July 23, 2013 by Dominic
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..
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!
Macro/Nutrition: For 2* topped slices, these come out to roughly 165 calories, 3 carbs, 2 NET carbs, 12 grams of fat, 1 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per serving!
- 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.
What is your favorite substitute for pizza on a low carb lifestyle? Comment below!
Dominic Geracia is a passionate web developer and cat dad from Pittsburgh, PA. When he's not motivating the Keto community on Instagram, you can likely find him in the kitchen cooking up something delicious with his husband, Seth.