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Cauliflower Pizza Crust–Take 2!

26 May

Cauliflower has been the new hype in the health and fitness world lately I feel like. At first, I was quite skeptical of the foul smelling vegetable being used in recipes from pizza crust, to mashed “potatoes”, to even pancakes! But I caved in and had to attempt it myself with so many around me experimenting with it..and I was surprised!

Now the first time making a pizza crust, it didn’t turn out exactly as I would have liked. It held together for the most part, but definitely wasn’t crunchy or crust “tasting” like your normal pizza.

But tonight I threw together some extra ingredients, played around with the taste, and it turned out surprisingly delicious! It’s hard when cooking with cauliflower to get it browned and toasted, but I was able to finally achieve that with this one.

Benefits of Cauliflower?
-May reduce chance of cancer
-Great source of dietary fiber for better digestion
-Contains high amounts of antioxidants
-Contains omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin K which prevent inflammation
-Good source of folate, needed for healthy pregnancy
-Loaded with other important B vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamine
-Low in calories

Sounds like a good food to be eating!

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Cauliflower Crust
-2 cups cauliflower “rice” (food processed cauliflower)
-2T coconut flour (or any gluten free flour)
-1 egg
-1T balsamic vinegar
-1T psyllium husk
-1T ground flax
-1tsp each: basil, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, baking powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Food process cauliflower until rice like texture. Steam/cook cauliflower. Combine all ingredients in bowl with cooked cauliflower. Spray wax paper with oil (do not forget this, crust easily sticks!). Place “dough” on wax paper and flatten to desired thickness. Cook in oven for about 10 minutes. Take out quickly, and wrap all sides of crust with aluminum foil, and stick back into oven for another 10-15 minutes. This allows for the rest of the crust to cook and brown without outside burning. Top with desired toppings. Suggestions: tomato sauce and cheese, ricotta cheese and tomatoes, pesto and chicken

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Cauliflower as Pizza Crust?

7 Mar

I kept seeing it and reading it all over the place. Cauliflower “rice”, cauliflower “mashed potatoes”, and last but certainly the most interesting to me, “cauliflower pizza crust”. I’m sure you seen it at least once or twice too!

Well, I decided to finally take a try at it. I’m usually pretty skeptical with things like this, as I rather have a smaller quantity of something actually tasty than something “low in calories” but tastes like cardboard. I can’t decide how I feel completely about it after making it. It was in no way bad at all! And I can’t say that I didn’t gobble up the whole entire pizza myself, but I also can’t lie and say it tasted exactly like the thin, crispy crust that I love. Don’t let me lead you to believe it wasn’t a good recipe, as I did love it! Like I said, I’m just not sure a severe craving for new york style pizza would be met :)

I did mix some things up from a “normal” cauliflower crust recipe, with adding some soy flour for extra protein and flaxseed for good healthy fats and fiber! For a crust made up of almost straight veggies and packed with protein, I can’t say that it wasn’t a meal I thoroughly enjoyed :)

So all in all, I would have to say it was certainly something different and yet very good for a “healthy” pizza. If you are looking for something more nutrient dense and healthier than pizza to satisfy your craving, this is surely for you! Also, if you are serious about gluten free, this is a GREAT option! And for those who are neither of these two, well, for as healthy as it is, this would even make a good side to any other meal you might be preparing! I want to get your thoughts on this. What do you think about these recipes that have recently been coming out with cauliflower in place of flour and other carbs? Do you like them? I’d love to hear!

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Cauliflower Pizza
-2 cups of cauliflower (processed until looks like rice)
-2 T soy flour
-2 T ground flaxseed
-1 egg
-1 egg white
-Seasoning as desired: garlic salt, onion powder,salt, pepper, and italian seasonings.
-Desired toppings: (for mine) fresh pizza sauce, sauteed spinach, roasted red peppers, fresh basil, and feta cheese

Directions: Cook cauliflower until soft (about 5 minutes in microwave). Mix all ingredients up through seasonings together. On parchment paper (don’t skip this, it WILL stick), flatten out dough to desired thickness, pinching dough on sides to make a “crust”. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. Add toppings. Bake for another 5 minutes. Enjoy!