Ricotta and Spinach Calzones

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A cheesy vegetarian calzone to substitute into your pizza routine!
Friday! We made it! I’ve been a total slacker on posting lately – I don’t know what happened, but we all of a sudden got wayyy busier than we’ve been since we moved to Austin. I think it’s good though. We needed a bit of a break after moving to get settled and just take a breath, but now we’re back into the craziness of life and loving it. Well, most of the time. Just not when I don’t get to talk to you guys for a week because I have a hard time finding a few minutes to post these beauties!
If you read my last post or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know we did a 10 day cleanse that ended a few days ago in an effort to reset our eating habits and cleanse our system. We’ve done this same cleanse 4-5 times now and every time I absolutely love it! I regain energy, get back into the habit of drinking lots of water, lose some of my crazy cravings for sweets, and as a bonus, shed a few pounds! We also made a few decisions after ending the cleanse.
#1. We eat as healthy as we can during the week and we allow ourselves some splurges on the weekends.
#2. We’re going back to not buying meat. We’re at a stopping point right now where we feel uneasy about eating meat that isn’t responsibly raised and we don’t quite have the grocery budget to buy farmers market/local meat on a daily basis, so that means we just do without!
So, the plan is that we’ll eat vegetarian during the week and then on the weekend have our splurge meal with some fresh, local meat. It’s a happy compromise for our bellies and our wallets.
Okay, these calzones. I mean, come on, don’t you just wanna pop the whole thing in your mouth?? I love checking out new cookbooks from our local library and since I need some more vegetarian recipes, I just had to try America’s Test Kitchen “The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook”.
I used my favorite pizza dough recipe and stuffed them with all the yummy ingredients they recommend and they turned out perfectly! I’m in complete favor of the meatless calzone because you don’t get all the unnecessary grease from the meat soaking into your calzone bread — it’s just a lighter, but still filling meal!



INGREDIENTS :
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons water, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lbpizza dough
INSTRUCTIONS :
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Combine spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, oil, egg yolk, garlic, oregano, and pepper flakes in a large bowl.
  3. Place dough on lightly floured surface and divide into 4 even pieces.
  4. With a rolling pin or your hands, flatten each piece into a 7 inch round on a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Spread half of spinach filling evenly over half of each dough round, making sure to leave a 1 inch border around the edge.
  6. Brush the edges with the egg wash and then folkd the other half of the dough circle over spinach mixture,
  7. leaving the bottom ½ inch border uncovered.
  8. Press edges of dough together and pinch with fingers to seal.
  9. With a sharp knife, cut 5 steam vents in top of calzones and brush tops with remaining egg wash.
  10. Transfer calzones onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes, brush with any remaining egg wash and sprinkle with grated parmesan, then bake for another 7 minutes.
  11. Move to wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
You can find complete recipes of this Ricotta and Spinach Calzones in kitschencat.com
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