Deep Dish Pizza

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.

finished pizza low carb keto

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’.

baked crust no carb keto

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
Serves 8
Low carb pizza baked in a dish and not a carb missed!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4oz cream cheese, softened
  2. 4 large eggs
  3. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  4. 1/4 c Parmesan cheese
  5. 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  6. 1/2 tsp oregano
  7. 1 cup Italian Cheese blend (found in the pizza aisle of most grocery stores)
  8. Or you can use just Parmesan, Asiago, or Romano on its own
  9. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  10. Full portion of pizza sauce (noted below)
  11. Pizza toppings, if preferred
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13x9 in baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In mixer or food processor, combine cream cheese and eggs until smooth. Then add the cream, Parmesan, garlic and oregano until well combined.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Heat the oven broiler to high. Add pizza pan under broiler and allow to melt and brown the cheese.
  6. Take the pizza out from the oven and let it rest until cutting and serving.
Adapted from Low Carb Yum
Adapted from Low Carb Yum
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Bonus No Sugar Added Pizza Sauce
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 8oz can plain tomato sauce (no added flavorings or sugar)
  2. 1 tsp onion powder
  3. 1/2 tsp garlic powder, or 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  4. 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  5. 1 tbsp no-calorie sweetener, or to taste
  6. S&P
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a small pot. Bring to a boil over a medium heat. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
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Baja Club Pizza

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.

low carb vegetables tomato lettuce avocado

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.

low carb pizza cheese bacon toasted

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.

low carb pizza baja club healthy

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
Serves 1
Bacon, cheese, veggies with a lime cilantro mayo makes a quick and yummy lunch!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium whole wheat tortilla
  2. 1 tbsp or pat of butter, softened
  3. 1/2 c shredded cheese
  4. 1 slice bacon, cooked
  5. 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1/2 c shredded romaine lettuce
  7. 1/4 c mayonnaise
  8. 1 tbsp lime juice
  9. 3 tsp minced fresh cilantro
  10. 1 c alfalfa sprouts
  11. 1 small roma tomato, sliced
  12. 1/2 medium avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat oven broiler to high.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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Chicken Vegetable Soup

What’s better wafting through the kitchen than the smell of a savory chicken vegetable soup? Probably nothing. Which is why I love this recipe. This is based on Weight Watchers old school version of the Zero Point Soup. But we’re low carb-er’s, right?  We don’t have to worry about point following.  Plus, you are adding in some low-fat protein with the addition of the chicken that helps you feel full and satisfied. 

 

low carb vegetable chicken soup
Bowl of Color

There is one other bonus to this recipe. The soup freezes wonderfully! I might even argue that it tastes better after being nuked in the microwave. But you can judge for yourself! So make a huge batch – double the recipe – and separate into freezer safe containers and you’ll always have that last minute lunch or dinner ready as soon as it gets out of the microwave.

 

 

Chicken Vegetable Soup
Serves 6
A easy, savory soup that is low in carbs but very filling! Freezes like a breeze!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs chicken breast, diced
  2. 1 box (32 oz) chicken stock
  3. 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  4. 1 tsp minced garlic
  5. 1/4 tsp basil
  6. 1/2 tsp oregano
  7. 2 c chopped cabbage
  8. 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  9. 1/2 c carrots, chopped
  10. 1/2 c green beans
  11. 1/2 c zucchini
  12. 1/2 c summer squash
  13. S&P
Instructions
  1. In soup pot, spray with non-stick cooking spray. Saute chicken and garlic until done through and garlic fragrent.
  2. Add chicken stock and tomato sauce to pot and mix until combined. Add the rest of the spices and vegetables and bring to boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Notes
  1. For South Beach/Atkins Phase 1 and Keto, omit the carrots.
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Easy Taco Soup

Welcome to the low-carb wagon!

I’ve fallen off a few times, but I’m getting back on! I’m not going to say that I’m going to be perfect on my journey from this point forward. I’m not. I think though that with some really good food and some really good support both you and I can accomplish our goals, get healthier and laugh all the way to the kitchen!  I’ve compiled some really good low carb recipes, including today’s recipe – Easy Taco Soup, that will make their stomach growl!

So what is this blog about? Let me tell you a few key goals I have for the recipes you’ll find here:

Simple, Inexpensive Ingredients

Why is it that diet cookbooks insist on publishing ‘chef’ made recipes? If I wanted chef-made, I would order it off his menu, have him make it and enjoy a night off from making food! I need stuff that can be found at my local grocery store, that has at least of a small chance of something that my kids would actually eat. Not to mention not break the grocery budget.  These low carb recipes’ ingredients are things that you probably already have in your pantry. How’s that for savings?

Family Friendly

Honestly, I’ve tried the route of making lunches/dinners for me, then making a separate meal for my husband and kids. I don’t mind doing that every once in a while, especially if its something I really want to try.  But on a nightly basis, it’s just not feasible. So I’ve put together some low carb recipes that won’t scream ‘diet food’ to your husband, and the kids won’t turn up their noses at it.

Fast and Easy

Whether you stay at home or work for a living, as mothers, we are all busy. And if you’re like me, when the kids came, the food’s labels came with the words ‘convenience’ or ‘microwavable’ a lot more.  And our waistlines paid the price. Most of the recipes found here will be something that can be thrown together in about 30 minutes or less and won’t require a lot of technical cooking knowledge to achieve tastiness.

Low Carb Easy Fast Soup

Easy Taco Soup 

This low carb family favorite is a go-to if I know that I’ll be running late in the afternoon, or I need a big pot of something warm and tasty for a potluck. It’s also one of the easiest recipes out there because you dump most of your ingredients in your pot or crockpot and wait for the magic.

Easy Taco Soup
Serves 6
A fast, easy family favorite that also happens to be low carb!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb lowfat ground beef
  2. 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  3. 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  4. 1 can diced tomatos*
  5. 1 can diced tomatos with green chilies*
  6. 1 can corn*
  7. 1 packet taco seasoning
  8. 1 packet ranch dressing mix
On stovetop
  1. Add all ingrediants to large pot and stir until well combined. Over medium heat, bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes.
In crockpot
  1. Add all ingrediants to crockpot and stir until well combained. Heat on LOW for 6 - 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream, a pinch of cheese, or avocado chunks.
Notes
  1. * Do not drain - add straight into the pot
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What did you think of the recipe?  Let me know in the comments!