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GLUTEN FREE LOW CARB PIZZA

There’s no wrong way to dress a pizza. We all know this. But these are some of my favorite toppings when I’m feeling pepperoni or sausage on my pizza. Otherwise I tend to do go meatless using various types of veggies and different cheeses. If you’re looking for a good red sauce you can always use my go-to Homemade Marinara. If you like your pizza sauce on the sweeter side just add a little bit of sugar to the marinara when heating it up. Feel free to use any of your favorite low carb and/or gluten free pizza crust but if you’re looking to make something homemade and fresh, definitely try my Cauliflower Pizza Crust!

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GLUTEN FREE LOW CARB PIZZA
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  1. Place the pizza on a pizza stone or baking sheet with parchment paper. Dress your pizza how you want it.
  2. Bake at 450 F for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.

PORTOBELLO PIZZA

Going low-carb conscious has been a fad diet that’s stuck for many years because when done properly can be a very healthy lifestyle, reaping many benefits like the obvious weight loss but also help manage diabetes.

For the most part, in a healthful manner; a low-carb diet can be beneficial for those who are gluten intolerant as well since it does rule out most refined breads or anything of high carb made from wheat, barley and rye. While I’m personally not gluten-intolerant, I do find myself to have more sustainable energy throughout the day by eliminating these refined carbs for the most part, and find healthier alternatives that tastes just as good. If not, better!

I kept this recipe super basic and simple so that you have a clean slate to add any of your favorite toppings. I love getting turkey Italian sausage and using that once in a while or doing a quick saute of some thinly slice bell peppers, onions, black olives… okay, seriously anything! I’ve done a Greek style of fresh red onion, sauted spinach with garlic and crumbled feta. SO GOOD! And if you really want to get creative, instead of marinara you can use an alfredo sauce to make a white pizza which up to you can omit any cheese or not. I love keeping marinara on hand, freezing small containers. There’s nothing better than a Homemade Marinara!

One more thing before I shush! Use baby bella mushrooms instead for bite-sized appetizers. All you have to do is remove the stem (no gills) and you don’t have to broil before stuffing them. As always, have fun and get creative. Make the recipe your own and if you come up with something amazing, please share!

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PORTOBELLO PIZZA
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  1. Remove the stems and use a grapefruit spoon (even a regular spoon will work) to scrape against the gills going along the curvature of the mushroom. Throw them away.
  2. Spray the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Place the mushrooms in the dish and drizzle the tops with a little olive oil. Place the baking dish in the broiler on high for about 3-5 minutes depending on how thick the mushrooms are.
  3. Flip them, broil for another few minutes and remove from the broiler.
  4. Spoon the marinara sauce into the mushroom caps, sprinkle with as much or little red pepper flakes and grated Romano cheese. Then, top with your favorite shredded cheese and garnish with dried oregano.
  5. Place the baking dish back under the broiler for about another 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is golden.

BRACIOLE & ITALIAN SAUSAGE

If there’s ever a meal that really brings back good memories of my childhood, it would be this one! There were so many years of family gathering around a long stretch of tables that flowed from the dining room and well into the living room hoarding some of the best Italian food there is. And among everything it was this particular dish that never failed to bring an already satisfied tummy just from the aromas to a starving existence. I’m telling you! Give yourself a weekend to enjoy your time in the kitchen with some family or friends to round these little bracioles together!

Slow cooking the Italian sausage for 8 hours draws all the natural fat from the pork and creates a hearty depth of flavor to the marinara sauce. And the sausage really melts in your mouth. The braciole becomes infused with all the flavors from the sauage, Marinara Sauce (try my homemade marinara for this recipe!) and it’s own stuffing; your taste buds may be a little overwhelmed with pleasure. I must admit… this is one of the many reasons why I would never turn back time and go back to my childhood. Because I would have to wait so long until the next time I can have this dish. Nowadays, if I want it… I can make it whenever I want to!

While I love sharing… this is a tough one to share because sometimes it’s fun to have little secrets and excite people. But honestly, I’m trying to share more and be a little less selfish in that regard. So please, try this some time. And hopefully it will spark some ideas for you to create your own in the future. Enjoy!


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BRACIOLE & ITALIAN SAUSAGE
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  1. If the meat isn’t already cut into individual pieces then go ahead and cut pieces that are about four inches long and 3 inches wide. Then pound each one thin with a meat tenderizer to about 1/4“ thick.
  2. In a bowl, combine the fresh basil, garlic, Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, romano cheese, pepper, and salt together. Then using a spoonful of the mixture lay it down the center of each piece of meat.
  3. To roll the braciole together start at one end of the meat and roll it up tight using your fingers to catch any of the mix that may fall off pushing it back towards the center. Cut some cooking twine to tie around both ends firmly.
  4. With a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, drizzle the bottom with olive oil and sear the Italian sausage for a couple minutes on each side until the skin creates a crust. Transfer them onto a plate and set aside.
  5. Sear the braciole for two minutes on each side as well and put them on the plate.
  6. Cut the Italian sausage in half down the center and place them into a slow cooker set for 8 hours, along with the braciole and marinara sauce. Keep it covered the whole time.
  7. Let it slow cook for about 8 hours. Gently move the meat around a few times throughout the slow cooking process.
  8. Serve over pasta.