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Pinterest Hack: Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Craving pizza, but not the calories and weighed-down, sluggish feeling you gain after indulging in a few slices? Look no further than this Pinterest-inspired cauliflower crust pizza recipe by Dear Crissy. Cauliflower, with only 27 calories per cup, is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C and a good source of vitamin K (“Cauliflower, raw”).

Cauliflower provides the perfect base to create a light, crispy crust that is packed with nutrients and devoid of the refined carbohydrates found in regular pizza dough. Not a fan of cauliflower? Not to worry—this crust is filled with the flavors of Italian seasonings, garlic, and Parmesan cheese to mask the taste of any unwanted vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup riced cauliflower
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasonings
  • ½ tsp. crushed garlic
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Marinara sauce and pizza toppings (of your choice)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Rice cauliflower in a food processor until the cauliflower is reduced to rice-sized bits. If you don’t have a food processor, simply use a cheese grater.
  3. Microwave the cauliflower in a bowl for 5-8 minutes. After microwaving, transfer the cauliflower to a strainer and drain any liquid, and then transfer the cauliflower to a dried dishtowel or cheesecloth to press out any excess water.
  4. In a bowl, combine the cauliflower, 1 egg (beaten), and Parmesan cheese. Then add in the Italian seasonings, garlic, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Transfer the dough to the cookie sheet and pat it out into a 9’’ round.
  6. Bake the dough for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and then top the pizza with sauce and your favorite pre-cooked toppings.
  7. Place the pizza back in the oven under the broiler until the cheese is melted–be careful, this will only take a few minutes!
  8. Take out from the oven and enjoy!

When I tested this recipe out, I added sliced tomato, sautéed mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and pesto, but feel free to get creative with the toppings! Opt for fresh vegetables and lean meats to add even more nutrient power to this pizza.

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References:

“Cauliflower, Raw.” SELF Nutrition Data. Condé Nast, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2015.

“Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe: Delicious & Healthy.” Dear Crissy. N.p., 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 18 Oct. 2015.

By Julie Kameisha

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