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6 April, 2016

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Posted in : Dinner, Recipes on by : jailavie

I admit, I don’t love many “low cal substitutions”. I will also be the first to confess that they do not taste like the carb-heavy not-as-good-for-you versions. But when it comes to pizza on a weeknight, I’m willing to make some sacrifices for a lighter alternative. I would not say the cauliflower pizza crust tastes just like the bread – it doesn’t. But is it still really delicious? Hell yes.  It’s different, but still GOOD in it’s own “wow that’s surprisingly good” way.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This isn’t “tofurkey” pretending to be something it’s not – it’s a whole new take on pizza.

My biggest issue with cauliflower pizza crust is the fact that you have to grate a head of cauliflower into tiny pieces. Now, since cauliflower pizza crust is trendy, many big veggie brands are selling it pre-grated. I know, it’s cheating. But when it comes to trying to eat healthier on a busy weeknight, there is nothing wrong with a shortcut that leads to a lower calorie meal.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

So for this I used the pre-packaged “cauliflower crumbles” (found right next to the heads of cauliflower at the supermarket). But if you have a food processor (or a very strong hand and excellent cheese grater) you can grate it yourself. Then it’s just a few minutes in the microwave, some cooling on a paper towel, and then you mix with a few Italian spices, cheeses, and an egg. 

You’ll want to cook it until it’s nice and crispy first, and then add some toppings. For mine I chose the classics – spinach, sliced tomatoes, and shredded mozzarella cheese.

And then it’s just baked to gooey perfection. I ate this with a fork and knife and it was delicious – without the guilt!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
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Ingredients
  1. 16 oz. cauliflower crumbles (or 1 head of cauliflower, grated)
  2. 1 egg, beaten
  3. 1/4 c. skim mozzarella cheese
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  6. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  8. pinch kosher salt
  9. pinch pepper
Instructions
  1. Place cauliflower crumbles in microwavable bowl and microwave for 4 minutes (or if crumbles came in a steamable bag, cook according to package directions). Let cool for 1 minute.
  2. Spread cooked cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Let cool for 10 minutes and then pat dry with more paper towels to absorb moisture.
  3. Add cauliflower to a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Press cauliflower mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and press into a thin circle, about 1/4 inch thick. (If you have a pizza stone, place parchment paper on pizza stone.)
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes, until crust is beginning to brown and crispy.
  6. Add desired pizza toppings and bake a few minutes more.
Jai La Vie http://jailavie.com/

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