Eggplant Focaccia

Eggplant Focaccia

This is a fairly easy dish to throw together and it is quite tasty.  Any leftovers can be reincarnated the next day by adding some browned Italian sausage and mushrooms or some super thin slices of green pepper and seeded tomato.  My husband is a hearty eater and had 3 slices.  It took only 2 to satisfy me.  Not suitable until Atkins Phase 2 OWL unless you use a different, Induction-friendly bread instead of the bread mentioned below.  I added 2 sausage patties to the focaccia pictured above, because that’s what I had cooked, leftover in the fridge.  Next time I’ll use 4 patties.  If you add sausage, be sure to add that to the nutritional info shown below.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 batch of Artisan Flat Bread  (use Jen Eloff’s Gluten-Free mix in this bread for gluten-free version)

8 oz. unpeeled, eggplant (sliced thin, about 1/8″-¼” thick)

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 T. chopped fresh rosemary

¼ tsp. crushed dried oregano

Pinch each onion powder and garlic powder

3 oz. Havarti, Emmentaler, Swiss or Jack cheese, shredded

1 oz. Parmesan cheese for final topping

VARIATION:   Add a little cooked crumbled pork or Italian sausage crumbles to crust before layering with eggplant. 

DIRECTIONS:  Slice eggplant and spread onto paper towels and lightly salt.  Let sit 10 minutes and pat the water off tops.  Repeat for other side of eggplant.

Preheat oven to 350º.  While eggplant is “bleeding” out its water, make the Artisan Flat Bread per recipe instructions.  I always use mozzarella cheese where the recipe says Italian blend cheese. Spread batter onto parchment-lined 13×15 pan.  You can spread batter all the way to the edges and make the sheet rectangular, or make it oval like I did in the picture below.   Sprinkle rosemary, oregano and onion and garlic powder on top.  Now evenly spread half the grated cheese onto the batter.  If adding sausage, do it now.  Arrange eggplant slices in 1-2 slightly overlapping layers evenly on top.  Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese.   Finally, top with the Parmesan. Drizzle with the olive oil and bake for 30 minutes at 350º or until eggplant is done.  Remove from oven and slice into 12 pieces.  Serve immediately.  This is nice with a green or tomato salad.  Easiest eaten with your hands like pizza.

Shown with a little cooked sausage added under eggplant layers.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 servings.  Excluding any added sausage, each serving contains:

238.5 calories, 19.7 g  fat, 4.76 g  carbs, 2.34 g  fiber, 2.42 g NET CARBS, 14.1 g  protein

Grilled Chicken & Spinach Pizza

Grilled Chicken-Spinach Pizza

This pizza was absolutely delicious.  I call it my white pizza.  It’s so different from classic red-sauced pizzas.  I’ll definitely add more spinach next time as it was so good on this pizza.  I used ½ cup on this one but will use 3/4 c. next time and have calculated for that below.  The red onion is key to the flavor so wait until you can get a red one for this recipe.  They have a sweeter, fruitier taste than other onions.

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction but will be OK for all other phases.  The carb count is certainly low enough for most Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

1½ c. grilled chicken meat, chopped (skin on)

3/4 c. (3 oz) shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

3/4 c. (3 oz) shredded Mozzarella Cheese

3/4 c. baby spinach leaves

¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed  (or 1 tsp. fresh, chopped)

Pinch garlic powder (optional)

1 oz. red onion, slivered as thinly as possible

2 oz. heavy cream

2 T. Parmesan cheese (kind in green canister is fine)

Pinch (about 1/16 tsp.) glucomannan powder (to thicken Alfredo sauce)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   Make the pizza crust by that recipe’s instructions, on a 16″ pizza pan (preferable pan with holes) lined with parchment.  Remove crust from oven.  Evenly spread the Jack cheese on the crust.

For your Alfredo sauce, mix the cream, Parmesan and glucomannan in a saucer and let it sit for a few minutes.  Should thicken up a bit.  When it appears thicker, spread it on the top disturbing the Jack cheese as little as possible.  Go almost to the edges of the crust with the sauce.  Next spread the Mozzarella cheese evenly on top.  Sprinkle with the oregano.  Sprinkle with a bit of garlic powder if you like also.

