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Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets

I am a HUGE fan of pizza, so was delighted when I saw this month’s recipe from our contributor Marla at Organic Life On A Budget.  These veggie pizza pockets look seriously sensational and I know they would become a favorite in this house!

You know those frozen pizza pockets that you buy at the grocery store?

I used to eat those a lot during college, but realized how processed and completely unnatural the ingredients are.  I just quit eating them.

A few months ago it occurred to me that I could make my own.

Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets with black beans

Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets are a such a delightful, family-friendly treat!  I love to make these vegetarian.

It’s a great way to get the kids to eat some veggies without them really knowing.  My son just knows he’s eating pizza and loves it!

Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets with black beans

And, of course, it’s makes me feel so much better to know that when we are eating these homemade pizza pockets, they are completely natural.  No artificial ingredients at all.

For these Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets, I use black beans and my own tomato sauce.  Using dried beans and a bit of my homemade tomato sauce (which I always have on hand) is a great way to keep this recipe budget-friendly as well.

Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets with black beans

The pizza pockets are so easy to make, and you can even enlist the kids to help with these.  You just pull apart fresh made pizza dough and roll it out into small little pizzas.

Then you top with the beans, tomato sauce and cheese.  You just fold them over and pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes, then you can enjoy!

The use of beans, tomato sauce and cilantro in this recipe creates a Mexican-style flavor combination.  I like to serve these with a side of guacamole and salsa for dipping.  Yum!

Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets with black beans

You can also add some chicken or ground meat to these if you would like.

The great thing about homemade pizza pockets is, that just like making pizza at home, you can make your own combination of ingredients that your family loves.

Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets

Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb dried black beans, cooked
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup homemade tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4-6 oz. Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb. pizza dough
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 T olive oil, garlic, beans and salt and pepper to taste. Allow to heat through, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan, place in a bowl and set aside.

In same skillet over medium heat, add 1 T olive, tomato sauce and cilantro, cook about 5 minutes, until sauce turns a darker red. Remove from pan, place in a bowl and set aside.

Prepare ingredients for assembling pizza pockets: flour a surface where you can roll pizza dough, take the 1 lb of pizza dough and pull off small balls of dough about 2 in. in size (you will get about 10-12 balls), have bowl of black beans, bowl of tomato sauce, and a bowl of cheese nearby.

To assemble pizza pockets: on floured surface, roll out small bowls of pizza dough into small round circles, top with tomato sauce, then beans, then cheese. Repeat until all pockets are filled.

Once all pockets are filled you will fold over one edge to completely enclose the filling, use a fork to mash the edges down, then prick a small hole in the top so steam can escape, transfer to an oven safe dish, and bake about 15-20 minutes until starting to brown.

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Try making your own Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets, you will love it!

Do you think these will become a family favorite in your house?

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13 Responses to Homemade Veggie Pizza Pockets

  1. Valerie April 22, 2015 at 4:20 am #

    These look so delicous, and I love that they are a healthier alternative to both store-bought pizza and hot pockets. These would be a great food to serve at a party because who doesn’t love pizza?! 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Catherine Holt April 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Absolutely Valerie, pizza is a winner with everyone right?! They would be awesome for a party, but I don’t think they would last for too long….there might be a demand for more…lol

  2. KaCee April 26, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    These look so good! I know my kids would love to help make them and eat them!

    • Catherine Holt April 26, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

      They are the best kind of recipes arn’t they KaCee. If the kids have fun making it, then they are more than likely to enjoy eating it too 🙂

    • Marla April 27, 2015 at 3:56 am #

      Agreed! Pizza pockets are definitely a great meal to let the kids help with!

  3. Tammy @ creativekkids April 28, 2015 at 3:47 am #

    I adore black beans, so I’ll have to give them a try! Thanks for linking up to the Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party at Creative K Kids! I’ve pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board

    • Marla April 28, 2015 at 4:07 am #

      Thank you Tammy! It’s such a delicious way to eat some black beans!

    • Catherine Holt April 28, 2015 at 10:13 am #

      Sounds like the perfect recipe for you Tammy 🙂

  4. Janine Halloran April 28, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    What a delicious recipe that will be a hit with families! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

    • Catherine Holt April 28, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      It definitely will be a hit Janine. What kid doesn’t love pizza…it could become a family favorite 🙂 Thanks for pinning!

  5. Diane April 29, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    These look utterly delicious! I’ll treat the family with these sometime soon!

    • Catherine Holt April 29, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

      I think your family would be very happy with your choice Diane 🙂

    • Marla April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am #

      Thanks Diane, I think your family will love it!

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