Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Stupendous Stromboli

9 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 20 Comments


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.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 1 Stromboli
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
341 9g 3g old: 7 new: 9
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
3g 2g 55g 14g

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)

Stromboli lunch in the oven

See other recipes using: baby spinach, cheese, peppers, whole wheat pizza dough, zucchini


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    December 16, 2007

    YUM!!! Reply


    December 16, 2007

    Years ago, I stumbled on a WW version of a stromboli recipe and I LOVE it! This one is very similar except mine used Turkey Pepperoni in it and oh my--YUM!!! I'm definitely going to be trying this recipe! Reply


    December 17, 2007

    OMG, this looks so good! I don't have a Trader Joe's near me. I wish I knew where to get whole wheat pizza dough. Reply


    December 18, 2007

    wow, I've never actually tried Stromboli before, but your recipe is inspiring me to try one at home, and I generally shop from TJ's too, so this one is a must try!:) Reply


    December 19, 2007

    Michele - I'm working on a recipe! Check back!! Reply


    December 24, 2007

    OMG! I just made this and I thought I died and went to heaven! I am full and feel satisfied. I too have a "pizza problem" and this is a great way to satisfy it! Thanks Roni! Tonight for x-mas eve I am making your dip for strawberries and tomorrow morning for myself on x-mas morning is your Frittata! I am so excited about food! In a good way. Happy Holidays! Tanya Reply

    Baby Carrot

    December 28, 2007

    Speaking of your pizza problem... where's the tortilla pizza? I can't remember what temp the oven should be at. Reply

    Quick Tortilla Pizza | GreenLiteBites

    October 6, 2008

    What did I miss...strawberry dip??? Reply

    Homemade Pizza (from the beach :~) | GreenLiteBites

    October 6, 2008

    DO you mean from the comments? I think this is what they are talking about... Reply

    Great Day! « Just Me…Losing It

    October 13, 2008

    I absolutely love the recipe idea for Stromboli and can't wait to try it this week. I have a huge weakness for pasta and pizza type foods. I just saw it while looking at your Spinach Ricotta roll, which also looks inspired. I can't wait to try that one as well! When you crimped the stromboli closed did you use water or just pinch it? Thanks again! Ellie Reply


    October 13, 2008

    Ellie - no water, just pinched. :~) PS. I'm glad I'm not the only one with 'the weakness'! ;~P Reply


    November 11, 2008

    Roni, I recently round your site through a recommendation on the Weight Watchers boards. I made this recipe tonight (with different veggies) and LOVED it. My husband did too. Thanks for all the great ideas. Reply


    February 24, 2010

    Hi, this is a outstanding web blog you have. I stumbled upon it on bing while searching for some baby stuff. Thanks and good luck Reply


    May 15, 2011

    I made this on Friday, and it was delicious! Thanks for the wonderful recipes. For my picky son (I know you can relate), I just used the cheese, some lowfat turkey pepperoni and sauce. For mine and my husband's I used the same, but added the spinach, chopped orange peppers and chopped tomatoes. Do you have any suggestions for making the wheat dough easier to handle? I used Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough. I did dust the rolling pin with flour. Should I leave the dough at room temp for a little while before rolling it out? Thanks! Reply


    May 15, 2011

    Room temp and flour. That's the best way I've learned to handle it. Hope that helps! Reply

    The House of Payne » Yumminess… - Stromboli

    May 16, 2011

    Thank you ! I will try leaving the dough out at room temp for around 20 minutes next time. Sherry Reply