Minimalist Thinking and Zucchini Pizza Bites
These Zucchini Pizza Bites are made with pepperoni, but just as good served Vegetarian. A great little garden snack!
This past weekend we cleaned, purged, worked in the yard, and on home improvements, like wild, crazy people. We’re on a mission to get stuff done around our house. Do you ever feel that way? Maybe it’s the fresh air that we’re experiencing, after a month of heavy, thick forest fire smoke hanging over our valley, where quite honestly, we didn’t feel like doing anything!
The more space you have …
Saturday the neighbor girls came over, and we picked zucchini and tomatoes from the garden. I love how they are my little helpers. I let them play as I go through boxes of stuff, paperwork, clean the cupboards, stuff in the attic, closets—our house is not huge, but let me tell you, the more space you have, the more junk you acquire.
I’m fine with baskets and baskets of tomatoes and zucchini, but I’m not okay with paperwork, stuff we are no longer using, piles of boxes and too much clothing. Stuff I’ve been hanging on to for years, that hasn’t gotten used.
One cherished piece of paper I came across was a lovely letter, both front and back, from a friend’s mom, and also from one of my mom’s good friends. It was so lovely, I took a picture of both sides with my phone and texted it to her daughter. Beautiful words and writing, I knew my friend would appreciate this little token, as she can barely write now with her MS.
I went through tablecloths. Some I folded nicely and placed into a big bin for my daughter (some of my favorite Williams Sonoma tablecloths that fit a smaller table). I read an article awhile back that upcoming generations are not going to want our “stuff.” That even the most cherished family heirlooms, there will be no need for, that they will actually become a burden when we try to pass them down. People are simplifying, and the burden of these beautiful things will be too much, resulting in a trip to the consignment store.
I’ve talked about this with several friends. Some are true minimalists. They get it, they don’t want it, and they don’t want to burden their kids with great-grandmother’s china (that never ever gets used). Some are so nostalgic and love the heirlooms, and cannot imagine them leaving the family. I warn them … our kids think differently than we do. The friends don’t like my words, and are in denial of this, but I see it coming …
(By the way, what is a minimalist? To sum it up, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value, and the removal of everything that distracts us from it:) I am not there at all, but I do love the “idea” of this.
I’m okay with it. I’m not saying that we get rid of everything. Our family piano means the world to us, but it gets played on a regular basis. Someone else may have a piano that’s been in the family for 100+ years and not one person plays it. How long do you hang on to these things? They are things, yes, and they do have a story. But …
I go back and forth.
Stuff, stuff, and more stuff.
Over time, we will not miss all of this stuff that we carry from house to house. As I go through our attic, I see things that I brought with me 10 years ago, which have never been touched, and now I think … what will I do with this? Who will want this? Into the yard sale box it goes.
I am reluctant to give up precious space in our house for more stuff. In fact, I really want less.
I’m ready to change the way I live—with less—and more of what really matters.
Zucchini Pizza Bites.
As I took the zucchini from the warm sun and sliced it up to lightly fry in a pan (one side only), I made little pizzas for lunch.
Zucchini, pizza sauce, a slice of pepperoni (that I had in the freezer).
Topped with a hunk of mozzarella cheese. Broiled to perfection (yes, it looks like marshmallows!)
Then freshly-sliced tomato.
My husband, son and I sat out on our back patio for a quiet lunch of Zucchini Pizza Bites.
I looked around the yard, the beauty of the clear skies, eating from our garden, being with my favorite people in the entire world — I want more of this, I told myself.
Are you a minimalist, or do you prefer to hang on to your heirlooms, no matter their usefulness?
Zucchini Pizza Bites
Yield: 24 bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minures
Delicious with green or yellow zucchini, with or without pepperoni (if you want to make Vegetarian).
- 2 medium zucchini, sliced in 1/2-inch slices (24 slices)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce (I buy DeLallo Foods)
- 24 pieces of pepperoni (optional, if you want to make these vegetarian)
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 24 pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh tomatoes
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; preheat the broiler to high.
- Trim the ends from the zucchini, and slice each zucchini crosswise into 24 1/2- to 3/4-inch rounds.
- Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and cook on one side only, 4-5 minutes, until browned.
- Transfer the zucchini to the baking sheet, browned side up. Top each round with 1/2 teaspoon of the pizza sauce, a pepperoni slice, and a piece of mozzarella.
- Broil the zucchini until the cheese is melted, 4-5 minutes (watch the pizza bites closely, as broiler intensities vary).
- Top with a slice of fresh tomato and chopped basil. Salt if needed. Serve!
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