Pizza is not exactly a popular health food, but it is a family favorite. With a new take on a classic, the right ingredients, and your crockpot you actually can make a healthy pizza you and your family will love. You just need the right healthy crockpot pizza casserole recipe to get it done.
A healthy crockpot pizza casserole can really make a difference as a weight loss recipe and is a family dinner recipe that everyone will love. I know what you are thinking. Pizza in your crockpot?
Yes, this healthy crockpot casserole not only gives you all the flavor of your favorite pizza. But it is simple to prepare and set to cook while you do all the other things your busy day calls for.
One big healthy twist is that this pizza casserole is crustless. Replacing the crust with a lean protein like ground turkey or lean ground beef not only boosts your protein but cuts out most of the carbs of a regular pizza.
Go ahead and add your favorite healthy pizza toppings. Vegetables of all kinds, and yes, even pineapple, will cook well into this crockpot version of pizza. We use mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, and pepperoni, but you can use anything your family likes.
One cooking tip: Be sure to drain any fat or liquid from your choice of ground meat when you brown it. This Crock Pot pizza gets all the liquid it needs from the pizza sauce. This will make a protein crust that really stands up to its toppings.
Healthy Crockpot Pizza Casserole Ingredients
It can be difficult to make a healthy pizza, let alone a pizza casserole. But difficult is not impossible. Especially since you already have a recipe right here. Now, you just need to gather the ingredients.
The ingredients are what will make this healthy, which means lean ground turkey or beef, reduced-fat mozzarella, and sugar-free pizza sauce. The remaining ingredients will be inherently healthy, like mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes.
Brown the ground turkey or beef in a large skillet. When nearly browned, drain off the fat and add the onion, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic. Place the skillet back over medium heat, stir, and cook for about 4 minutes until the onion is soft.
Spray your crockpot with oil to prevent the casserole from sticking. Then add the ground meat mixture to the pot and stir in 2 cups of the mozzarella.
Pour the pizza sauce over the ground beef mixture, covering the entire mixture.
Layer 1 cup of mozzarella over the sauce.
Place your topping on the sauce, starting with the tomato slices, then mushrooms and pepperoni.
Top the casserole with 1 cup of parmesan.
Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
How to Make Healthy Crockpot Pizza CasseroleCourse: Crockpot Recipes, Main, Meat
A healthy crockpot pizza casserole can really make a difference as a weight loss recipe and a family dinner recipe that everyone will love.
2 Lbs Ground Turkey or Lean Ground Beef
1 Cup Baby Bella Mushrooms, Sliced
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1 Roma Tomato, Sliced or 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
12-24 Pepperoni Slices
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
3 Cups Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
2 14 Oz Jars Pizza Sauce, NO Sugar Preferred
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
- Spray your Crock Pot with oil to prevent the casserole from sticking. Then add the ground meat mixture to the pot and stir in 2 cups of the mozzarella.
- Pour the pizza sauce over the ground beef mixture, covering the entire mixture.
- Layer 1 cup of mozzarella over the sauce
- Place your topping on the sauce starting with the tomato slices, then mushrooms and pepperoni.
- Top the casserole with 1 cup of parmesan
- Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
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