Who doesn’t love pizza! I am sure that all of us crave this simple yet satisfying meal whenever we need some serious comfort food. A low-carb pizza can actually be quite a healthy option if made with quality ingredients and fresh products. Unfortunately, the mass production worldwide and fast food industry turned pizza into a thing to avoid if your try to keep a healthy lifestyle and be responsible for a balanced weight.
In reality, we can make pizza a special treat and share it over a family meal every now and then without abusing ourselves and our bodies. It is really a matter of recipe, technique and quality ingredients that make pizza what it is, so if you put only fresh premium products and keep it low on the carbs, you can sometimes enjoy a piece or two of this favorite food.
Here are three ideas for pizzas that are low in carbs and taste delicious! No matter what you choose to prepare your pizza with, don’t miss to use a pizza stone for the baking process. It increases your chances to have the most delicious and amazingly crispy crust which is probably what pizza is all about, right?
Almond Crust Pizza
The first recipe involves almond flour in the pizza dough. It gives a pleasant nutty taste to the crust and spares on the extra carbs from the regular flour. Almond flour is very rich in protein, healthy fats and lots of minerals which makes it a perfect substitute for a diet low in carbs.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 zucchini
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 1-2 sprigs of thyme
- salt, pepper
- Mix the flours in a bowl.
- Dissolve the yeast into the water and then add it to the flours. Add the olive oil.
- Stir until a uniform texture. Add more water if needed. The dough should be sticky, not wet.
- Put the dough in a bowl, cover with a towel and let rest for 1 or 2 hours.
- In the meantime slice the zucchini and grill it with salt and pepper.
- When the dough is doubled in size, split into 2 and roll the dough.
- Spread the tomato sauce and zucchini on top and sprinkle with thyme.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Low-carb Pizza with Healthy Toppings
The second recipe is made with lots of healthy protein and fats from the toppings. Walnuts, spinach, and feta cheese are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids and dozens of microelements and minerals needed for a healthy body. You can use regular or almond pizza dough but be sure to use these nutrient-dense topping for a delicious low-carb pizza dream treat!
- 3½ cups pizza dough
- ¼ cup spinach leaves
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup feta cheese
- tomato sauce
- fresh herbs for sprinkling (mint, parsley, basil, cilantro)
- Roll the dough into 2 thin layers. Spread the sauce evenly on top.
- Spread the spinach, and sprinkle the feta and chopped walnuts.
- Bake the pizzas for 15-20 minutes until golden edges.
- Sprinkle with chopped herbs.
Tortilla Pizza with Hummus and Chorizo Salami
The third option includes tortillas as a base for the pizza. Tortillas are traditionally made with corn flour so they are naturally gluten free. You can use whatever variety you like. They are also a fast option when you don’t have the time to knead and rise a dough and they are actually pretty thin and light. Here we combine them with protein-rich foods like hummus dip and spiced salami.
- 2 tortillas
- 1 cup hummus
- 8 slices chorizo or spiced salami
- olive oil
- Place the tortillas in a pan or a pizza stone.
- Spread the hummus evenly and arrange the salami slices on top.
- Bake for 5 minutes in a preheated oven until tortillas get crispy.
- Drizzle with the olive oil and enjoy.
The best thing about pizza is that we are free to experiment with different dough recipes and topping options. It is important to include the foods that we love into our lives and enjoy them fully. These three recipes are the perfect opportunity to include more delicious pizza in your life and stay low on the carbs in the same time. Roll your sleeves and make your own version of the best pizza you’ve ever tasted!
About the Author: Tiffany Watts is the blogger behind Dilesia, a food blog curated for newbie and experienced cooking and baking enthusiasts, with the aim of bringing back the glamor and fashion in the kitchen. Dilesia, “where sweet treats and good eats meet,” provides a portal for everyone to discover delicious recipes, new and upcoming kitchen gadgets, and easy (and surprising) ways to upgrade culinary skills.