Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Spinach Calzones

6 WWPP Posted by 8 years ago 15 Comments

Give me Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough and I will figure out some way to use it with whatever I have in the fridge. Today it was a box of frozen spinach and some fat free ricotta, 2 things I try to keep on hand. Of course I used more spinach then cheese but it was still a tasty guilt free pizza like lunch while being super healthy! How can you beat that?

I’ve made something similar to this awhile back with fresh baby spinach, Spinach Ricotta Roll, but here’s what I did today. . . Spinach Calzones

  • 1/2 Pound Pizza Dough (1/2 package of Trader Joes works great or you can make your own)
  • 1 10 oz frozen pack of spinach defrosted
  • 1/2 cup fat free Ricotta cheese (124 g)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 oz mozzarella cheese
  • Sauce for dipping – I used leftover homemade

Preheat oven to 425 Degrees

Separate the dough into 2 even 4 oz balls. Stretch and roll out the dough.

Drain any excess water from the spinach and mix it with Ricotta, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and mozzarella.

Half the spinach-cheese mixture on place each half on one side of rolled out dough. Fold over the dough, flatten a bit, seal the edges and pierce the top with a knife a few times.

Place calzones on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake on the middle rack for about 20 minutes until crust is firm to the touch and the spinach is warmed through.

Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1 Calzone
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
290 7g 8g old: 6 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
2g 3g 32g 16g

See other recipes using: mozzarella, pizza dough, ricotta, spinach, whole wheat pizza dough

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    March 14, 2010

    I want that NOW!!! LOL! OMG, that looks so good! I am jealous because I can't buy whole wheat dough here and I don't know if I could make it myself. Looks delish!!


    March 15, 2010

    That sounds YUMMY! Have you ever tried grilling the crust? It is sooooooooooo good! And faster than baking! We grill all of our pizza crusts; even in the winter.


    March 15, 2010

    Now THAT looks like deliciousness.


    March 15, 2010

    I was going to say the same thing. Looks delicious.


    March 15, 2010

    I know you are a great cook because I have tried some of your recipes, but this looks like a food stylist spent hours on it. It is beautiful. Way to go!!!


    March 15, 2010

    I made my own dough and gave this a try, with just a pinch of nutmeg as well and it was AWESOME! Thanks for the great idea!


    March 15, 2010

    These look and sound delicious! I might have to go pick up some Trader Joe's dough and get creative myself. I love almost anything with spinach.


    March 16, 2010

    YAY! You have a recipes section too with all these pictures! Now I don't feel like such a turd for having mine :) I'll look into making calzones, but haven't had a craving for them yet. Looks yummy though!


    March 16, 2010

    Roni - how many servings does the recipe you posted above make?


    March 17, 2010

    Hmmmm...... That looks delicious, and healthy as well. My mouth starts to water. Believe it or not. Nice recipe. Please visit for more healthy recipe.


    March 18, 2010

    This looks delish!! And easy to pack for lunch. I'm definitely trying it asap. We don't have Trader Joe's in Hawaii :( so I'll probably buy some whole wheat pizza dough from a local pizza place.


    March 22, 2010

    I Made these Friday... Both I and the Hubby loved it. I thought that these would be small but they were huge and packed full. Surprisingly cheesy and a great healthy pizza alternative. Oh yeah, I put spicy grilled chicken breast (3 oz) in the Hubby's and it was a nice addition.


    April 26, 2010

    i just made these today - absolutely delicious!! they were wayyy more filling than i thought they'd be too. i can't wait to try more of your recipes (:

    Laura Jane

    April 12, 2011

    Just tried this! I recently made my first trip to Trader Joes and got the pizza dough. I used fresh, bagged spinach leaves and I baked it on a pizza stone. It's delicious and huge!!


    July 23, 2011

    Hi Roni, I wanted to thank you for your beautiful and useful website. I have only been on weight watchers for a week and already have used so many of your recipes. Each one is so good. I don't have a traders joe by me, so I used wegman's whole weight pizza dough. It's 4 ww points per oz, compared to Trader Joe's 3 for 2 oz. This means I am really going to have to find me a Trader Joes, to save some points. Regardless, it was a great meal!! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me to get healthy. Looking forward to trying even more!