Sunday, October 21, 2007

Oooh... Who Said Pizza?

A blast from the past today! I developed this recipe when I was about 15 and doing the Weight Watchers POINTS plan. I made them to incorporate two of my favourite dishes - cheesy broccoli and pizza - into something "POINT friendly". These are a great vegetarian lunch-on-the-go that’s big on taste but light on calories and fat. Each crispy pocket gives way to a gooey, spicy and garlicky cheese-covered broccoli filling which is awesome fresh out of the oven or after a brief reheating. They're also really good on the BBQ (memories of the good ol' Coleman stove days). These are 5 POINTS each for Weight Watchers.

Broccoli-Cheese Calzones
Serves 6
10oz refrigerated whole-wheat pizza dough, brought to room temperature
1 cup broccoli, diced and steamed until bright green and slightly tender
1 cup fat-free cottage or ricotta cheese
1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Roll out dough to a large, thin rectangle.
  3. Cut into 6 five-inch squares.
  4. Mix broccoli florets, cheeses, garlic and pepper flakes.
  5. Spoon filling equally amongst the squares of dough.
  6. Bring edges of dough together and pinch tightly to seal. Prick tops with a fork.
  7. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, brush lightly with water.
  8. Bake 15 minutes, flipping ½ way through.
  9. Serve hot or freeze for future use.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 173.7
Total Fat: 6.0 g
Cholesterol: 17.9 mg
Sodium: 476.1 mg
Total Carbs: 17.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 12.6 g