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Low-carb zucchini pizza

I’m always messing around with pizza. I think it’s a safe bet because even bad pizza is pretty freaking amazing, so I feel more comfortable toying around with different flavor profiles and crust ideas. One of my all-time faves is this Three Great As pizza, and we’ve also been enjoying lots of chicken crust pizza. I wanted to create a new fun crust option that would be gluten-free and Paleo-friendly, but meatless for my veggie friends. Zucchini was the first thing that came to mind.

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We are swimming in zucchini -I buy a huge pack of the organic zucchinis since it’s a great dinner component and fun in chip form– and am always looking for ways to switch it up. Often, I’ll use zucchini as “noodles” for pasta, and already know that zucchini and marinara are a match made in heaven.

It had to happen.

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The base for the pizza: zucchini fritters.

Shredded zucchini,

an egg,

some flax and seasonings,

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all pan-fried to be topped accordingly.

Lots of cheese and olives for the little lady, veggies and goat cheese for myself πŸ™‚

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Here’s the recipe if you want to make some ahead to be topped as pizza, or fill with sandwich fillings as a lunchtime feast. The possibilities are endless! πŸ™‚

Zucchini pizza

Makes 2

*A little note: I made a smaller batch (just two medium fritters) to make sure the recipe would indeed work instead of replicating the great coconut flour tortilla fiasco of 2013. It DID work, so next time I’ll do a double batch so Liv and I can each have one, then save two to enjoy later.

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Ingredients:

-1 large zucchini, finely grated. Set in a bowl with a sprinkle of sea salt, let set while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and strain any excess water

-1/2 cup almond meal

-1 heaping tablespoon flax meal

-1 egg

-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

-1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

-1/4 teaspoon sea salt

-1/8 teaspoon pepper

-A little butter or olive oil

-Pizza toppings of choice

1. Heat a skillet on medium-low while you mix all ingredients (minus the pizza toppings, of course) in a large bowl.

2. Add a little butter or oil to the pan, and half of the batter to make a large pancake-type shape.

3. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until the batter is browned and cooked thoroughly.

4. Top with pizza toppings of choice, or use as bread for a sandwich!

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Hope you enjoy <3

xoxo

Gina

The best pizza you EVER had? Mine, hands down, was the deep dish veggie pizza in Chicago. I salivate just thinking about it.

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48 Comments

  1. Fit Missy on July 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    This seriously looks delicious – I am a huge pizza lover!

  2. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on July 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This sounds so interesting! I love it!

  3. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on July 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Looks similar to a cauliflower crust pizza! Love the idea of using zucchini though!

  4. Ksenija @ Health Ninja on July 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Yum! I do love zucchini pasta – never thought of making pizza out of it. Though I bet I would also like the fritters just as they are, dipped in some salsa πŸ™‚

  5. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on July 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

    OMG this looks amazing! I am always looking for healthier options for pizza crust – because I LOVE pizza. I will have to try this out!

  6. Laura @losingrace on July 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I NEED to make this. We have a ton of Zucchini because we get it in our CSA delivery each week. You’re absolutely right that its an awesome thing to have because you can do so much with it!

  7. Marissa on July 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

    i’ve done this with spinach & it’s really delish. i bet the zucchini was yummy too!

  8. Lisa on July 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Oh, this reminds me of the cauliflower pizzas – but I prefer zucchini so I bet this is even better.
    Awesome!

  9. Renee on July 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

    YUM! I love pizza crust substitutions like this. I’ve done the cauliflower one and I’ve made one with rolled oats. This looks so good though. I LOVE zucchini! Great recipe Gina

  10. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on July 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I have so much zucchini from the garden so now I can make lots of pizza with it!

  11. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on July 23, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Mhmm looks delicious! I love playing around with ingredients as well πŸ™‚

  12. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on July 23, 2013 at 11:13 am

    This looks so delicious – thanks for sharing! Blasphemy, I know, but I think I like New York pizza better than Chicago pizza :).

  13. Vicki L. on July 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Yes, our deep dish is amazing. ;-D

  14. J on July 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Sounds pretty good. I tried to make zucchini fritters last summer and failed so I want to try again. Any suggestions for substitutions for almond meal and flax???

  15. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables on July 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I’ve been using zucchini for everything lately! This sounds like a great idea πŸ™‚

  16. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on July 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Wow! That looks so good! I definitely want to try this. How do you come up with all these recipes? I made a BBQ chicken pizza last night for dinner. Overall it was a pretty healthy take on pizza and was good, although next time I will probably not choose spicy bbq sauce!

  17. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on July 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Interesting! I’ve only made veggie based pizzas with cauliflower and broccoli! I’ll have to try it with zucchini at some point! πŸ™‚

  18. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on July 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Ooh that looks good. I love homemade pizza. We buy the crust pre-made at Trader Joe’s and my husband usually tops it with all kinds of goodies. A personal favorite was grilled pizza with steak & goat cheese.

