By Denise Swogetinsky

Special to The Messenger



You think you can't have pizza while on a low carb diet.

Well, here's a basic crust and sauce you can use and then be creative with all kinds of toppings.

You can make a Philly steak and cheese pizza using shredded steak or roast beef and extra mozzarella cheese. Have a meat lovers pizza using your favorite meats. Like it simple, make a cheese pizza or a pepperoni pizza. Try a seafood pizza. Make a supreme pizza using all your favorite toppings. Saute chopped vegetables to make a vegetable pizza.

Be creative and use your imagination. By making your crust and sauce, you can help control your carbs. Remember, planning and moderation are the key to LOW carb eating.

 

LOW CARB PIZZA

 Crust:

 6 oz low or fat free cream cheese, softened

8 oz low fat Mozzarella cheese, shredded

3 eggs

1/4 cup oat bran (totally optional!)

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp red pepper flake

 

 Sauce:

 8 ounce can crushed tomatoes

6 ounce can tomato paste

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried basil

½ tsp dried parsley

½ tsp minced onion flakes

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

 

Toppings suggestions:

 Shredded pizza blend cheese

Pepperoni

Ham

Sauteed onions and peppers

Olives

Cooked ground meat

Cooked sausage

Shredded chicken

Shrimp

Crab meat

Shredded turkey

Shredded roast

 Preheat oven at 375°. Crust: Mix all ingredients together with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Spread on parchment paper.  Bake pizza crust at 375 for 15 to  20 minutes. While the crust bakes, in a medium sauce pan, over low heat, combine all ingredients for sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Top crust with toppings you desire and shredded cheese. Bake until cheese melts and is bubbly.