Saturday, October 13, 2012

On the menu: Cauliflower crust pizza

Since I began a healthier lifestyle with minimal processed foods in my diet, I've lost 12 lbs in six weeks! I'm now constantly aware that foods that are good for you can taste delicious, too. I've even found a remarkable substitute for pizza dough - cauliflower.

Image via Eat Drink Smile.

Cauliflower could very well be the most versatile vegetable. I've used it as a recipe substitute for mashed potatoes, rice, and now pizza dough. It's such an easy transition from processed flour dough to nutritionally beneficial veggie crust with great flavor and texture!

RECIPE: cauliflower crust pizza

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil (optional)
pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings*

Directions:
To "Rice" the Cauliflower:
Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don't have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes (some microwaves are more powerful than others, so you may need to reduce this cooking time). There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.

One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To Make the Pizza Crust:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9" round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).

Serves 2. Adapted from Your Lighter Side.


1 comment:

Krystina said...

This sounds delicious! Can't wait to give it a try!!

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