Now evenly top the pizza with spinach leaves. They may overlap if need be.  Next evenly place the diced chicken meat on the pizza and the final topping will be the wafer thin onion slivers.  Pop into the still hot oven and cook until the cheese appears to be melted and the onion is cooked, or about 15-20 minutes.    ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 slices, each contains:

321 calories, 23.5 g  fat, 4.0 g  carbs, 1.7 g  fiber, 2.3 g NET CARBS, 23 g  protein, 281 g  sodium

Eggplant Parmigiana Slices

Eggplant Crust Pepperoni Pizza

This Eggplant Parmigiana like dish if fun to serve in individual slices.  I LOVE how the eggplant crust came together.  Just as crunchy as classically prepared Parmigiana.  Couldn’t even taste the pepperoni though.  Won’t bother or will put more next time.  What I do know is this was extremely filling and truly DELICIOUS!  I’m going to make Eggplant Parmigiana (this minus the pepperoni) more often from now on.  Pork rinds are just wonderful as a stand-in for breadcrumbs in Italian cooking.  If you keep some of the Lucini sauce in your freezer, it can be defrosted quickly int he microwave for such recipes.  Makes prep time a cinch!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

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VARIATION:  Increase recipe, omit the pepperoni and make a full casserole pan full of these slices for classic Eggplant Parmigiana.  🙂

INGREDIENTS:

2   slices eggplant, unpeeled, about 3/8″ thick

1½ T. homemade mayonnaise

1½ oz. pork rinds (2 handfuls) crushed

Dash your favorite seasoning blend

Dash Italian spice blend (or oregano)

1½ oz. shredded mozzarella (about 5 Tbsp.)

4 T. spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini brand I buy at Walmart)

½ oz. green bell pepper, sliced extremely thin

5 slices pepperoni, chopped a bit

2 T. Parmesan, grated

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 450º.  Line baking sheet with parchment.

Slice off eggplant slices and brush both sides with mayo.  Crush pork rinds and stir in spices. Sprinkle them onto both surfaces with pork rind crumbs, coating well.  Place slices onto parchment lined pan and bake at 450º for about 15 minutes.  No need to turn during baking.  Remove from oven and lower to 350º.

Sprinkle each slice with 2 T. mozzarella cheese.  Dot each with 2 T. sauce.  Place bits of green pepper next.  Evenly space the pepperoni bits.  Sprinkle each with Parmesan cheese and the remaining 1T. mozzarella.  Bake at 350º for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.  Serve and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 slices, each contains:

310 calories, 23.1 g fat, 7.0 g carbs, 3.1 g fiber, 3.9 g NET CARBS, 18.9 g protein, 700 mg sodium

Chicken Roasted Asparagus Pizza Alfredo

Chicken-Roasted Asparagus Pizza Alfredo

Please forgive my slightly out-of-focus photo, but I’m still wearing a brace on my broken wrist and it is still hurting and shaky at times. 🙂  My husband just LOVED this new pizza I made tonight from two pieces of leftover baked chicken. I liked it, too, but felt the asparagus was lost among the other flavors.  The hubs didn’t think so, but he’s particularly fond of roasted asparagus anytime, anyway.  🙂  This recipe makes a 12″ pizza, so if you need a larger one for your family, you might want to increase the ingredients accordingly.  I would think 1½ recipes would make a 16″ pizza.  Two slices filled both of us up nicely (served a green salad with it) and there are two slices left for a snack or lunch one day.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 (OWL Ongoing Weight Loss) Atkins and most Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe Peggy’s Pizza Crust

Light sprinkle of Italian Seasoning

15 small, fresh asparagus spears

1 T. olive oil

Dash salt and pepper

½ c. Alfredo Sauce (I used Bertolli Basil Alfredo Sauce, 2 carbs per 1/4 c.)

1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese

1 c. cooked chicken meat, chopped  (baked or grilled)

1 oz. slivered red bell pepper

1 small can (6.5 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained

DIRECTIONS:  Make the pizza crust by that recipe’s instructions (linked above) and sprinkle with a dash of Italian seasoning.  Bake crust for just 10 minutes initially.  It will not be fully done or browned, but the batter will be set and dry to touch on top.  Remove from oven and set aside.

Turn up oven to 400º.  Cut the asparagus into 1-1½” pieces and place in small metal baking pan.  Add the olive oil, dash of salt and pepper and roll around to coat pieces well.  Pop into oven to roast for just 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven to cool.

