I make homemade lunches for Hubby. It’s healthier for him and cheaper as well. When I add it all up, I’m saving us roughly fifty to sixty dollars a week doing this. Not too shabby for an excuse to cook! Normally I make him sandwiches, where I save a few extra cents by slicing my own cheese instead of buying the pre-sliced stuff, but sandwiches aren’t exactly the pinnacle of health food. Plus, I don’t like serving the same exact things over and over again.
Last time we were at the store, he saw a packaged calzone and immediately threw it in the cart. This gave me the idea to make my own!
So I found this recipe for calzone crust and got to work. Instead of 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, I used 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all purpose to sneak a little extra nutrition into Hubby without sacrificing too much texture or taste.
Isn’t that beautiful?
Next, I chopped up one green bell pepper, a stalk of celery, one onion, eight really fat cloves of garlic, two collard leaves, and the sausage and sauteed it all with Italian seasoning, a pinch of red pepper, and some salt and pepper.
Look at all those veggies! Much healthier than a sandwich in my opinion.
I rolled the dough out, smeared some spaghetti sauce on, threw a handful of cheese in, and stuffed the veggy and sausage mix in. Oh, and I sprinkled some chopped pepperoni in there as well. I folded them the best I could and baked them according to directions. They smelled heavenly so I made another batch so Hubby would have enough for a week.
Then it was a matter of wrapping them in foil and sticking them in the freezer for later! Another thing I can make on the regular so he will have a bit more variety.
Oh, I also made these delectable beauties as well.
The top one is a from scratch chocolate cake for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I made a from scratch chocolate frosting as well (that she loved), but forgot to take a picture before packing it up to bring to her.
The bottom one is a grain free brownie that I made so Mr. Bubbles and I wouldn’t be left out. I used local cane syrup as the sweetener.