose to add freshly chopped parsley or dried parsley. 

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal
Keyword healthy meat stuffed pitas, light and tasty arayes, low carb arayes
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