Stay Sharp Pizza Snacks — Two Ways
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
- 1 large jar organic marinara sauce or pizza sauce (I prefer garlic and herb flavor and be sure to get sugar free.)
SAUCE INGREDIENTS IF MAKING YOUR OWN:
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup onion, peeled and diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
- 1/2 cup tomatoes sugar-free diced
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce sugar-free
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1/4 tablespoon fresh)
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil (or 1/4 tablespoon fresh)
- sea salt to taste
ZUCCHINI PIZZA BASE INGREDIENT:
- 2 large zucchini cut in half horizontally
PIZZA BASE OPTIONAL INGREDIENT:
- Gluten-free bread or pizza dough (Whole Foods makes a great pre-made gluten-free dough)
- Daiya dairy-free cheese
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- ground turkey or beef
- uncured pepperoni
- lunch meat without nitrates
- Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes.
- Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400°F. (I like the toaster oven for these simple snacks.)
- Cut zucchinis in half length-wise if using this as your base.
- If using Gluten-free bread or pizza dough - roll out dough and lightly toast the bread first to prevent it from getting too soggy.
- Spread a thin layer of sauce on base of your choice (zucchini, gluten-free bread or pizza crust).
- Add dairy-free cheese if desired and other toppings of your choice.
- Place pizza snacks on parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes (bread may take less time). Zucchini takes longer than the bread, so make sure the zucchini is soft.
- If serving to children, allow the sauce to cool a bit before serving.
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