Low Carb Pizza

 

Low Carb Pizza: Who doesn’t like pizza? Fun, easy to make and tasty – it has to be one of my family’s favorite options for lunch, dinner and even breakfast if you are anything like my husband.

low carb pizza the bestUnfortunately, pizza is also the food most likely to be craved by those following a reduced carbohydrate diet, for the simple reason they are not allowed to eat it.

According to The British Heart Foundation, pizza is one of the “official” high carboyhdrate foods and therefore off limits to those who are looking to reduce carbs in their diet. Because most pizzas, whether they are the frozen variety you make at home or the type you have delivered, are made using wheat flour which automatically increases the carb count.

However, a pizza you can eat on a low carb or slow carb diet is an option!!

Here on this page you will get the recipe for a pizza crust that has everything a really god pizza need – it’s crispy, it tastes good, it’s thin and you can eat slices without knife and fork.
Just look at the picture here – doesn’t it look tasty?

Of course you can also buy them premade in many health stores or make your own low carb pizza crust using soy or polenta flour instead of the whole wheat variety.

Low Carb Pizza – Really Taking Off….


It probably doesn’t come as any surprise that pizza is a favorite in my house – especially with my young daughter who would probably eat it pretty much all the time if I let her.

However, before I changed my diet I had never made my own pizza from scratch – instead I had always relied on the easy ready made pizzas I could pick up in the store or the local pizza delivery place.
I quickly realised then that if I was to enjoy our regular family pizza nights I would need to find a suitable low carb pizza recipe we could all find tasty.

The first of these low carb pizza crust recipes is the one I prefer, but I try to change between the different pizza crusts to get a new taste once in a while.

Almond Crust Pizza

You will need –

low carb pizza sliceFor the pizza crust:

170g / 6 oz / 1¾ cups (approx) pre shredded/grated mozzarella or another mild cheese.
85g / 3 oz / ¾ cup almond flour/meal
2 tbs cream cheese
1 egg
salt to taste
½ tsp dried rosemary/ garlic or other flavorings . This is of course optional, but I recommend it.

For the topping:

Actually you can use anything for topping.
I normally use onions, that I fry well, small tomatoes sliced, mushrooms, ground/mince beef or slices of roast beef or chicken.

What is important is that when you have made the pizza crust, you add the topping and then heat the pizza for only about 5 minutes.
This means that all the topping should be well done or something you can eat without cooking.

Instructions:

Put the shredded/grated cheese and the cream cheese in a bowl and heat it in the microwave for approx 1 min., max. heat.
Stir the cheese mix, and the heat again for ½ min.

Add salt, flavoring, egg, almond flour and mix it all.

Place the dough on baking paper, add a piece of baking paper on top and roll the dough into a pizza shape, round or what shape you prefer.
I like to roll it really, really thin.

Remove the top baking paper, but keep it for later.

Make holes in the pizza with a fork to ensure it cooks evenly.

Bake in the oven at 220 C/425 F for about 15 min., but after approx 10 min you can use the baking paper you used on the top before to place it on the pizza and turn it upside down. This helps to get the pizza crust really crispy.

When the pizza crust is done, take it out of the oven. Place the topping you like on it, and bake it again at the same heat for 5 min.

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The recipe below is egg based, which I know sounds strange but I recommend you try it before you make any judgements, it really is, after the one above, one of the best low carb pizza recipes I have come across in a while.

Egg Based Low Carb Pizza Recipe

You will need –
¾ of a Cup of Cream Cheese (do not refrigerate before using)
Six Eggs
One Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
½ Teaspoon of Salt
1 ½ Teaspoon of Oregano
One Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
One Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
• Heat your oven to 350-degrees

• Mix the cream cheese and eggs until combined well and add the salt and spices before mixing again.

• Spread cheese in the bottom of a baking pan, a pizza pan is a good idea but not necessary, which should be around 9 by 13 inches.

• Pour the cream cheese and egg mixture over the top of your cheese and allow to cook for around 20 minutes.

• Remove from your oven and add your desired pizza toppings, pepperoni and onion are favorites with me, and bake in the oven for a further 12 minutes.

This low carb pizza is incredibly tasty and does not go soggy, which is common with home-made pizzas of any description.
It easily makes enough for eight servings and contains only 1.5 grams of carbohydrates and 175 calories per serving. I usually serve this pizza with your average garden salad but it is pretty filling by itself if you want a quick lunch. I often make a couple of pizzas at a time, so the family can eat it over a couple of days.
You can freeze this low carb pizza if you want too but I found it didn’t taste quite as good as when eaten from fresh.

Low Carb Pizza – My Personal Mission


My friends and I have been meeting for a girls only dinner date for many years, while it isn’t always regular, we do try and get together several times a year.
Although we all have wide and varied tastes, we would always seem to end up in an Italian or pizza restaurant.

Before I started my low carb quest, I had eaten pretty much whatever I had wanted too on these nights out but I always noticed my friend, Shirley didn’t. In fact, the majority of the time she would stick to salad.

