As you know, I love pizza. I can’t pick just one thing I love about pizza because it’s the whole pacakge: the crust, my favorite toppings, and the melted cheese that holds it all together. So good.
We travelled to Las Vegas about 7 years ago, and I remember going to the New York, New York hotel. Inside, it feels like you are walking the streets of New York (minus the blaring taxi horns). But the one thing I remember was all the pizza and Italian restaurants.
I remember ordering a calzone. But this was no ordinary calzone…it was about as big as my head! I thought, “do people actually eat this whole thing?” Even though it was delicious, I barely ate half of it.
I knew I wanted to recreate something similar, but of course I had to make it a lot smaller and a lot healthier.
So how does one make a “healthier” calzone?
- I’ve used spicy chicken sausage instead of pork sausage (6g of fat vs. 20g of fat!)
- Instead of a “white” pizza dough, I opted for whole-grain
- I’ve added low-sodium pasta sauce instead of regular pizza sauce (350mg sodium vs. 700mg sodium!)
These Skinny Calzones are delicious…they are one of my husband’s favorite meals! And of course, the kids love them too. You could even prepare these ahead of time, pop them in the freezer, and take one out to bake at another time.
I used my whole-grain pizza dough to make these, but if you can find whole-grain frozen bread dough at your grocery store, go ahead and use that. I’ll admit, I’ve used Pillsbury pizza dough in a pinch. It’s not the healthiest, but I can think of worse alternatives.
The next time you’re looking for an alternative to traditional pizza, try making these!