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Spinach and Cottage Cheese Calzones  

serves 4

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

1 uncooked pizza dough (available in many supermarkets in the dairy section)

1 10 oz package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

1 lb. 1% fat cottage cheese, strained to remove any excess liquid (whey)

black pepper to taste

olive oil

1-2 T sesame seeds


Divide pizza dough into 8 ~ equal pieces. Flatten each piece into an oval about 4″ x 3″. Place 4 of the dough pieces on a lightly oiled pizza stone or cookie sheet.

Combine spinach, cottage cheese and pepper. Divide equally among the 4 ovals, leaving a 1/4 edge. Top each calzone with a remaining dough oval and seal edges by pressing together. With a pastry brush paint a light layer of olive oil on top of dough and sprinkle with sesame seeds and a small amount of salt if desired. 

Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, checking after 20 minutes. 

Calzones are ready when the dough is golden brown.  Serve hot. 

Author: ssleedsrd1843

Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook and to eat! Her love of both naturally led to a career in nutrition. After years practicing clinical nutrition, Sari now focuses on Nutrition Education. Sari’s limits her private practice to the counseling of adults specializing in medical nutrition therapy. With “moderation” as her mantra, Sari knows that no matter what the condition, eating needs to be pleasurable. Her blog,, is a forum reflecting that mantra with healthful and delicious foods as well as tips for a healthy lifestyle. All content of is the intellectual property of Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RDN, CDN

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