Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust


by Jul 3rd, 2011 // Appetizers, Dinner, Sides

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust

I recently read Tina Fey’s book, “Bossy Pants” and laughed the entire way through. I loved reliving my youth through her eyes. For all the laughs, one serious thing stuck with me. Tina apparently cannot stand when people ask her “how do you get it all done?” This totally resonated with me because I’ve never known what to say when people ask me this very same question. It makes me uncomfortable, and I feel like I have to say “actually, I’m failing” or my stock answer which is “I don’t sleep.”

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust

Not to get all woman’s libby on you, but I don’t think many men get asked this question. Right? In fact, I’ve never seen or heard a man being asked this question.

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust

Oh em ghee. What am I turning into? Whoa! The only reason I even brought this up is because the last time someone asked me how I “get it all done” I told them about this tart. I’m not joking.

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust

The tart is so easy to throw together after a busy work day but it looks and tastes like you’ve slaved for hours.

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust

The crust is made with whole wheat flour and olive oil instead of butter so the guilt factor is pretty low.

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust

Once it has cooled down a bit, it can be cut into slices and fed to unsuspecting kids as “special zucchini pizza” to much excitement.

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust

And now you too can claim you know the secret to “getting it all done.”

Zucchini Tart w/ Whole Wheat Olive Oil Crust Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 45 mins

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil
large pinch salt
1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
4 to 6 zucchinis, sliced thin
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Place sliced zucchini in a colander and toss with salt. Set in your sink to sweat.
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the whole wheat flour, salt, and chives in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly add the oil and mix it in with a fork constantly.
3. Pour in the water and continue to mix with the fork until it is absorbed, then knead lightly until the dough comes together into a ball.
4. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle a little flour on the ball of dough and on the rolling pin, and roll the dough out into a circle large enough to fit your tart pan. Turn the dough when you roll the pin and back, adding a little more flour underneath and on the dough so it doesn’t stick.
5. Transfer the dough carefully into the prepared pan. Use the back of a dry measuring cup to press dough into the pan.
6. Using kitchen scissors, trim the excess dough and prick the bottom of the tart. Cover with foil and pie weights or beans and cook for 15 mins.
7. Meanwhile, rinse the zucchini well and pat dry. When the tart is done cooking, remove from oven and remove pie weights.
8. Sprinkle a thin layer of mozzarella cheese on the bottom of the tart crust and then add a layer of zucchini until it covers the entire bottom. Sprinkle more cheese on top of the zucchini and add cover with more mozzarella.  Continue to alternate until the zucchini gets to the top.
9. Finish off the tart with Parmesan cheese and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Or until cheese is melted and tart is set.
10. Turn the oven up to broil and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes until cheese begins to brown and bubble.
11. Remove and let cool slightly before slicing.

Makes: 8 servings.

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust



8 Comments on “Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tart w/ WW Olive Oil Crust”

  1. 1.) Another Suburban Mom
    July 4th, 2011

    That looks so yummy! I think I might buy a tart pan and give it a try. Also, I hate when people ask that question. Once at a job interview I was asked by a gentleman if I could manage the night meetings since I had two children. I retorted, “You have 5 children, how do you manage?”

    He laughed, and I got the job.

  2. 2.) Working mom w lots of hobbies
    July 4th, 2011

    I 100% agree – most guys don’t get asked this question. Though I do have to say that my husband is a SAHD for our two toddlers, and he does. Often. Must be the caregiver thing. But yes, this question makes me very uncomfortable as well, and it’s nice to hear someone else day it. I’ll often pass the credit to others and say, “I have a great support system”, but sometimes I really would rather say “I’m more efficient and have a better sense of prioritization than you. And I don’t watch American Idol”… ;) But I don’t!

  3. 3.) Andrea
    July 6th, 2011

    I needed a zucchini recipe for all the ones I’ve been picking in my yard!! Thanks!

  4. 4.) Jennifer
    July 6th, 2011


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  6. 6.) eatlovedrink
    July 30th, 2011

    This tart looks gorgeous! I love the idea of the olive oil crust, too. I’ve never made one of those before — I’m excited to give it a try!

  7. 7.) Shelly
    July 30th, 2011

    This recipe sounds so yummy! I would love to try it. I love an olive oil crust and have been using it in many recipes. Will you please tell me what size tart tin you used? It will make a difference in baking time. Thank you so much.

  8. 8.) lindsey
    August 19th, 2011

    That looks yummy! I get asked that same question often and I never really know how to answer…I usually just say something along the lines of “I’m really scheduled!”…but that sounds nerdy. Truth be told, I’m just good at time management…and I make a buttload of lists :)

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