Who doesn’t like pizza? I know most of you do right? I’m an experimental foodie and like being creative in the kitchen so I enjoy the challenge of creating healthier alternatives of some of my favourite foods.
I have made a variety of homemade pizzas, with different bases in the past. I have even tried making a cauliflower-based pizza before but at the time I wasn’t really a fan of cauliflower. Likewise, the process of squeezing out as much water content as possible was time-consuming, so the courgette based pizza was something I definitely wanted to give a try.
Yields 1| 6 slices | Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
For the base:
- 2 courgettes
- 200g grated mozzarella
- 1 medium egg
- salt and pepper to taste
For the toppings:
- 2 unsmoked bacon rashers
- 6 slices (30g) pepperoni
- 1 tsp bbq sauce
- 1 spring onion (finely sliced)
- a handful of mixed bell peppers (finely sliced)
- handful of spinach
- 1 tsp crushed chillies
For the tomato sauce:
- 200g tinned chopped tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely sliced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp ground paprika
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 200ºc and line a baking sheet with some greaseproof paper.
- Grate the courgettes and place in a clean tea towel and squeeze and pat any water out.
- In a bowl, combine the grated courgettes, egg, 100g of grated mozzarella, a pinch of salt and mix well.
- Spread the mixture thinly into whatever shape you like, it should be about 3 mm thick.
- Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes until golden brown with crispy edges. *Tip: You can trim off the edges so that the base looks a bit neater.
- For the pizza tomato sauce, add coconut oil or any oil of choice to a frying pan and add the finely sliced garlic.
- Once the garlic begins to colour lightly add tinned chopped tomatoes, followed by the rest of your seasoning and allow to simmer on medium heat for 5 -7 minutes.
- Allow the tomato sauce to cool down before placing on the pizza crust.
- Add the remaining grated Mozzarella and all toppings. Sprinkle crushed chillies to finish. * For the bacon, cut into strips and mix 1 tsp of bbq sauce.
- Return the pizza in the oven and bake to your preference of how well cooked you like your toppings.
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Nutritional Info (based on 1 slice ): 129.6 Calories | 2.2 g Protein | 2.1 g Carbs | 9 g Fat | 0.5 g Fibre * This may slightly differ depending on where you buy your ingredients from.