Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Pizza" Night

Okay, so no one will mistake this "pizza" for the perfect slice. But for those of you who love pizza, this food bible-approved version does the trick. Instead of dough, which is loaded with sugar, this recipe uses low-carb toritillas.*

This recipe is adapted from Dr. Gundry's Evo Pizza recipe on page 228 of Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution. Serve with a salad or other vegetable side dish. Tonight, I'm serving this pizza with roasted zucchini (more on roasting vegetables later).

Serves 2.


2 low-carb tortillas
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup no sugar added tomato sauce (check list of ingredients)
1 tsp. each chopped fresh oregano, basil and parsley (or 1/4 tsp. each dried)
1 Tbsp. red wine
4 oz. fresh mozzarella (packed in water), thinly sliced**
Sea salt

Toppings: I like this "pizza" plain, but you can add any food bible-approved toppings that you wish.


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat and add onions, stirring occasionally, until golden, approximately 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce, herbs and red wine, stir to combine and cook 2 minutes. Turn heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.
Place tortillas on cookie sheet. Spread half tomato sauce mixture on each tortilla. Top with cheese and sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake in oven for 5 minutes.

SHORT CUT: If you don't want to go to the trouble of making your own sauce, you can just use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of no-sugar added tomato sauce or chopped fresh plum tomatoes. Personally, the taste of plain tomato sauce reminds me of a Chef Boyardee meal - not a fan.

TIP: Tortillas keep well in the freezer. Once you open the package, you can put the rest in a zip-lock bag and store in your freezer. When you are ready to use one, thaw in the microwave or in a dry skillet over low heat.

* I used Mission brand Carb Balance Flour Tortillas. Get the taco size, not the burrito size.

** Fresh mozzarella is found in the refrigerated isle near other cheeses. You will likely find an 8 oz. package with two mozzarella balls. Slice and use one ball for two pizzas. This will roughly be 3 or 4 slices on each pizza.

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