Zucchini Crust Pizza

Pizza Pizza is one of those foods that you are supposed to abandon when following a strict bodybuilding diet, and you should probably ditch when just trying to be healthy in general. It’s considered a “cheat food” and you can’t just have one slice! Pizza is addictive, and delicious, and it’s everywhere… the company party, your kid’s birthday, football night, the food court, and it can be delivered straight to your house any time you want! Resisting the urge to pizza is hard to do, I totally get it. But when you deny yourself a craving for an extended period of time, most people eventually end up binging on that food, undoing all their hard work for the week, and then experience intense regret. There must be a better way… Pizza3 Alternative pizza crust recipes are nothing new, and cauliflower crust is the most popular from what I’ve seen. Paleo enthusiasts have been making cauliflower-everything in an attempt to indulge their carb cravings. But right now, squash is in season! Summer squash, including yellow squash and zucchini, is lower in carbs and calories than cauliflower. It has a neutral taste that can easily replace the bread in your pizza crust, with the addition of folate and Vitamin C. So not only are you making a low-carb pizza, you get a full serving of vegetables in the crust plus the vegetables you add as toppings! Pizza cravings are not about the crust, they are about the cheese and your favorite toppings. I made this pizza with mushrooms, onions, olives, turkey pepperoni, and garlic. But you can easily substitute shredded chicken, ham and pineapple, jalapenos, or whatever pizza toppings your heart desires! You can eat the whole pizza for the same amount of calories of one slice of Domino’s. Really! PizzaCrust Using at least 10oz of zucchini, and getting as much water out of the zucchini as possible are the most important factors in making this crust. Leaving too much water will result in a soggy crust. But if you squeeze all the excess water out, the crust will come out firm, crispy, and easy to handle! You’ll totally forget you’re eating an entire zucchini. Pizza2 This recipe is in regular rotation at my house. I love that I can get multiple servings of vegetables into such a large meal that tastes like a real cheat food. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Squash Crust Pizza

Serves 1
Prep time 25 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
This squash crust pizza is a low-carb, high fiber way to enjoy the pizza flavors you love without any of the guilt!

Ingredients

  • 1 Large squash or zucchini (10 oz)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup shredded parmesan cheese (1 oz - other shredded cheeses will work)
  • 1/4 Onion, chopped (2.5 oz)
  • 6 Button mushrooms, sliced (3 oz)
  • 1 Clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter (0.25 oz)
  • 5 Olives, sliced
  • 15 Turkey pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 Cup pizza sauce/marinara
  • 1/3 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese (1.5 oz)
  • Optional seasonings (dried oregano, thyme, basil, paprika, etc))
  • Sea salt

Directions

1. Shred the squash using a box grater. Cook the squash either in a microwave safe bowl for 5 minutes, or steam until tender. (I suggest doing this at least an hour in advance to allow it to cool. Otherwise it will be extremely hot and hard to squeeze all the liquid out with your hands without burning yourself).
2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
3. Add butter to a pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Stir occasionally until browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, squeeze all the water out of the squash using a clean towel or cheesecloth. Make sure you get as much out as possible. Then transfer the squash to a bowl.
5. Add the egg and parmesan cheese, plus any additional pizza seasonings you like. Mix well.
6. Dump the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using the back of a spoon, gently begin smoothing the mixture into a large circular shape. Get it as flat and large as you can without any holes.
7. Bake the crust for 15 minutes.
8. Remove the crust from the oven and add the toppings. Start with spreading the pizza sauce, sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese, then evenly distribute the onions, garlic, mushrooms, olives, and pepperoni. Top with the remaining cheese.
9. Bake the pizza for 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven, add sea salt and additional seasonings if desired. Cut with a pizza cutter and enjoy!

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