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Hungry Girl Today: 06.01.10



HG's Pepperoni-Poppin' Veggie Calzone

Dough the Right Thing!

Calzones just went from being incredibly fattening Italian classics to

completely guilt-free HG classics. Sure this recipe may be a little more

involved than some HG creations, but the results are BEYOND worth it. Have

fun... Get messy... Make our Pepperoni-Poppin' Veggie Calzones!


1 cup canned crushed tomatoes (with basil, if available)

Dash Italian seasoning, or more to taste

2 sticks light string cheese

2 cups chopped brown mushrooms

1/2 cup thinly sliced onion

2 cups roughly chopped spinach leaves

1/2 tbsp. chopped garlic

1 1/2 oz. (about 25 pieces) turkey pepperoni, chopped

1 package Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust refrigerated dough

Whole-wheat flour, for dusting

5 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

Optional: garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a microwave-safe bowl, season tomatoes

with Italian seasoning and any optional spices. Set aside.

Break string cheese sticks into 3rds, place in a food processor/blender, and

blend at high speed until shredded/grated. (Or just tear into pieces and

roughly chop.) Set aside.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the

stove. Add mushrooms and onion. Stirring occasionally, cook until softened,

about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl lined with paper towels to absorb

moisture. Set aside.

Add spinach and garlic to the skillet. Stirring frequently, cook until wilted,

about 1 minute. Add to the bowl with mushrooms and onion. Remove paper

towels. Blot veggies with more towels to remove excess liquid.

Add pepperoni and half of seasoned tomatoes to veggies. Mix well. This is

your filling. Set aside. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Unroll dough sheet, and make sure it's even in thickness. Slice into 5 strips,

each about 3" X 9".

Sprinkle workspace with flour, and place one dough strip in the center. Fold

strip in half twice, and flatten with your palm. Use a rolling pin dusted with

flour to roll dough into a large oval-ish shape, with longer sides on top and

bottom. Place 1/5th of filling in the center. Top with 1/5th of grated/shredded

cheese and 1 tsp. Parm. Stretch and pull the top of dough over filling to meet

the bottom, forming a crescent. Use your fingers or a fork to firmly seal

edges. (Doesn't need to look perfect!) Carefully transfer to baking sheet.

Repeat 4 times with remaining ingredients, re-sprinkling space with flour, if


Poke a few slits in each calzone, to let steam escape. Bake 16 - 18 minutes,

until golden brown. Meanwhile, heat remaining tomatoes in the microwave.

Let calzones cool slightly; serve with tomatoes for dipping!


Serving Size: 1 calzone with sauce (1/5th of recipe)

Calories: 279

Fat: 5.25g

Sodium: 946mg

Carbs: 44g

Fiber: 2.5g

Sugars: 8g

Protein: 14g

POINTS® value 6*


Pepperoni Calzone, Average

Stuff It!

Calzones are typically off-limits. We see them at pizza shops and Italian

delis and walk right by... sometimes allowing our eyes to linger for a few

extra seconds. We know the facts: They're large (TOO large!), doughy (TOO

doughy!), and filled with fatty items (TOO MANY fatty items!). Even freezer-

aisle versions typically have too-high calorie and fat counts. We LOVE the

taste of calzones but not those stats. So we crafted these incredibly delicious

mega-pockets of cheesy goodness, loaded with veggies and turkey

pepperoni. Ours are a great replacement for the fatty originals, full of guilt-

free swaps and featuring our favorite pizza dough. Life is too short to not get

what you want. And, um, WE WANT CALZONES!!!

Serving Size: 1 calzone

Calories: 677

Fat: 32g

Sodium: 1,528mg

Carbs: 67g

Fiber: 2g

Sugars: 5g

Protein: 26g

POINTS® value 16*

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HG HEADS UP! Do NOT miss tomorrow's Side Dish email... There will be a

VERY special HG announcement!!!


Welcome to June! June is Turkey Lovers' Month. We love turkey in the form

of no-guilt pepperoni. Have some in our new Pepperoni-Poppin' Veggie

Calzones. Mmmmm...

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