Low-carb pizza is one reason I manage to stick to my New Year’s resolution to eat a healthier diet and drop a few pounds.
Naughty at Christmas
I must confess to being very naughty over the Christmas season. Too many tempting treats beguiled me into overindulgence as I practically free-based sugar with all the out-of-control enthusiasm of an addict.
Every day, the sweets arrived at my door like manna from heaven, starting with a gift of chocolate candy from our housekeeper.
My wife, a clinical psychologist who somehow abstains from sugar, received many forms of sweets from her clients and others as Christmas gifts. There were boxes of chocolate, toffee and Christmas cookies, all of which I consumed with gusto night after night while sitting in front of the television.
One quiet night our neighbor knocked on the door. She bore a platter of fresh-baked Christmas cookies. When she handed the gift of goodies to my wife, I quickly darted over, grabbed the tray from my wife’s hands and carried it to the kitchen table. After thanking our neighbor for her thoughtfulness, I poured a cup of coffee and proceeded to eat two or three of the delectable holiday treats right then and there. My excuse for this odd behavior. I claimed that I wanted to give her immediate feedback to tell her how good they tasted.
My wife gave me my Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve. One of them was a gift bag filled with chocolate and hard candies. It was empty by New Year’s Eve, thanks to my uncontrollable appetite for sweet snacks.
Soon after, my wife took things in hand. She sent me to the grocery store for a list of ingredients to make homemade low carb pizzas for our dinner. The crust, however, was a healthy multi-grain version of flat tortilla that contained – of all things – flaxseed, Omega 3 oil and plenty of fiber. We enjoyed making the pizzas and popping them into the oven to bake until the cheese was a gooey brown.
Here is my wife’s recipe for easy low-carb pizza.
3 hollowed potato skins or a 10-inch low-carb tortilla shell
Olive oil spray
Turkey Sausage or Diced chicken breast or ground turkey
Trader Joe’s jar of Bruschetta
Trader Joe’s shredded mozzarella cheese
Trader Joe’s shredded quatro-formaggio cheese
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray cookie sheet with olive oil and place tortilla shells.
Spray tortilla shells with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.
Spoon and Spread Bruschetta on Tortilla Shells.
Sprinkle desired quantity of meat.
Top generously with mozzarella and quatro formaggio cheeses.
Sprinkle oregano and spritz a bit of olive oil on top.
Bake about 10-15 minutes
or until cheese is melted with golden brown patches.
I must admit that despite my reservations about the healthy crust, the low-carb pizza turned out to be quite good. At least the toppings and cheese tasted just like the pizzas our favorite nearby pizzeria routinely deliver to our door. The flat crust looked a bit flimsy but held up surprisingly well under the weight of the cheese and toppings. And it didn’t taste half bad either.
Note: Permission was provided by Trader Joe’s to name products in recipes.