Zucchini Pizza Bites
I have to admit, when I saw a recipe a few days ago for zucchini pizza bites, I loved the idea but wasn’t certain my guys would eat them. But when I unpacked my CSA basket yesterday and found five zucchini inside, I knew I just had to give the pizza bites a try.
I figured I’d make a few and see what happened, and then pull out leftovers as a back-up plan.
And do you know what?
I was wrong. They disappeared, I made a second batch, and my back-up leftovers never made it out of the refrigerator. Proving once again how important it is to be adventurous yourself when you’re trying to encourage your family to be more adventurous.
I’ll warn you, though: these quick and easy zucchini pizza bites are highly addictive.
Would you like to know how I know this?
My 8 year old tried them and said they were just “ok”. He clearly wasn’t a big fan, but I saw that he had eaten four plus a huge salad … to me that was more than enough. I thanked him for being so adventurous and told him I was proud of him for giving them a try.
But a few minutes later as I was pulling the next batch out of the oven, he asked if he could have more.
After polishing those off, he then asked if he could have some of mine. I slid my plate over and he proceeded to eat a few more. He then asked me if I could make pizza bites for him when he got home from school the next day.
Did I mention that this was the same child that reminded me when he sat down at the table that he didn’t like zucchini and was only going to try two bites?!?
I share this because I want to encourage you to keep trying. To continue being adventurous. And to continue to be persistent in asking your kids to take two bites of everything. Because you just never know.
Zucchini pizza bites are a fun twist on pizza and I hope you give them a try. They’re full of flavor, are super healthy, and are a perfect light summer meal. They’d also be great as an appetizer or as an afternoon snack.
We topped our pizza bites with cheese (mozzarella on a few and vegan on the rest), cremini mushrooms, fresh basil, red onion, and organic Applegate pepperoni (for my meat eaters), and paired them with a big leafy green salad.
I’d love to hear how you top yours. Please share in the comments below!
- 2 zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Organic pizza sauce
- Your favorite pizza toppings, finely chopped
- Italian seasoning (optional)
- Lightly spritz zucchini rounds with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Place zucchini rounds on grill, or place on a baking sheet under the broiler, for 2 minutes.
- Flip zucchini rounds and grill or broil for an additional 2 minutes.
- Remove from grill or oven and top with sauce and desired toppings.
- Broil for an additional 1-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted, being careful not to burn.
- Sprinkle with Italian seasoning if desired and serve warm.
Inspired by The Comfort of Cooking