I’m taking a lot of shortcuts in the kitchen these days dealing with back issues that make it difficult to stand for long periods of time. So today’s lunch, a quick and simple pizza, was made with a Joseph’s Flax-Oat Bran Pita bread, at 4 net carbs per piece. They make pretty good pizza crusts but I’d not used one for a crust in a pretty long time. I forget how good they are. Of course, making one of my own pizza crusts would be a few less carbs, but like I said, I’m taking short cuts these days. This pizza was quite tasty, with just a hint of basil. Fresh basil doesn’t agree with my stomach, so I can’t use more than 1 leaf in anything, but it was quite good here. This pizza isn’t suitable until you get to the grains level of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder.
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1 Joseph’s Flax Meal and Oat Bran Pita bread round
1 T. cream cheese, melted
1 oz. mozzarella cheese shreds
1 T. grated Parmesan cheese
¼ c. chopped spinach leaves
1 basil leaf, chopped
½ oz. red onion, sliced as thin as possible
1 oz. cured ham (I used ½ slice of Cure 81 ham)
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. Place pita on a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment. With the back of a spoon, smear the melted cream cheese onto the crust. Sprinkle with Parmesan and most of the mozzarella shreds. Evenly spread the spinach on top. Then add the red onion and finally, the ham. Sprinkle basil on top. Finally sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella on top. Pop into 350º oven for about 15 minutes to allow all the cheeses to melt and flavors to blend. Serve at once.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 1 pizza which contains:
16.6 g fat
11.1 g carbs, 4.9 g fiber, 6.8 g NET CARBS
23 g protein
985 mg sodium