Give cauliflower a rest with these mini broccoli-crusted pizza bites. They are the perfect healthy snack – packed with nutrients and protein, and at only 115 calories per 3! As an added bonus, there’s no cheesecloth needed to make these!
3 cups riced broccoli
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2/3 cup reduced-fat, shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup tomato sauce
6 slices turkey pepperoni, each cut into four pieces
Preheat oven to 450 ˚F.
Add riced broccoli to a medium-sized, microwave-safe dish or bowl. Microwave for 9 minutes, stopping every 3 minutes to stir (this is to dry out the broccoli without having to use a cheesecloth).
Let cool slightly, then stir in egg, Parmesan cheese, half of Mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, and salt. Divide mixture evenly among 12 slots of a lightly-greased muffin pan (~1 Tbsp per slot). Press mixture into bottom of each slot (the broccoli mixture won’t fill much of each slot, ~1/2-inch thick). Bake until the sides start to brown, about 10 minutes.
Top each with ~1/2 tsp sauce, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella, and top with 2 pieces of pepperoni. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Serving Size: 3 pizza bites
- Calories: 115
- Fat: 6 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 1.5 g
- Protein: 10 g