Pizza Without The Guilt!
If I had to choose the one food that helped me to gain the bulk of my weight, I would blame it on pizza. Oh Heavenly Pizza! It’s right up there with my love of sweets. We ordered it EVERY Sunday and ate it ALL DAY LONG while we watched the football games. So good… but oh so bad! Now that I’m on my weight loss journey, I need to look for alternatives to my favorite foods and this recipe is the bomb! It’s a recipe that my husband loves and asks for frequently.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil (optional)
pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings
To “Rice” the Cauliflower:
Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes (some microwaves are more powerful than others, so you may need to reduce this cooking time). There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.
One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
To Make the Pizza Crust:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. I line my cookie sheet with foil first to make cleanup easier.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir.
Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9″ round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. This is what they will look like when you take them out of the oven.
Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese.
Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).
I like to serve my “pizza” with a side salad! And I usually have leftovers for lunch the next day!