Clean Eating Calzones

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today's recipe is the cleaned up version of my all-time favorite high school cafeteria lunch: CALZONE DAY! This was, of course, before my awareness of calories/fat/carbs/food in general as well as a 16 year old metabolism (so jealous of 16 year old self), so I had zero problem stuffing my face with 1-2 calzones and greasy french fries followed by a few Otis Spunkmeyer cookies (EEK).

We ate these with sweet potato fries and you know what? It was just as good as it was in high school!

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins


  • 1 head of cauliflower, grated (or riced in a food processor if you have one) ($3.00)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey ($1.50)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced ($.80)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced ($.50)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 cup clean tomato sauce (sugar free, natural, etc. Trader Joe's has lots of good ones, or you can use crushed tomatoes and add seasonings)
  • 1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided ($1.50)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat the grated cauliflower in the microwave for 4 minutes. Give it a few minutes to cool, then wring the water out of the cauliflower using a dishtowel- THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!! You should get up to a cup of water out of this cauliflower- if you don't wring it enough you'll have super soggy crust which is gross.

Combine the egg, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and cauliflower and mix well. Divide the "dough" in half, flatten each one out  on a non-stick baking sheet and heat in the oven for 20 minutes. 

While the "crust" is cooking, sesaon the turkey with garlic powder and Italian seasoning and brown in a large frying pan. Once browned, add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the mixture and saute for about 6 minutes over medium heat. 

Once your round flats come out of the oven, top each one with the sauce, meat and veggie mixture, red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. Fold the cauliflower "dough" over to make it into a "calzone" and enjoy!

And in honor of my favorite high school meal, I present this gif of my favorite high school cafeteria moment:


  1. This look so good!! I love the cauliflower pizza crust--will try this version next week for sure!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. ..... Cauliflower crust... WHAT AN IDEA... Ok. Is it this simple?
    It seems simple!

    I am trying this for a weekend meal this Saturday/Sunday!

    1. Hey you! I added this link into my hump day post today.. I am going to make this for one of our healthy weekend meals!!!

  3. It looks so good! I may actually try this and Im a timid cook who doesnt like to try things that dont know for a fact that I can make. Thanks for posting this!

  4. I am so skeptical of the cauliflower crust, I need to get brave and try it

  5. You have to give this awesome recipe the day I am out of everything?! Grocery shopping has made the list so I can try this. Girl, come cook for me please?!

  6. haha calzones really were the best cafeteria food, right next to the half baked chocolate chip cookies that were full of buttery goodness. And I really like that you break down the price! Cheap recipes are the best especially when you're trying to save money. Thanks!

  7. haha love the gif!! I've seen that crust done a lot and people love it! I need to try it for sure once the kitchen is ready (saving this!)

  8. This looke awesome! I've started using cauliflower to replace high carb ingredients recently too! Thanks for linking up ;-)

  9. I have been avoiding the cauliflower crust for some time now....

    I can eat broccoli, asparagus, peas, green beans, pretty much every veggie out there....but I can not stand cauliflower. Does the crust taste like it at all? Be honest!!!

  10. YUM! This sounds like the perfect fix for some of my cravings ;-)

  11. You had calzones for lunch at school?! Lord I was deprived with my cartons of chocolate milks and square pizzas lol! I love mean girls! We wear pink on Wednesdays...

  12. This looks SOOO good Lindsay! I am seriously drooling over here! I need to make these, like NOW! :)

  13. YUMMY!! I would love to see this tomorrow at What We Eat Wednesday's link up!!

    Alexis ♥ Laugh. Eat. Learn.

  14. Wow these look deeelish!! Thanks for sharing such yummy things with us at MaMade Blog Hop :-)

  15. This looks so good. i love cauliflower crusts.

  16. Oh my gosh this looks insanely amazing... As soon as I can have tomatoes again, I've gotta try it...!

  17. I love the calzones from Mellow Mushrooms. And we should totally be friends--that gif is perfection. LOVE mean girls :)

  18. That's a really good idea! What a great way to cut calories by using eggs instead of the dough!! I'm not an egg fan, but I could see the right person loving this. :)


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