Calzones

We have a local grocery store that will occasionally have a sale on their homemade pizza dough. I know, why don’t I just make my own, right? Well, I don’t enjoy baking as much as I enjoy cooking. So this is my way of cheating.

Anyway, so I always take advantage of this sale and instead of making pizza, I make calzones. I am not really going to even call this a recipe, because honestly you could stuff them with just about anything.

On this particular night, it was just veggies and cheese. I cut up some onions, mushrooms, spinach and sauteed them until soft. I also added black olives at the end, and let all this cool while I rolled out the dough.

I rolled out the dough to about the size of a personal pizza, and added some pizza sauce. Topped it with my cooked veggies.

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And finally, I added some mozzarella cheese. Keep in mind, I did not measure any of the toppings because it really depends on how big you roll out your dough. You want a good amount of space between the topping and the edge of your dough as in the picture.

Next, you want to run your finger under water and outline the entire edge of the dough. (This will be like your glue to hold it together.) Then fold over the top part of the dough and align it as close to possible with the side holding your toppings. Roll over the edge and press firmly with a fork to seal the edges all together.

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Lastly,  brush the entire calzone with a little beaten egg white. (This will make your calzone brown nicely) Cover your pan with parchment paper, for easy removable and just in case your sealed edge leaks a little melted cheese.

Bake at 400 for about 20 -30 minutes. Watch carefully, because again it will depend how big or small you made each calzone.

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Let them cool 5-10 minutes before serving, they will be very hot inside.

Another favorite filling of ours is alfredo sauce, cooked chicken, mushrooms, onions, garlic, cooked spinach and cheese.

Give this a try and be creative.

ENJOY!

Easy No Boil Lasagna Recipe

As I have mentioned, this week is kind of crazy. So, I rely on easy, throw in the oven meals that I can prepare ahead, and not worry about tending to later in the day. Many times I will throw this recipe together in the morning before we leave for a day on the river. When we return, I turn on the oven, throw it in, and by the time we have all the kayaks put away, and the supplies rinsed off, it is ready to enjoy.

Many of our friends and family have tried this and commented on how tasty it is. And best of all, it’s healthier than your normal lasagna, with some ingredient substitutes I use.

No Boil Lasagna Recipe

9-12 Creamette Lasagna noodles(enough to make three layers in your pan)

22 oz. 1% cottage cheese

26.5 jar/can pasta sauce of your choice

14.5 can diced fire roasted tomatoes

7oz mushrooms

1 lb. ground turkey

medium onion diced

handful of fresh baby spinach

1- 8oz package of shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Brown the turkey burger and onion together until done. In a large bowl, mix pasta sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, and the cooked turkey onion mixture all together.Spray your 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor, blend the cottage cheese until it is smooth and creamy. Now for the construction. Layer in the pan just a bit of the sauce mixture.

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Then a layer of noodles, top with 1/2 the blended cottage cheese, then 1/2 the spinach, then 1/2 the parmesan cheese. Then about 1/4 of the sauce, it does not need to cover this whole layer! Next, another layer of noodles, the remaining cottage cheese,

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the remaining spinach, and the remaining parmesan cheese. And then again 1/4 of the sauce.Then one more layer of noodles. On top of this layer, you will pour the remaining sauce over these noodles.You should have enough to easily cover the entire top of these noodles. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. When your ready to cook, put it in a preheated oven at 400 for 45 minutes. The uncover, top with the bag of mozzarella cheese and bake an additional 15-20 minutes. Or until the cheese is melted.

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Let the cooked lasagna sit for at least 20 before serving.

Enjoy!

QUESTION: What is your families favorite “go to” meal when life is hectic?