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Sneaking in the Vegetables: Basil Pizza with Zucchini

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Although my family generally likes vegetables, I am always looking for create ways in which to sneak more veggies into our meals. At the end of the summer while making a homemade pizza with basil picked fresh from my garden, I realized that I still had part of a zucchini in my refrigerator. Not wanting the healthy veggie to go to waste, I added the zucchini to our pizza.

I started by making the crust, which I threw together from a boxed pizza crust mix. After rolling the crust out on a baking sheet, I pureed the zucchini in my baby food processor. I then spread the zucchini puree on the pizza crust. Next I added a layer of tomato sauce over the zucchini. I placed a layer of fresh basil on top of the sauce and then a layer of mozzarella cheese over the basil. I then baked my homemade pizza in the oven according to the directions on the crust box.

How did my pizza turn out? Both my husband and daughter raved about the flavor. My husband said that the zucchini added a garden flavor to the pizza. I also liked the flavor added by the zucchini, which made the basil pizza taste almost like a garden veggie pizza. A slice of the pizza even tasted quite yummy cold. Would I add zucchini to my pizza again? Definitely!

Plain Pizza Crust

Adding Zucchini Puree to the Pizza Crust

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Adding Sauce to the Zucchini Puree

Adding Basil to the Sauce

Adding Cheese to the Basil

Baked Basil Pizza with Zucchini

How do you add healthy vegetables to your meals?

Image Credits

Plain Pizza Crust © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding Zucchini Puree to the Pizza Crust © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding Sauce to the Zucchini Puree © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding Basil to the Sauce © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding Cheese to the Basil © 2013 Heather Johnson
Baked Basil Pizza with Zucchini © 2013 Heather Johnson

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cat. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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