All the taste of pizza without the heavy crust? Sounded good to me. I've never been much of a crust fan.
This casserole tastes like pizza. The "crust" is zucchini and is absolutely delicious. So you can't pick it up like pizza, who cares? It is healthy and delicious! Because I didn't use my calories on the bread, I put more cheese than I usually would.
Cheese is good and makes me happy. :-)
I made this again with black beans instead of meat and it turned out fantastic. Great way to make it vegetarian!
Zucchini Pizza Casserole Recipe
Adapted from Finding Joy in my Kitchen
4 cups shredded zucchini (I used about 5 small zucchini's)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
2 oz. cheese (I used mozzarella and cheddar)
1 tsp. italian seasoning
1 lb. ground turkey (or can of black or white beans)
2 oz. pepperoni, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
4 oz. cheese (I used mozzarella and cheddar)
Shred zucchini. Mix the zucchini with 2 eggs, parmesan cheese, 2 oz. of cheese and italian seasoning. Press the zucchini mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 in. glass baking dish. Bake the crust uncovered for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
While the crust bakes, brown the ground turkey in a large pan. Add in the onion, pepperoni and spaghetti sauce and cook until onion is soft, about 5 - 7 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven. Pour the meat and sauce over the crust. Top with peppers, sprinkle with 4 oz. of cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes at 400 or until the pizza is heated through and the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Allow the dish to stand for 2 - 3 minutes before slicing and serving.
Total calories = 2200 calories
8 servings = 275 calories per serving
Vegetarian version: Sub the ground beef for black beans, I made one the following week this way and it was awesome!
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