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Meatza Pizza

When I tell people how I recommend that they eat most of the time (REAL FOOD, mostly veggies and meat), one of the biggest hesitations that I hear is "What about Pizza?!" I know pizza has become a staple in America with 3 billion sold each year (that means 350 slices are consumed across the country every second of every day!). 

One of the reasons I love having people eat REAL FOOD is that it seems to lead to sending your body real signals of how hungry or full you are. I know for me, when I do eat "traditional pizza," I can (and do) eat A TON of pizza. It takes lots of will power for me to not overindulge. When I'm eating meats and veggies, I don't have this problem!

So is pizza totally out on this real food diet? In our house, we enjoy eating cauliflower crust pizza or Meatza with a Meat crust (topped with lots of veggies) a few times a month! 

 

Meatza Ingredients

Meat "Crust"

  • 1 pound of ground beef (grassfed/pasture raised is best)
  • 1 pound of ground pork (pasture raised is best)
  • 1 TBSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1Tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1TBSP dried Basil
  • 2 Eggs

Toppings (This is just one option- feel free to top however you like!)

  • 1 cup (or more)Tomato Sauce  Try to find a good one without a lot of added ingredients. (Side rant- I don’t know who ever decided it was OK to add high fructose to tomato sauce - it’s already plenty sweet!)
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts
  • 2 Sliced tomatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • Mushrooms (4 oz)
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil (to saute veggies)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix meat,  eggs, and spices in a large bowl
  3. On a large pan, make a thin layer of the meat "crust" (about 1 cm thick). Spread to the edges of the pan
  4. Bake the meat "crust" for 15 minutes.
  5. While meat is baking, saute onions and peppers in coconut oil on the stove top.
  6. When onions are translucent, add in the artichoke hearts and mushrooms.
  7. When timer for crust goes off, remove it from oven. If it looks greasy, blot off the excess grease with paper towels.
  8. Spread a layer of tomato sauce and the sauted veggies on the meat
  9. Add sliced tomatoes on top
  10. Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes
  11. Slice and Enjoy!!

Meatza-Pizza-SliceNote: these are the toppings I used. Use any toppings you like! Don't let the recipe scare you because you aren't a fan of artichokes or can't eat green peppers.

Enjoy!

Dr. Jamie