zucchini pizza.

This is a fantastic quick meal idea.  A great summertime lunch option when the kids are home during the day.  It is so healthy, so fun, and so delicious.  All of the important things.

Please get your kids in the kitchen on this one.  Seriously, let them do the whole thing – well, you do the knife work, let them do the rest.  I truly believe that kids will eat [or at least are way more likely to eat] what they help prepare.  Promise.  Talk to them about what you’re doing.  Why it’s healthy.  Why it tastes good.  And get their input.  What cheese should we use?  What toppings do you think would be good on our pizzas?  Do you like thin slices or thick slices?  Do you know how zucchini grows?  Is zucchini a vegetable or a fruit?  Why?  What color is zucchini?  How do you spell zucchini?

I ask Jack all of these questions.  And he answers them all.  He’s a genius.  Leave us alone.  [I misspelled genius and my auto-spell corrected it for me.]  But if I had a kid old enough to dialogue like this, I would.  Why spend all of that time and make something take at least twice as long by involving kids?  Because it’s worth it!  It’s worth it to spend time with them and it’s worth it to teach them and improve their health by improving their diets.

Anyway, on to the pizzas.

In this recipe you are replacing the dough with zucchini.  This works perfectly with 8-ball squash.  You can do it with a regular zucchini but it won’t be the cute little personal size pizza that you get with the 8-ball squash.

This is a great way to get veggies in without your kids really noticing.  We had this for dinner one day recently and we all loved it.  The english muffin pizzas are pretty popular right now and this is healthier than that, so give it a try!

Here’s the during at our house.  You can find the recipe below.

Cut the squash into slices about an inch thick.  [you can do thicker or thinner depending on your preference for how thick you want the crust]

Lay zucchini slices on baking sheet and cover with olive oil.  Then flip zucchini and cover the other side with olive oil, too.  Sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly brown and softer.

Remove from oven and pour marinara or pasta sauce on each slice.

Add cheese and toppings to each slice.  [this is a really fun part to let your kids do.  everyone gets to decorate their own pizza]

Put back in oven for 5-10 minutes.  [you want the cheese melted and everything nice and gooey]

Take out of oven and enjoy!

What you need:

–  8 ball squash [a round zucchini squash.]

–  Your favorite marinara or pasta sauce

–  Shredded cheese [we like mozzarella]

–  Your favorite pizza toppings [we like pepperoni, well Jack isn’t allowed pepperoni, but that’s what I like.  he likes cheese.  but don’t be afraid to get creative]

The how to:

1.  Wash the squash.  Give it a good hard scrub with a vegetable brush or your hands.

2.  Cut the squash into slices about an inch thick.  [you can do thicker or thinner depending on your preference for how thick you want the crust]

3.  Preheat over to 475 degrees.

4.  Lay zucchini slices on baking sheet and cover with olive oil.  Then flip zucchini and cover the other side with olive oil, too.  Sprinkle with salt.

5.  Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly brown and softer.

6.  Remove from oven and pour marinara or pasta sauce on each slice.

7.  Add cheese and toppings to each slice.  [this is a really fun part to let your kids do.  everyone gets to decorate their own pizza]

8.  Put back in oven for 5-10 minutes.  [you want the cheese melted and everything nice and gooey]

9.  Take out of oven and enjoy!

Jack ate 3 of these pizzas on his own.  He is a HUGE fan of them.  I thought I’d have a lot of leftovers but we ate this entire tray just the 3 of us in one dinner– the zucchini pizzas were that good.

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2 thoughts on “zucchini pizza.

  1. Two problems:

    1- don’t tell me how I want my cheese. Nice and gooey? No thanks. I’ll take unnice and firm.

    2- step 9 is confusing.

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