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Zucchini Pizza: 10 recipes for a lighter and more nutritious meal

Originally from the American continent, from Peru to the southern United States, zucchini belongs to the same family as cucumber, watermelon, melon and pumpkin. Possessing bright green color, it is a light food, easy to digest.

In our country there are two most common types: the baby zucchini, which has a fruit with a “neck”, and the Italian zucchini, which has an elongated body. Their colors can vary, ranging from the darkest green, to the lightest, with white spots.

Possessing high nutritional value, zucchini is rich in vitamins C, A and the B complex, in addition to mineral salts such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. It also has about 18.2 calories in a 100g cooked serving, making it a good choice for a low carb, weight loss diet.

Its forms of preparation are the most varied and it works well for the preparation of savory recipes as well as pies and other dishes.

And with pizza it couldn’t be different. Making the dough and becoming the base of the pizza, or even being used as one of the ingredients of the topping, the zucchini guarantees greater nutritional value to this dish so beloved around the world. Check out a selection of delicious zucchini pizzas below and choose your favorite to try:

1. Mini zucchini pizza with chili pesto

Using zucchini, this recipe is ideal to serve as a starter when you have guests. In addition to being beautiful, it is also practical and easy to prepare. The base of the mini pizza is a slice of zucchini cut approximately 1 centimeter wide. Just season it with salt, pepper and olive oil and add the desired topping. The author suggests red pepper pesto sauce with mozzarella and oregano sprinkled on top.

2. Mini zucchini pizza with tomato and cheese

Following the same precepts as the previous recipe, here the zucchini slices were covered with homemade tomato sauce, diced tomato, fresh cheese, salt and oregano to taste. The oven time will be about 25 minutes, with a temperature of 180 °C.

3. Mini zucchini margerita pizza

Simpler, impossible. Despite also using zucchini slices as the base of the mini pizza, this recipe takes less ingredients: sliced ​​tomatoes, grated cheese and basil. The trick is to brown the slices with a drizzle of olive oil in the skillet before assembling. No need to go to the oven, just assemble the mini pizza in the skillet and cover it, keeping it on low heat until the cheese melts.

4. Wholemeal zucchini pizza

Here the zucchini is not in charge of the pizza base. Instead, a homemade ready-made dough will receive the topping ingredients. Among them, light tomato sauce, grated cheese, zucchini cut into medium slices and oregano sprinkled on the pizza. Just put the pizza in the oven and wait until the cheese is completely melted.

5. Crunchy zucchini wholemeal pizza

Homemade wholemeal dough was prepared with a mixture of oat flour, whole wheat and white flour, flaxseed, salt, baking powder, sugar, olive oil and warm water. As for the topping, it started with a layer of homemade tomato sauce, followed by grated Parmesan cheese and slices of zucchini pre-cooked in the microwave.

6. Zucchini pizza with ricotta

With homemade dough, the unconventional shape of this pizza enchants. Without using tomato sauce as a topping, it only has the zucchinis cut into thin slices, crumbled ricotta and seasonings such as ground black pepper, rosemary and salt. To finish, just drizzle with olive oil and take it to the oven for about 15 minutes.

7. Zucchini “pepperoni” pizza

The base dough in this version is also homemade, made with a mix of gluten-free flours, water, salt, olive oil and yeast. The zucchini “pepperoni” in the topping is nothing more than the zucchinis themselves, cut into thin slices, roasted in a preheated oven at 160°C for 10 – 15 minutes, marinated overnight in a spicy sauce with tamari and balsamic vinegar. To accompany them as a topping, tomato sauce and vegan cheese.

8. Zucchini, tomato and bacon pizza

With an unusual shape, this ready-made pizza dough is square, enchanting when ready. Both the zucchini cut into cubes and the cherry tomatoes cut in half should be placed in the oven on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, drizzled with olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and thyme, for about 30 minutes at 200 °C. To assemble the pizza, simply add a layer of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, zucchinis and tomatoes, ricotta cream and microwave-dried bacon.

9. Zucchini and broccoli pizza

Here the pasta was also prepared in a homemade way. The pizza topping is made with homemade tomato sauce blended with basil leaves, zucchinis cut into slices and cooked with olive oil, salt and black pepper, sliced ​​onions, steamed broccoli, halved cherry tomatoes and cheese. mozzarella.

10. Light zucchini pizza

Even the dough has lighter ingredients in its preparation. With skimmed milk, light margarine, salt, baking powder and wheat flour, it must go in the oven at 200 °C until golden. Then, just cover it with a layer of homemade tomato sauce, followed by zucchinis cut into slices and blanched for 2 minutes in salted water, grated parmesan cheese and seasonings such as salt, pepper, olive oil and oregano to taste.

Rich in vitamins and minerals, zucchini is a vegetable rich in nutrients and low in calories, making it the ideal ingredient to enjoy that delicious pizza without weight on your conscience. Choose your favorite preparation and good appetite!

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