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Low Carb Pizza Casserole

pizza casseroleThis recipe for Pizza Casserole is one of our best low carb dinner ideas ever! Often times, members of our medical weight loss clinics miss indulging on pizza, which is notoriously high in carbs due to its crust and other fattening ingredients. This casserole is zesty and filling, and is certain to curb that craving for pizza that just might send your diet over the edge.

The seasonings in this recipe pack it with antioxidants and are spicy enough to rev your metabolism and help increase your caloric burn, a factor that makes members of our medical weight loss clinics very happy. The pizza sauce is packed with tomatoes, which are rich in vitamin C and potassium, and loaded with lycopene, the antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes their color. Much research has found that lycopene lowers LDL cholesterol, boosts immunity, protects the enzymes and DNA, and may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, age-related eye disorders and even various forms of cancer.


Let us know how you like this Pizza Casserole recipe and be sure to send us your own favorite low carb dinner ideas.

Ingredients
1 pound Italian sausage
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pizza sauce
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, diced
4 eggs
1/2 cup low-fat cream
¼ tsp fresh garlic, crushed
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp basil
½  cup green pepper, diced
8 ounces low-fat mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/2 cup red onion, diced
3 ounces pepperoni, chopped (optional)
Crushed red pepper to taste

Ingredients for Pizza Sauce
8 ounce of tomato sauce
2 tsps tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 tsps brown sugar
1 tsp garlic, crushed
½ tsp basil
½ tsp crushed red pepper

To make the pizza sauce, combine the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Cover the pot and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring from time to time.

Whisk the eggs together with the cream, pizza sauce, garlic, spices and seasonings. Brown the sausage and mushrooms. Grease a 7x9" deep baking dish with extra virgin olive oil and then add the pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, peppers and mozzarella cubes. Add the egg mixture and mix it all together well. Add the red onion and a little more Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. Bake at 350º for 50-55 minutes. Let stand for five to 10 minutes before serving. Makes 8 servings

img credit: food.com

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