When I first started eating a low carb diet, my first and hardest craving was pizza. I was having success with making a crust out of cheese and almond meal, but it just seemed like it took too much work for me (lazy, I know). At any rate, I saw an image for Baked Tomatoes in my newsfeed on Facebook (compliments of my friend, Vince) and knew I had to try these. I was instantly hooked!
I know what you’re saying — this isn’t pizza. This is a baked Caprese salad. Traditionally, a Caprese salad is an Italian creation that is composed of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, tomatoes, olive oil, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Well, truth be told, this “salad” totally satisfied my pizza craving! With crispy parmesan cheese and the peppery bite from the basil, I felt like I was chomping down on an artisan, wood-fired pizza!
It all starts with a fresh, summer time tomato..
Caprese Baked Tomatoes
- Yield: 2 Servings
- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Ready In: 25 mins
Juicy tomatoes with crispy cheese are the perfect pair for this summer-inspired appetizer!
- 1 medium tomato sliced
- 4 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
- 4 tbsp mozzarella grated or fresh
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
- 1 tsp oregano
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Slice tomato and lay on a cookie sheet
- Top each tomato slice with a tablespoon of each cheese
- After cheese, sprinkle basil and oregano on each slice
- Drizzle with olive oil before putting into oven for roughly 20 minutes.
I am anxious to try this method with other toppings, aside from Caprese. Maybe some meat or maybe even pesto!
I will sometimes eat two servings of this in place of dinner. Very filling yet light!
What is your favorite substitute for pizza on a low carb lifestyle? Comment below!