There’s more than one reason why the keto diet is one of today’s most popular health trends. By choosing this high-fat, low-carb meal plan, you transition your body into using a different, more efficient, type of fuel. A body in ketosis is in a better position to lose weight, stabilize blood sugar, and reduce inflammation. Not only does it help you drop a few unnecessary pounds, but many people on the keto diet report feeling energized and generally more comfortable with their body.
If you’re committed, the keto diet can bring drastic changes to your life. But like any other diet, it isn’t always easy. There are strict guidelines to follow, and the list of foods you can’t eat is somewhat limiting. Basically, if you know it’s high in carbs, you can’t have it. The slightest break in the diet will throw your body out of ketosis, and you’ll need to start all over. So there’s really no such thing as a cheat day, really.
That means that when you’re craving a slice of pizza, you can’t call up your favorite pizza joint and order a pie. Pizza crust is notoriously high in carbs, and that puts it on your list of banned foods. But fear not, pizza lovers! There are ways around the low-carb rule if you’re willing to work for it.
I’ve found these five keto pizza recipes to satisfy your cravings.
1. Keto-Friendly Chicken Pizza
A little like chicken Parmesan, this keto-friendly twist on traditional pizza is cheesy and delicious. It’s easy to make, and it’s filling enough to be an entire meal all on its own.
- 4 6- to 8-ounce pieces chicken breast, butterflied then pounded very thin
- Olive oil, for drizzling plus 1 tablespoon
- Salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- A handful of basil leaves
- 1 pound ball fresh mozzarella, very thinly sliced or shredded using a fat-toothed box grater
- Drizzle olive oil over chicken and season with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, onion, fennel seed, red pepper, and thyme. Allow the chicken to marinate for a few minutes.
- Heat a skillet with a lid over medium-high heat with a tablespoon of olive oil, a turn of the pan. Add sliced garlic and stir a minute; add tomatoes and season with salt. Cover pan to trap heat and cook to soften tomatoes for 8-10 minutes, shaking pan occasionally. Add basil to sauce and stir to wilt.
- Grill or griddle-cook the chicken a few minutes on each side then transfer to baking sheets. Top chicken with sauce and then mozzarella cheese, as if it were a small pizza. Broil to brown and melt cheese.
This recipe is courtesy of Rachel Ray.
2. Low-Carb Zucchini Crust Pizza
It’s amazing what you can do with a single zucchini. It’s an all-purpose type of vegetable, and this keto pizza recipe is a great example. Instead of bread crust, this recipe has a low-carb zucchini crust.
- 2-3 medium zucchini about 1 1/2 cup shredded
- 1/3 cup AP Flour, almond flour, or breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Pizza sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- favorite toppings
- Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place shredded zucchini on a plate lined with a few layers of paper towel. Sprinkle with one tablespoon of salt. Set aside for 10 minutes. Squeeze the excess moisture out of the zucchini by wrapping it up in the paper towels or clean cheese cloth and squeezing out all the excess water.
- In a medium bowl, combine the shredded zucchini, flour, egg, cheese and Italian spices. Combine mixture with a spoon until fully incorporated then transfer mixture on to greased parchment paper. Press the dough into the desired shape and thickness (we like 1/4” thickness) on the greased parchment paper.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until the crust looks set and the bottom is starting to brown. Carefully remove the pizza crust from the oven and top with sauce, cheese, and toppings if desired. Return to oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
This recipe is courtesy of gimmedelicious.com
3. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Ahhh cauliflower. This magical little vegetable has the keto diet to thank for its growing popularity. Not only is cauliflower one of the better tasting vegetables (even kids who don’t like vegetables can be convinced not to hate it), it’s also the perfect foundation for your keto pizza.
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well. (I like to put it on a towel to get all the moisture out.) Let cool.
- In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Add desired toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes.
This recipe is courtesy of Food Network.
4. Cheesy Keto Pizza Crust
Being on the keto diet means you’re going to miss out on a lot of good foods, but thankfully, cheese isn’t one of them. All types of cheese are low in carbs and high in fat. This keto pizza recipe puts that cheesy goodness to good use.
- 2 tbsp unsweetened tomato sauce
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 5 oz. shredded cheese as topping
- 1 1/2 oz. pepporoni
- olives (optional)
- 4 egges
- 6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese for the crust
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Crack the eggs into a medium bowl and add shredded cheese. Stir to combine. This will be for your pizza crust.
- Spread the cheese and egg batter on a baking sheet into your desired crust shape. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust turns golden.
- Increase your oven temperature to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread the sauce on the crust and top with cheese, oregano, pepperoni, and olives.
- Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
This keto pizza recipe is courtesy of Diet Doctor.
5. Sausage Crust Pizza
This recipe is like the keto version of a meat lover’s pizza. Instead of putting sausage on top, you use sausage as your crust. You can pick what type of meat you want and then layer even more meat or vegetables over the cheese.
- 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
- 1/4 cup marinara sauce (I use Rao’s)
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 15g pepperoni
- 6 black olives, sliced
- 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
- 4 slices provolone cheese
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Press the sausage into a round pan 9″ cake pan. Make sure the top is level so that the crust will cook evenly.
- Bake the crust for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and use a paper towel to dab off excess grease. Transfer the crust to a baking sheet if desired.
- Spread the marinara sauce on top.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top. Layer the vegetables and pepperoni. Top with the provolone slices.
- Place under the broiler for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
This recipe is courtesy of Keto in Pearls.
Featured image via Keto in Pearls
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