I am working on a recipes for Calzones that is Weight Watchers compatible and I would like to use whole wheat flour and flaxseed meal. Kim mentioned calzones on her site – I haven’t had them in a long time! I have found a few ideas and am now to the point where I just need to start the trial and error process.
I really want to get a very healthy crust – I really am committed to lowering my LDL cholestoral and the whole grains are the one area my diet has been lacking.
I read on the Bob’s Red Mill site that flaxseed meal can be a substitute for oil in a recipe. They recommend 3 flaxseed meal to 1 oil in the substitution, so in the recipe below I would use 6 tablespoons of flaxseed meal.
For the filling I bought some turkey pepperoni – it is two points a 30 gram serving, where as the regular pepperoni is 4 points. We have both in the house so I can compare. The turkey pepperoni is by Hormel – I found in at Winco. http://www.hormel.com It tastes so good and is so point friendly I will probably have to buy more to make my calzones.
I will use some of my homemade sauce inside. I have tons of the stuff frozen from my tomatoes last year. http://leslieaross.spaces.msn.com/blog/cns!703CE4E2B8C01089!145.entry
I recently opened a bag to make some cocktail sauce – we had crab Saturday.
I have some fat free ricotta cheese – that might be tasty. There are other options but I will have to buy them.
Here is the Calzone recipe that I have used in the past, it is from "The Food Stamp Gourment" by Carrie Bailey.
The Denver Calzone
1/2 package of yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups flour
2 Tablespoons oil or melted margarine
1/2 cup warm water
2 to 4 Tablespoons milk
Mix yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup of warm water. Allow to sit 15 minutes. Mix in 1/2 of flour. Add oil, remaining water and remaining flour. The last of the flour will have to be worked in by hand. Allow dough to sit 10 minutes. Divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll out in 6 inch circles. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of tomato meat sauce in the middle of each circle. Add a small amount of any cheese or cheese food (1/2 oz is plenty). Wet the edge of half of the circle with water. Fold the dough in half. Pinch the edges together. Brush top with milk. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.
I helped Carrie make these for a fund raiser for Mother House in Boulder many many many years ago. I made a mini version so they were maybe 3 bites instead of a full meal.
I made my alumni news:
It sounds like the social event of the season…
I just got off the phone with my friend Misako – she was making calzones today – funny how things like that happen.