Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Grilled Zucchini Pizza

This recipe could please just about anyone. That is.. unless you don't love zucchini. But, I do! I love it! I am always looking for ways to satisfy certain cravings without going over the top on calories and carbs. This was a home run for me.  (A way to eat my pepperoni and cheese without a bunch of dough. It surprisingly tasted so similar to pizza!)

Grilled Zucchini Pizza

It is unbelievably flavorful, low carb and full of satisfying veggies. Best of all no mess, or lengthy prep time for pizza dough! I love pepperoni AND cheese so this became a favorite meal at first bite.

What you need:
zucchini/yellow squash
favorite seasonings
parmesan cheese
tomato paste
cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite choice of cheese shredded or sliced
turkey peperoni (or regular), ham, bacon, sausage, etc.
preferred veggies

Slice zucchini 1/2 to 3/4 inch (If you are using a giant zucchini like I did you can cut it into nice circles. If you are using a smaller zucchini cut the zucchini lengthwise.)
Prepare both sides of the zucchini with a squirt of pam and your favorite seasonings. I went simple and used garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan. The flavor of zucchini doused in seasonings and parmesan cheese and then grilled is fabulous. Like, so, so good. 
Grill the zucchini on a preheated grill (I tried to keep mine around 400 F.)
Cook for 4 or 5 minutes on one side then flip.
Quickly spread the tomato paste, cheese and desired seasonings.
Close the grill and cook 7 to 10 minutes.

This is easy and really comes quite naturally. Throw the zucchini on the grill and make a pizza out of. That is about it! You won't be sorry! :) 

I took everything I needed out to grill.

 I used turkey pepperoni (so flavorful), peppers, mushrooms, onions, and some cilantro. The cilantro was a really nice add. I did a plain cheese for the kids. Don't be afraid to pile on the toppings.
 Go ahead. Don't be shy. While your pizza is cooking make some little appetizers for yourself and finish your toppings so you don't have tiny little containers in your fridge that will inevitably get lost and begin to mold. (Okay, maybe that's just me.)

 I will be making these again very soon. Such a good option for diabetics, celiacs (gluten intolerant) or anyone who just wants to eat healthy! I can't wait to try fresh basil, tomatoes, soft mozzarella and freshly minced garlic. Mmmm.

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