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Bell Pepper Pizza Bites

Bell Pepper Pizza Bites

Sure, you can put roasted bell peppers on a pizza. But why not make the bell peppers the bottom instead – get the edges just charred enough to give you a nice crunch and fill them up with tomato sauce and all your favorite toppings.

If you tolerate dairy well, you could just use mozzarella cheese on top of these. Otherwise, go for almond cheese, or just leave the whole cheese question to the side and make the peppers with a different selection of toppings. There’s nothing really “wrong” here; go for whatever combination you like.

As for the pizza sauce: if you can find a Paleo-friendly one in the grocery store, great! Otherwise, use your favorite recipe to DIY; it’s not hard at all especially if you “cheat” a little with canned tomatoes.

Kids would love these as a snack, but they’d also make a surprisingly good vegetable side for a meal. Look down the ingredients list: unless you want to get really pedantic about tomatoes technically being a fruit, each of these bites is basically a variety of different vegetables, stuffed inside another vegetable and roasted. What about some kind of protein (roast chicken, baked fish…) with a few of these on the side? Not exactly conventional, but it might be nice for people who don’t like a huge pile of salad greens or roasted anything on their plate.

Bell Pepper Pizza Bites Recipe

Servings SERVES: 2Preparation time PREP: 20 min.Cooking time COOK: 15 min.

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Ingredients

  • 2 green bell peppers;
  • 1/2 cup homemade pizza sauce;
  • Pepperoni, sliced;
  • Mushrooms, sliced;
  • Tomatoes, diced;
  • ¼ cup almond cheese (optional);
  • Fresh parsley;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Pizza Bites preparation

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Slice each bell pepper into 4 equal slices, carefully removing the seeds.
  3. Top each pepper quarter with pizza sauce and your choice of toppings.
  4. Season the slices to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. If using, sprinkle almond cheese on top of the slices.
  6. Place the pizza bites carefully on a baking sheet, and place in the oven.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. If using almond cheese, stick them under the broiler and broil on high for 3 to 4 more minutes.
  8. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top and serve.