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Hawt Pocketttttts!

I decided to try my hand at a Hot Pocket for dinner tonight. There is a funny back story that leads up to this culinary experiment. Let's suffice it to say that my husband ate a Hot Pocket at a friend's house and showed me the Jim Gaffigan clip about that dreaded food item. And as I usually do, I declared: I can make a healthy version of that. So I whipped up a homemade version that doesn't have 350 calories, 19g of fat, and 850mg of sodium! Mine may be called, not surprisingly, Pumpkin Pockets.

The boys - well-trained culinary snobs that they are - turned their noses up as soon as they heard what I was serving for dinner; however, once they realized that I had made them myself, they warmed to the idea.

chicken sausages, thickly sliced
pumpkin puree
tomato sauce
ricotta cheese
shredded mozzarella cheese
shredded parmesan cheese
blanched whole baby spinach leaves
blanched julienned carrots
sliced black olives
rough chopped fresh basil
egg, to bind the mixture

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use whatever your favorite recipe is for pizza dough. Roll out a large circle. Place filling on one side. Fold over to form a crescent. Pinch edges to seal. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with shredded parmesan. Bake for 35 minutes. Serve hot.


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