Pizza is one of the most loved meals throughout the world. It is a complete meal, which not only appeases your appetite, but also gives immense pleasure and satisfaction to you. A usual pizza consists of ingredients belonging to almost every food class, including carbs, fats and proteins, since making a pizza involves the use of a diverse set of ingredients, including flour, meat, herbs, as well as different vegetables.
However, because pizza is basically a round flat bread piece with various toppings, it poses some health issues. Eating pizza too frequently can cause an increase in your calorie intake, thereby leading to obesity. For people, who are extremely cautious about their diet, as well as those who prefer a low carb diet, pizza is something strictly prohibited. But, bakers have found a delicious solution for such people as well, called the low carb pizza.
What is a low carb pizza?
While a regular pizza uses white flour to make the crust, a low carb pizza uses other substitutes. Commonly, low carb pizza crust is made from a mix of whole grain flour and white flour. Many people also use soy flour to make the dough. While low carb pizza means low carbohydrates, it does not necessarily mean low calories too, since some people use a cheese base in low carb pizza. Egg base and cauliflower crust are also used. The main recipe remains the same; that is, making a crust with various toppings. People who use soy flour often add protein powder to it, because the gluten content of soy flour is quite low, due to which, the dough does not rise up when baked. Adding protein powder helps in this regard.
Recipes for low carb pizza dough
Although, the choice of crust depends solely on one’s personal taste and preferences, here are some recipe ideas that might help.
Egg crust pizza
This recipe requires 6 eggs, 6 ounces of cream cheese, a cup of parmesan cheese, a pinch of garlic powder, and oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Blend the cream cheese well with the eggs, using a hand blender. Add spices and salt and blend well, so that a uniform mixture is formed. Now, take a deep pan and spread your grated cheese in it evenly, pouring the cream and egg mixture all over it. Put the pan in a preheated oven and bake it for twenty minutes, until it gets crispy and brown. Now, your crust or low carb pizza base is ready. Use it to put toppings of your choice and bake again for a few minutes. This makes eight servings.
Flax meal crust
Flax meal is becoming very popular because of its health benefits. And, it makes an amazingly good pizza too. All you need is half a cup of flax seed meal, two teaspoons of baking powder, any sweetener that would substitute almost one tablespoon of sugar, salt, oregano, half a cup oil, three eggs, and three tablespoons of oil. To prepare your low carb pizza, mix all the dry ingredients well and, then add all the wet ingredients to the mixture. Mix well, so that a uniform mixture is formed. Leave the mixture for five to ten minutes, so that it thickens. Now, spread the mixture on an oiled pan and spread it smoothly, so that a thin layer is formed. An evenly spread mixture will give an even crust. Now, bake it for eighteen minutes. The crust is ready, and you can add toppings to it. This type of whole grain pizza has 52 grams of fiber, 7 grams of effective carbohydrates, 47 grams of protein, 1525 calories and 130 grams healthy fats.
Soy flour crust
Soy flour has its own unique taste, which many people do not like. However, the taste can be covered by adding other ingredients and spices. For soy flour pizza, the ingredients needed are: a cup of soy flour, half a cup of neutral protein powder, one teaspoon of garlic powder, oregano, any hot pepper that you like, two tablespoons of any sugar substitute (you can use any artificial sweetener of your choice), two eggs, salt to taste, quarter of a cup of water and three tablespoons of olive oil. Mix all the dry ingredients well, and then add water, oil and eggs to the mixture. Mix well until a sticky mixture forms. Although sticky, it should hold together. Since, soy flour is being used, you may have to adjust the amount of water needed yourself, judging from the mixture consistency. Add more water if you think it is needed. Now, oil a silicon mat or pizza stone, and spread your mixture on it. Use a spatula to spread it in such a way that an even crust would be formed. By now, you should have your oven preheated to 375 degrees Celsius for at least twenty minutes. When your crust is evenly spread, put it in the oven and let it bake for fifteen minutes. Now, your crust is ready, and you can top it with the other ingredients of your choice.
This makes six servings, with each serving having five grams of effective carbs, two grams fiber, and eleven grams of protein. Enjoy this delicious low carb pizza with full health benefits.
Pepperoni crust pizza
This recipe uses pepperoni slices as the pizza crust for your low carb pizza. So, instead of making a whole round pizza, this recipe makes small pizza bites.
The required ingredients include 8 ounces of cream cheese, two eggs, a teaspoon of garlic powder, a teaspoon of oregano, quarter of a cup of sugar free pizza sauce, half a cup of a combination of shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese, twenty four very thin slices of pepperoni, quarter of a cup of other pizza toppings. To prepare the crust, first beat the cream cheese, so that it becomes fluffy and smooth. Then, add eggs, garlic and oregano to it, and blend well again. Add other ingredients and mix with your hand. Oil your oven pan and place pepperoni slices on it. Add the cream mixture on every slice, and bake in a preheated oven for fifteen minutes. You can also use muffin cups, so that your pizza bites come out with a better shape.
This recipe gives twenty-four low carb pizza bites, with each pizza bite having a gram of effective carbs, three grams protein and sixty-seven calories, whereas without pepperoni, the proteins content is two grams, while the calories are forty- seven.
Meat crust pizza
This is the most common diet pizza. Many people use their own variations of the standard recipe of meat pizza, in order to make this diet meat crust pizza. The required ingredients to make this crust are 1.25 lbs. sausages, salt, pepper, a teaspoon of garlic powder, two teaspoons of oregano, sugar free pizza sauce, hot sauce, ginger powder, red chili powder or paprika, cheese, and toppings of your choice.
To prepare the meat pizza crust, mix the spices, salt and meat together, and then spread the meat on a baking tray. Make sure to oil the tray before putting the meat on it. Spread the meat in thin layers, but make sure there are no gaps. Bake it in a preheated oven for ten minutes. Now, take it out and let it cool, then remove the grease and spread your pizza sauce. Add cheese and your toppings to it; and, you are done! This low carb pizza can be either baked or grilled. If grilling is done, make sure to use a baking sheet placed over the grilling pan, so that the meat does not fall off.
Although, this recipe should be classified as an omelet, because of its pizza fixings, it is usually considered a low carb pizza. The ingredients needed include, twelve eggs, two tablespoons of milk, two chopped green chilies, sliced mushrooms, oregano, chicken or pepperoni slices, and chopped tomatoes. Heat some oil in the pan to sauté tomatoes, mushrooms, and pepper. Now, mix the eggs and milk, and add salt and red chili powder to the mixtures. Pour the eggs over cooked vegetables, and let the eggs cook too. When the eggs are reasonably cooked, you can also add grated cheese, just to make it even more delicious and pizza-like.
Other alternative crusts include tortilla crust and mushroom crust. Mushrooms can be mixed with other toppings, and then cooked. Tortillas cannot handle heavy toppings; they tear up. So, when using tortillas, make sure to just put a thin layer of cheese and only a small amount of toppings. Bake it for a few minutes only, and you are done. A thin hamburger covered with pizza toppings, and then baked, can also be used.
Although, these crust recipes will give you a low carb crust, there are other ingredients too, apart from just the flour, which contribute towards adding carbs. Most types of pizza sauce, which are commonly used and considered as an integral part of pizzas, have high sugar content. Sugar means more carbs. So, when purchasing these sauces, make sure to buy those with no sugar content. Furthermore, the milk cheese also has a considerable amount of carbs, and no low carb pizza is made without cheese.
No matter what alterations need to be made in the recipe of pizza, in order to make a low carb pizza, the pizza lovers can never stop eating it, as it remains the most loved meal worldwide.