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Mini BBQ Vegetable Pizzas on Summer Squash Crusts

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I am writing this post on Saturday night and I literally just got finished eating these delicious pizzas 10 minutes ago.  I am so excited about them and how tasty they were that I just had to instantly write this post to share with you!  I am a big time lover of bbq sauce, and I absolutely love it on pizzas.  And I think it is pretty obvious that I am major lover of vegetables.  I tend to gravitate towards vegetables as they are in season, too.  Whenever I think of Summertime vegetables, I usually think of summer squash and corn.  These pizzas have both of those vegetables to offer and a whole lot more.  Get ready for a fantastic Summertime meal that is chocked full of veggies with this one.  It is goooood, I promise!  And have I ever lied to you? 😉

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Mini BBQ Vegetable Pizzas on Summer Squash Crusts

*I based the ingredients for the crusts off of this recipe for zucchini and carrot tostada shells, which were inspired by Melanie.

Servings: Makes 2 mini pizzas (I ate both! :))

Ingredients

For the Crusts:

olive oil cooking spray
1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed dry in a towel (I used a grey zucchini, but you can use a traditional green one)
1 cup shredded yellow summer squash, squeezed dry in a towel
2 eggwhites, beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
black pepper, a few sprinkles
fine sea salt, a few sprinkles
1/4 cup + 1/8 cup whole wheat flour

For the Pizzas:

water, for cooking
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/3 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
3 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1/2 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms (I actually used some roasted ones that I had in my fridge)
1/2 tsp dried cilantro
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
black pepper, to taste
fine sea salt, to taste
2-4 TB of bbq sauce (I used hickory flavor, which I already had in my fridge)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray generously with olive oil cooking spray.

2. While the oven is preheating, combine all of the ingredients for the crusts.  Separate the crust mixture into two mini crusts and press lightly into the shape of pizza crusts.  The crusts should be about 1/4 inch in thickness.

3. Bake the pizza crusts for 15 minutes, carefully flip them over and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

4. While the pizza crusts are cooking, line a large skillet with a thin layer of water.  Heat over medium-high heat until very hot.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium.  Add garlic and onions to the pan and cook for approximately 6 to 8 minutes, or until softened.  Add additional water, as necessary.

5. Lower the heat to medium-low and stir in corn, spinach, mushrooms, and seasonings.  Cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, or until warm and the spinach has wilted.

6. Remove the crusts from the oven and switch the oven to the low broil setting.  Top the crusts with bbq sauce and the vegetable mixture.  Broil the pizzas for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, or until the crusts are crispy and the toppings are heated through.

7. Finally, eat the most delicious Summertime pizzas.  And yes, you just must eat both! 😉

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It looks pretty tasty, am I right?

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Trust me, these taste just as good as they look!  Or..maybe even better!

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Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love a traditional pizza.  But the foodie in me also loves coming up with creative and new ways to change-up more traditional foods.  I loved the zucchini and carrots tostadas so much that I just knew I had to make them into a pizza crust.  I wanted to make a Summery pizza so I selected Summertime veggies for both the crust and the toppings.  Subbing out the carrots for yellow squash was delicious, and can you really beat toppings like bbq sauce and corn?  These smell, look, and taste like Summertime to me!

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I am loving these during the Summer, but I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be making these into the Winter time, too! 😉

Have you ever heard of/seen a grey zucchini?  What “new to you” veggies have you tried this Summer?

I did not even know that grey zucchini existed until I saw the light green/grey squashes at my local grocery store on Saturady.  They were homegrown and locally grown so I just knew that I had to give them a try!  I really couldn’t tell much of a difference in the taste, but that may have been because the zucchini was mixed in with other ingredients.

