LOW CARB DEEP DISH VEGGIE PIZZA

Get ready low carb lovers, cuz I’ve got a special treat for ya’ll! Who doesn’t love themselves a piece of freakin pizza every once in a while!? Especially a deep dish pizza. Gooey oooooie straight delicious. This original recipe is made veggie style for my beloved vegetarians, but, for my eat eaters out there, you could easily sub out some veggies for some serious protein, like lean grass fed beef or even pork sausage, and for the vegans out there, there are plenty of subs for cheeses and such. Really, everyone have have loads of fun with this recipe!
Typically, deep dish pizza are very high in carbohydrates and fat. Yes, they are killer delicious, but if we ate that every time we wanted to have the taste of pizza in our mouths, we would have to be rolled around like bowling balls cuz of our big ol’ bellies. Hehe;)

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I was so obsessed with this, that I made it my packed lunch meal for the next 3 days.
Now…. don’t be afraid, all of the pictures give the illusion of lots of steps and difficulty, but it’s actually very simple.. Lets go through this step by step babes…

What you will need:
2 skillets
A small springform pan

In skillet 1:

-Chopped sweet Italian peppers
-chopped onions
-Oregano
-Salt & pepper
-sautéed until soften
-Set aside
( you could also omit this step and just roast all the veggies whole in the oven @ 375* for 25-30 minutes)

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In skillet 2:

-Chopped kale ( I just bought a bag of chopped kale form TJ’s)
- 1 shallot finely sliced
-1 tsp minced or crushed garlic
-1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning.
- Salt & pepper
-Sautéed until bright green and soft
-turn off heat

While that is sautéing… .

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We can move on to the crust.
Per-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Have you springform pan ready and greased.
In a med bowl, mix well:
-2 cups almond meal
-2 eggs or 4 egg whites

In another bowl, heat up until melted in 20-30 sec increments
-3 cups low fat mozzarella cheese

Once melted, right away mix into the almond and egg mixture. At this point, make sure that it is all combined quickly because the cheese will start to harden fast. Mix very well.
Grab your greased springform pan, and start to mold your crust.
Beware, this may be sticky.

Formed, place in hot oven and bake for 15-20 min. Please be sure to keep checking. Sometimes it browns faster than you expected.

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Ok….time to start layering this thing.
- 5 sliced mushrooms to coat the bottom

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A layer of your sautéed peppers.

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A layer of your sautéed kale mixture

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A layer of low fat part skim mozzarella

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A layer of canned diced tomatoes, and topped with fresh chopped basil

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Check out this gorgeous crust.

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I promise that you will love this version of a deep dish! You won’t ever feel the need to stuff yourself with a full fat pizza again!

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Serve it to friends, and they will be shocked.

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Like I said, this is alas really great as leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. Super yummy, without all those extra carbs.

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I believe that the whole pizza has just below 15 carbs. Amazing.
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did, and remember, this is a great foundation for whatever toppings and substitutions that need to be made. That’s the best part! Have fun with it and invite your fit friends over!

Xo, P

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