  19. Carrie on July 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    This looks wonderful! I love zucchini, so I am excited to try this out. We usually make personal pizzas on garlic Naan, which you can buy in bags of two at the store by the flatbreads and rolls. It is the perfect size for a personal pizza and cooks up really well in the oven or on the grill. It doesn’t hurt that we LOAD it up with toppings either πŸ™‚

  20. Annette @ FitnessPerks on July 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    That sounds so perfect & yummy! I LOVE pizza. Love it.

  21. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on July 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I just made zucchini + corn veggie burgers and am now craving them as mini pizzas after seeing this. This looks incredible and I love how fluffy the crust looks.

  22. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve done the cauliflower crust thing… but never zucchini! Gotta try this πŸ™‚

  23. AshleyCarole on July 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This looks delicious! I love that it uses ingredients I already have in my kitchen.

  24. Ellie on July 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I just made this and it was wonderful! I doubled the recipe and it came out great. Eggy and delicious! Thanks!

  25. TITLE Boxing Club of Greenwood Village on July 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    This looks like a great family dinner!

  26. Tracy on July 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    How do you think it would work if you shaped it into a crust and baked it? Do you think I’d need to put it in a pie plate or baking pan or would a cookie sheet work?

    • Irene on July 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

      I was wondering the same thing! I am bad a frying things:)

  27. Parita @ myinnershakti on July 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I’m always looking for new and different ways to use zucchini. My husband and I love cauliflower crust pizza, so I’m sure we’ll like this too – making ASAP!

  28. Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries on July 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Fantastic idea! My husband hates the cauliflower pizza crusts… this would be a great substitute!

  29. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on July 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    My Mom used to make zucchini fritters when I was a kid. We used to dip them in marinara sauce, so the idea of pizza is stellar.
    They are also good dipped in a good homemade tzadziki sauce.

    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      that sounds fantastic!!

  30. Lace @ FamilyFitnessandFoodery on July 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I love zuccchini! So this is right up my alley.
    Now I know what I am going to have to my post run meal this evening!
    Thanks for the recipe. Great Post.

  31. Evan on July 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    This looks amazeballs! I’m a vegan so will skip the feta, and might try yellow squash instead of zucchini. My garden just exploded with squash, so I gotta use them up. πŸ™‚

  32. Priya on July 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    this is a bit ironic because i had THE BEST PIZZA OF MY LIFE today—- in ITALY!!!

    we went to the Pizzarium, and in italian pizza shops you pay by weight when they cut a slice. i cant have cheese & they had tons of options! i had 3:
    roasted yellow peppers with tomato sauce & basil
    organic tomatoes
    some carmelized fennel with (some local) greens & pine nuts
    each slice was the size of about 2-3 squares and was AHMAZING! first time ive had a non-whole grain thing in a long time but the crust was so fluffed & tasty! glad the few times i do eat pizza, its delicious πŸ™‚

  33. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on July 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Ummm… yum! I love the idea of using zucchini! I’ve done cauliflower and just almond meal with flaxseed meal but zucchini is one of my favorite veggies! Definitely pinning for future use πŸ™‚

  34. Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen on July 24, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Love this idea – especially since I have so much zucchini to use up right now!

    The best pizza I ever had was in Halifax – it had figs, roasted chicken, mozzarella, caramelized onions, and dandelion greens on it. So good!

  35. Dar on July 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I just made these today, they make such a great dinner, happy belly!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

      so glad you liked them!

  36. Beth Tompkins on July 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I made this last night and my 6 and 3 year-olds LOVED it!!! THANK YOU!!!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

      that is awesome! liv was chowing down on it too πŸ™‚ xoxo

  37. Carsen on July 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Made these last night. Didn’t stay together for me – but I didn’t do a good job of straining the water out. It made an excellent zucchini hash, though! Phenomenal flavors.

  38. Kristy @ Southern In-Law on July 25, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Oh girl you are a genius! Totally making this right away and sharing your recipe in our weekly newsletter’s faves!

    I tried cauliflower pizza crust and just about died of pain (cauliflower + IBS = no bueno) even though it tasted amazing – and as someone who is obsessed with zucchini, I’m sure I’ll love this!

  39. Caitlin on July 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Is this for one serving then, or two?

    πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin on July 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      I’m an idiot. It says it literally right in front of my face. And I say its my pet peeve when people don’t read things…

      • Fitnessista on July 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        hahah no worries!

  40. Kendal A on July 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Tried this with chickpea flower instead of almond meal and it was delicious! Very similar taste to a falafel! Thanks for the recipe!

  41. Brittany on August 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I’m considering getting one of those noodle makers to try some of the recipes up here that use it, where did you get yours & is it very hard/time consuming to use? Thanks!!

  42. Becca @ familyfaithfitness on August 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    just made this for my daughter (13months) and she is going nuts over it!!!! Guess I’ll be making more to have on hand!! πŸ™‚ THanks!!!!

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