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.
1/2 C. Daiya mozarella style shreds
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.
- 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
- ), chopped
- 1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
- ½ 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 ¼" 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 ½" 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.
- 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.