Lower carbohydrate, higher fat diet plans are currently enjoying a surge in popularity. Unfortunately, many family favorites, like pizza are considered to be too high in carbohydrates to be consumed on this way of eating. Some families have come up with a solution to this problem by sticking faithfully to their low-carb, high-protein eating plans for six days each week, then allowing themselves a "cheat day" in which they can once again enjoy going out for a delicious slice or two from their favorite pizza restaurant. But for those times when mid-week cravings appear, try making this low-carb version of your favorite pizza.
1 pound of skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced horizontally into large slices, approximately one-half inch thick
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon dried, crushed oregano
1 tablespoon dried, crushed basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound of shredded mozzarella cheese
Assorted sliced vegetables, cooked, crumbled sausage, pepperoni, or ham
Preparation and baking instructions
Place the chicken slices on a cookie sheet in a single layer with sides slightly overlapping to form a pizza crust. Bake the chicken in a preheated 325 degree oven for 15 minutes, remove and allow to cool slightly.
Mix the tomato paste, olive oil, and spices in a bowl, then spread the mixture evenly onto the top of the cooled chicken breast crust. Top with a generous amount of toppings, sprinkle with a thick layer of the shredded cheese and then return the pizza to oven for approximately 12-15 minutes, until toppings are golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove, let cool for ten minutes, slice carefully, then enjoy with a knife and fork.
Additional tips for remaining low-carb at your favorite pizza restaurant
Even if you cannot wait to enjoy real pizza until your scheduled "cheat day", there are several ways in which you can continue to follow your low-carb diet plan while eating in your favorite pizza restaurant. These include:
- ordering your pizza with double toppings and discarding the crust on your serving
- enjoying a large, low-carb salad in place of having more pizza
- asking your server if they offer any low-carb items that may not be on the regular menu
In addition to the suggestions above, dieters who want to avoid the tendency to overeat or indulge in forbidden foods while dining out may want to enjoy a health snack at home before going to the restaurant. Doing this will help you have the willpower to succeed with your healthy weight loss goals.