Love your pizza but
want need to find a healthier option to your thick crust, fatty meat options? How about using cauliflower as your crust. You have to trust me with this one … I am not a cauliflower lover but this works! Just make sure to cook your crust before you add your toppings or it will be soggy. (The pizza is the picture was done for a family and includes chicken, lean ground beef and veggies on the adult side. Who’s says your whole family can’t eat healthy?!?).
• 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp. dried oregano
• ½ tsp. crushed garlic
• ½ tsp. garlic salt
• Olive oil (optional)
• Pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings
• Small amount of low-fat cheese
To “Rice” the Cauliflower
1. Take one head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves and chop the florets into chunks.
2. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like a grain (do not over-do the pulse or you will purée it). If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater.
3. 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 the 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 3 cups of riced cauliflower.
To Make the Pizza Crust
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cooked sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and small amount of mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt. Transfer to the cookie sheet and using your hands, pat out into a 9” round.
3. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.
4. Bake 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
To Finish the Pizza
1. Remove crust from oven and add your favourite pizza sauce, toppings and cheese (if desired).
2. Place under broiler at high heat just until the cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).