Ever had those little Totino’s Pizza Rolls?  Yeah, me too…but not since college days.  Just in case you’re wondering, those little processed pockets contain a huge amount of fat (nearly half!) including trans fat.  As a more nutritious alternative to this kid-favorite junk food item, I decided to create a Veggie Kids-friendly version.

I bought a bag of pre-made pizza dough from Whole Foods (the kind that’s not yet baked and comes in a plastic bag) and enlisted the help of my kids.  We had too much fun getting messy in the kitchen rolling out the dough, cutting circles, adding filling and pinching the little pockets closed.  Yes, there was flour everywhere but it was worth the mess!  I used the leftover dough as our dessert which you’ll see below.  This may look complicated but really it can’t get much easier!
Both of these recipes are a great for packing in lunches, for a special after school snack idea or to add to a fun kid-frienly party menu!
Pizza Pockets
makes about 14 pockets
1 bag pre-made vegan pizza dough*
1 Tb. olive oil
1/4 C. yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 links vegan sausage (I used Lightlife), chopped
1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 C. Daiya mozarella style shreds
2 tsp. Earth Balance butter, melted, for glaze
Unwrap the pizza dough and let sit on floured surface for 15-20 minutes at room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 375F.
In the meantime, heat oil over medium heat in sauté pan.  Add in onions and cook for 3 minutes, then add garlic, vegan sausage and tomato sauce.  Stir and turn off heat.
Once the dough is ready, use a floured rolling pin to roll it out until it’s about 1/4″ in thickness.
Using the rim of a cup or cookie/biscuit cutter that’s about 4″ in diameter, start cutting out as many circles as you can fit.  Re-roll the scraps of dough to cut out more circles.
Place the circles on a prepared baking sheet, sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper.  Be sure to space them out at least 1″ apart.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the tomato sauce filling onto half of each circle, being sure to leave a 1/2″ margin around it.  Sprinkle on shredded vegan cheese.
Fold the other half of the dough on top of the half with the filling and press the edges together carefully to create a seal.  You may need to dip your finger tips in flour to prevent sticking.  (My kids LOVED helping with this part!)  Now press the edges with a fork and prick the tops one or two times gently.
Brush the tops of the pockets with melted vegan butter (this will help with that nice golden color).
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
Wait until they’re cooled before handling and biting into as the tomato sauce can be hot, especially for little ones.
HINT: These make a great lunchbox idea too!
*I’ve found pre-made pizza dough in several of the grocery stores I shop at which contain minimal ingredients.  Just be sure to check for yourself to make sure it’s not only vegan, but made with pure ingredients.  
We used the rim of a cup to cut out the circles, about 4″ in diameter.  
Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter if you have one.
Use a fork to press the edges together highly, then prick the tops to allow the steam to escape.
My 3-year old was counting these before he dug in.
 
I’m happy to say these passed my picky, carnivorous husband’s test!  I think he ate 6 of ’em.
Cinnamon & Sugar Pizzas

Use the same procedure as above but instead of adding a filling and folding it over, roll the dough in powdered sugar to sweeten it up, brush on some melted vegan butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake for the same amount of time as the pizza pockets, 375F for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

These would be delicious topped with fruit like this raw apple pie or even diced strawberries.  You could easily turn them into a fruit pizza by adding vegan cream cheese, honey or whatever your family loves!
 
Other uses for pizza dough: 

 

Pizza Pockets
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag pre-made vegan pizza dough*
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • ¼ C. yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2-3 links vegan sausage (I used
  • Lightlife
  • ), chopped
  • 1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
  • ½ C. Daiya mozarella style shreds
  • 2 tsp. Earth Balance butter, melted, for glaze
Instructions
  1. Unwrap the pizza dough and let sit on floured surface for 15-20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  3. In the meantime, heat oil over medium heat in sauté pan.  Add in onions and cook for 3 minutes, then add garlic, vegan sausage and tomato sauce.  Stir and turn off heat.
  4. Once the dough is ready, use a floured rolling pin to roll it out until it's about ¼" in thickness.
  5. Using the rim of a cup or cookie/biscuit cutter that's about 4" in diameter, start cutting out as many circles as you can fit.  Re-roll the scraps of dough to cut out more circles.
  6. Place the circles on a prepared baking sheet, sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper.  Be sure to space them out at least 1" apart.
  7. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the tomato sauce filling onto half of each circle, being sure to leave a ½" margin around it.  Sprinkle on shredded vegan cheese.
  8. Fold the other half of the dough on top of the half with the filling and press the edges together carefully to create a seal.  You may need to dip your finger tips in flour to prevent sticking.  (My kids LOVED helping with this part!)  Now press the edges with a fork and prick the tops one or two times gently.
  9. Brush the tops of the pockets with melted vegan butter (this will help with that nice golden color).
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Wait until they're cooled before handling and biting into as the tomato sauce can be hot, especially for little ones.
  12. HINT:
  13. These make a great lunchbox idea too!
  14. *I've found pre-made pizza dough in several of the grocery stores I shop at which contain minimal ingredients.  Just be sure to check for yourself to make sure it's not only vegan, but made with pure ingredients.

1 Comment

  1. hi, i live in Mexico and we dont have the same products here. How big its the pizza dough? like how many grams weights?

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