Grilled Zucchini Pizza Bites

I don't know anyone who can say no to a mini pizza. Here, instead of pizza dough, thinly sliced zucchini rounds provide a healthy base for[ the marinara sauce and mozzarella. I top each with a small round of pepperoni, which is easily omitted for a lighter, vegetarian snack. These disappear fast, so double the recipe if your crew is extra hungry!]

Total Time:
20 min
10 min
10 min

Serves 8

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup homemade or store-bought marinara sauce
  • 24 pieces of thinly sliced low-fat pepperoni (optional)
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 24 pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, adjust an oven rack to the upper-middle position, and preheat the broiler to high.

  • Trim the ends from the zucchini and slice each zucchini crosswise into 1/2- to 3/4-inch rounds (you should get about 24 rounds). Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and cook until browned on one side (in batches, if needed), 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Transfer the zucchini to the baking sheet, browned side up. Top each zucchini round with 1/2 teaspoon of the marinara sauce, a pepperoni slice (if using), and a piece of mozzarella. Broil the zucchini until the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes (watch the pizza bites closely, as broiler intensities vary).

  • Remove the zucchini from the oven and transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with the salt and serve warm.

  • Per serving: Calories 192; Total Fat 5g; Protein 9g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 2g

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