I have been cooking up new recipes left and right lately.
This is a spinach, mushroom and mozzarella Calzone. The original recipe just called for mozzarella and pepperoni, which I made as well. It was really good and the whole family enjoyed them. I frequently use my bread machine to make dough and that was a great time saver here. The ingredients were simple and inexpensive:
4oz Hormel Turkey Pepperoni - $3
Mozzarella, spaghetti sauce and dough ingredients were already in my pantry.
Today I was inspired to make two dishes for our out-of-town company:
Ricotta Gnocchi - so good! It was easy (I had never made gnocchi) and delicious. I used home-canned tomatoes from last summer which I think made the sauce bright and fresh tasting. Another less than $10 meal; the only specialty items I had to buy were:
15 oz tub of low-fat ricotta cheese $3
Fresh basil $2.49 (which I also used for the recipe below).
Fresh Tomato Shrimp Pasta - another tasty dish but sampling it after the gnocchi made it seem bland in comparison. This dish had a few specialty ingredients:
Fresh mozarella on sale at $2.49 for 8 oz
Bag of fresh spinach $2.89
Fresh basil $2.49
Shrimp, which I already had in my freezer. You could easily switch out the shrimp for chicken to make this a less expensive meal.
One change I'd make next time is to eliminate the fresh mozzarella and add some fresh grated Parmesean before serving.
Each of these dishes made enough for four servings with leftovers.