Vedged Out Calzone and a Welcome Party for George Monroy

How would you like to sink your teeth into that ooey gooey deliciousness? I’ve made some fantastic Calzones for a special welcome party today. I hope you’ll pull up a chair and join us!

Vedged Out Calzone

The No Rise Calzone Dough:

  • 2 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1 C. unbleached organic flour
  • 1 T. active dry yeast
  • 1 C. warm water (you may need up to 1/4 C. more water depending on your dough consistency)
  • 1 t. sea salt

Method: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine all ingredients in your kneading apparatus (I use my bread maker) you can also use your hands :) knead dough for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Let rest for 10 minutes. Divide into 6 or 8 pieces (I did 6 pieces and it made for a thick calzone crust, next time I’ll do 8) and roll out into very thin 8 inch rounds. I stick my dough between pieces of waxed or parchment paper to keep the dough rounds from sticking to each other while I work with the other pieces.

The Calzone Sauce:

  • 1/2 C. (1 can) tomato paste
  • 1/2 C. tomato sauce
  • 1 t. garlic salt
  • 2 t. italian seasonings
  • few grounds black pepper
  • few dashes crushed red pepper (optional)

Mix all together and set aside.

The Fillings:

  • 1/2 C. chopped and de-seeded kalamata olives
  • 1 can drained and rinsed quartered artichoke hearts in brine
  • 1/4 C. dry pack sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 block of my Smoked Coconut Gouda (click for yesterday’s recipe), grated

Fill calzones like pictured above, dividing the fillings equally. Then wet the edges of the dough with a bit of water, fold over and crimp together with the tines of a fork.

Prick the top of the calzone all over with the tines of the fork to let steam escape. Scatter calzones so that they are a few inches apart on two baking trays sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Place trays in preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through the baking time.

These keep and travel well for next day leftovers in school or office lunches

Now that we’re all enjoying these delicious calzones that I’ve made for this Welcome Party, please offer a hearty welcome to the newest blogger on my blogroll, George Monroy. I ‘met’ George after my Forks Over Knives Testimonial went viral (as of today, it’s still on the front page of the Forks Over Knives Website). I’ve since learned that George had a heart attack in May of 2012, just 5 short months ago. His doctor advised him to watch Forks Over Knives and adopt a plant based diet to save his life and prevent future heart attacks.

George in the Hospital following his Heart Attack with his son Caine of Caine’s Arcade Fame

Here’s George today, as you can see he’s lost a fair amount of weight, he’s also inexplicably lost all his hair and turned all “vegan cool dude” Here’s what George said to me when I asked him how his health is doing now: “My Diabetes is almost gone now. My blood pressure is normal again. I’ve lost 10 additional pounds in the last three months without even watching what I eat. So far this plant based diet is a cure for everything!!!”

George posts incredible photos of what he is eating every day on his facebook page Smart Hearts Aftermarket

I recognized an incredible food blogger in the making and asked him to join our ranks and get a blog ASAP! He is going to have the final dessert post in the Virtual Vegan Potluck on Nov. 1st! I can’t wait to see what fantastic dish he comes up with. Please join me and follow George, on his new blog:

George’s Smart Hearts

If you haven’t all ready met his son Caine, please check him out now. If you have the time, watch both videos, they will inspire the crap out of you. Warning: ladies, have tissues handy.

A plant based diet has given George a new lease on life, to watch Caine grow and succeed. I wish him all the best, I hope you will too.

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42 comments

        1. Great minds… ;) So good. Maybe I’ll make these and stuff them in my purse for us for movie treats instead of candy! Teehee.

          So excited to see his blog grow. He’s got mad skillz!

    1. He is such a natural! He could totally be a plant based chef!

      Yup, I cried my eyes out too, I have a child about the same age, I really was touched by his story. Thanks for visiting my blog Linda! Hope to see you around. I’m Vedged Out on facebook :)

  1. Wow! I was so touched by Caine’s videos. THanks for the tissue warning . . . I definitely needed it! So inspiring! Also, way to go George!

    1. I cried my eyes out the first time I saw them. One person changed his life. The confidence and joy you saw in him as Caine’s Arcade took off was incredible. So good to know there are great people like Nirvan who are willing to give kids like Caine a chance. Super excited for George. He’s got a new lease on life, I don’t think he’s going to abuse it.

  2. I have to check out your video and I totally remember George from Caine’s uber cool Arcade video . I am so glad that George is doing okay, and is vegan now, he seems like the greatest most encouraging dad too.
    Now onto the calzone. I grew up in NY and my in-laws own a pizzeria. Your calzone would be an awesome addition to their menu. Thanx for posting.

    1. Gigi! I love that you’d all ready seen this, I only found out about Caine after my introduction to George. Proud of him for changing his life.

      Your in-laws are welcome to this calzone idea, I’m sure they make incredible pizza :)

      1. Oh I misread, and now I remember how that I did read your testimonial. You are totally awesome and inspiring, adn I need a kick in the ass to put in the mileage. Kick me ;)

  3. i love love the videos and the story. that arcade is so cool. its one of those videos where I smile with tears rolling down constantly:)
    great to hear that george is doing so well. those calzones look fantastic!

  4. I was in DC last week and had a vegan calzone (pepperoni!) at Busboys & Poets, and was thinking… I need the recipe to make this at home. Now I do! :)

  5. Crap, these look good! They’re making my measly salad look like a ridiculous lunch choice. I love that the dough is “no-rise” too!

    Thank you for introducing us to George- I love his story! :-)

    1. I could use a measly salad right now! I’ve got some serious MOFO food burnout. Give me some lettuce, tahini dressing, a tomato and a can of chickpeas please! George’s story is incredible, it’s so fun to meet all these awesome people who are changing their lives!

  6. LOVE Caine! Justin showed me the video series a few month’s ago- that little boy is so amazing! And obvisouly his Dad is too, can’t wait to check out Georges Blog- thanks for sharing this inspiring story with us Somer!

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