I have to be honest. When I saw the recipe from Low Carb Yum for a no carb dish pizza, I was only mildly hopeful. I am a texture eater. If the feeling of the food in my mouth is either egg-y or slimy or certain types of grainy, it could taste like the ultimate ice cream sundae but my stomach will heave. I’ve learned over the years to be ok with eggs in its myriad forms, and some types of puddings. But I knew that if this ‘crust’ turned out to have the consistency of a rubbery omelet then there was no way I could promote it.
I am, however, pleased to announce that this pizza is fantastic. I think the combination of the Italian cheese mix on the bottom, and the crust that is almost a fat-head type of dough really seriously makes this dish. This is the first time I’ve made a no carb dish that didn’t have left-overs because my husband ate nearly half the pan all by himself. Win! Call this ‘pizza casserole’ and you can easily get away with serving this to guests without serving them ‘diet food’.
The crust is very forgiving. If you forgot to scrap the sides of the bowl as you’re mixing it because the cream cheese tends to cling, just throw the cream cheese scraping in the pan anyway. Or if you did like I did, and forgot to add the mozzarella into the pan before I added the egg mixture in the pan, you can just throw it over the top and it cooks up like a dream anyway.
As a bonus, I am including a fast and simple no-sugar-added recipe for pizza or spaghetti sauce. Just throw it together while the crust bakes and the sauce will be done when its time to pour it over the time.
No Carb Dish Pizza
Low carb pizza baked in a dish and not a carb missed!
1 cup Italian Cheese blend (found in the pizza aisle of most grocery stores)
Or you can use just Parmesan, Asiago, or Romano on its own
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Full portion of pizza sauce (noted below)
Pizza toppings, if preferred
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13x9 in baking pan with cooking spray.
In mixer or food processor, combine cream cheese and eggs until smooth. Then add the cream, Parmesan, garlic and oregano until well combined.
Sprinkle the Italian cheese mix (or any of the other cheese noted above as preferred)along the bottom of the baking pan, then sprinkle one cup of the shredded mozzarella over top of that. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Spread the pizza sauce over the top of the crust and then sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the top of the sauce. Add toppings as desired.
Heat the oven broiler to high. Add pizza pan under broiler and allow to melt and brown the cheese.
Take the pizza out from the oven and let it rest until cutting and serving.
The carb downfall of most pizza, and the thing that some people usually say is the best part, is the crust. I’ve always been a huge crust lover but found that crust, along with most yeast breads do not love me back as I’ve gotten older. So I learned to love thinner crust. And in finding that appreciation for thinner crust, I was better able I was to enjoy the toppings. I’m a simple kind of gal. I like my cheese and I like my pepperonis. It wasn’t until I was well into my twenties that I discovered that pizza could be just as awesome with more toppings on it than those two. So the search for a more flavorful pizza served me well when searching for more healthy toppings. Hence, the Baja Club Pizza.
This pizza has a Southern California-Baja vibe to it. Its what first attracted me to it. Well, that and bacon. Because, well . . . Bacon! But its not just that. The other toppings on the dish are light and flavorful unlike standard pizza. Pizza is flavorful but the toppings tend to be greasy and heavy. This has a tangy cilantro lime mayo lightly coating the romaine lettuce that is topped by sprouts, tomato, and avocado slices. In a way its sort of like having an awesome salad on a pizza but in some weird way that works well.
The original recipe called for a whole wheat pizza crust, which you certainly can do. But in my journey to a healthier state I’ve found the whole wheat tortillas not only give you the same flavor and support of whole wheat crust but it’s also less calories and less carbs consumed as well. And here’s a hint I’ve included in the recipe! If you take a little butter and coat the edges of the tortilla, then sprinkle just a little garlic powder over that, it makes the whole wheat tortilla that much more divine as a pizza! And helps the edges from burning.
If you need something that you can prepare ahead of time so you can grab and go for lunch, check out my recipe for Chicken Vegetable Soup! Its savory and filling, and if you portion the soup into freezer containers and it makes the perfect office quick lunch!
Baja Club Pizza
Bacon, cheese, veggies with a lime cilantro mayo makes a quick and yummy lunch!
Coat whole wheat tortilla with butter on the edges and sprinkle a little garlic over the top. Add cheese and bacon. Place under the broiler for a few minutes until cheese is bubbly.
Combine mayo, lime juice and two tbsp of cilantro in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add shredded romaine and toss until evenly coated. Arrange over the warm pizza. Top with sprouts, tomato, avocado and remaining cilantro.
One of the best things about making your own food is the way it makes your kitchen smell. I guess there could be an argument the other way around but for this one, you’ll be glad its baking in your oven. Granola is a great snack no matter how you eat it but my favorite way to eat it is on yogurt. I justify it by the fact that I’m only eating tablespoons at a time rather than fist-fulls. This recipe for Vanilla Almond Granola is based on a recipe from sallysbakingaddiction.com. The combination of sugar free pancake syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon give it the right amount of sweet spiciness and the coconut oil helps bring together the rest of the ingredients for the right amount of crunchiness that you look for in granola.
Now before you sniff at me for my choice of sweetener, let me tell you – not all no- or low-calorie sweeteners are made the same. Some are great for cooking or baking such as sucralose or Splenda, as it’s commonly known. Its a stable sweetener. Other sweeteners are fabulous for their taste, if you don’t prefer the taste of sucralose. Some people like how they’re obtained from natural sources, as in the case of stevia or agave nectar. I actually did try agave nectar with this one. The dark version has a taste surprisingly like pancake syrup by itself. So I thought it would be the perfect choice for this recipe. What I didn’t realize is that it DOES NOT like heat. It was crispy before the first 15 minutes were up. I was really quite surprised. It turned out a lot better when switched up to the sucralose in the mix.I can also happily report that this is kid approved. As soon as I had them try it, they all wanted some yogurt to put it on. I call that a serious win.
You know what else is really, really good and kid approved? Quick Mini Quiches can be made a million ways and are a cheesy, easy way to send your kids to school with breakfast in their stomachs. Try it and tell me what you think!