Assemble the pizza:  Spoon a thin layer of the Alfredo sauce onto the crust nearly to the edges.  I only used 1/2 cup so the crust wouldn’t get soggy in the center (plus I’m not too fond of basil).  Top next with the mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle the meat on top as evenly as you can.  Evenly place the bell pepper next and finally, the sliced mushrooms.   Pop into 350º oven for about 10-15 minutes or just until the crust is browning on the edges and the cheese is melted.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 large slices, each contains:

356 calories

27.28 g fat

8.20 g carbs, 3.36 g fiber, 4.84 g NET CARBS

24.7 g protein

685 mg sodium  (less if you use less mozzarella)

 

Meatza “Donuts”

Meatza BatelsI wanted to make a crustless pizza today for lunch yet didn’t want to do my usual Quick Skillet Pizza or a traditional round shape.  I thought first about my stick/bar pan, a muffin pan and then my eye caught my donut pans.  Light bulb moment.  So I decided on making Meatza “Donuts”!  They came out so cute and quite delicious as well.  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal.  Not suitable for Paleo unless you have a plan-suitable non-dairy cheese.   These can be refrigerated or frozen.  They would make great portable food for camping or office reheating.   Great for a meal or for a late night snack.  🙂

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VARIATION:  Add 1 tsp. pizza or meatless spaghetti sauce (lowest carb) before adding toppings.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground pork

1/8 tsp. garlic powder (or coarse granulated garlic)

1/2 tsp. fennel seed, crushed

¼ tsp. oregano

1 T. parsley, chopped

3/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

3 T. thin slivers green bell pepper

12 black olives, sliced into 3-4 slices

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Press meat into two large doughnut pan slots (total 12 slots).  It will take about 3 T. per slot and each wil be pretty full.  if using sauce, smear 1 tsp. atop each “donut”.  Add 1 tsp. mozzarella cheese atop each “donut” trying to keep in on the meat and not all over the pan.  it’s actually not easy to do.  🙂  Push any roaming bits of cheese back onto the meat. 🙂  Then put 4-5 slivers green pepper on each one.  Slice the olives into 3-4 slivers and put 3-4 slices onto each “donut”.  Finally sprinkle 1 tsp. Parmesan over each circle.  Press each on top slightly to seat the toppings well into the meat.  To maintain the donut shape, take your finger and push any cheese off the center post of each form.

Pop pan into middle shelf of oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly browned on top.  Meat should also be done at that juncture.  Remove pans from oven and walk over to sink and tip each pan slightly to drain off most excess grease and juices that bled out during cooking.  Using a knife, loosen each donut with a knife point, lift out of pan and place them on your serving platter.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 12 Meatza “Donuts”, each contains:  (two filled us up nicely)

144 calories

11 g fat

0.89 g carbs, 0.21 g fiber, 0.68 g NET CARBS

9.9 g protein

158 mg sodium

Pesto Mini Meatzas

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These are incredibly quick, incredibly easy and incredibly good!  I keep all the ingredients made up in my freezer and refrigerator so that such lunches are a snap for me!  These little gems can’t be picked up and eaten like regular pizza as they are too wet/messy, so get out a fork to enjoy these.  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the nuts rung of the Phase 2 OWL carb ladder.  They are OK for Primal diners, but not Paleo. These would be lovely served with a nice green salad.  These can also be made with ground beef, or with a bit of shredded, cooked chicken.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. breakfast sausage (I make homemade sausage)

1 egg, beaten

¼ tsp. each fennel seed and dried oregano leaves (or ½ tsp. Italian seasoning)

¼ c. low-carb spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini basil pesto sauce)

¼ c. pesto sauce (or use commercial pesto)

1 c. grated mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)

½ oz. thin sliced red or green bell pepper, cut into strips

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  In a medium mixing bowl, well mix the sausage, egg, fennel and oregano with a fork or your hands.  Spoon about 1 tablespoon of meat into each of 12 muffin cups and press down with the back of the spoon.  I used a silicone muffin pan.  Pop into your 350º preheated oven for 15 minutes.   Remove, tilt and blot off excess grease with paper toweling. Top each meat pattie evenly with 1 tsp. spaghetti sauce.  Next spread 1 tsp. pesto sauce on top.  Sprinkle each with about 1T. of the mozzarella cheese, going back and using it all up evenly.  Top with a piece of bell pepper.  Pop back into oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.   Cool slightly and gently lift them out with a fork onto your serving platter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 mini-meatzas, each contains:

161 calories

13.4 g  fat

1.44 g  carbs, .36 g  fiber, 1.08 g  NET CARBS

8.5 g  protein

136 mg sodium

 

Pesto-Sausage Pizza

Pesto-Sausage PizzaI’ve always loved the smell and taste of fresh basil, but it often doesn’t agree with me.  Interesting thing is the dried basil doesn’t bother me a bit.  This creation for my husband’s lunch today went over well.   He has always been fond of basil and loved it.  Better yet, this didn’t bother my stomach!  The key for my tolerance of basil, it would seem, is the amount of basil consumed.  This gluten-free, grain-free crust would make this recipe suitable for Phase 2 Atkins and beyond.  It is also suitable for Keto followers.  The crust isn’t suitable for Primal or Paleo however.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Gluten-Free Grain-Free Pizza Crust

