Low Carb Pizza!

When Randy and I first began this low carb journey we initially thought eating this way would require some major sacrifice. Thankfully, we have not found it to be the case. Truth is not only have we benefited health wise, but in many ways it has made eating more enjoyable. I know that may sound difficult to believe. However, it is in fact our experience.

You see I have always loved to cook and baking was a true love of mine. Yet in the past, I had to be extremely careful when making “treats” for the family. All too often this spelled disaster for my hubby who was a diabetic at the time, so I just stopped making anything special. This made cooking no longer fun and a major chore.

Today, I love experimenting in the kitchen and converting old favorites into healthier low-carb options. Cooking has become enjoyable again. The best part is how easy it is now to stick to healthy portions, a by-product of the low-carb diet. Today we are no longer hungry all the time.

Making homemade pizza was a fun pastime for me and I thought those days were forever gone. Thankfully, this low-carb option is not only really delicious but it’s actually a lot faster to make than traditional pizza dough ever was.

Our motivation to stay on course is enormous because of all health benefits we both have experienced. Low-carbing is a lifestyle for us and we can’t imagine eating any other way now.

Low-carb Dough

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup of cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese

1 1/4 parmesan cheese

8 ounces of cream cheese

3 eggs

½ cup of almond flour

¼ cup of coconut flour

Parchment paper and cookie sheet

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 425F

Place mozzarella and cream cheese in a medium size microwaveable bowl and microwave in increments of 45 seconds until the mozzarella cheese melts and you can blend easily. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and then stir in the eggs, parmesan cheese, almond and coconut flours. With very wet hands spread “dough” thinly onto parchment paper. Note, that this dough will be wet and sticky, it will not look like bread dough but more like a paste. This is exactly what you want.

Bake in your pre-heated oven. After ten minutes check for any large bubbles that may form. Poke holes into dough if this occurs. Continue baking for a total 15 -20 minutes, or until slightly brown on top. Pizza dough will be done when you can give it a thump and you hear a hollow sound.

Once the dough is baked and allowed to cool, you can then add your sauce and toppings and bake for another 10 to15 minutes until all the toppings melt and the cheese is slightly brown around the edges.

Pizza Sauce:

½ a can of crushed tomatoes or 14 ounces

1 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning

½ teaspoon of dried basil

½ teaspoon of dried oregano

½ teaspoon of sea salt

¼ tsp of red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Directions For Sauce:

Heat the olive oil and add the crushed tomatoes, spices, and sea salt. Stir and cook the sauce has reduced and thickened.

Toppings:

1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese or other cheese combo.

Peperoni slices

Fresh parmesan cheese

Just about any low carb option will work, so have fun experimenting. Enjoy in good health!

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