Mama Is In Denial (Recipe: Tex Mex Calzones)

Holy cow – I am having a baby in less than 7 weeks!

I took these Calzones to a friend of mine this evening who recently had a baby, and while I was there it hit me… I’m pregnant and I am going to have another kid in the house before I know it. Of course, I know that I am pregnant… it is a little obvious by the bulging tummy, swollen ankles, and all of those other lovely things that come with pregnancy. It honestly hasn’t hit me until today though how soon this baby is going to be here! My other kids were 2-3 weeks early, so there is a distinct possibility that our newest addition could be here in a months time.

We got rid of everything baby and maternity related after Ella was born because we honestly thought we were done having kids. Now that this little blessing has come into our life, we are basically starting over in the baby department.

I was thinking back to everything we registered for when I was first pregnant with Jacob, my now 7 year old. We had everything, from the wipes warmer to the diaper genie (sooooo gross!!) to the little blanket that had velcro and burrito swaddled the baby for you. The first time we used the wipes warmer, we noticed a burning smell coming from his room. The wipes warmer warmed a little too much and our wipes were dry and burnt. From that point on, the poor little bambino had to have cold wipes on his bum… and guess what? He survived.

Little Leah Katherine is going to have to get by with the bare minimum. I’m thinking at the very least a car seat. Maybe some clothes and a bassinet, although a really cushioned laundry basket might do the trick (Kidding!).

I am getting prepared in the food department, which seems to be a fairly common theme for me (remember vacation preparation?). Tonight I ended up making a triple batch of these Calzones. Took one batch to my friend, served one batch to my family, and freezed a batch for after the baby is born. I have double batched a couple of other meals to have on hand once our world is rocked with the arrival of baby number four.

If you have any great freezer meals, would you send the recipes my way? Also, what do you think is absolutely essential to have when baby comes home? I would love to know what product you couldn’t live without when it comes to your little ones.

Tex-Mex Calzones (from the March 2009 Issue of Cooking Light Magazine)

8 ounces ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (I also added 1/4 of a packet of Chili Seasoning to give it a bit more flavor)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fat-free fire-roasted salsa verde
1 (11-ounce) can refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough
3/4 cup (3 ounces) preshredded Mexican blend cheese
Cooking spray
Salt to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) to pan; cook 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring mixture occasionally. Remove turkey mixture from heat; stir in salsa.

3. Unroll dough; divide into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 6 x 4–inch rectangle. Working with one rectangle at a time, spoon about 1/2 cup turkey mixture on one side of dough. Top with 3 tablespoons cheese; fold dough over turkey mixture, and press edges together with a fork to seal. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining dough and turkey mixture. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until browned. Serve with sour cream.

Calzones can be so versatile. Here are some other combinations food bloggers love:

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  1. says

    I wonder if I could substitute the turkey with tofu and still produce a delicious calazone??? Or maybe a veggie calazone…is there such a thing?

    7 WEEKS!!! Wowsers! It is right around the corner! Hang in there! Pamper yourself everyday until the new baby arrives!

  2. says

    Good luck over the next few weeks. It will fly by. When we went from 2 to 3 kids, the dynamics changed. No longer could my husband and I each handle one kid. Now you will have to employ a “zone defense” when the kids are involved.

    The calzones are a great idea for your friend. so many people make a pasta dish and your idea is unique.

    EAT!s last blog post..French Silk Pie

  3. says

    Wow! This seems to be food blogger’s having babies season. My kids got by on the bare minimum – we didn’t have the money and found that the bare minimum was all that any tiny baby needed (really, it is all for the mom, isn’t it?) A bed, a Moses basket (truly needed!), a changing table, the most simple one, and a pram then a stroller (again, not the fancy schmancy ones). Little onsies, comfortable zip-up jackets and slip-on tights or pants. That’s it!

    It is exciting, too, and congrats! We just visited our neighbor in the maternity clinic yesterday where we met 2-day-old Anita! Wonderful!

    Jamies last blog post..NUTTY AND SWEET FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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