If you’re trying to get your nutrition in order as part of your New Year’s Resolution, or simply because you noticed that you’re on a first-name basis with the pizza delivery guy, you may be trying to be a bit more thoughtful about how often you indulge in your favorite higher-calorie foods.  But, if you’re human and not a really, really lifelike robot, you probably also get cravings from time to time.

The thing I like about this pizza alternative is that it still tends to hit all of the same flavors, because there’s nothing fake about it – no artificial sweeteners, nothing to make it seem like it’s not quite the same as pizza, because it still uses pizza ingredients – just omitting the crust to help keep the calories more manageable.  You could easily add this to something like a cauliflower pizza crust too if you’re more of a dough person than a topping person.


  • 9 slices uncured Canadian bacon (we get this from Costco)
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 2oz shredded cheese
  • fresh or dried basil

Preheat the oven to 350. Put the Canadian bacon either on a cookie sheet, or on parchment paper on the cookie sheet for easier clean up. Either use a spoon or basting brush to add the marinara, then drop the shredded cheese on top and sprinkle with the basil.

Bake for 20 minutes and let them cool off for 5 minutes before eating.

mini pizza 1

The above recipe makes 3 servings, and macros per serving are:

  • 160 calories
  • 15g protein
  • 9g fat
  • 6g carbs


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