Zucchini Pizza Bites Recipe
While there is no true substitute for yummy, carb-y, actual-bread-being-used pizza, these zucchini pizza bites are a healthy, tasty alternative. As someone who loves finding healthy substitutes for ingredients and trying out new foods, I had a lot of fun with these. They're definitely more of a side or snack than a main dish (well, depending on how many of them you eat in one sitting), but they're a nice mix of light and filling so you can eat some and then have a little something else (salad or a piece of meat or fish, perhaps?). Ingredients (Yield: 30-40 bites) - 2 large zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds - Nonstick cooking spray - Salt and/or pepper - 1/2 cup marinara or pizza sauce - 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded or small individual slices - Any additional toppings you like (i.e. pepperoni, sausage) - Italian seasoning for post-bake sprinkling (I prefer a mix of garlic/herbs and oregano) Directions:
1.) Lightly spray both sides of the zucchini rounds with nonstick cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt and/or pepper.
2.) Cook the rounds in a pan with some olive oil at medium heat, 2-4 minutes on each side.
3.) Place the cooked rounds on a lined baking sheet. Top them with your desired amounts of sauce, cheese, and any additional toppings.
4.) Broil the rounds in the oven for an additional 2-4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted the way you want it. Keep an eye on them so they don't cook for too long and burn.
5.) Take the rounds out of the oven, sprinkle some Italian seasoning on top of them, wait a few minutes for them to cool off, and enjoy!