Carrie’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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My favorite cheat meal or as I call “treat” meal is PIZZA!  Who doesn’t love the hot dough covered in cheese and toppings?  Unfortunately, pizza is not considered a “clean diet” meal so my boyfriend and I refrain from eating it as much as I would like.  This got me thinking, so a couple months ago I began researching recipes for a “healthy” alternative that would still give me the same satisfaction as the good stuff.  After reading several cooking sites and suggestions I found my special ingredient…Cauliflower!  I use cauliflower for the crust of the pizza instead of heavy and carb filled dough.  Check out the recipe below and try it for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (no or reduced fat optional)
  • 1 tsp. garlic (minced or powder)
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • Veggies/cooked chicken/toppings (your choice)

Directions:

  1.  Cut cauliflower head into florets, add to food processor and shred well. Place in large bowl and add about 1/8 cup water, cover with plastic wrap, microwave 8 mins.
  2. While microwaving, pre-heat oven to 400F, prepare 1- 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, set aside.
  3. In small bowl add one cracked egg, seasonings, and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  4. Cut up all pizza toppings (veggies/chicken)
    ex: zucchini, mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, pineapple, baby spinach leaves, artichoke hearts, basil leaves, tomato, turkey pepperoni, turkey bacon, seasoned chicken.
  5. When cauliflower is ready, make sure to drain any excess water, add egg/seasoning mixture to cauliflower bowl and mix well.
  6. Place aluminum foil over entire cookie sheet, spray generously, pour cauliflower mixture onto it and shape in into a rectangle with spatula, go around edges to get a good shape.
  7. Bake for 15-20mins until it starts to get golden brown in spots and look a little crispy.
  8. Pull out of oven, turn it to broil-hi, add pizza sauce, remaining cheese, and toppings. Place in oven for 5-7 more mins (keep an eye on it) when it is cooked to your preference, remove from oven.
  9. I recommend eating it with a fork and knife, especially if it’s still pretty hot. Enjoy!