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Spinach Calzones and the Produce Promise

Spinach Calzones and the Produce Promise. If you were to ask your kids what their favorite food is, what would would they say?

For 6 years, since starting this blog, I’ve been on a mission to convince my children that  fruits and vegetables are not only going to help them feel great, but also that they taste great!  Last night I felt success!  We were at church, and all the 12 year old girls were being introduced to the group.   When it was Erica’s turn, and the girl introducing her said “Erica’s favorite food is…” I cringed.  I actually didn’t know what she had told them, and I was sure she was going to say pizza or cookies. But she had answered- ORANGES!  Her favorite food is oranges! I was definitely proud of her!

Spinach Calzones and the Produce Promise. If you were to ask your kids what their favorite food is, what would would they say?

Getting kids to love fruits and vegetables early enough in life to enjoy the benefits is a noble goal.  When fruits and veggies are a big part of your families life:

  • Their risk for disease will decrease
  • Their Weight will be easier to manage
  • The aging process will slow down,
  • They will sleep better
  • They’ll have more energy
  • And best of all, they’ll be happier

The promises of eating more fruits and vegetables are so fabulous that every good parent should desire for their kids to fall in love with produce.  Today’s recipe is a great way to make spinach taste amazing!  We first shared this recipe a year ago in our Valentines meal plan, but we’ve enjoyed it so many more times since then, I wanted to share it on the blog.

Spinach Calzones and the Produce Promise. If you were to ask your kids what their favorite food is, what would would they say?

Calzones are a great place to add veggies.  We’ve made these with broccoli, mushrooms, spinach, and carrots and onions before.  Each time, my kids gobbled them up!  Here is our final recipe:

 

Spinach Calzones and the Produce Promise

  • 1 pkg yeast (or 1 Tablespoon of yeast)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • Filling:
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
Instructions
  1. Combine yeast, sugar and warm water and let set for 5 minutes. Add olive oil. Mix 1 cup of the white flour, and 1 cup of the whole wheat flour with the yeast mixture and knead until dough becomes soft and pliable. Add remaining flour if too sticky to touch, but only enough to allow the dough to be pliable and not sticky. Let dough rise, in a warm place, for about 30-45 min., until double in size.
  2. Roll out a small portion of the dough at a time, cutting two equal sized hearts with a cookie cutter. Fill middle with filling, thin layer marinara sauce, cheese, and spinach, and then crimp edges with a fork. Set on baking tray. Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned. Test to make sure dough is done baking. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Additional Filling Ideas: -Pineapple Tidbits -Diced Green Pepper -Sliced Black Olives -Sliced Mushrooms
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29 Comments

Sharee

I’ve done home made poptarts… Is the crust for these calzones closer to say a puff pastry? Or breadier like a roll? I don’t have too much experience with calzones, but would like to try the recipe.

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Oh, that salad… I know this post isn’t about the salad at all, but I’m dying over it. It’s my favorite, especially in the summer when all that produce is fresh. Mmm…

And those calzones… LOVE the heart shapes. It’s all about the appearance with kids, isn’t it?!

All I can say is that I’m headed to the store to buy spinach, strawberries, and feta cheese (already have the nuts). Spinach Strawberry Salad, here I come! I can’t wait ’til lunch time!

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Heather H

Hi — How many calzones would this recipe make and how many do you think are a servings (not sure how big they are). Thanks!

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We get about 8 calzones out of these. We use the big heart cookie cutter- like the one intended for sandwiches.

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Marissa

I’d like to make this for my 14 month old and husband for valentine’s day dinner, but I will be working and won’t get home until late. Can this dough be made up the night before?

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Sorry I’m late to reply! If you haven’t already done this, I probably would make the entire thing (including cooking), and just reheat them. I think bread dough is sort of unpredictable in the pre-making.

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The do freeze well as long as your packaging is freezer safe (so they don’t get freezer burn).
Just make sure the entire thing is cooked and then frozen, so you only are reheating it. Rather than freezing the raw dough.
good luck! let us know how it turns out!

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Erin

I just made these with chopped strawberries inside and brushed on egg with a little sprinkled sugar for a healthy Valentine’s dessert tomorrow!

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Swift

Could you add some chicken or beef in there too to add a little more substance and make it a main dish? Or would that ruin the consistency of the dish?

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Dia

Is the dough supposed to be pretty heavy? I just mixed the dough ingredients together in my kitchenaid and i had to add extra water. Just a bit, otherwise there would be dry ingredients at the bottom of the bowl. I just put it to rise… any suggestions? Does this sound normal to u?

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Joanne Conway

I had the same problem – stiff heavy dough, I couldn’t even get all the flour mixed in and it hasn’t risen at all. Second attempt with the same results – clearly I’m doing something wrong!

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Joanne Conway

Came back to say despite the heavy dough it rolled out really well and baked to perfection! Kids ate them up! Thanks.

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jo

Hello I too have found the dough quite dry. You don’t specify any kneading? Is that because it is a given? And also you have listed 3 tblsp of Olive oil in the ingredients but the instructions never tell you to use them? Should I have used the oil in the dough for more moisture?
Still looks great tho can’t wait to try the kids with them! Thanks for sharing!

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