In my last post I wrote about how “sharing meals” with a friend has helped me eat healthier meals. What do I do when I need a quick and easy healthy meal for lunch? Years ago, I would have gone to the freezer and pulled out a box of those bagel pizza bites. I no longer keep those in my freezer. Instead, at the beginning of the week, I slice a couple of zucchini and store them in a container in the refrigerator. I also always keep mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce in the fridge or freezer. When I am hungry, I grab the zucchini, cheese, and sauce. For toppings I use sausage, ham, or leftover chicken or veggies. Because I keep these prepped and available, it doesn’t take any longer than those frozen pizza bites used to take. I feel just as satisfied and no guilt since I have made a healthier choice.
Optional toppings (I use sliced smoked sausage)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Line baking sheet with parchment paper to make cleanup easier
Slice zucchini ¼ inch thick. Slice sausage.
Line zucchini on parchment paper. Spread pizza sauce on top of each zucchini slice
Top with mozzarella cheese. Add sausage or other topping.
Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
Let cool a little. Enjoy!
If you like your zucchini tenderer, you can bake them for 5 minutes before adding the toppings. I like thin and crispy pizzas so I like my zucchini with a little crunch. Adjust the baking time to suit your preference.