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Zucchini Tomato Pizzas

zucchini & tomato pizzaI had pizza on the brain the other day but wasn’t in the mood to make the dough and prep the toppings.  While I was at the grocery store trying to figure out how I could satisfy my pizza craving without doing too much work, I spotted a lovely display of zucchinis.  And there was the answer!   It occurred to me that I could use the zucchini as a base.   Inspiration for cooking comes from the most interesting or the least expected places.  What inspires you?  These zucchini tomato pizzas are a cinch to make.  I ended up making these as an appetizer followed by grilled veggies and a quinoa salad.  Zucchini is part of the summer squash family and is full of nutrients and vitamins.   It helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and is anti-inflammatory.

zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
oven roasted cherry or plum tomatoes
grated Parmesan
dried basil or oregano

Preheat oven to 375f (190c).
zucchini collageArrange zucchini slices on a greased baking tray. Lightly sprinkle dried basil over the slices.

zucchini & tomato pizza roundsAdd a pinch of Parmesan to each zucchini round and top with roasted tomato.

zucchini tomato pizza roundsBake in the oven 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese has melted.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
Allow the zucchini pizzas to cool slightly before serving.  Use sliced fresh cherry tomatoes if you don’t have roasted and for added flavor, try a small sprinkling of truffle sea salt on top of the tomato. Enjoy!