I had a huge craving for homemade pizza one night and was thinking of ways to make a somewhat healthy-ish version. Then I came across a recipe for a healthy-ish calzone and completely forgot the whole pizza idea. It was on the Mayo Clinic website, which is super random and not normally a place I would go to find recipes. But they actually have some good, nutritious ideas that you can always change to better suit your tastes (i.e. make less nutritious and more delicious).
Chicken and Spinach Calzone:
- 2 t olive oil
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 package (10 oz) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 medium onion
- 8 oz. part skim mozzarella (or ricotta) cheese
- 2 T minced garlic
- 1 T chopped parsley
- 4 T parmesan cheese
- 2 egg whites, separated
- Whole wheat dough (you can find this either in the cheese section or bakery of your grocery store; it’s in a little bag)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the chicken first, in a frying pan with olive oil. Just place it in the olive oil over medium-high heat until it’s golden brown and cooked through. Once it cools a bit, cut it into cubes, or strips like I did.
If you want to add onion (the original recipe didn’t call for it, but I added it), chop it up and cook it in a frying pan in some olive oil until it’s soft and translucent.
The recipe called for ricotta cheese, but I’m not the biggest ricotta fan, so I used mozzarella instead (note: after taking Stir’s cooking class and learning how to make my own ricotta cheese, I am now a much bigger fan of ricotta cheese. Yum). I know a lot of people just use the Kraft parmesan cheese or whatever, but I’m telling you right now, buy a block of parm and grate it. It’s really not that hard and it’s SO SO SO much better. They don’t even taste comparable. I also threw in some low-fat feta cheese because um, I could live off cheese? I’m currently trying to convince my sister to have a cheese course at her wedding. Good idea, right?
Anyway, combine the cheeses, spinach, garlic, onion, parsley, and 1 of the egg whites in a big bowl and mix until blended.
Now you want to prepare your dough. Break it into 6 equal-sized pieces and form each into circles. It’s easiest if you place these circles on a floured surface so they don’t get all sticky-like. You’re supposed to use a rolling pin to form the dough into ovals 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. Mine were…not like this. They were in all sorts of odd circle-ish shapes and you know what? It worked.
Break your other egg white into a bowl and brush the edges of the dough with the egg white. You could also use olive oil, but the egg white makes it a bit healthier. Now, place some chicken in the middle of the dough, along with some of the spinach mixture.