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Spinach Calzones

 Spinach Calzones
A tube of refrigerated pizza dough and frozen chopped spinach make these impressive appetizers a cinch. "I found the recipe in a cookbook but lightened it up," explains Prospect, Kentucky's Juliet Lodge. "They're wonderful with white wine."
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.


  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Pizza sauce, warmed, optional


  • Cook spinach according to package directions; drain well. In a bowl,
  • combine the spinach, Swiss cheese, ricotta cheese, onion, basil,
  • salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  • Roll pizza dough into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle; cut into six 5-in.
  • squares. Spoon 1/3 cup spinach mixture onto the center of each
  • square; brush edges of dough with water. Fold one corner over
  • filling to the opposite corner, forming a triangle. Using a fork,
  • crimp edges to seal.
  • Place in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking

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Directions (continued)

  • spray. Prick tops with a fork. Lightly beat egg white and water;
  • brush over dough. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 425°
  • for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve
  • with pizza sauce if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 calzone (calculated without pizza sauce) equals 268 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 579 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.