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Chickpea Pockets/Calzones

What you need: 

1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or fresh cooked)
1 cup mushrooms (I use baby portabella)
2 slices bread
1 medium onion
1/4 cup spaghetti sauce
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend
2-3 cloves garlic (or to personal preference)
3/4 cup walnuts
salt, pepper to taste

What you do: 

Please note that I never really measure anything, so these are just estimates. Basically, you'll create a filling to make a calzone type dish! You can also mess with this basic recipe to include other veggies or a "cheeze" sauce for a pizza pocket kind of meal. Please experiment!
Chop mushrooms and onions up and cook over low heat until broken down and juicy.
In food processor, separately grind up bread and walnuts into small bits. I usually process the heck out of my food, but if you like bigger pieces that's fine. Then add the chickpeas, seasonings, garlic, and the bread and walnuts to the food processor and combine until it looks good. Empty into a large bowl. Add the mushroom/onion mixture and stir it up good. Add spaghetti sauce to create a nice "paste". You might want to taste it at this point and add anything you need (more salt, seasonings, more spaghetti sauce, whatever). I then divide this mix up into four equal lumps.
Take your pizza dough and divide into four parts. Roll each out into a circle (about open hand sized) on a floured board. Put in one part of the filling mix, shape, and fold in half calzone style, pressing the edges together to make a pocket. Repeat to make four.
Heat oven to 350 and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until nice and brown. Ta da - a nice calzone. These taste good reheated the next day for lunch and are easy to pack.

Preparation Time: 
1 hour
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right, you also need a batch of pizza dough. use any recipe on here for 1 pizza.

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