My boyfriend and I are on week two of a carb-free, sugar-free diet. I have gone no carb/sugar several times before and I find that it is one of the best ways to detox your body and get your sugar intake back on track. The first few days really suck–headaches, hunger, etc. But, if you can pull through, by day 4, you start feeling REALLY good. The pounds shed pretty quickly too–which isn’t a bad side effect, right?
Even though the low-carb diet has been the craze now for the past few years (I am a big fan of The South Beach Diet), the most difficult part of going low-carb is mixing it up. I mean really, you don’t want to eat eggs and veggies every SINGLE day. Well….maybe the eggs. 😉 Regardless, satisfying cravings for things like pasta or bread can be tricky.
Then I found Zucchini Pizza and something changed! Craving pizza but don’t want the carbs? This is your answer.
If you stop and really think about what you crave when it comes to food, you are usually craving flavor that isn’t coming from bread/pasta (starch) the most. With pizza, usually the sauce, toppings, and cheese are what you want in your gullet! So, serve all that up in a zucchini boat and you are set.
Each person will probably eat a whole zucchini. Split the zucchini in half and then hollow out. I cut some sections into the middle and then hollowed out with a spoon.
Then, in a bowl, mix your favorite pizza toppings with pizza sauce and some cheese (any kind you want!!). This is a good time to be creative and fill that delicious veggie up with anything you would like. For this meal, I used mini pepperoni (yum), olives, veggie pizza sauce, and mozzarella. Next time around I might do alfredo, spinach, mushrooms, and feta. Who knows!
Then, fill those fresh zucchini up with the pizza filling. The more the better!
Now add the best part: CHEESE! As always, use cheese excessively!
Now, just throw those babies in to the oven and pretty soon an amazing dinner will be waiting for you. I cooked these for the first time on 400–and that was a little too hot. I would try 350 for about 12-15 minutes–or until cheese is golden brown. We got some crispy cheese on these, but they were still divine.
Pair this with a nice Caesar salad on the side, and you are all set. Total prep and cook time about 20 – 30 minutes. Easy as pie (well, easier actually).
Low carb–low calorie–full of vitimins! Enjoy!