For those days when you want something lower in carbs, but you still have those pizza cravings, I give you these Courgette Pizza Bites. They have all the delicious cheesy and tomatoey toppings of a pizza, but sat on top of little discs of courgette, rather than dough.
Let’s face it, a pizza is all about the toppings anyway. Hardly anyone bites in to a pizza and says “Mmmm, what a delicious base”, although I did say that when we were in Rome, but pizza in Rome is just on a different level. But when I am chowing in to some pizza, I am doing so for the cheese and tomatoey goodness.
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Not only are you saving yourself some carbs that could be very nicely spent on some dessert, or extra fries, you are getting in an extra veggie portion with the courgette slices. Imagine sitting there eating these pizza bites and knowing you are eating some vegetables too. *Smug pizza eating face*. Oh, and these only take 7 minutes to make too! Amazing!
Not only do I recommend using a really good strong cheese on these (the stronger the cheese, the less of it you will need, which means lower in calories and fat), but the tomatoes should be the best quality too, which is why we have used Cirio Pizzassimo sauce. Bursting with the taste of sun-ripened tomatoes, Cirio very finely chop their finest tomatoes to produce a thick and creamy sauce that is complemented with a finely balanced blend of aromatic Mediterranean herbs: basil, oregano, marjoram and onion. It results in their perfect Pizzassimo sauce which is a must for any kind of pizza making. We didn’t use it all for these pizzas, so we stirred it through some spaghetti the next day and it was amazing.
We stuck to a traditional cheese and tomato with these little pizza bites, but as with all pizza the topping variations are almost endless. It’s a little bit more difficult with these, because of their size, so you can’t really go piling big chunks of pepperoni on them, but you could always chop a few bits on a sprinkle them on. Despite the Cirio sauce already having herbs in, we sprinkles some extra on top, because you can never have too many herbs.
Don’t worry, we aren’t going all totally low carb here at HHH, but I am monitoring my carb intake because it’s the thing I find easiest to go overboard with. Carbs were pretty much all I could eat in early pregnancy and that has kind of just carried on throughout. With only 13 weeks left until baby arrives (arggggggggghhhhhh), I want to be the healthiest I can be. So, there will be some more low carb recipes appearing here. I want to show that low carb can be delicious and comforting too.
If you are not a fan of courgettes, we have made these with aubergine (eggplant) as the base too and it’s worked just as well. Plus, you can usually find massive aubergines, which means all the more room for those toppings. How many times do you think I can talk about toppings in this post? **toppings, toppings, toppings**
Courgette Pizza Bites Ingredients – Serves 2:
– 1 large courgette (jumbo size, if not, then 2 medium sized), cut in to 10 circles
– 10 tsp Cirio Pizzassimo Sauce
– 40g mature cheddar cheese
– 1 tsp dried oregano
1) Put the courgette slices on a baking tray and spray with a little oil. Put them under the grill for 2 minutes each side.
2) Take them out of the grill and add one tsp of Pizzassimo sauce to each circle and divide the cheese and oregano.
3) Put them back under the grill for 3 minutes, until the cheese bubbles.
Nutritional Information – Per Person:
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 2
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**This Courgette Pizza Bites recipe was commissioned by Cirio, however all opinions are my own**