Low Carb Pizza and Zero Guilt
Many of you have chosen to reduce your daily carb intake as way to control blood sugar levels and assist with weight loss. I commend all of you for making this challenging lifestyle change! Such a change is not without sacrifice. Many of the foods you used to eat, you may now steer clear of in an effort to keep yourself on track. The three “P’s” (pizza, pasta and potatoes) are probably on the top of the “don’t even think about it” list. While I am a true believer in moderation (even when it comes to the three “P’s”) I understand for many it is easier to avoid certain temptations over the worry of losing control.
But what if there was a way to enjoy pizza without all of the carbs and guilt?
The amount of carbohydrate in a single slice of pizza can vary quite a bit, anywhere from 15 grams per slice (for thin crust) to over 40 grams per slice (for deep dish). You might be thinking, “If I only have one slice it’s not that bad.” I agree with you; however, the problem for many people is stopping after one slice. For that reason (among others), many individuals with type 2 diabetes consider pizza to be a forbidden food.
Check out the recipe below for a low carb pizza that includes only a few ingredients; many of which you may already have in your refrigerator at home.
Veggie Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza Recipe:
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients for Pizza Crust:
- 8-ounce container Philadelphia vegetable cream cheese (full fat version)
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer (or food processor)
- Press mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 15 minutes
- Let pizza crust cool for 10 to 20 minutes
Pizza Topping Ingredients:
- ½ cup roasted red peppers
- ½ cup chopped Portobello mushrooms
- 4-ounces crumbled goat cheese
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella, part-skim milk
- Top pizza with mozzarella followed by mushrooms and roasted red peppers. Finish off with goat cheese.
- Bake pizza at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 5 minutes (until cheese melts)
- Romano cheese or asiago cheese are good alternatives if you don’t have parmesan cheese or want to try something a little different.
- You can save a little time by purchasing ready-made roasted red peppers. I personally like the Target Brand (Market Fresh Fire Roasted Red Peppers).
- If you don’t like the toppings for this pizza add your own creative twist. Not a fan of red peppers or mushrooms? Try any of the following options (all of which contain no carbs or are nearly carb free):
- Roasted chicken and caramelized onions
- Pepperoni and mushrooms
- Green pepper and olives
- Ham and sausage
(Yield: 4 servings)
Fat: 28 grams
Carb: 7 grams
Dietary Fiber: 0.4 grams
Sugars: 3 grams
Protein: 14 grams
Type2Diabetes.com cannot guarantee a recipe that has been scaled to make a different number of servings from the original.
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