Cauliflower Pizza

cauli pizzaFor the past few months I have been hearing left right and centre about cauliflower pizza crust. I am always down to try and make new things, but the idea of cauliflower crust did not really appeal to me. I mean, if I am going to splurge and eat pizza…I am going to eat PIZZA.

I started to explore the craze and came across many variations of cauliflower crust. This CARBless crust has become quite a phenomenon in the paelo world, and is great for those limiting their intake of carbohydrates. Be prepared because it does have a different taste than your typical slice of pizza, but it is still delicious.

cauli dinnnerI adapted Lauren Conrad’s Cauli Crust and came up with my own IHART doughless pizza crust. Last week me and my friend Carly tried out the recipe- and it was a delicious SUCCESS! We also made some nutritious sides: balsamic olive oil broccolini, and rosemary sweet potatoes.

 

 

Cauliflower Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups of raw riced cauliflower
  2. 3/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  3. 2 tbsp parmesan
  4. 1 egg & 1 egg white
  5. 1 tsp dried oregano
  6. ½ tsp dried basil
  7. 1 clove garlic, minced
  8. Salt & pepper
  9. Toppings- pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and whichever toppings you desire
Instructions
  1. To “rice” cauliflower – Take 1 large cauliflower, remove stems and leaves and cut up into chunks.
  2. Add to food processor and pulse until the cauliflower looks like crumbs/grains. (Grate the cauliflower if you do not have a food processor) Make sure not to over pulse, or else you will get puree.
  3. Scoop out 3 cups of cauliflower and place into large bowl & microwave for 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from microwave and let cool.
  5. Stir in the rest of the ingredients to the cooled cauliflower mix and form a small ball of “dough” using your hands.
  6. Transfer “dough” to baking sheet/ greased pan and pat out into a crust.
  7. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven. Top the pizza with tomato sauce and desired toppings. Cheese- I used a combo of light mozzarella, sharp cheddar, and fresh grated parmesan. Veggies- halved cherry tomatoes & green jalapeno peppers. Bake for another 5-7 minutes until cheese melts. (If you prefer cheese to be crispier broil for 1-2 minutes afterwards)
  9. Top with chives & red pepper flakes!
Adapted from Lauren Conrad
Adapted from Lauren Conrad
I Hart Nutrition http://ihartnutrition.com/

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