We all love pizza for the same reasons: portability, cheese and well, yeah mostly the cheese. But do you want to know what is actually the best thing about pizza? It’s one of the easiest and I mean easiest foods to healthify and keep tasting pah-retty damn good. In fact, pizza is one of my favorite “diet” meals—all you need is a simple base and portioned toppings.
You might like it fancy, but in my world pizza is made up of exactly 4 things: crust, sauce, cheese and meat. Shout-out to my mom for making us delicious English muffin pizzas every New Year’s Eve and showing me that pizza should not be confined to a cardboard box and white flour crust. I know what you’re wondering, and yes, I have dabbled in the world of cauliflower crust and have a pretty darn good recipe I will eventually be sharing. But today is not the day for that! Today, we’re talking pizza bagels.
Earlier this week I received a box of goodies in the mail from the Great Low Carb Bread Company. Check out my haul…
See the bagels? 120 calories and 14g of protein that you might think look made for cream cheese but only gave me visions of sauce, mozz and meat. Like all the Great Low Carb Bread Company they are significantly lower in carbs (and higher in protein) than their grocery store counterparts and most importantly taste like bread. Not diet bread or healthy bread or some kind of bread-cardboard hybrid, just plain ol’ real bread.
Because I like to stretch my calories nearly as far as I stretch my dollars, what the weirdo in me loves most about these bagels is that they don’t come pre-sliced, giving me the freedom to slice mine into thirds (you can’t tell me how to live my life!) and maximize my pizza surface area.
You don’t need these particular bagels to create this recipe but if you’d like to try them they are available on Amazon along with lots of other delicious goodies from the Great Low Carb Bread Company. (Pssst… the everything bread is really good.)
Protein Bagel Pizzas
- 1 Great Low Carb Bread Co. Multigrain Bagel (or something similar)
- 3 tblsp tomato sauce
- 2 oz chicken sausage, cooked and sliced or cumbled
- 1 oz mozzarella, shredded
Set your regular or toaster oven to broil. Slice bagel in 3 lengthwise. Toast pieces for 2-3 minutes on the no-topping side (bottom, top and either middle side).
Pull out of the oven, flip and add toppings equally to each piece. Broil for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is nice and bubbly.
Nutrition Facts: 250 calories, 37 g protein, 14 g fiber
Disclosure: I was sent these samples gratis, which in no way affects my opinion about them. Seriously, I’d never steer another low-carber in the direction of cardboard bread.