I enjoy intricate recipes that include many steps and hours to create a culinary masterpiece. Some days, especially Mondays, seem to be chaotic and there is no time for that. Luckily I found this recipe that I was attracted to as I have had many quick calzones at Pockets. My goal was to replicate the cheesy deliciousness in an easy and low cal way.
Here are the ingredients that you will need:
- 1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust
- Cooking spray
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups spinach leaves
- 8 (1/8-inch-thick) slices Vidalia or other sweet onion
- 1 1/3 cups sliced cremini or button mushrooms
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
I literally assembled these calzones while my daughter watched a 30 minute episode of Barney. The vegetables can be substituted for your liking. For my veggie abhorring kids, I added marinara and cheddar on top of a little spinach, onion and garlic. It will be interesting if they detect the vegetables.
I am thrilled that it is noon and dinner is already done for my family. I know the day will get busier as it goes on, and I'm not sure if I will have the time or motivation to cook later. All I have to do is pop these in the oven and bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes.
Updated: Here is the finished result
My husband really enjoyed the calzone, as he loves anything with blue cheese. He cleaned his plate, which is a major success for the carnivore. I would use a little less blue cheese next time, the pungent flavor was a little much for me.
The kids did not devour theirs as I had hoped. Not sure if they were distracted, not hungry, or really did not like the folded pizzas, as I called them.
Next week I am looking for an Indian recipe. I love the unique taste of Palak Paneer and Curry, but have never been able to replicate that flavor at home. I'm searching for one that doesn't include a million hard to find ingredients as well. Do you know of one?
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