Fast and Easy Meatless Monday: Spinach Calzone

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. 

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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

 

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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

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 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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  • Here's a Saag Paneer recipe I've used. We have made the cheese from scratch, but a friend said that you can use mexican queso, feta, or another salted cheese if you want to save time.
    http://www.food.com/recipe/saag-paneer-206718

  • In reply to oserica:

    Thanks, Erica. I am going to make this Saag Paneer recipe for next week's Meatless Monday. Check back here for how it turns out!

    I appreciate your suggestion.

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