Mar 6, 2013

healthy calzones

Hubs is on Spring Break this week (really, that just means that he works shorter days and no evenings, but still), and it's kind of giving me spring fever.  That's very much not a good thing with nearly three more weeks between me and my break.

But, it has also motivated me to work (frozen) strawberries into everything this week.  It has allowed me to enjoy walking the dog, since it's not frigid any longer.  It has kick-started our spring cleaning, which we desperately needed this year more than ever.  It has caused rejoicing when it's no longer pitch black when my evening class ends.  And, it has reminded me how quickly Sister's wedding is approaching (less than 2 months now!) and how much we still have to do to get ready.

In all of this (very early) spring hustle and bustle, I've kind of forgotten to cook (and played hookie from yoga class...if that's something you can play hookie from).  Dinners have been simple and it's okay.  These calzones fit the bill perfectly.  They're fast and easy and help to clean out a fridge that's filled with pizza sauce and a ridiculously large bag of shredded mozzarella (thank you, Costco).  If you don't have this dough sitting in your fridge already waiting to go, make it and throw it in there.  It's not something that spring cleaning should clean out.

Healthy Calzones
Serves 4

  • 1 loaf worth (1/4 recipe) of this dough
  • mozzarella cheese (I used about 1 1/2 c)
  • fillings (I used 3 soysages cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 egg white, optional
  • pizza sauce, for dipping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Work the dough as thin as possible into a rectangle(-ish shape).   Spread cheese and fillings onto the dough, with a little dough left uncovered around the edges.  Carefully fold the dough over, lengthwise, and seal the edges together by marking them with a fork.  Gently move the calzone over to a parchment-covered baking sheet.  Brush the dough with the beaten egg white, to give the calzone a pretty sheen.  Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the dough is starting to brown.  Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping.

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