I can’t get enough of walking into a house that smells like a home cooked meal. It’s like walking into your childhood. The smell of garlic and onions sautéing in a pan is pure heaven. Thus one my lifelong hobbies is cooking. I love to create colorful and healthy dishes. **MONEY SAVING TIP: My boyfriend also loves to cook with me so we have been saving money and making homemade date nights together, which is literally my favorite thing to do with him besides lie in the sun at the beach.(and if you don’t have a boyfriend to make homemade meals with, family and/or the girls is too much fun as well)** Today I had no plans until later; so I got myself ready for the day and then made a delicious produce filled pizza! My mom gets fresh local grown organic fruits and veggies every Tuesday! It makes me so happy and since we got zucchini yesterday, I made zucchini crust pizza!
Here’s the recipe I used:
Zucchini Pizza Crust
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 3
A healthy zucchini pizza crust!
4 cups zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated 1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
- (optional) Microwave the shredded zucchini on high for 6 minutes, let cool, place it in a tea towel and squeeze as much moisture out as you can.
- Mix the zucchini, egg, mozzarella, parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper, press the mixture onto a baking mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 450F oven until lightly golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
Note: Step 1 is optional and the recipe will work without doing it but it helps make it easier to remove the moisture from the zucchini. If you use raw zucchini the bake time for the crust will be closer to 20 minutes than 15.
Note: You can add 1/4 cup flour, or rice flour, or almond flour, etc. to the zucchini mixture which will help make the crust stronger but it also makes it a little bit tougher.
which I got from http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/07/zucchini-pizza-crust-with-chipotle-bbq.html
Now I made a few changes, I used only parmesan and I cut the zucchini into thinly sliced and diced pieces. I also used eight ball zucchini ( pictured below)! This worked really well. To top it I made my own Tomato Sauce:
1 can of Sugar free Tomato Sauce
1 TBSP of Pesto
2 TSP of salt
1TSP of pepper
1 clove of Garlic (chopped finely)
In a small saucepan heat oil on medium-high. Add onion and garlic until golden. Add Tomato Sauce and Pesto. Salt and Pepper to taste. Reduce to low heat. Simmer for 15 minutes and enjoy!
Then I just picked some veggies and chicken to top my pizza. I did not add any more cheese because there is cheese in the crust. I topped my pizza with sauce, bell peppers, swiss chard, tomato slices, and spicy chicken. It was so delicious and nutritious! Try it out! It may not be everyone’s favorite thing but I loved it!
Go to your Farmer’s Market and spend a little extra to support your local farmers for one meal a week! It will help make all the difference in the quality of produce you buy because the more you buy from the little guys, the higher the quality expected from the big guys which means that little guys get promoted! So get out there and make some delicious Farmer’s Market Finds! Here’s to fun yummy nutritious foods!
-Organic Local Grown Swiss Chard
-Organic Local Grown Eight Ball Zucchini
-Organic Local Grown Shallot