Cheesy Calzones

Kids night in the kitchen for us.  Ok well for Brooklyn and me.  Caleb is shopping for baseball pants while we get to have all of the fun.

What’s a good way to get kids to eat their vegetables?  Cut it up and put it in a pizza of course!  Brooklyn actually likes broccoli so I didn’t have to try so hard with her.  But Caleb, he may not be so kind to the fact that I cut it up and put it in there.  Which is why there are two calzones.  One for the boys, and one for the girls.  Girls rule, boys drool!!  That said by Brooklyn!!

What you need:

1 can (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza crust

1/4 cup  pizza sauce

1 cup  KRAFT Shredded Low fat Colby Jack

3 slices  OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Ham

2  Tbsp. small broccoli pieces

Green olives cut in half (as many as you like)

1 Tbsp.  water

1 Tbsp.  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make it:

1. Heat oven to 400°F.  Cut dough roll in half crosswise.  Unroll 1 half on large baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

2. Spread pizza sauce evenly down center of dough, leaving 1/2-inch around edges. Sprinkle with cheese. Top 1/3 with turkey and second third with broccoli and corn, leaving last third cheese only.  Unfold remaining dough half over filling.  Crimp edge with fork.  Cut rectangle into thirds crosswise.  Cut each rectangle on diagonal into 2 pieces (do not separate).  Brush dough with water.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

3. Bake 15 to 19 min. or until golden brown.  Cool 5 min.

How fun do these look?  And guess how much fun us girls had making them!!!  I can’t say this enough.  The more the kids help participate in cooking, the more they enjoy eating the food they make.  Even if it has broccoli.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking ; )


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Homemade Calzone

I’ve been meaning to make this recipe since I saw it posted on Pinterest a week or so ago.  I love the deep dish that we’ve been making lately.  So when I saw this posted I had to give it a try.  The original post came from  and it gives step by step directions on how to make this.

I used the recipe from the deep dish pizza (yes the healthier version), but if you prefer the regular pizza crust, you can certainly follow the or even buy a pizza crust from the store.  Whatever makes it easier for you and your dinner process.  Since the kids love to cook with me, we make the homemade dough!!

Here’s the recipe for the dough:

Whole-Grain Pizza Crust

1 cup warm water

2 (1/4 ounce )  packages active dry yeast

1/2 cup skim milk

2 tbs honey

2 tbs olive oil (I used light olive oil)

1/2tsp salt

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup cornmeal

1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups bread flour

1.  In large bowl, combine water and yeast; let stand for 10 minutes until bubbly.  Add milk, honey, olive-oil, and salt and mix well.  Stir in whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and 1/2 cup bread flour; beat for 1 minute.

2.  Stir in enough bread flour to make a firm dough.  Turn onto floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.  Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top.  Cover and let rise for 1 hour.


3.  Turn dough onto floured work surface and let reset for 10 minutes.  Spray a large cookie sheet  with nonstick cooking spray.

While the dough is rising, prepare the sauce.  Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion, oregano, and salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Stir in the tomatoes and sugar and increase the heat to medium-high.  Bring the mixture to a simmer, then lower the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer until reduced to about 1¼ cups, about 25 minutes.  Off the heat, stir in the basil and oil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the dough ball to a dry work surface and roll out into a 13-inch disk about ¼-inch thick.  Spread the pizza sauce down the middle of the dough and add your toppings.  Tonight we used canadian bacon and fat free mozzarella cheese.

After putting your toppings on, take a knife or a pizza cutter and slice each side of the dough into 3/4 of an inch strips.  Once you have them all cut, start to criss cross each side until the entire portion is covered.

Place on the baking (cookie) sheet and brush some melted butter (just a bit) over the top and sprinkle with oregano.  Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until crust is browned and cooked through.

This was amazing.  I’m so glad I saw this on Pinterest.  Now I have another meal to make with the same healthy dough and the same sauce.

You’ve got to try this one.

For the pizza crust:

Calories 213; Fat 3.17; Saturated Fat 0.46; Dietary Fiber 3.48; Sodium 104.52; Cholesterol 0.20

I used MyFitnessPal to calculate the sauce by scanning the tomato cans, the cheese.  This came out to be under 400 calories per piece (that was for the pizza – so I am sure the calzone is smaller per piece).

Have a happy cooking weekend.  Enjoy.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking