Pizza is one of those highly addictive foods that you just can’t live without. The trouble is, it’s LOADED with carbs, salt and fat. So should we feel guilty too?
Not necessarily, certainly not if you could enjoy pizza – with no carbs. It’s absolutely possible – and surprisingly easy!
The crust-carb connection
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Most of the carbohydrates in a regular pizza are found in the crust – that crunchy, white flour base that holds it all together.
The deeper or thicker the crust, the more carbs it contains.
According to Allan Borushek’s Calorie King website, one medium BBQ chicken pizza has a whopping 1274 calories, with 157.2g of carbs (51% of the meal).
And that’s enough to blow your healthy eating and good intentions out the window.
There are very few carbs in the toppings, which are usually just meat, vegetables, fruits and herbs.
A simple solution
It’s all about the base. Therefore, a pizza with no carbs simply requires a base transformation.
Luckily, Downsize Me has a tried-and-true Secret Recipe. This base is delicious. The real test is the husband rating:
“Hmm, that doesn’t seem like cauliflower! I could do this!”
This recipe is also perfect for making low carb tortilla wraps. Yippee!
The secret recipe: Chicken Pizza – with no carbs
Here it is. A tried, tested and highly recommended no carb pizza.
– 2 cups grated cauliflower
– 1 tbsp water
– 2 eggs, lightly beaten (for low fat version, omit yolks)
– 1 tsp chopped rosemary or other fresh herbs
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 2 tbsp tomato paste, salt-free
– 1 pinch coriander seeds, whole
– 1 tbsp ricotta cheese, extra light
– 1 tbsp oregano leaves, chopped
– 100 grams chicken breast, cooked and chopped
– 5 broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
– 3 whole capers, drained (optional)
– 1 tomato, diced
Procedure – Base
2. Put grated cauliflower in a non-stick pan or glass microwave dish with 1 tbsp water and cook for 6 minutes on medium to high heat.
3. Allow cauliflower to cool, then squeeze tightly to remove excess water
4. Add the cooked, squeezed cauliflower to the eggs (or egg whites) and add the fresh herbs.
5. Mix well to combine.
6. Line a large tray with baking paper.
7. Pour the cauliflower mixture onto the tray and, using the back of a tablespoon, smooth the mixture into a circle of about 20 – 25cm diameter.
8. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes in the oven (until firm), then remove and turn over.
9. Bake a further 10 – 15 minutes.
Note: The key aim is to dry out the base, but to retain some ‘flexibility’ in it.
Procedure – Toppings
10. While the base is cooking, prepare the toppings, mix the garlic with tomato paste.
11. Remove cooked pizza base from the oven and top with the tomato paste mix.
12. Sprinkle herbs over the top, add onion, chicken, capsicum and extra light ricotta cheese (optional).
13. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Yield: 1 large pizza base or tortillas
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Nutrition Facts (Chicken Pizza)
Nutrition (per serving): 374 calories, 59 calories from fat, 6.7g total fat, 89.8mg cholesterol, 543.1mg sodium, 1854.8mg potassium, 32g carbohydrates, 10.5g fibre, 14.4g sugar, 49.1g protein.
Gluten Free, Low Carb
Nutrition Facts (base only)
Nutrition (per serving): 194 calories, 91 calories from fat, 10.1g total fat, 372mg cholesterol, 202.2mg sodium, 740.7mg potassium, 10.8g carbohydrates, 4.1g fibre, 4.2g sugar, 16.4g protein.
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
These will stay fairly firm but flexible.
With a little creativity, it’s absolutely possible to eat low carb and still enjoy yourself with friends and family. Try this pizza base tonight and enjoy a new way of eating!
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