Yesterday was my workout rest day. Of course, I still stayed active and played basketball, went for a long walk, but I stayed away from running, or anything else extremely active. I have to remind myself that my muscles need time to heal in order to perform correctly.
I was in the mood for pizza, but didn’t want to feel like crap after eating it without working out. I usually don’t mind a slice of pizza on a running day or workout day. I didn’t have anything in the house to make crust anyways and there was no way this lazy pajama girl was getting in the car to get ingredients.
I knew I had pizza sauce leftover, and I was going to make tortilla pizzas! The only problem is that they don’t fill me up. I usually have to eat 2 or 3 of them and by that time, eating actual pizza would have made more sense.
Luckily I stopped at Earth Fare a couple of days ago and bought zucchinis and peppers. I was going to make my roasted vegetables, but I can always replace them. Pepper and zucchini pizzas are freaking delicious, guilt free, and incredibly filling! Plus they are so easy to make and quick!
All you need: bell peppers, zucchinis, your choice of shredded cheese, your favorite pizza sauce, parmesan, olive oil, and garlic powder!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Slice bell peppers, throw them in a pot of boiling water, and boil them for 5-7 minutes. They’ll be slightly wrinkly and soft.
Add bell peppers to a greased baking sheet.
Lightly coat peppers with olive oil.
Sprinkle them with parmesan and garlic powder.
Add pizza sauce and shredded cheese!
Bake 15-20 minutes or until crisp!
Slice the zucchini as thin as you can! That way it’ll be more crisp.
Add zucchini to a greased baking sheet.
Spread olive oil and sauce over the zucchinis.
Sprinkle parmesan, cheese, garlic powder.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until crisp!
While the pizzas are in the oven, prepare your side dish! I chose to make a salad, another filling and nutritious food.
Salad Dressing:1/4 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, 3 tablespoons honey, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, pink of sea salt, 1 teaspoon of italian seasonings
This salad had roma tomatoes, crumbled mozzarella cheese, tortilla strips, italian lettuce blend, avocado, and my homemade dressing.
The pizzas came out perfectly and definitely hit the spot!
Next time I make these, I’m going to add pineapple and Canadian bacon!
Do you have a favorite dish that you like to make with healthier swaps?
You just made my day!!
Those look yummy! My favorite healthy swap: Instead of eating a regular brownie, I just stick the Quest chocolate brownie flavor in the microwave for about 30 seconds. It tastes just like a warm, soft brownie! Delish!
These look so good! Lately I’ve been hooked on the cauliflower pizza/cheese sticks. It’s so much more filling to use veggies instead of bread, and you feel so much better too!
Liv @ Healthy Liv says
My favorite way to make a quick pizza is to use an English muffin! Mini whole wheat English muffin pizzas keep me full for a surprisingly long time 🙂
Linda @ The Fitty says
I like the zucchini boats more than the bellpeppers 🙂
Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out says
Those zucchini boats look delicious!
Looks delicious. Contemplating making this tonight or spaghetti squash. Thanks Taralynn. 🙂
Kristin C says
I am not a huge fan of zucchini, but this looks pretty good.
I also want to try making it into actual crust. Have you seen that on Pinterest? I think I’d start with half whole-wheat flour and half zucchini crust, but it’d still be way healthier!
I like to make pizzas on portabella mushroom caps.
Using zucchini and bell peppers as a crust is a great idea! Have you ever made cauliflower pizza crust? I tried one time, but it didn’t work out so well… haha. I see it all over Pinterest and it looks so good!
Try the link to a facebook page for Where’s the Bacon, Dad?
He has a fantastic recipe for a delicious cauliflower crust!!
I’ll check that out, thanks!!
If you squeeze spaghetti squash through a dish cloth to drain all the liquid and mix it with a little egg white and bake it until its crunchy it makes an amazing crust!
La Spice Sisters says
This looks awesome! I have to try them tomorrow 🙂
Your pictures are so good –
These look so good! Pizza is one of my favorite foods so thank you for the great idea to lighten it up 🙂
Laura Hager says
Yum! That looks so good! I can’t wait to try this!
That looks tasty, but what’s a pink of sea salt?
This bell pepper crust pizzas look so good! Yum.
***oops. Those pizzas. Those! 🙂
Thank you for this post! I get cravings for pizza all the time and I’m trying to lose weight. 255 lbs 🙁
I think I may have to buy zucchini next time I go to the store and try these! Thanks for all the healthy recipes you post, definitely helps me come up with new ideas for meals.
Taralynn McNitt says
The zucchinis are great in the summer! Try to find some giant ones at the farmers market to make this with 🙂
Thanks for the tip!