Low-Calorie Snack: Mini Spinach Calzones

Posted by Hilary Young on November 25, 2013

Low-Calorie Snack: Mini Spinach Calzones

Looking for a low-calorie snack that also has some health benefits? We’ve got just the recipe: mini-spinach calzones. While they may be small, they pack a lot of punch in the flavor and health department.

As the cartoon Popeye taught us, spinach is a super-food that can help us feel stronger and healthier. Not only is spinach loaded with Vitamins A, K, D, and E, it’s also packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants. Spinach also helps protect the eyes against cataracts and macular degeneration and helps strengthen the bones with a high dosage of calcium and magnesium.

This easy recipe, which you can whip together in just about 30 minutes, is guaranteed to fill your belly and keep you feeling your best.

Mini Spinach Calzones

Makes: 25 servings

Prep 30 mins Cool 15 mins

Calories: 56, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 125mg, Dietary Fiber: 0g,

Total Fat: 2g, Carbs: 8g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Protein: 2g

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

1/2 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained

1/2 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 13.8 ounce package refrigerated pizza dough

1 egg white

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil; lightly coat the foil with cooking spray. Set baking sheets aside. For filling, in a medium bowl, stir together spinach, cream cheese, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, green onion, and pepper. Set aside.

Unroll pizza dough on a lightly floured surface; roll dough into a 15-inch square. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into twenty-five 3-inch squares. Spoon a slightly rounded teaspoon of filling onto the center of each square. In a small mixing bowl use a fork to combine egg white and water. Brush edges of dough squares with egg white mixture. Lift a corner of each square and stretch dough over filling to opposite corner, making a triangle. Press edges with the tines of a fork to seal.

Arrange the calzones on prepared baking sheets. Prick tops of calzones with fork. Brush tops of calzones with egg white mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Bake one sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on baking sheets. Serve warm.


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