{ 66 comments… add one }
  • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes July 14, 2013, 10:56 am
    Just got eight ball squash at the farmer's market!!
  • chareatsgreens July 14, 2013, 11:29 am
    I NEVER had grey zucchini. Does it taste the same?!?! Obviously I would try it regardless ;) hahah Pizzas look great!!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 14, 2013, 3:37 pm
      I really didn't notice any difference. Besides it look slightly different (I should have taken a picture!), I think it has about the same taste.
  • AnnaTheApple July 14, 2013, 11:50 am
    Love this! I'm such a fan of BBQ sauce as well. I always have it on my pizzas (and pretty much anything else I can get away with hehe).
  • Alex@Veggin' Out July 14, 2013, 12:31 pm
    Just bookmarked this! I absolutely HAVE to make these this summer and SOON! I love the idea of using BBQ sauce. I might also have to try using buffalo sauce! Oh and I'm making some polenta tostadas in a few minutes - so excited! :D
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 14, 2013, 3:40 pm
      I hope you love it! Please let me know what you think! And yay for polenta tostadas!! I hope that yours turned out great! :)
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 14, 2013, 12:32 pm
    Looks brilliant!! I love the idea of squash crusts and using BBQ sauce . . . perfect for the summertime. I have never heard of grey zucchini, and you know I love to find new produce item! I'll keep my eye out.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 14, 2013, 3:40 pm
      Yes, you certainly do! I always learn about so many new produce items from your posts, especially new-to-me fruits!
  • Ani D July 14, 2013, 1:38 pm
    Wow I cannot believe that crust stays together! My brother is gluten-free, so we are always looking for alternative pizza options.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 14, 2013, 3:40 pm
      You would definitely want to eat the pizza with a fork because the crust is not SUPER sturdy, but it is a delicious alternative to a more traditional crust!
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats July 14, 2013, 3:38 pm
    I've never heard of summer squash, I'm not sure if we have it here but it sounds pretty damn delicious in that pizza! It's not summer here but I've just tried spaghetti squash for the first, second and third time in the last month :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 14, 2013, 3:41 pm
      Spaghetti squash is awesome!! And I would just look for a nice, pretty yellow squash and you should be good to go :).
  • IHeartVegetables July 14, 2013, 9:04 pm
    I've never heard of grey zucchini! But I LOVE zucchini so I'd totally try it ;)
  • makingthymeforhealth July 14, 2013, 10:36 pm
    I love how creative this pizza crust is!! I've only tried cauliflower for pizza crust but I clearly need to try squash because it sounds amazing! I've never seen grey zucchini either, very interesting.
  • kimathungryhealthygirl July 14, 2013, 10:38 pm
    I've never heard of grey zucchini! These look great. Danielle has a similar recipe that I was thinking about trying.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 15, 2013, 7:12 am
      Yes, who knew grey zucchini even existed! I learn about new veggies/fruit on a daily basis! ;)
  • jessielovestorun July 14, 2013, 10:48 pm
    You had me at BBQ Sauce! :)
  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish July 14, 2013, 11:44 pm
    Wow wow wow!! I’m speechless! Hannah, you’ve totally outdone yourself with this recipe! I adore BBQ chicken pizza, so I have no doubt I’d love a veggie-fied version, too. What I’m most excited about, though, is the crust on these pizzas. Holy goodness gracious, yum. I love that they pack a nutritious punch, all while remaining a crust for delicious ingredients like BBQ sauce and mushrooms. Mmm. I’ll definitely be trying these!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 15, 2013, 7:13 am
      They are quite tasty! You should definitely give them a try and let me know how they go! And thank you for posting! I was quite excited to see your name pop up in my e-mail notification! :) I hope that this means you are back for awhile?? ;)
  • Runner Girl Eats July 15, 2013, 8:05 am
    I am a fan of all kinds of pizza and this looks like the perfect summer dinner! I can not wait to try these out!
  • MegBek July 15, 2013, 8:27 am
    That is crazy - I've never heard of grey zucchini at all! I saw purple potatoes this weekend though, and thought to myself, "that'd probably be gross." Good for you for trying something new! AND girl I LOVE veggie crust pizza (cauliflower, really...) so this is such a good idea!!! Next time I make a veggie crust pizza (it's few and far between because I'm so lazy) I will definitely be trying this. YumEE!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 15, 2013, 12:09 pm
      I LOVE cauliflower pizza crust, too! This spin on that is definitely tasty. And I have been wanting to try purple potatoes. I bet that they would be good roasted!
      • MegBek July 15, 2013, 2:47 pm
        Please try them and let me know. I wasn't bold enough to pick them up....
  • jumpeatrun July 15, 2013, 8:27 am
    LOVE mini pizzas. I really need to try the squash crust!
  • Miss Messy July 15, 2013, 8:34 am
    Wow what a fantastic idea this is! :D
  • Julia July 15, 2013, 9:01 am
    Pizza on summer squash crust?? You done stole my heart, my dear...!
  • ashley July 15, 2013, 10:59 am
    These MUST be good if you posted about them 10 minutes after eating them!! Love the idea of summer squash crust!
  • eatgreatbegreat July 15, 2013, 11:02 am
    Wow, this sounds great! I'm particularly intrigued by the squash crust! What a great idea!
  • Tiff July 15, 2013, 12:05 pm
    I'm not normally a fan of yellow summer squash, but if you put a pizza spin on it... ;)
  • The Cookie ChRUNicles July 15, 2013, 12:21 pm
    what a great idea this is and I just bought zucchini today!
  • mvwinter27 July 15, 2013, 1:27 pm
    Looks great! And no, I've never seen a gray zucchini, but I'll keep my eye out at the farmer's market next weekend.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 15, 2013, 3:41 pm
      I thought that it seemed pretty unique. I certainly have not read about one on any other blogs yet.
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness July 15, 2013, 1:32 pm
    I have never heard of anything other than green zucchini. These BBQ squash pizzas sound amazing!
  • Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie July 15, 2013, 1:49 pm
    Oh my gosh, I love the amount of veggies in this! This looks awesome!!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health July 15, 2013, 3:39 pm
    this is another great idea to use up veggies :) so creative
  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan July 15, 2013, 4:32 pm
    These look so yummy and healthy! I bet the crust would be easy to veganize. We haven't gotten any summer squash in our CSA yet, but I know it's coming!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 15, 2013, 4:38 pm
      Yes, I have already been playing around with ideas in my mind for veganizing the crust! If you try it, please let me know! And hopefully you get some summer squash soon! I would think that you would be any week now!
  • Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) July 15, 2013, 4:33 pm
    Never heard of a green zucchini but I'm intrigued- shall look out for it next time I'm at the farmers' market!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien July 15, 2013, 8:06 pm
    This is SO creative! I got the most giant zucchini last week and I decided to be boring and just roast it...but I wish I would have seen this before I did! It sounds incredible! I'm just think about all the topping possibilites!! :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 15, 2013, 9:14 pm
      Yes, the toppings are absolutely endless! Let me know if you try it and what toppings you end up using!
  • Kathy @ Olives and Garlic July 15, 2013, 8:58 pm
    I prefer grey zucchini over regular. I think there is something about the taste, its better. Such a creative recipe and it does look very good
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 15, 2013, 9:15 pm
      You are the first person to say that they have had grey zucchini before! Apparently it is quite rare, or at least in the blogging world!
  • Tieghan July 16, 2013, 12:02 am
    Theses sound incredible! What a genius idea! YUM!!
  • Ashley July 18, 2013, 8:23 am
    I love the idea of these crusts! I've never had anything like it before ... they sound so good! And I do love a good BBQ pizza : )

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