Saturday, April 22, 2017

Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Calzones
















Calzones are the perfect make-ahead grab and go lunch, and the flavor combination of caramelized onions, mushroom, thyme, and feta makes these calzones feel elegant.  Store-bought pizza dough also ensures a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  Store in airtight container for 3 days.

What (your ingredients):
Whole wheat pizza dough, room temperature
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 package mushrooms, diced
5 sprigs fresh thyme
Feta cheese

How (your directions):

Preheat oven to 400° F.  Grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with coconut oil or nonstick spray.
Over low heat in a sauté pan, cook onion slowly for about 30 minutes until caramelized and golden brown, stirring occasionally.  Remove to small bowl to cool.
Add mushrooms and fresh thyme leaves to pan and sauté on medium high heat for 5 minutes.
Divide pizza dough into 4 balls, then roll each one out into small circle.  On one side of the circle, place ¼ caramelized onions, ¼ mushrooms, and a few crumbles of feta.  Fold other half of circle over the mixture and seal by crimping the dough with a fork.  Repeat process with remaining 3 calzones and place on baking sheet or pizza pan.
Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Enjoy hot with marinara as a dipping sauce!

Why (the science):  Whole wheat pizza dough and vegetable fillings turn lunch or dinner into a balanced meal with lots of fiber!
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