I LOVE STROMBOLI!
There I said it. It may be the number one reason I gained about 50lbs in college. It’s like a stuffed pizza and you’ll know about my pizza problem by now. ;~)
I thought I’d share how I get to have my Stromboli and eat it too. Let’s face it, a life without pizza and Stromboli is just not worth it!
Anyway, it’s possible to make a healthier weight conscious version that, frankly, I like better then those fat filled college binges I used to splurge on.
The first thing you need is to start with good whole wheat pizza dough. I’m working on a homemade recipe but in the mean time my favorite is Trader Joe’s refrigerated dough. It is 120 calories, 2g of fat and 4g of fiber per serving (2 oz) and there are 8 servings in the package. So I portion out the dough in 4 oz servings and make individual pizzas, Stromboli, calzones, whatever.
Here’s what I did yesterday for a fabulous family lunch!
- 4 oz whole wheat pizza dough rolled in a thin oval
- 1 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (part skim)
- 1/8 cup diced green peppers
- 1/8 cup diced red peppers
- 1/8 cup diced zucchini
- Large handful baby spinach loosely chopped
- Leftover sauce for dipping (or your favorite jarred stuff)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Prepare the the fillings by dicing up all the veggies (notice the toddler stealing my peppers!)
Measure out 4 oz of the pizza dough and roll it out. Sprinkle a bit of the cheese on the one side. Place the peppers, zucchini and spinach and top with the remaining cheese.
Fold over the dough to make a pouch and seal the ends. Pierce the top with a knife to let the air escape.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes on a pizza stone (or a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray) until the dough is firm to the touch.
This technique makes a 1 serving Stromboli, nutritional information below.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|341||9g||3g||old: 7||new: 9|
I also used the portioned out dough to make the husband a calzone and the toddler a mini pizza. It really was a fabulous lunch! Everyone was completely happy and I didn’t overeat!!! (as I would have with a whole pizza, or if went out to eat Italian)