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Pizza Dilema solved

Sunday, November 06, 2016

My DH loves pizza. I can't count the number of times I've said no. I really have to limit my carbs to 2 servings a day. For me, Pizza just isn't satisfying in very small portions. Even with a large salad, the meal doesn't satisfy me for the evening. I really was sorry my DH was missing out on one of his favorite meals because of the needs of my journey.

Today I found a low carb recipe for a Chicken Casserole that tastes enough like pizza to make us both happy. I tweaked the recipe for our personal tastes.

Chicken Pizza Casserole

3 serving Cheese Mozzarella Stick - Low Fat, sliced into 1/4" planks.
6 thigh, bone and skin removed Chicken Thigh or breasts
0.25 Onions, fine dice
1 Can Tomatoes
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
0.5 tsp crushed red chili pepper flakes
4 Mushrooms, chopped
1 clove Garlic
1 serving Hormel Pepperoni (15 Pepperoni slices)

Preheat oven 400F.
Heat olive oil. Sauté chicken until golden brown. Remove.
Saute onion, mushroom, garlic, Italian Seasonings and red pepper flakes until golden brown.
Add tomatoes and cook uncovered until reduced to a tomato paste (toothpaste) consistency. (This is a must or casserole will be really watery.)
Return chicken to oven safe pan or 8X8 baking dish.
Add green peppers, cheese and pepperoni. Change it up for the pizza toppings you like.
Bake 25-30 min.

Serve with salad.
For non-low carb family members serve with bakery cheesy breadsticks, tube pizza crust baked into breadsticks or crusty bread.

Serving Size: Makes 6 servings
I used the high fat pepperoni but you could use Turkey Pepperoni or Turkey sausage.

Nutritional Info
Fat: 6.7g
Carbohydrates: 3.4g
Protein: 15.3g

Yes, you can use jar pizza sauce but you still have to reduce it and most have added sugar.
Use large oven safe non stick skillet for 1 pan dish.

This was awesome! Everyone thought it was good. It was high enough in protein to work for me but it was low fat and the flavors were absolutely pizza. The bakery cheesy breadsticks made my DH totally happy with the meal.

Love it when everyone wins!

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    Thanks for sharing! Pizza was my favorite food but I have great trouble stopping at one piece. Alternatives are a great idea.
    1732 days ago
    I like the idea of finding something that is a good flavor substitute for a food that DH loves and is not on my plan.

    So the ingredient you left out is "be lazy and don't cook and pick up a pizza"! Hah. I guess I will have to wait on that one. Except for salads most of the take out foods I can think of are going to challenge my daily nutrient goals. However your guiding principle here is so smart.
    1732 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949

    I use a frozen Udi's gluten-free crust for homemade pizzas with a low-sodium, organic tomato paste, Amore's, fresh organic squash and broccoli florets and light amount of cheese over top. Spouses half gets additional cheese, mushrooms and olives that I can't eat.

    1732 days ago
    This sounds great. Yum!
    Have you also considered cauliflower pizza base? It cuts out lots of the carbs.
    1733 days ago
  • DIAENG49
    Sounds delicious. Im gunna try it. I miss pizza
    1733 days ago
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