Spiced Lentil and Veggie Pockets

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Makes 6 pockets
Ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough (you can make your own dough or buy whole wheat or regular pizza dough at your local supermarket. We used one package of store bought whole wheat pizza dough)

For the filling: 

  • 3 small sweet potatoes or 1 large winter squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 bunch Kale or other leafy green like spinach or chard. Stems removed.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prick the sweet potatoes (or cut the squash in half) in several places with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes to an hour, or until soft to the touch. Set aside to cool.
Cut the onion in half. Thinly slice one half and set aside. Dice the other half. Warm 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and sauté the diced onion and garlic until onion is translucent. Add the cumin, cinnamon, and allspice and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the lentils and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
Cut the greens into bite-size pieces. Add greens and salt to the lentils. Cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes more, until lentils are soft but not mushy. Taste and adjust seasoning. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the lentil mixture to a bowl.
Meanwhile, warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy skillet over low heat. Add the thinly sliced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are caramelized, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Increase the oven heat to 450°F. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch chunks. Mash with a fork until smooth and add a sprinkle of salt, if needed.
On a well-floured cutting board, roll a piece of the dough into an 8- or 9-inch oval. Spread about 1/4 cup mashed sweet potato over bottom half the dough, leaving room at the edges to seal the pocket closed. Cover with about 1/3 cup of the lentils and kale. Top with a small amount of caramelized onions. Fold top half of the dough over, and pinch and fold edges to seal securely.
Use a spatula to transfer pocket to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush top with olive oil and cut 2 or 3 small slits to let steam escape as it bakes. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned. Let cool for at least 5 minutes if serving immediately.
To freeze, let the pockets cool completely on the baking sheet and then place the entire baking sheet in the freezer. Once pockets are completely frozen, wrap each one individually in foil or plastic wrap, and store in a freezer-safe container. Thaw and reheat in the microwave or oven, or eat at room temperature.
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