This Atkins pizza recipe contains almost no carbs, making it the perfect pizza recipe for low carb or ketogenic diets. And you won't even miss the traditional crust thanks to the cream cheese and parmesan crust!
A few weeks ago I started following the Atkins Program. I was doing well with it and felt fantastic but I had 1 problem - carb and fruit cravings. While I felt that the Atkins program works for some people, I also felt that obviously, my body was telling me something because the carb cravings were so strong I could have eaten a piece of cardboard.
Then I remembered something.
The Somercize Plan
Over 10 years ago I followed Suzanne Somer's Somersize Plan and was very successful with it. In fact, my mom, my sister, and my karate instructor began following it as well after I did and experienced similar success. We lost weight, felt great and it really didn't feel like a "diet" because it's not. It's a way of life!
The Somersize plan is basically this:
- Eliminate (added) sugar and other "funky foods" (caffeine, white flour, potatoes, nuts, and a few others)
- Enjoy fruit alone and on an empty stomach
- Have carbs (fat/protein free) and veggies together
- Eat fats/proteins and veggies together
- Wait three hours to switch between carbs & fats
On "level 2" once you reach your goal you can add some of the funky foods back in and experiment with mixing carbs & fats to see what works for you to maintain your weight.
Somersize gives me the freedom to still enjoy all the food groups, but still encourages me to eat healthier, and promotes weight loss. She has all the scientific diet information in her books, so if you are interested in WHY this works, I'm sure your local library has her books.
In the last 10+ years, Suzanne has put out 5 books about Somersizing, each one with new recipes and refining the plan and adding more up-to-date information.
One of the hardest things for me eating this way is pizza...or lack-there-of. I love pizza. It is probably my biggest weakness. Thanks to Suzanne, and her book, Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy: Lose Weight the Somersize Way with Quick, Delicious Meals for the Entire Family!, I can now enjoy almost no carb pizza and still stay on the program!
Somercize vs Low Carb
SUCCESS TIP: Somercize is an older program. While you still can see great results, there are some things about it that I don't agree with, like the use of fat-free butter/margarine, and other low-fat products.
The original Somercize pizza crust recipe called for a cookie cutter and wasting some of the "crust" to make 4" individual pizzas. I have modified it so there is no waste and you get a whole pan full of pizza. Also, the original no carb pizza recipe called for some salt in the crust but I didn't like it so I took it out. You can obviously use whatever toppings you want.
Now, if you decide that this isn't for you, you can always look up a healthy low carb recipe in our recipe index for the perfect dinner idea.
🔪 How to make
Feel free to grab the printable version of this recipe at the bottom. And if you have an extra minute, the helpful step by step images outline exactly how to make this recipe.
It's quick and easy to mix up the crust, spread into a casserole dish and as a backup a baking sheet works. Bake the crust at 350°F (176°C) for 15-17 minutes, remove and let cool for 10 minutes. I typically finish my prep work while waiting for the crust to bake.
Add you sauce next, feel free to cover the entire crust. In the image below I left a little extra space so this actually looks like a pizza.
You can choose whatever toppings you like. I prefer sausage, but plain cheese, pepperoni and bacon are delicious too. Your options are endless!
Bake at 400°F (205°C) for another 6-8 minutes. If you prefer a dark crunchy texture you can broil the pizza since the crust is already cooked.
Garnish and serve! You can add jalapenos, basil, or any garnish that works for you.
💭 A note about the crust
Make sure you cook it until the top is golden brown and let it cool the full 10 minutes before adding the toppings and that will help. You still may end up with a fork, but good, soft pizza is better than no pizza!
📋 Great low carb recipe ideas
- Low Carb Breakfast Lasagna
- Low Carb Sausage & Egg Breakfast Casserole
- Low Carb Garlic Cheddar Cheese Crisps
- Modified Low Carb Pizza Recipe
- 10 Low Carb Baked Egg Breakfast Ideas
Almost No Carb "Atkins" Pizza
For the crust
- 1 8 oz. package of full fat cream cheese (room temp.)
- 2 eggs
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Garlic powder
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
For the crust
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Butter a 9×13 baking dish (or line the dish with parchment paper)
- Blend cream cheese and eggs and season with pepper & garlic powder
- Add parmesan cheese and stir until combined
- Pour into buttered baking dish (or over parchment paper)
- Bake for 17 minutes or until golden brown
- Let crust cool for 10 minutes before adding toppings
For the pizza
- After crust is cooked, raise oven to 400 degrees
- Mix together marinara sauce, garlic powder, cayenne pepper & oregano
- Top crust with marinara and spread evenly
- Top with mozzarella cheese
- Add toppings
- Bake for 8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly
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