The other day, I made a batch of my rutabaga fries, and I used oregano, basil, and garlic powder as my seasoning. The result reminded me of pizza, so it got me thinking that with a little tomato flavor, and a bit of cheese, I could probably make some healthy pizza bites using rutabaga. Turns out, I was right! These pizza bites are really tasty, and SO good for you!
I know I’ve gone on and on about my love for rutabagas before, but I just don’t think this delicious root vegetable gets the hype it deserves! Check out some of its health benefits!
Health Benefits of Rutabaga
- Rich in fiber
- Great source of antioxidants
- Excellent source of Vitamin C
- Reduces risk of Type II Diabetes
- Reduces the risk of colon diseases
- Contains anti-cancer properties
- Lowers risk of osteoporosis
- Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
- Helps maintain normal and regular bowel movements
On top of all these great benefits, rutabagas are also strongly anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral, so they are excellent at fighting colds and flu and preventing them! Seriously, this veggie is one of my favorites for a reason! On top of it being so good for you, it’s also extremely versatile, and there are a lot of different dishes you can make with it!
Okay, enough about my beloved rutabagas. Let’s get to these pizza bites!
RUTABAGA PIZZA BITES
Ingredients: (the amount of each of these is up to you, depending on how much you are making and your individual taste)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Garlic powder
- Dried Basil
- Dried Oregano
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cheese of your choice (I used semi-hard goat cheese)
1.) Preheat your oven to 410 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.) Start by washing your rutabaga, and peeling off the skin. Cut your rutabaga into round slices about 1/3 – 1/2 an inch thick. Place the slices on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Move the slices around so they are evenly coated in olive oil. Sprinkle the slices with garlic powder and sea salt. Place in the oven for 18 minutes.
3.) While the rutabaga is starting to cook, slice your tomato into round slices about 1/3 an inch thick. When the rutabaga has cooked for 18 minutes, take them out of the oven and top each one with a tomato slice. Sprinkle with the oregano, basil and sea salt, then sprinkle a small amount of apple cider vinegar on each one. Place back in the oven for 20 minutes.
4.) After the 20 minutes are up, take out of the oven and top with shredded cheese. Put back in the oven for 10 more minutes until the cheese is melted.
5.) Transfer to a plate and use a knife to cut into bite size pieces.
Soooooo yummy, and soooooo good for you! Enjoy! 🙂