Ok… there is a thing about pizza. People loooove pizza! I am not sure, why it is called as Italian food, if everybody knows, enjoys, makes and craves for it. Pizza is something unique since it is a regular comfort food, a usual meal when watching a movie, popular choice for a cheat dinner.. pizza is even a popular choice when it comes to dating. Awww, we all know that romantic episode of our loves: you and me, pizza and a glass of red wine (or a beer for him? or a coke if you are in your -teen..?)
However, here comes the time, when you start thinking about your body shape, fitness goals, competitions or simply about health concerns and nutrition facts. This is when pizza becomes a meal that you would love to have, but most likely will not.. Why? Do you really ask? Most likely the answer would be: pizza crust and loads of cheese on top of traditional pizza. I am not claiming that there are any No No Nooo’s about pizza, no.. but if you count how many calories the regular pizza has, how many carbs and proteins it includes, you will probably be disappointed. Yes, pizza becomes an awesome choice for a cheat meal, but what if you crave for it more often? What if you want to enjoy pizza and do not cheat on your diet?
I have a suggestion then! One eve I made this protein rich pizza for my one day to-be bodybuilding guy, ha ha. The pizza crust was so delicious that he asked me to do it next time without any topping. I suggested that I would also make some guilt free tzatziki sauce besides it, so that he could use it for dipping the crunchy protein rich pizza crust. So this is our plane for some future evenings.
For now I suggest you to try and bake this protein rich pizza. You may of course use something else for the topping of it, more meat, less vegetables.. or vica versa? It is up to you. Anyways I provide you with the recipe of the original protein rich pizza I made also the nutrition labels for the meal I made, so you are free to follow the instructions I describe here.
P.s. do not be afraid of making the pizza crust on your own. In this recipe the efforts you will have to put in making it are really small. You will make it really quickly, then bake it for some time, add the chosen toppings, bake for a short while more (depending on what you put on top) and voila.. you are ready to enjoy this delicious, crunchy, protein rich, Italian love.. pizza.
Makes 1 big pizza, perfect for 4 persons
2 egg whites
2 tbsp cottage cheese
Salt, pepper, chilli powder, herbs (e.g.oregano and basil)
200g minced lean beef
70-100g tomato paste
6 cherry tomatoes
1 pickled red pepper
2 sun dried tomatoes
a bit of dried sweet pepper (flakes)
Salt, pepper, basil
Brie cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Blend oats in a food processor or blender until it becomes fine flour.
- Blend or whisk eggs and egg whites, add cottage cheese and spices.
- Add the blended oats. Blend all the ingredients together until you get a kind of sticky dough.
- Insert baking paper into a baking pan. Spread the dough, press it hard, form a flat, round pizza crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust becomes firm and golden. P.s. do not bake it for too long!
- Meanwhile prepare the topping. Once the crust is ready, remove it from the oven and add toppings.
- Broil pizza for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the sides brown.