Low Carb PIZZA CASSEROLE

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1 pound ground chicken or turkey
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup pizza sauce (recipe follows)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning and/or basil
3 1/2 ounces pepperoni, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped (2 ounces)
8 ounces whole milk mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup red onion, slivered (1 ounce)
Crushed red pepper, optional

Brown the chcken/turkey with the mushrooms; drain the grease. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, cream, pizza sauce and seasonings in a medium bowl. Grease a 7×9″ deep baking dish (or 7×12″ shallow baking dish) and put in the meats, mushrooms, peppers and the mozzarella cubes. Pour in the egg mixture and mix well. Top with the red onion. Sprinkle with a little more garlic powder, Italian seasoning and a little crushed red pepper flakes, if you like. Bake at 350º for 45-55 minutes until nicely browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Mine still had a bit of liquid in the center but it was done. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 6-8 servings

Per 1/6 Recipe: 582 Calories; 50g Fat; 27g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs
Per 1/8 Recipe: 437 Calories; 38g Fat; 20g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 3g Net Carbs

PIZZA SAUCE
8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, or to taste

Bring all of the ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Partially cover the pot and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.

Makes about 1 cup
Can be frozen

Per 1/4 cup: 22 Calories; trace Fat; 1g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs
Per Batch: 86 Calories; trace Fat; 3g Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 16g Net Carbs

I wanted this to be this to be more like a casserole than a quiche so I only used 4 eggs and a little cream to help bind the ingredients together. I wouldn’t bother trying to cut this into squares to serve it. A big spoon would be more effective for just scooping it out. I was going to call this Pizza Bake, which was a pretty boring name. This is like eating a big pile of pizza toppings and inspired me to change the name to Pizza Toppings Casserole. Next time I might just omit the eggs and cream and add another 8 ounces of mozzarella. That would be even more like pizza toppings. Click the photo to see a close-up.

Here’s a picture of a serving (click the photo to see a close-up):

Click to see a close-up

UPDATE 10/27/12: I just realized that I’ve never updated this recipe to the way that I make it now. I leave out the eggs and cream and I use a whole pound of mozzarella. Here are the counts for the revised version:

Per 1/6 Recipe: 573 Calories; 48g Fat; 30g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs
Per 1/8 Recipe: 430 Calories; 36g Fat; 22g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 3g Net Carbs

 

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