Tuesday Night is Pizza Night (A Healthy, Low Carb Recipe)
Does anyone else make the same dinner every week? I don't mean every meal of every night, but perhaps you too have a night where you always eat the same kind of food?
Growing up Monday night was always pasta night and on Fridays we'd eat a lighter dinner of soup after school. This way I ate more Spaghetti Aglio e Olio than I'd like to admit. Today I don't really eat much pasta anymore, especially not since we've started eating mostly low carb a few years ago. But I do still have a soft spot for Italian food. So, on Tuesday nights, when Adam is out to play football, we make - in true comfort food fashion - pizza!
Now I won't claim that this tastes like real Italian pizza. But it does tick some of the boxes: you can pick up a slice and you can make it really nice and crispy (but you could also go deep dish!).
When we first started cutting out carbs I dabbled a bit in making all sorts of alternative pizzas. There was a time when we were trying to perfect the cauliflower base (remember this hilarious video featuring Tim Noakes?) (we failed.), then we moved onto making pizza in a pan by melting grated Mozzarella and topping it with salami (pretty good but also reaaaally boring). And then we discovered this recipe that I am sharing with you below. This is based on a basic low carb bread that Adam's Mother regularly bakes. When she whipped up a pizza with the same base I knew we had found a winner.
If you do fancy giving this a try as a bread I recommend you double the quantities, maybe at some grated cheese, a handful of nuts or some sesame seeds on top. Otherwise, we simply pour the dough onto one of these Le Creuset oven trays (31x28cm) lined with parchment paper and pre bake it before adding any toppings.
I would suggest that you make sure your pizza sauce and toppings are not too wet but other than that you can go wild. Our current favourite toppings for this recipe are Mozzarella, chorizo, jalapeños and pineapple. I know a lot of people will find this, especially the pineapple part really weird but I personally absolutely love it. My favourite really-bad-for-you Domino's pizza combination is actually a pizza topped with pepperoni, pineapple and black olives. Adam thinks the poor team at Domino's must be shaking their heads when I very rarely put in an order.
Anyway, I would love to know your opinion on pineapple on pizza and really what your favourite toppings are. Be sure to leave a comment below. Of course don't forget to let me know how the pizza works out for you if you try it too!
Low carb Pizza
For the base:
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup water
½ tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp Italian herbs
¼ cup ground flaxseed
¼ cup ground almonds
½ tbsp baking powder
½ cup gram flour
Our favourite toppings:
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
In a big bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, water, garlic powder, and herbs. Combine with the flaxseed, almonds, and baking powder. Sieve the gram flour and stir it into the mixture.
Line a small baking tray with parchment paper and pour on the dough, making sure it's spread evenly.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Top the pizza base with your favourite ingredients. We like to start with a base of tomato paste and add with mozzarella, chorizo, pineapple and jalapeños.
Finally, bake for five more few more minutes or until the mozzarella has melted and browned a little.