I try to follow a low carb diet for two purposes. I always need to control my weight and losing a few pounds would be beneficial. I also have a family history of Diabetes Type II and I don't want to develop that as I get older. Therefore, I usually follow a low carb diet.
There are many advantages to a low carb diet but, frankly, there are a few foods that I love which are carbs. I can pass by cakes, pies, cookies, pastries, but I am a sucker for ice cream. I love macaroni and cheese! And I love pizza.
There are some "low carb" options for many items, including pizza, but they still contain more carbs than I want to consume, so I have created my own option: breadless pizza.
I begin with an aluminum baking dish, the kind that come with prepared frozen entrees. I cover the inside of the dish with aluminum foil, just to reduce the cleanup. I layer the pan with sliced pepperoni until the bottom is absolutely covered. Then I add a small amount of the lowest carb tomato sauce I can find:
I then sprinkle the sauce with oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder. Next I add whatever toppings I might want: mushrooms (fresh or canned,) sliced black olives, sun dried tomatoes, and minced onions. Finally, I top with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese.
If the final product has some thickness to it, and particularly if I have fresh onion or mushrooms on the pizza, I will bake it at 300° F. for 15 minutes. Then I turn on the broiler and leave it under the broiler for about 3 minutes, just long enough to brown the cheese. If I don't have many toppings and the uncooked dish is relatively thin, four minutes under the broiler may be sufficient.
The final product is just like pizza but without the bread, and it satisfies my craving for a spicy, tomato-based dinner. It can be prepared in less than 5 minutes and is a great thing to have in the bachelor's arsenal of quick, no fuss meals.