No-Crust Mini Pizzas: My No-Guilt Writer's Snack by Cleo Coyle

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As a kid, I took all my pop's homegrown veggies for granted. As an adult, I miss them dearly, especially at the end of summer. This recipe for mini pizzas makes great use of zucchini. My Italian-born mother and aunt used to make them as a kid-friendly lunch for me when I was a little girl. As a grown woman, I now make them in the afternoons as a no-guilt writer's snack.   
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Mini Pizzas


Small to medium zucchini (courgette)

Pizza sauce (jarred or homemade)

Mozzarella, shredded (whole milk or part-skim)

Toppings (see note*)

*Note: Use your favorite pizza toppings from veggies to meat--just be sure any meat is already cooked. Topping suggestions: sauteed, chopped mushrooms; sliced olives; chopped peppers; regular, turkey, or meatless pepperoni or cooked and crumbled sausage, etc.

Directions: (1) Cut the zucchini into slices of 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. You want the slices thin enough to cook fast under the broiler but thick enough to hold their shapes for handling after toppings are added. Place the slices on a sheet pan. 

Tip: for easy cleanup, line the pan with a sheet of aluminum foil and lightly coat with non-stick cooking spray. 

(2) Spoon pizza sauce onto each slice. Use homemade or same time and use jarred. (If you need a recommendation,
I like the Ragu Homemade Style Pizza Sauce, "100% Natural.") 

(3) Sprinkle on your shredded mozzarella and toppings. As noted, because these pizzas are finished in a flash, make sure your meat toppings are already cooked. If using mushrooms or peppers, I would chop them finely and saute them in a bit of olive oil before adding. 

(4) Place the pan of mini pizzas under your broiler for 1 to 3 minutes--time will depend on the intensity of your oven's broiler. No matter what, keep a close eye on these because they cook very quickly and the cheese can burn fast. Remove with (guiltless) joy!

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