I had known this was due to illness but had never really understood the ins and outs until I myself was forced to make changes to my own diet.
Shirley has severe diabetes, meaning she has to be careful what she eats or risk falling ill or worse. According to the American Diabetic Association, individuals who follow a diet rich in carbohydrates risk increasing their blood sugar level and their cholesterol. If a person’s blood sugar and cholesterol levels stay high or abnormal, they can experience potential fatal consequences.

Where as I had made the decision to drop carbohydrates in my diet for health and weight loss reasons, Shirley’s diet really could be the difference between life and death.

On our latest girl’s night out I questioned Shirley about her eating habits and lifestyle – I also asked her if she had ever considered trying one of the low carb pizza options on the menu. She told me that, while finding a low carb pizza was becoming increasingly easy, the chances of finding one that was low in carbs and low in fat were slim to none (pardon the pun).
She admitted she would definitely like to try low carb pizza recipes herself, if she could find one that also contained little or no fat.

I know all to well how important it is to find alternatives for your favorite foods when you are on a restricted diet – so I decided to make finding a suitable recipe for Shirley my mission.

Here is what I found –

Low Carb Pizza Muffins

You Will Need –
½ Cup of Soy Flour
½ Cup of Oat Flour
Two Eggs
One Cup of Almond Flour
¼ Cup of Olive Oil
½ Cup of Greek Yoghurt
One Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
One Tablespoon of Dried Basil
One Cup of Diced Tomatoes
½ Cup of Parmesan Cheese
Three Teaspoons of Baking Powder

• Butter a muffin pan (enough to hold 12 muffins) and preheat your oven to 325 degrees

• Combine all of your flours in a bowl and then mix in the baking powder before setting to one side.

• Mix the herbs, garlic and tomatoes together, before beating the eggs, yogurt and oil together in a separate container.

• Add the cheese to your flour mixture and then add in your egg mixture until it becomes like batter.

• Fold in your herbs and tomatoes and transfer the batter into the muffin tins.

• Bake the muffins in your oven for around 25 minutes or until you notice they have turned a golden brown in color.

• Remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes before serving.

These truly gorgeous muffins contain less than two grams of carbohydrates per serving and just trace amounts of fat. The American Diabetic Association actually recommend a similar recipe through their news letter.

Okay, so this low carb pizza option isn’t technically pizza but the taste is there. In fact, close your eyes when you are eating these muffins and you won’t know the difference.

While these may not be available in restaurants or supermarkets (yet), I have managed to provide Shirley with a low carb pizza recipe she can try in her own home, safe in the knowledge that this small indulgence will not have any serious side effects on her health.

Low Carb Pizza Options – It Isn’t All About The Crust

When it comes to pizza, it is usually the crust that makes it a no no for low carb dieters.
This is because, in much the same way as bread and other baked products, most pizza crusts are made using wheat flour and therefore high in carbohydrates.
However, simply making a crust that has reduced carbohydrates does not always make a low carb pizza, as you still have to pay attention to the toppings you are using.

Recommended Low Carb Pizza Toppings

low carb pizza toppingCheese
Unless you are on a low carb – low fat diet, cheese like parmesan and mozzarella is quite OK, and these kinds of cheese are absolutely the best for pizza toppings, because the melt in the right way (and give a satisfying satiety).

Mushrooms
You can get all different kinds of mushrooms, some of which really add an extra special taste and texture to a pizza. Because mushrooms are relatively low in carbohydrates, you can use your own personal favorites for your low carb pizza although I do recommend portobello or shitake mushrooms.

Bell Peppers
I love bell peppers, of all colors and potency.
Not only will these add some much needed color to your low carb pizza bell peppers offer texture as well as taste.
If you are looking for something a little more spicy, why not add a few chopped chillies to your low carb pizza topping.

Lean Meat
If you are a meat lover like me, you will fully appreciate how enjoyable a meaty pizza really is.
However, pepperoni, my personal fave, is ridiculously high in fat and carbs and should therefore be used sparingly if you feel you cannot avoid all together.
Other meats, such as ham, bacon and ground beef, can all be used if you choose lean pieces. Skinless turkey or chicken pieces also make great pizza toppings.

sliced tomatoes for pizzaTomatoes, Broccoli and other Vegetables
Sometimes it is really nice to have some vegetables on your pizza.
Tomatoes are the easiest choice, you just need to slice them.
Broccoli is good too, especially if you have cooked the or fried them for a couple of minutes before the go into the oven.

I have yet to try a low carb pizza recipe that tastes widely different to the usual pizzas I ate in the past. In fact, you will probably find many low carbohydrate offerings taste better, and they are easy to make.
You can save a part of the pizza and heat it again next day in the oven, or fry it with more vegetable.
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References

http://www.circ.ahajournals.org/content/104/7/e34.full?utm_source=REFERENCES_R7&LS-2659
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/02/03/health/main597686.shtml

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