My calzones might not look picture perfect but when it comes to taste, this easy-to-make scrumptious recipe gets a thumbs up! If you are expecting company after a night full of trick-or-treaters, I like to make these savory treats extra fun. Using red bell pepper, cut pieces and place on the dough in a smiley face before baking. And what kid doesn’t love to dip – pair with your favorite healthy marinara for a quick and hearty meal perfect for kids of all ages. Be creative and add your favorite vegetables, such as corn or spinach, to the calzone filling.

Makes 8 calzones

1/2 pound ground sirloin
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (10-13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup marinara sauce

1. Preheat oven 425°F. Coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large nonstick skillet, cook meat, onion, mushrooms and garlic until meat is done; drain excess fat. Add basil, oregano and season to taste. Set aside.
3. Unroll dough; pat and stretch into rectangle on floured surface. Cut dough into eight squares. Spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture on each square. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.
4. Fold dough over filling forming into a semi-circle mashing edges to form rim. Press fork along edges to seal dough. Prick tops of calzones with fork to allow steam to escape. Place on baking sheet.
5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with marinara sauce.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 190 Calories from Fat 23% Fat 5g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 20mg Sodium 433mg Carbohydrates 24g Dietary Fiber 2g Total Sugars 5g Protein 12g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat

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Holly Clegg, Guest Blogger
As a long-time Baton Rouge resident, Holly brings her Southern charm to every aspect of her life. Her busy lifestyle and desire to feed her own family health-conscious, homemade meals – even when in a time crunch – has served as her inspiration throughout the years.

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