Meal under $10: homemade calzone with carrot ribbon salad


Prep Time: About 1 hour* (includes rise time)
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes (depending on size)
Serves: 4 for appox $5.00


Pizza Dough-recipe to follow
Pizza Sauce-recipe to follow
1/2 to 3/4 lb hamburger meat, cooked and drained
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 chopped onion (your choice of color)
5 mushrooms, chopped
5 black olives, chopped


2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp yeast
1 cup warm water

Tomato Sauce

1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp dry basil
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt

Carrot Ribbon Salad

2 tbsp mayo
3/4 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 tbsp. sugar
1/3 tsp sea salt (or kosher)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 lb carrots
1/8 cup raisins
1/3 of a bunch of green onions, chopped (or about 3-4)

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While you’re waiting for the dough to rise, you can easily make your sauce, cook your hamburger and chop your veggies. Plus you’ll have enough time to make your carrot ribbon salad so that when the dough is ready, you’ll be totally ready to make your calzones.


Mix all of the dry ingredients together and then add warm water. Mix and then knead for about 2 minutes. Cover and let dough rise until double, about an hour.

Tomato Sauce

This recipe makes enough sauce for two pizzas or 8-10 large calzones. I made the sauce and then froze half for a future pizza!

Mix all the ingredients together! Pretty easy.


Once your dough has risen, preheat oven to 500 degrees. Using a sharp knife, divide the dough into 4 to 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then using a rolling-pin, roll each piece out on a cutting board into a 9-inch circle. Sprinkle a little flour on the dough if it sticks to the pin or board.

Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray. Transfer the pizza dough circle to the sheet. Spread sauce on one half of the circle but leave a 1-inch margin without sauce around the edge. Pile cheese and other fillings on top of the sauce and top with more sauce. MAKE SURE you don’t overfill them and that you keep a 1-inch margin around the edge!

Carefully fold the empty half of the circle over the fillings. Pinch the edges together. There should not be any sauce or filling leaking out of them.

Bake the calzones for 10-15 minutes, or until they are slightly brown. Let them cool for 15 minutes. The filling will be extremely hot so make sure you let them cool down the full time!

Carrot Ribbon Salad

For dressing, in a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper.

Using a vegetable peeler, shave carrots into ribbons. Toss the carrots with dressing, raisins and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let salad stand 10 minutes or until carrots slightly wilt before serving. Toss frequently when serving to distribute dressing. Salad can be covered and chilled up to 4 hours before serving, just make sure to toss well before serving.