a pizza my heart.

After a really crazy week, I was so excited to spend today just lounging around.  Rest days are extremely important.  I cannot stress this enough.  They allow your muscles to repair themselves and rebuild.  This way you can come back refreshed and stronger than ever before.

To treat myself on my day off, I decided to try and attempt making cauliflower crust pizza.  I had heard of it many times before and always wanted to try it.  I was parading the aisles of my local grocery store and stumbled on a sale on cauliflower.  Obviously, it was a sign.  So, without further ado, here is my step by step guide for making delicious cauliflower crust pizza.  Be warned that you don’t necessarily get the same pizza-y crust you would expect from a traditional pie, but this stuff is damn good, and picky healthy eating boyfriend approved!

Ingredients:

  • A little over a half a head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup part skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 tsp of oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder (if desired)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 egg

First things first, preheat your over to 450 degrees and place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, a silipad, or aluminum foil inside.  Cut your head of cauliflower into florets and place into the bowl of your food processor.  Pulse for about 2 minutes until you get a texture that is reminiscent of “cauliflower snow”.

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Next, move your freshly pulsed snow into a microwave safe container and nuke it for four minutes.

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Once the hot snow has cooled, grab a dish towel and wring out as much moisture as you possibly can.  You want the powder to be as dry as possible to ensure a non-crumbly crust.  Take your dried snow and put it into a bowl and add the mozzarella and parmesan along with the spices and mix with a spoon or your hand.  Add the egg.  Remove your pan from the oven (careful, it’s hot!) and form a crust like shape on the surface.

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Bake this sucker for 8-11 minutes or until it develops a little browning.  Remember you will be baking this again.

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Now add all the toppings your heart desires.  I chose pizza sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, broccoli, mushrooms and a little more oregano for extra goodness.  Pop that sucker in the oven for 5-7 minutes and you have just created delicious cauliflower pizza!

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As you can see, half of us wanted a little extra veggie goodness while others weren’t so inclined.  All in all, it was a household hit and a delectable one at that.  Plus, who can be mad at getting an extra serving of veggies in?  Not me 🙂

-sj

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