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Delicious Vegan Calzones

vegan calzone ingredients

There’s nothing better in this world than pizza.  Even better is pizza you can hold in your hands.  Call it a calzone, a p’zone, a hot pocket.  Whatever you call it, it’s delicious.

Best of all, they’re simple to make, only take a few minutes, and you can put whatever the heck you want in it.  If you’re like me, you’ve already got a half dozen balls of this great whole wheat pizza dough in your freezer waiting to be eaten.

I know, there’s store bought pizza sauce in my picture.  What was I thinking?  Well, I wanted to compare it to my homemade pizza sauce.  It was alright after adding in some extra spices, but I think I’ll stick to the homemade stuff in the future.  A minute whisking together some tomato paste, water and spices gets a healthier, tastier, and cheaper sauce anyway.

Thaw some dough and you’re ready to go.  I didn’t plan ahead so I pulled it straight out of the freezer and set it in the oven at 150 for 45 minutes until it got soft.  Roll it out fairly thin and stuff it with whatever your heart desires.  Don’t be shy, load it up!

calzone before wrapping

I load mine so full I have to stretch the dough around all the ingredients just to fit it all.

Brush it with a little olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning, then cut a couple slits in the dough.

Brush it with a little olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning, then cut a couple slits in the dough so it doesn’t fill with air in the oven.

I cooked it at 350 for about 30 minutes.  You could probably cook it at a higher temperature, especially if you saute the veggies ahead of time, but since my veggies were raw I wanted to make sure they had a chance to soften up without the crust getting overcooked.

Cut in half and save part for lunch tomorrow.  Or just eat the whole thing now.

homemade vegan calzone

6 Comments

  1. Thursdays With Wanda

    January 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    That looks so delicious!

  2. Looks yummy. Tell me, though, don’t some vegans abstain from milk-products as well (like cheese). Just curious.

    • It’s vegan cheese. I think it’s usually made from soy. It’s a bit different tasting and more creamy but not bad if used sparingly. I probably drink more milk now that I’m a vegan too, just drink almond milk (which is way better in my opinion).

  3. Did you figure out how many calories this bad boy has? Just wondering.

    • 1/4 of batch of whole wheat crust – 450 calories
      1/4 large onion = 15 calories
      1/4 red and green pepper = 20 calories
      1 cup portabella mushrooms = 20 calories
      1/4 cup of pizza sauce = 30 calories
      Daiya Cheese = about 100 calories
      1/2 tsp olive oil for brushing = 20 calories

      Total: About 650-700 calories. But it easily had 2 cups of veggies inside (maybe more), so half of one with a piece of fruit would make a nice lunch (if, unlike me, you had any self control once you smelled it).

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