Ever heard of meatza? How about upside down pizza? It’s a special kind of pizza, that is actually keto, paleo, and even whole30 friendly!
What is Meatza?
Meatza is pizza that uses ground meat as the crust! Therefore, it has absolutely no grains or gluten in the crust! There are a few recipes out there for this, some requiring you to roll out the meat between 2 large sheets of parchment paper. I’m too lazy to do that and too cheap to waste two pieces of parchment paper! So this is a simplified version.
Just like actual pizza, the possibilities for meatza toppings are endless! Meat lovers, veggie lovers, spinach and artichoke, BBQ chicken, salad pizza, the list of possibilities just goes on and on! Personally since the entire crust is meat, I don’t like to add more protein to the toppings because protein is typically the more expensive part of the meal. I like to load it up on veggies and delicious sauces!
Speaking of sauces, make sure your sauces stay compliant to whatever lifestyle or diet you are doing. So many sauces are loaded with sugar and soy and msg and who knows what else! Thankfully, some are labeled Keto friendly or Whole30 approved. Even if they’re not, read your labels! It would be frustrating to make a compliant base and ruin it with the wrong sauce.
If you’re needing sauces, check out The New Primal! Their barbecue sauces would be delicious on top! They also have spice blends that would give you even more possibilities. Need ranch with your Whole30 pizza? They have that too! Three varieties in fact. Their sauces are all Whole30 approved, and many if not most are keto and paleo friendly too!
Remember that the recipe itself is Gluten Free, Paleo, Keto, and Whole30. Make sure whatever toppings you put on stick to your lifestyle.
While I personally prefer to spread out the ground meat with my hands and dirty less dishes and save my parchment paper, I know some people can’t stand the idea of touching raw meat like that! If so, do it the parchment paper way. Put the meat in between the paper and roll it out with a rolling pin.
It will shrink when it cooks, so don’t be afraid to spread it out. You want to aim for 1/4-1/2 inch thickness. Do your best to keep it even, because if you make it thin in certain parts, it will create a hole as it bakes. The finished, un-topped meatza “crust” should look like the picture below.
- 1.5 lb ground beef
- 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- pizza toppings
- Preheat the oven to 450F degrees.
- Thoroughly mix together the ground beef and seasoning.
- On a large baking tray, spread the meat out to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness. Try to keep it even or else it will create holes when it cooks.
- Bake in the oven for roughly 10 minutes. Remove and drain the excess liquid.
- Top with sauce and toppings.
- Bake for 2-5 minutes or until toppings are ready, enjoy!
Allergen and Lifestyle Friendly
This meal checks off so many boxes. As long as you keep your toppings consistent, it can meet almost any lifestyle of dietary needs. This could absolutely be keto pizza, it’s low carb and could be high fat with olives and cheese on top. It’s also the only possible Whole30 pizza you can have. Keeping SWYPO in mind, if pizza has previously been a weak spot for you, then you may need to take responsibility and keep it out. However, it is literally JUST meat and one spice, so it’s compliant. The texture and taste in no way resembles a bread-like crust.
Obviously, it’s also gluten free and grain free! Perfect for anyone with celiac, a gluten intolerance, or those just trying to improve their health.
Looking for more meals that are Whole30, keto, or paleo? I’ve got plenty on my blog! Check out my recipes here. Every recipe on my blog is gluten free and soy free. Those are two things I personally never cook with, and only enjoy on occasion. Most of my recipes are paleo or Whole30, while some of them are primal (paleo plus dairy), and a few of them have gluten free grains in them.
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