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Little bites of yum!

This was my first time ever just winging it with cooking and it turned out fabulously! I’ll admit though, that it wasn’t really a complicated dish. But simple and easy is best, right? Appropriate for all phases of south beach, clean eating, and healthy deliciousness.

Okay. Since I made this up on the spot, I really didn’t measure too much so I’ll have to be informal in this recipe’s delivery.



  • 1/2 lb can plain tomato sauce (I used a 1 lb can and made the sauce with it and then saved it to use for something else later)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • A few grinds of coarse sea salt
  • A few grinds of peppercorn
  • 10 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • A few shakes of oregano
  • A few shakes of thyme
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • Several shakes of garlic powder
  • Half of a big vine ripened tomato or one small one, diced
  • Optional: Three drops of hot sauce


  • Either the tomato sauce I have here or one of your choice.
  • 1/2 of a big zucchini, sliced width-wise
  • Part skim fresh mozzarella, sliced width-wise
  • A few grinds of peppercorn



  1. Set oven or toaster oven (much easier for this small amount) to broil.
  2. Place diced tomatoes on a baking sheet, or the toaster oven tray, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Transfer tomatoes to a sauce pan over medium high heat and combine with olive oil, tomato sauce, hot sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, and garlic powder for 10 minutes while stirring.


  1. Set oven to broil (or just leave it there if it’s been on for the tomato sauce).
  2. Place sliced zucchini side by side on a baking sheet.
  3. Spoon sauce over the zucchini and place the baking sheet in the broiler for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Place sliced mozzarella over each zucchini slice and broil for 1 minute-ish.
  5. Remove from oven, sprinkle some pepper on top.
  6. Savor.


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I am a 22 year old social work graduate student living in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. I love do-it-yourself projects, being active, and cooking delicious, healthy food! Feel free to leave comments or email me at You can also anonymously ask me questions at I would love to hear from you!

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