I don’t always eat lowish carb… but when I do, this lowish carb pizza makes it easy. Why is it that when anyone starts a low carb diet, or even a lower calorie diet, the first thing they crave is pizza? Of course it is impossible to have a really good pizza that is also low carb, but you can come close to a pizza-like crust that doesn’t break the calorie (or carb) bank.
There are loads of substitute recipes out there. It’s probably impossible to try them all… I think we all have our preferences on a good pizza substitute. Some of you like the cream cheese pizza, others like the cauliflower crust pizza, the pork rind pizza, etc. This one is my preference. Mostly because it’s easy but also because it is very filling.
It all starts with Joseph’s pita bread, which in general, is sort of an answer to some of my diet prayers. With all the protein and fiber density per calorie in these little guys, it makes for a very filling meal. Whether you eat low carb, lowish carb, or low calorie, Joseph’s pita bread is the bomb-diggity! I use it extensively for turkey club pita wraps, tuna sandwiches and many other things.
One pita contains:
- 6 grams of protein
- 4 grams of fiber
- ONLY 60 CALORIES!!!
- 5 net carbs
I just cannot think of another bread-like substance that can boast these nutritional stats. If you can, PLEASE let me know!
Frying the pita in a bit of coconut oil gives it a crispy thin style crust and masks some of the flax/whole wheat flavor of the pita. You can skip this step if desired for a less crispy, softer crust but the flavors of the pita bread are a bit stronger going this route.
So on to my very simple, easy to make on a weeknight, even-my-kids-will-eat-it, recipe:
Easy lowish carb personal pizza
Easy personal thin crust style "pizza" with less carbs.
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Heat a skillet on medium high (6 or 7 on my stove). I used a non-stick skillet, but a cast iron skillet works better.
Once the skillet is hot, add anywhere from 1/2 a teaspoon to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (according to your preference - I use 1 teaspoon per pita).
When the coconut oil is hot, pan fry the pita bread for a minute or so to help give it a crisprier texture similar to the bottom edge of a pizza crust. I pan fry both sides to help the crust from getting soggy where the sauce is applied.
Top with about a tablespoon and a half of pizza sauce (a little goes a long way).
Top with about a third cup of mozzarella cheese (some might prefer 1/4 cup) and sprinkle with a tablespoon of parmesan (adjust to your desired level of cheesiness).
Sprinkle basil ribbons as desired onto the cheese.
Top with a tablespoon of ground beef, or a few pepperoni, if desired.
Place on baking sheet and bake until cheese is beginning to brown, or thoroughly melted if you have other toppings on top of the cheese.
Immediately remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
Use a pizza cutter to slice into triangles or eat whole.
Enjoy feeling like you’re doing something really, really bad. Or go all in on a Friday night and pair it with a salad tossed in vinaigrette, wine or a yummy sugar-free margarita!
Let me know what your favorite healthified pizza is!
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