2 c. more shredded mozzarella cheese

6 oz. breakfast sausage, pre-browned and drained of grease

¼ pesto sauce (I used my homemade Pesto Sauce)

¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   In a medium bowl, make up the crust batter per that recipe’s instructions (linked above).  Spread batter evenly on a parchment lined pizza pan (preferable a pan with holes).  Bake until it is just barely dry to the touch in the center but not very browned.  While it is baking, brown the sausage lightly and drain off any excess grease.  Remove crust from oven when half cooked, slide parchment out from under the pizza for better crust browning.  Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella over the top of the crust.  Next sprinkle the sausage crumbles on top evenly.  Dot with the pesto sauce.  Finally top with the remaining mozzarella and the grated Parmesan. Bake just long enough to melt the remaining cheese or about 5 more minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 slices.  Each slice contains:

377 calores

29 g  fat

4.37 g  carbs, 2.85 g  fiber, 2.85 g  NET CARBS

23 g  protein

371 mg sodium

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

My husband wanted a snack last night so I made him some little “pizzas”…..well, sorta.   I used zucchini for my “crust”, added lots of cheese and 1 slice of pepperoni per “slice” and they came out DELICIOUS!  Didn’t have the usual watery issues I typically have with zucchini, either. That really surprised me, especially since I used a silicone sheet underneath them to prevent cheese sticking to the pan.  Those sheets tend to promote moisture sweating issues. These cooked up beautifully!  This snack is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal, but not good for Paleo due to the cheese.

NOTE:  If you’re not particularly sodium sensitive, you could use 2 slices of pepperoni on each squash slice, leaving them whole.  But be aware that’s going to be a very high sodium intake which will make you retain fluids and cause “sausage finger” syndrome.  LOL

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. zucchini (I used 2 medium calaba squash, it’s close cousin)

½ c. your favorite low-carb pizza sauce (I use Lucini basil spaghetti sauce)

6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ c. Parmesan cheese

28-30 slices pepperoni, torn in halves

DIRECTIONS:  Line a cookie sheet with either a silicone sheet or parchment.  You could also use a non-stick cookie sheet if you have one.  Slice zucchini (skin on) as thinly as possible (I got 28 slices using a Rival slicer).  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place zucchini slices side-by-side in the lined pan.  Using a brush, brush each slice of the squash with a wee bit of the pizza/spaghetti sauce.  There should be just enough sauce to lightly coat each slice (you do not want too much or these will be “soupy”).  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on the tops of the slices.  Next sprinkle the Parmesan evenly on top.  Tear the pepperoni slices in halves and place 2 halves on each slice of zucchini.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until cheese and pepperoni are just lightly browned.  If you sliced your zucchini thin enough, it will also be done.  Remove and serve at once, as they cool off quickly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 28 slices or fourteen 2-slice servings.  Each serving:

112.4 calories

8.1 g  fat

2.69 g  carbs, .74 g  fiber, 1.95 g  NET CARBS

7.23 g  protein

376 mg sodium (cheese & pepperoni are VERY high in sodium)

Grilled Chicken & Spinach Pizza

Grilled Chicken-Spinach Pizza

Grilled Chicken-Spinach Pizza

This pizza was absolutely delicious.  I call it my white pizza.  It’s so different from classic red sauced pizzas.  I think I’ll add more spinach next time.  I used ½ cup on this one but will use 3/4 c. next time and have calculated for that below.  The red onion is key to the flavor so wait until you can get a red one for this recipe.  They have a sweeter, fruitier taste than other onions.

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction but will be OK for all other phases.  The carb count is certainly low enough for most Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

1 c. grilled chicken breast, chopped (skin on)

½ c. grilled chicken thigh meat, chopped (skin on)

3/4 c. (3 oz) shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

3/4 c. (3 oz) shredded Mozzarella Cheese

3/4 c. baby spinach leaves

¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed  (or 1 tsp. fresh, chopped)

Pinch garlic powder (optional)

1 oz. red onion, slivered as thinly as possible

2 oz. heavy cream

2 T. Parmesan cheese (kind in green canister is fine)

Pinch (about 1/16 tsp.) glucomannan powder (to thicken Alfredo sauce)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   Make the pizza crust by that recipe’s instructions, on a 16″ pizza pan (preferable pan with holes) lined with parchment.  Remove crust from oven and prepare to top.

