zucchini pizza strips

11 Jul

food can be fun.

i love it when i see a recipe or look at a vegetable a different way and say, “what if i tried it like this…”  because typically, i’m a creature of habit.  when i find something that works for me, i stick with it.  i often don’t sway.  in fact, i had been using the same ranch dressing for like, 7 years.  annies organic cowgirl ranch.  i love the stuff.  but then one day a co-worker suggested this other brand {with less fat, made from yogurt, and still so tasty} and now THAT is my new favourite – haha.  i guess my point is, sometimes i get tunnel vision. but this blog has helped me to rethink ways of preparing food.  i always chop my veggies into 1-2 inch pieces, and steam them or saute them.  sometimes i’ll roast them all together.  but never did it occur to me to cut zucchini into strips and serve it like a pizza slice!!  what!

i saw something similar to this recipe on pinterest.  — gah, i love that site.

there are obviously countless possibilities with a dish like this – and you could try yellow squash instead as the “crust.” or, throw some nutritional yeast on there, make it vegan.  mix up your toppings, etc. i just kept it simple because i had these items laying around, just aching to be prepared in this dish 😉

i mean, pretty easy instructions here – preheat your oven to 400 degrees. slice your zucchini length ways, trim off your ends.  smear whatever you’d like on there –

i used my herb-infused goat cheese, san marzano tomatoes, and vidalia onions. then sprinkled S&P on top.

bake for 20-30 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.

i served mine with a light salad and an avocado – which i almost put ON the zucchini slice, but opted not to…

and, i actually used heirloom zucchini – also called “costata romanesco” – how cool is that.

if you noticed in the photo, it’s slightly different looking than regular zucchini. different in colour, with a ribbed exterior.  and i just like anything “heirloom” — it just feels more like the real thing. a bit psychosemantic, perhaps – but i think they seem to taste better, too.  it’s also their prime season – yay!

oh goodness, i hope this fall i can get my hands on some romanesco cauliflower — wait until you see this thing!!  🙂

happy eating, everyone!

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21 Responses to “zucchini pizza strips”

  1. deuxchicago July 11, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    So cute and looks DELICIOUS! -L

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  2. eclecticlamb July 11, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    These look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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    • cooking with audrey July 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      hi kathy, thanks for stopping by! i’m glad you like the recipe – let me know if you try it, i just love how simple it was to make and you can do this lots of different kinds of ways! 🙂

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  3. mylifeisthebestlife July 11, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    We were just talking about cauliflower pizza at work today – I love this theme!

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    • cooking with audrey July 17, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      i’m intrigued — cauliflower pizza?!?!

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      • mylifeisthebestlife July 18, 2012 at 6:18 am #

        Yup! Using cauliflower for the crust! People are brilliant.
        I also saw a cauliflower steak recipe. WHAAAAT? It looked amazing.

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      • cooking with audrey July 18, 2012 at 8:26 am #

        interesting, wouldn’t it fall apart? i must see this in action, now. cauliflower steak?! i don’t, i just don’t even know what to say about that!

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      • mylifeisthebestlife July 18, 2012 at 8:37 am #

        The cauliflower steak looked super cool! You cut the cauliflower in the widest part into “steak-like” thickness, and then baste it with bbq sauce and grill it!
        And then you bring it over to my house and we eat it together.
        I’m sure there’s more to that recipe, but I’m just remembering the basics…

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      • cooking with audrey July 18, 2012 at 8:41 am #

        bbq sauce – shut up, that sounds amazing!!!! i’m thinking i may need to add this to the “do to” pile… you da best.

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  4. Crystal van Hoye July 12, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    looks so yummy! I bet Kaya will love it 🙂 I would love to cook with you some day soon- maybe our creation will be good enough to make your awesome blog!!!!

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    • cooking with audrey July 12, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      i would LOVE that! maybe we can plan that when we hang out? 🙂 either way i appreciate you taking time to read and comment and i appreciate YOU!

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  5. Jennifer July 12, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Oh this looks really tasty, and healthy! I’ll have to give it a try. 🙂

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  6. kategreer July 12, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    This is a great idea, and it’s so colorful too!

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  7. Mountain Dweller July 13, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    These look great! I already make a simplified version, with just herbs, garlic and olive oil but I’ll try your recipe next time!

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    • cooking with audrey July 13, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      awesome, thanks for stopping by! do let me know what combinations you end up doing

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  8. Rachel (teacher-chef) July 16, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    BEAUTIFUL – love the way you staggered the ingredients 🙂 love some fresh zucchini!!

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    • cooking with audrey July 16, 2012 at 9:27 am #

      thanks so much, rachel! i’m all about colour on my plate and i love zucchini too. my family joked when i was growing up, because i could seriously eat a bowl of squash or zucchini like ice cream! 🙂

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  9. newsofthetimes August 6, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Yum!! What a great idea for getting in some veggies!

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