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Spinach and Mushroom Calzones

Categories: Quick to fix, Vegetarian
Type: Main Dishes

Using fresh spinach and mushrooms will dramatically improve the taste of these calzones.

Serves: 4 calzones


  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough
  • 3 tablespoons beaten egg white or fat-free egg substitute
  • 1 1/3 cups bottled marinara sauce or Chunky Garden Marinara Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed fresh garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 5 cups (packed) coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves (about 5 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated nonfat or regular Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

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  1. To make the filling, coat a large nonstick skillet with olive oil cooking spray, and preheat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms, and stir-fry for about 3 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the spinach, thyme, and pepper, and stir-fry for 2 additional minutes, or until the spinach is wilted and any excess liquid has evaporated. Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the Parmesan. Set aside.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 portions, and shape each portion into a ball. Working on a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll each ball into a 7-inch circle.
  3. Spread a quarter of the spinach mixture over half of each crust to within 1/2 inch of the edges, and top with 3 tablespoons of mozzarella. Moisten the edges of the dough with water, and fold the circle in half to enclose the filling. Seal the edges by pressing with the tines of a fork.
  4. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, and transfer the calzones to the sheet. Brush the tops lightly with the beaten egg white or egg substitute, and prick the tops in a couple of places with a fork. Bake at 450°F for about 10 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned.
  5. While the calzones are baking, place the sauce in a small saucepan, and cook over medium heat until warmed through. Serve the calzones hot with a side dish of the warm dipping sauce.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright � 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

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