When it comes to substituting ingredients on your weight loss journey, there are a few ideas that I just can’t get onboard with.
Spiralised courgette doesn’t compare to a steaming bowl of fresh spaghetti.
Grated cauliflower is rarely going to satisfy you in the same way that rice does.
And a giant mushroom slapped on top of a burger instead of a bread bun, in my humble opinion, is nothing short of an insult.
Though I’m always open to trying new things, I’ve learned over the years that these fads come and go. More often than not, I’d much rather stick with having the ‘real thing’ in moderation.
Recently though, I came across a substitute that I’d argue is just as good as the original – and that’s the meatzza.
It’s quite simply a pizza but the doughy base is replaced with a meaty one, giving it a real, satisfying bite, and a load of flavour.
Fancy trying it yourself? Here are the details…
For the full ingredients list and detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. Make sure you check out this important information first though…
Because it’s absolutely delicious, is the first and most important answer.
But if you’re wondering how things measure up nutritionally, let’s take a bit of a closer look…
Following the Slimming World plan, the meatzza base is entirely Syn free. A similar one-portion size of a leading brand’s readymade dough base would set you back around 8 Syns.
But what about if you’re tracking calories instead?
Per serving, the meatzza base contains 230 calories. The readymade dough base contains 145.
So on the calorie front, a meaty base is actually going to cost you rather than save you.
If you’re looking to increase the protein in your diet though, cut down on carbohydrates, or you have allergies that mean that bread is off the menu, that could be a cost that you’re happy to live with.
It’s all swings and roundabouts, and it’s very rarely a case of being able to say that in all instances, one option is good, whilst the other is bad.
It’s simply a case of having the right information, and being able to make informed decisions based on your plans and your goals.
And like I said, this Syn free meatzza tastes AMAZING. If you fancy a change from your usual pizza night, it’s a great recipe to try to shake things up a little bit.
I like to use veggies toppings, as there’s already enough protein in the base.
My go-to options are mushrooms, peppers, and onions, though you can use anything that you might already have in your kitchen.
You might want to add sweetcorn, pineapple, olives, jalapeños, scallions, pesto, sundried tomatoes, or spinach.
It’s a great opportunity to get in some extra Speed Foods, though do make sure that you check Syn values of your toppings if they’re important to you!
Serve with a side salad, and some Slimming World friendly chips or wedges.
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A loose bottomed quiche tin will save you a ton of hassle when it comes to getting your meatzza on to the table in one piece and looking fantastic.
You can grab one on Amazon, or take a look at the other items I regularly use when making this recipe…
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