For your Alfredo sauce, mix the cream, Parmesan and glucomannan in a saucer and let it sit for a few minutes.  Should thicken up a bit.  When it appears thicker, spread it on the crust as evenly as possible, almost to the edges of the crust.  It needs to be a fairly thin layer or it will cause your crust to get soggy.  Next evenly spread the Jack cheese on the crust.  Next spread the Mozzarella cheese evenly on top.  Sprinkle with the oregano.  Sprinkle with a bit of garlic powder if you like also.  Next evenly top with spinach leaves. They may overlap if need be.  Next evenly place the diced chicken meat on the pizza and the final topping is the wafer thin onion slivers.  Pop into the still hot oven and cook until the cheese appears to be melted and the onion is cooked, or about 15-20 minutes.    ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 slices, each contains:

321 calories

23.5 g  fat

4.0 g  carbs, 1.7 g  fiber, 2.3 g NET CARBS

23 g  protein

281 g  sodium

Inside-Out Pizza Muffins

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Inside-Out Pizza Muffins

I saw the cutest little salami “bowls” on Blueberriesandblessings.com yesterday. I thought they were so clever!    I wanted to try my hand at these cute little “bowls”, and saw so many potential uses for them!  So this first incarnation evolved literally as I threw it together for lunch today.  The first time I made the little “bowls” exactly as she did.  But 400º and 10 minutes was too hot for my oven.  The first batch of “bowls” almost burned.  Then I made them again but this time at 350º for only 6 minutes, which turned out to be just perfect in my oven. You only want to partially cook the salami to firm it up.

You can use any toppings, but I have provided the nutritional stats for the toppings I chose today for my crust-in-the-middle pizza muffins.  You can use a slice of any low-carb bread you have on hand, or even cut up a low-carb tortilla, or a Joseph’s Oat Fiber/Flax Pita for the center crust layer.  I used a slice of my Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread I had in my freezer (defrosting it first, of course).   I wanted the bread layer real thin, so I sliced the bread less than ¼” thick laterally, so I ended up using only about 3/4 of a whole slice.  I sliced the slice laterally one time and cut each thin layer into 4 small squares, using 6 of the 8 squares for my recipe.

The final pizza muffins were FANTASTIC!  Not too salty, not too cheesy, not too gooey and easily hand held for eating.

No Fork or Plate Needed!

No Fork or Plate Needed!

It took 3 of these to fill me up at lunch, as I ate nothing else along with them.   There are Just 4 bites in these.  I used a square muffin pan for mine, but a round one will work just fine. This recipe makes six of these babies and serves two adults in my opinion.  But as usual, I will provide per piece stats and you can judge what you think a serving size is.  🙂

In order for this to be suitable for Atkins Induction, you will have to use an Induction-friendly bread like Oopsie rolls or flax bread sliced thin.  These are suitable for most Keto dieters.  Primal folks will need to use a plan-suitable bread in the middle.  These are not Paleo suitable.

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DISCLAIMER: By personal choice, I do not receive money for this book promotion nor for the inclusion of my recipes therein. I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

6 slices hard or Genoa salami (I used Hormel)

1 slice Gluten-Free Foccacia Bread

3 oz. pork breakfast sausage

1 oz. onion, finely chopped

6 tsp. (2 T.) tomato paste

3 oz. mozzarella, shredded (I find cheese very salty and use much less than some folks.  Add more if you care to.)

1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning or crushed dried oregano leaves

½ oz. green bell pepper, sliced into 12 pieces

6 olives, sliced

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Push 1 slice of salami down into the slots of a muffin pan (square or round will work just fine). Pop pan into oven and bake for 6 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Brown the pork sausage and onion together in a non-stick skillet just until no longer pink.  Remove from heat.

Now you’re ready to to construct your pizza muffins.  Slice your bread laterally into 2 thinner slices and then slice each of those into 4 squares (you will use only 6 of the 8).  Push one square of bread down firmly into each salami “bowl”.  Trim if necessary to allow the bread to sit flat at the bottom of the salami “bowl”.  Spread 1 tsp. tomato paste atop each bread slice.  Sprinkle the sauce evenly with the Italian seasoning.    Sprinkle about 1 tsp. mozzarella on each muffin next.  Then 1/6 of the browned sausage and onion mixture.  Than sprinkle 1 tsp. more cheese on top.  The cheese acts as a binder for all the ingredients. Top with sliced olives (1 olive per muffin) and place 2 pieces of the bell pepper on each.  Pop into a 350º oven for about 8-10 minutes or until they are lightly browning on top.  Lift them gently out of the pan slots with a knife tip or fork and place on a plate.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 pizza muffins, each contains:

131 calories

23 g  fat

2.38 g  carbs, .60 g  fiber, 1.78 g  NET CARBS

335 mg sodium