I know that healthy pizza crust exists.
I get it. It’s cauliflower or its fathead dough or what-the-hell-ever is popular right now. GOT IT.
I don’t want one.
Honestly, there’s a time and a place for baking a cruciferous vegetable (cauliflower) into a pizza crust and it’s not after I’ve worked for 8 hrs. Usually, a cauli-crust happens on a Saturday night, cocktail in hand and hunky hero on demand.
*Technically Netflix because I’m too poor for cable and perpetually single.
BUT on a normal night (4:45 pm) Inspector Gorgeous is starving, cranky and wants yoga pants on her body and pizza toppings in her mouth in 15 minutes or less. THAT means it needs to be something that cooks quickly and takes minimal to no prep work. Zucchini is GREAT covered in pizza toppings but it has the shelf life of an elderly gnat and I’ve honestly probably zoodled it already. I just know it.
The Peppery Epiphany
SO what’s quick and light and satisfying? MINI PEPPERS are all of those things. Top them with CHEESE and SAUCE and FRESH BASIL and bake. All that’s missing is a side of Ranch dressing for dipping and dinner is nailed. And maybe one of those hunky heroes, too. Wait. Could they be covered in pizza toppings? YES!
Well, no. Okay, nevermind. Let’s just make this recipe.
The whole de-seeding and slicing process takes about :30 and you can eat some of them as you slice. Then just literally dump a BUNCH of cheese and herbs on there and bake it in a hot oven.
Melty, cheesy, not pizza but pizza-esque!!!!!!!
The most difficult part of this recipe (because it’s dang easy) is not burning five layers of skin on the roof of your mouth because it’s so delicious you can’t wait for the molten cheese to cool. And no, I’m not kidding.
Ohh and if you’re a midwest gal like me, you can’t forget to drizzle it in really unhealthy (Light or Nah) Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing! Because, pizza.
Still Craving Pizza? Try These Healthy-is Recipes!
- 6-8 Mini Peppers, seeded and halved
- 12 tbsp Marinara or Pizza Sauce
- 1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese *optional
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 4-5 leaves Fresh Basil, torn
- Any other pizza toppings you like...
- And RANCH DRESSING
- Heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.
- Arrange sliced peppers on baking sheet and place a tbsp of sauce in the hollow of each pepper.
- Sprinkle with optional mozzarella cheese (for more fat) and the parmesan cheese.
- Add any other toppings desired and bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Garnish with Italian seasoning and torn basil.