In No Excuses Detox, Megan Gilmore, the powerhouse blogger behind Detoxinista.com, presents a collection of satisfying, family-friendly recipes developed with speed, convenience, and optimum digestion in mind. Because enjoying what you eat on a daily basis is crucial to maintaining health goals, her recipes for comfort food favorites taste just as good as their traditional counterparts, but are healthier versions packed with nutrients. Try this quick-to-prepare, affordable, and delicious whole-food version of the childhood-favorite, Pizza Bites.
I love these mini pizza bites because they remind me of the freezer version I grew up eating, without any refined flour or preservatives. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of mushrooms, these bite-sized snacks taste so much like pizza that the mushroom “crust” goes almost entirely unnoticed and adds extra nutrition to each bite.
Mini Pizza Bites
MAKES 10 TO 12 PIECES | $0.27 PER SERVING
10 to 12 small baby bella mushrooms
1 ⁄3 cup pizza sauce (no sugar added)
¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
2 ounces goat cheddar, shredded
Fresh basil, for garnish
I recommend using homemade pizza sauce for this recipe because it contains less moisture than traditional marinara sauce and will give you a more pizza-like result. Feel free to get creative with the toppings and pile on any favorites you like!
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Gently wipe each mushroom with a dry cloth to remove any dirt and remove the stem, keeping the rest of the mushroom intact. In a 10-inch oven-safe skillet, arrange the mushrooms in a single layer with the crevice facing up.
In a small bowl, stir together the pizza sauce and grated cheese, then spoon the filling into the center of each mushroom, using roughly 1 teaspoon per mushroom. Top with the shredded cheese (and any other pizza toppings you like) and bake until the mushrooms are tender, about 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil, if desired. Serve warm.
Excerpt from No Excuses Detox by Megan Gilmore. ©Megan Gilmore 2017. Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group.