Friday, January 20, 2012

Quick “Calzone”

Mmmm… cheese, sauce, meat…more cheese…all wrapped in a warm crusty dough…oh, and did I mention ooey gooey? Okay, yah, mouth is definitely watering now! Italian food is absolutely one of my favorite cuisines and it would certainly be Top 3 if I was ever in a “last meal” type of situation…

Anywhooo…I was in the mood for all of these flavors but obviously I’m trying to find healthier ways to enjoy “ooey gooey” items so I came up with this super quick substitution. It definitely satisfied my cravings and I literally sort of giggled to myself when I took the first bite because I was actually surprised at how good it really was. Confession: sometimes I have no idea how things are going to taste so when they turn out pretty good, I’m pleasantly surprised!

Feel free to use your favorite toppings, the ones I used were just the ones I had on hand. The calorie amount for this is based on the ingredients I used; adjust for your ingredients. This “calzone” is so low in calories, you could eat two!

Ingredients (for one “calzone”, increase amounts for more):
Whole wheat or low carb tortilla (the one I used had only 60 calories)
Pizza sauce (I used the squeezy bottle, I think it’s Contadina)
1/3 cup low fat shredded cheese
Turkey pepperoni (I love this stuff; to me it tastes even better than regular!)
Cherry Tomatoes, diced
Frozen Spinach, thawed and squeezed of liquid
Dried oregano to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Olive Oil or Pam Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or brush with a little bit of olive oil (not too much, just to keep things crisp and from sticking) using the tortilla as your “dough”, spread the pizza sauce all over and then sprinkle it with cheese and oregano if you’d like.

On one half of the tortilla, layer your toppings. When you are done, fold the tortilla over onto the filled half. Don’t worry about it being open, you don’t have to cook it very long so your toppings pretty much stay in place. Spray the top with cooking spray, or brush lightly with olive oil and then sprinkle the top with garlic powder.

Bake in the oven about 12-15 minutes – or until the tortilla becomes crispy.

One serving 200 calories / 16.7g carbs

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