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The best Cauliflower Pizza crust

It’s not too often that I get a request from my hubby for dinner but last week he was quick to put our gluten free cauliflower crust pizza on the meal plan!

And with a childhood ritual of pizza Friday I figured this would fit in perfectly tonight.

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It takes a little bit of time to “rice” the cauliflower but all in all its a pretty easy meal to throw to gether and my toddler didn’t blink an eye that this tasted different than the take out stuff!

WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 3/4  head cauliflower (about 3 cups riced)
  • 1 TBS garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used a blended pizza cheese, mozzarella would be fine!)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1.5 teaspoon basil
  • 1.5 teaspoon oregano

Note: the above is just for the crust.

I added one cup all natural pizza sauce (watch the label for no added sugars), 1 cup of cheese, some spinach and chicken to make ours a more complete meal! I also think banana peppers would have been a great addition but you make it the way you want!!! That’s the one good thing when you’re making it from home – its all up to YOU!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Prep a cookie sheet or pizza stone by grease it with oil. I used a paper towel to really rub it in the stone! Alternatively you could use foil in a pan to reduce the chance of it sticking!
  3. Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor and pulse just until the texture is similar to rice. I did this in very small batches – probably a total of 6 times to get the 3 cups riced! If you don’t have a food processor or Vitamix, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it very small.
  4. Sauté the cauliflower for approximately 8 minutes over medium heat. (The first time I made this I microwaved it but this time I sauteed – not much of a difference!)
  5. Combine the cooked cauliflower and all other ingredients.
  6. Spread dough out evenly over foil (or stone) – about ¼  inch thick. The pizza should be about 9-10 inches in diameter or if you use a square like I did about 10×10.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust begins to brown and its cooked thoroughly.
  8. Remove the crust from the oven and add sauce, cheese and other toppings.
  9. Broil the pizza for 5 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted. Allow the pizza to cool for 2-3 minutes then cut and serve immediately.(Note:While the crust was baking I pan fried 2 chicken breasts in olive oil with 1 TBS of my favorite Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. The chicken was heavy so I broiled – then added the chicken)

I was so excited to share this with all my challengers!

So many people begin to eat clean or try to eat healthier and they think they can’t have their favorite foods when in reality you can – its just about learning how to make little twists and tweaks so you can enjoy new favorites and know you’re fueling up with quality nutrition – that you can still feed your littles!

 

Whether you’re new to clean eating or a seasoned pro, its always a good idea to keep learning and trying new things!

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Well…I did it. I finally did it!

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After buying 3 heads of cauliflower (that ended up sitting in my fridge until they grew mold) the 4th one was a charm!!! I braved the ever intimidating cauliflower crust pizza and while it was a bit time consuming at first I have to say – it was a family hit!!! I love that it is gluten free and while a bit too many blues for my usual 21-day fix approved daily nutrition plan – it was a hit and will be back in the rotation for sure!!!

WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 2 cups riced cauliflower (it will reduce to about 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower. One large head will make about 6 cups of riced cauliflower…enough for 3 pizzas. You can cook multiple at once and eat as leftovers or save for another day/another meal)
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp roasted red pepper and garlic seasoning (you could use garlic, onion, italian, etc…just a little bit of something to spice it up)
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • Pizza sauce and toppings of your choice!
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. To rice the cauliflower, cut into florets then smaller chunks and pulse in a food processor until you see rice-like bits.  Do not over process, you don’t want it to be mushy!!!

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2. Microwave the riced cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl for about 6 minutes (keep in mind all microwaves vary!!!) There is no need to add water – the cauliflower is all you need! After microwaving, move the cooked – riced cauliflower into a mesh strainer or cheese cloth and drain completely, pressing out excess water. Once drained, transfer to a clean dish towel or stack of paper towels and continue pressing out any excess water. This key is step – if you do not get the water out your crust will not be crispy!

3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray (I prefer olive oil spray!)

4. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup riced, cooked cauliflower, 1 egg, beaten and your parmesan cheese. Next, add seasonings and crushed garlic. Make sure everything is well mixed – I prefer using my hands!!! Place the dough mixture on the cookie sheet and pat out 8-9” round or square pizza crust.

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(Note: I doubled the recipe to make two pizzas as shown below)

5. Bake your dough at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

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Mommy’s little topping helper

6. Remove from oven. Add sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite (pre-cooked) toppings to your pizza. We did one pizza with just cheese and sauce for the kiddos and one with chicken and sautéed spinach on the other.  Place pizza under broiler for about 2-3 minutes, or just until cheese is melted.

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ENJOY!!!!

If you have any other tweaks, ideas or great topping combos please share away!!

I like to keep my family recipes as CLEAN yet flavorful – as possible! We limit gluten but LOVE pizza so this was a big hit!!!

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