We tried another one of Craig Clarke’s recipes last night. The good news is it turned out great and I remembered to take my own photos!
This recipe is for Low Carb Pepperoni Pizza, and I considered it a necessity to try because I love pizza (who doesn’t?) and regularly find myself in an “I must have pizza” mood.
We had to make a couple of light adjustments to the recipe, two which were our own fault, and a third which is all regional. Firstly I didn’t buy the Italian Seasoning because I thought we had some – we don’t. Secondly, we missed the instruction to flip the base over and cook it for a further 2-4 minutes. And lastly, I couldn’t find Rao’s sauce in Australia, and I don’t actually think we can get it here. We substituted it with the lowest carb pizza base sauce we could find. I had no luck with the almond flour in the two stores I had time to check, so we went with almond meal (which we found to be suitable anyway).
Here’s our version of the pizza base as it came out of the oven. It tasted as good as it looks, and the few little air pockets smoothed right out with a gentle nudge.
This is the part where we were meant to flip it over and bake it for a few more minutes, but I think we were both way too excited – and surprised – by how tasty (and like a pizza base!) it looked.
I guess we’ve been burnt in the past by various “slim” versions of things – pasta, rice, etc – and to have another win with an alternative recipe was just too much for us and we got straight to putting the toppings on.
We didn’t stick with straight pepperoni, I also got us chicken, bacon, and a swirl of mayonnaise to put on after baking. We were basically copying some of the flavours from one of our favourite take out pizzas.
Here’s how it looked decorated with toppings (pre-mayonnaise) and baked in the oven. I’m struck by how normal it looks – it doesn’t even really look like anything but a normal, delicious pizza. This is important to me because I view normalcy as one of the key ingredients for success with any kind of diet or detox plan. You don’t want to feel like you’re suddenly very limited or unable to enjoy food. The other great thing about recipes like this is you can invite people over “for pizza” and offer them something tasty.
Another recipe to add to the “Great Successes” list. This one ticks all the boxes:
- Satisfying – taste and feeling full
- Versatile – so many options here with toppings! Really excited to try out different flavours.
Additionally, the recipe is easy and fast – and as we’ve demonstrated, not too sensitive if you make little mistakes. 😉