Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Low carb dieting seems to be in for 2018.  The most popular low carb diet currently on the market, per say, is the Ketogeneic/Keto Diet. I am sure you all have heard of it by now. Many of my friends are following the low carb/low sugar diet. I myself do follow this and really watch my carb and sugar intake. I have been doing this since last April and have personally lost about 20 pounds. I can maintain this loss and still eat what I want at this time. This includes eating gluten-free spaghetti and pastas, along with crackers. The key is, everything in moderation. I know that if I eat pasta one day than the next day I should probably not have very many carbs. I use to track my carb and sugar intake daily, but not so much any more. I eat around 20-40 grams of carbs a day. When I was dropping weight like crazy, I kept sugars and carbs to under 20 grams a day. I believe that it is important to pay attention to what we are eating. As a psychologist, I understand that everything we put in our bodies reacts chemically with the chemicals that are in our body. Food can play a huge role in how we feel and act, this is all due to alternating the chemicals in our body with food. Eating a low carb/low sugar diet you will find that you sleep better, your mood is more positive, you have more energy, your body may not have as many aches and pains as before. This is all due to chemicals in our food that react with the chemicals in our bodies. I could go on and on with a topic like this, but I won’t bore you! You all get the picture!

Anyway, I have been focusing on making a more low carb dishes in the evening for dinner. This is one that I have wanted to try for quite a while. It turned out much better than I thought it would! And there was plenty for left overs the next day.

One of my all time favorite foods is pizza. I absolutely love pizza, it’s something that we have about once a week in our house. So I have been looking for a way to do one that is low carb and still taste delicious. I will be honest, I haven’t even tried the cauliflower crust yet. My family isn’t real big into the cauliflower so I haven’t even experimented with this concept yet! Maybe later I can slip it in on them.

Back to this pizza casserole. It was real simple to make. It had a little bit of a crust on it, which smelled really good. I used a package of cream cheese, at room temp, so I could blend it well in the mixer, 2 eggs, a pinch of pepper, garlic, along with grated parmesan. I mixed this all together in my blend and then spread it over a 9×13 casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. I popped this into a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. I checked this off and on while it was baking so I wouldn’t burn it. I wanted it to get brown and not burn. While this was cooking I started browning my ground beef on the stove top. I used ground beef and pepperoni in this. You could absolutely use any meats that you wanted! That’s what I love about this.

Once my crust was done and out of the oven I let it cool about 10 minutes before I started piling all the toppings on it. Basically, I layered this like a lasagna. I poured my pizza sauce on top of the crust and then a layer of sliced mozzarella. Then I added in some toppings, like you would a pizza. Hamburger, pepperoni, mushrooms, shredded parmesan and Asiago cheese, and then proceeded with another layer of sliced mozzarella. I repeated all of this one more time. Once I had my layers, the final topping was sliced mozzarella with some mushrooms. I put this into the oven at 350 and baked it for about 25-30 minutes. I then put it under the broiler on HI for about 3 minutes, this let the cheese brown up and get nice and bubbly! If you put this under the broiler, I would suggest moving your top rack down to the middle, so you don’t totally burn the dish that you just spent time making!

INGREDIENTS USED FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1, 8oz, cream cheese, at room temp
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, shredded

INGREDIENTS USED FOR THE PIZZA:

  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce, your favorite one is fine
  • mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded, whichever you prefer.
  • toppings of your choice, hamburger, pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, mushrooms

It is really that simple. I loved this too, because most people have these ingredients in their kitchen ready to go. So if you are looking for a quick and easy dinner this one would be it.

 

 

 

 

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