Healthy pizza? Seriously?

Hells yeah! Why not? Pizza is not evil and salad is not divine. It’s all about the ingredients. Use the right ingredients and anything can be healthy. Here is a vegetarian super low carb-high fat-high protein pizza I made for my yet-to-be (significantly) better half.

Time:

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

Base:

  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 3 tbls almond meal
  • 1/2 tbls coconut oil
  • 2 tbls shredded cheese (pepper jack or mozzarella or parmesan works best)
  • dried basil to taste
  • chilli flakes

Note: The base comes to approximately 370 calories with zero net carbs.

Topping:

  • 4 tbls organic tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1 Orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium red onion cut julienne
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • Handful of organic dried bing cherries
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

Note: You can put whatever the hell you want as topping. If you need the extra protein, throw in some grilled chicken or ham or whatever sails your boat.

Preparation:

Base:

  1. Beat the eggs together.
  2. Add in all the other ingredients and whisk well.
  3. Pour the mixture on a skillet, drop the heat to low and cover with a lid.
  4. Cook like you would cook a pancake.

Pizza:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  1. Pour pasta sauce on the base and spread evenly.
  2. Add toppings.
  3. Cover with shredded cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 6-8 mins or until all the cheese has melted.

Nutritional Information:

  • Total energy: 500 kcal
  • Fat: 39 grams
  • Protein: 28 grams
  • Net carbs: 10 grams (18 grams total carbs – 8 grams fiber)

Basically there is no limit to the number of different topping combinations you can come up with. Remember the base is basically zero carb and you can up the protein content of this pizza by using proteins (meat, tofu, seafood etc.) as toppings.

Why is this healthy?

  • This pizza is gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, soy-free… I can go on and on but in short this pizza is crap-free.
  • All fats are from egg yolks, coconut oil, almonds and cheese. All awesome sources of fat. No freakin hydrogenated oils or soybean BS oils.
  • High in protein.
  • Super low in carbs. All carbs are from tomatoes, basil, almonds and vegetables used as toppings.
  • Provides 8 grams of fiber which is ~ 33% of your daily requirement of fiber.

Don’t worry about slicing or sharing. It’s just 500 calories… eat the whole damn thing for Christ’s sake!

Peace out.

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6 responses to “Healthy pizza? Seriously?

  1. Lavanya October 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Woohoo! All hail King Raj!!

  2. mssriram October 12, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Delicious. I want one now!

  3. Pooja November 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Made this today. Was good, but not nearly as big as the picture here!!!

  4. Archana December 27, 2010 at 2:20 am

    What is a veg version of the same? what if you could exclude egg and what is almond meal? never found that in India!

    • Lavanya February 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Almond meal is basically whizzed up almonds. Chuck some badam and powder them in a mixie. I haven’t tried it personally so I don’t know how good it is but a friend substituted ground flaxseed for eggs and had good results.

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