yes, the crust is CHICKEN

Pizza.   I love it, and when I was little, I used to tell my dad that I wished the whole world was covered in Pizza.    Most people love it.  I would bet that over 75% of all people who cheat on their diets, cheat with Pizza.

Pizza does not fit in well with a low-carb diet.   Scraping the toppings off just isn’t the same. Thus, I went searching an alternative.

Cauliflower Crust – the concept is great – but wow, what a lot of work to get everything chopped fine and dried out etc..     The taste?   Definitely not delicious according to my taste buds.   I need flavor.

IT HAS TO TASTE GOOD.

Enter… the CHICKEN CRUST PIZZA.    THIS. IS. DELICIOUS.

There are many varieties of flavors that can be made.   I picked a SUPREME Pizza for this entry, but I will list some other flavors that I have tried down below.

What you will need:chicken pizza ingredients framed

  • 1 Lb Ground Chicken  
  • 8 oz Shredded  Cheese (Italian blend or mozzarella)
  • 1/4 c Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian seasonings / pepper / garlic salt 
  • Pizza Sauce  (low carb version – or whatever you have on hand)
  • Toppings of your choice (Peppers/onions/sausage/ pepperoni etc etc etc) 

 

mixing crust framedFIRST:

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

Mix together:   chicken, 1 c of the shredded cheese, Parmesan Cheese, 1 TBSP italian seasonings, 1 t black pepper, 1 t garlic salt

Once you have this all mixed together, place parchment paper on a pizza pan.   Spray pan with non-stick spray and prepare to make the “crust”       I place a piece of parchment paper on top of the chicken and use my hands to flatten the chicken into my pizza pan – Like this: 

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Bake for 20 minutes

Can you smell this?  – because it smells amazing.

Hint:  While this is baking, chop your peppers or onions or whatever you need to top your pizza.

20 minutes later…

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET —->

(there may be some moisture in your pan – you can drain this off before adding your toppings)

NOW – do what you do – add sauce, toppings and then cover in cheese!   This pizza has red pepper, green pepper, red onion, sausage and mini pepperoni.

Back in that oven.

Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees

And there you have your delicious Supreme CHICKEN CRUST PIZZA.   Yum.

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I make this every single week – it is the perfect travel food to take to work and holds up well for re-heating.   It also fills you up quickly because its so full of protein. No guilt allowed with this pizza.   It is delicious.  Make this and Eat this. OFTEN.

As promised, here are some of my favorite flavors:

  • BBQ Chicken pizza:  Top with bbq sauce, red onions & cheese
  • Margherita : top with sliced roma tomato & fresh Mozzarella  – after baking add chopped basil and drizzle balsamic vinegar
  • Taco Pizza:  top with salsa, taco meat, and cheese – after baking add chopped lettuce, onions and black olives.  Dont forget the sour cream!  – NO DORITOS.
  • Veggie Pizza:   Top with all of your favorite Vegetables and cheese
  • Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Pizza:  Top with roasted garlic, fresh spinach, artichoke hearts and cheese

What are your favorite flavors?  Tell me!

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Welcome to the Zone

you-are-now-entering-the-low-carb-zone

Its time to get real.  Its time to get to get into the ZONE – the Low Carb Zone!

Low carb diets dont work for everyone, but for me, its the ONLY way to go if I want to get results.

Rewind 47 years.   47 years of obesity and dieting and working out and cutting calories.  I was able to diet myself all the way up the scale.   Taking in under 1000 calories per day and seeing the scale go up and up has been completely depressing and humiliating.

Over the years I have joined  support groups and talked to dietitians,  Taken herbal supplements & cut out dairy,   Fasted, went Vegan, tried Whole30, and signed up for pretty much every diet under the sun.   Miserable.    Gaining .    To the point that now, I would need to lose 150 lbs to be “normal” .   Both knees are 100% bone on bone with severe arthritis from the weight.   Pain.

I decided to really buckle down and just start watching portions and doing some water aerobics.   I lost 80 lbs in 2 years.   and then nothing.   Plateau.   8 months of struggling to stay at the same weight and just not gain.   I was on that teeter/totter.  That place where you get super discouraged because the scale isn’t moving.  That lonely place that you ignore and eventually gain ALL the weight back and wonder how the hell that happened?

In December of 2016, I reached out to a friend who has found success with weight loss.   She has lost over 130 lbs and kept it off.    I used to look at her facebook posts and cringe.  Filled with healthy foods and workout stats, sprinkled with motivational memes and an occasional photo of her developing biceps.  I hated.   Why did it work for her?  Why cant I have what she is having?   Jealousy.  Disbelief that in life, I could ever have what she has.  I will never feel what she is feeling.   If I ever see her, she will most likely try to cram it down my throat and gloat about how awesome she is doing and how great success feels.    I will avoid.   I will never know this.    I dont want another person to tell me how to do it.   Im Fat.   I will be fat.   I will always just be a fat person.

Im not sure why I reached out.   Perhaps I was at ANOTHER Rock Bottom; the other end of the teeter-totter.   Home alone on a Sunday afternoon, making the same grocery list I make every week.  Low calorie this and fat free that and DIET this and Whole grain that.  I wondered who I knew that has actually been successful in keeping weight off.  Who has actually reached GOAL weight and maintained?    Ding Ding.. Yup, I did it.   I swallowed the toad and just did it.   I sent her a message just asking her to be a sounding board for me – asking for reassurance that what I was doing might actually pay off some day.   More-so fishing for someone who thought I COULD. a nudge, perhaps.

I didn’t get anything crammed down my throat.   I didn’t hear any gloating about how awesome she is doing or what her diet consists of.     Instead,   I got loving virtual arms wrapped around me telling me that I CAN.    Suggesting different things that might work, letting me in on what works for her and inviting me to let it go.   Let the weight go.  Let the diets go.   Allow myself to become the best me that I can be.   She then introduced me to a small group of on-line friends.  Everyone in this group is on a journey.  Everyone is inspirational and everyone is there to support each other.   This is absolutely what I needed at this very moment.   Team 1DOS.

My new best friend highly suggested that I  cut out the carbs.   So, I did.    Scared like hell to eat any amount of food that would put me over that 1000 calorie mark.   Ridden with guilt for consuming mayo and milk.  I just had to RE-learn how to eat.   I had to Eat Real Food.   Quit journaling and quit analyzing and start eating.  FUEL the body properly.

The scale.    It moved.

25 lbs in 5 months.   This isn’t rapid.  This isn’t mind-blowing.  This isn’t even super evident when you look at me.     But this is happening.   My goal seems reachable now.

My virtual support group is so amazing and it  grows continually with new people wanting to know how they can be better versions of themselves.

This is awesome.

This is how you do it.

This is me doing Low Carbs

This is me working out

This is me reaching my goal

Period.

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