To The Holdout
The last (wo)man standing. The fierce individualist who leaves the jury hung. I know you’re out there, perplexing your mama as she tries to upgrade your menu to healthier options, chanting “donuts!” all the way to Whole Foods. Let’s make a deal: If it looks and tastes (mostly) like your favorite food we don’t have to talk about what’s IN it, okay?? Okay! Now then, cover your ears while your mama and I have a little chat. Pssst! Can you hear me? Okay, good. If you’re trying to find a way to get more veggies into your kids tummy give this a try. I’ve been making this gluten free mini pizza recipe for the kids for years and they LOVE them. (Actually, as you can see in the comments below, this recipe was originally published in 2011. However, I recently tweaked the recipe and thought it was worth republishing. Enjoy!)
Grain-Free Mini Pizzas
- 1 butternut squash (preferably one with a long neck)
- homemade pizza sauce (recipe below) or pre-made marinara sauce
- mozzarella or cheddar cheese (mozzarella is what creates the golden brown flecks we're used to)
- toppings such as pepperoni, pineapple, mushrooms, basil, etc. (optional)
- Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 6-7 oz. tomato paste (I use this brand because it comes in glass jars)
- 2 tablespoons cup olive oil (where to buy olive oil)
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (or more to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (where to buy honey, where to buy maple syrup)
- additional salt and pepper if desired (where to buy high quality, unrefined sea salt)
- water as needed to reach desired consistency
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Using a carrot peeler or paring knife, peel the squash
- Starting at the top near the crook, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
- Grate cheese and prepare any other toppings you plan to use.
- Place squash rounds on two baking sheets and place in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes, then flip and bake for 10 more. Exactly how long they take to cook will depend on how thin/thick they are, but you'll know they're ready when you stick a fork in the center and it is tender.
- Remove rounds from oven and spoon a little marinara and cheese over each, plus any toppings you want to add.
- Set oven on broil and place mini-pizzas inside. Heat until cheese is just turning brown - about 5-7 minutes.
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