Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cauliflower Pizza Crust! A healthy option

Over the last few months I've been enjoying cooking food at home. My refrigerate is full of healthy options and I can always scrape up something to eat. However, sometimes I don't have plans for some of the food I buy and that can become a problem. Luckily for me I have my friends in the blogosphere to assist me. After posting my homemade Nutella my friend Tamona asked if I would make a pizza with a cauliflower crust. I'd never heard of such a thing but since I had a head (is that what you call it?) of cauliflower in the 'frig, making a pizza with it seemed like a great idea.

I found a recipe for the crust made from cauliflower, an egg and mozzarella cheese. I used 2% milk mozzarella.

While the crust was baking I cooked my toppings -

onions, gourmet mushrooms- portobello, shiitake and oyster, spinach and topped it with fresh tomatoes and a sprinkle of mozzarella. I also placed a small amount of pasta sauce as a base.

Here is the final result - it tastes delicious!
However, the crust was not crusty. It was more melted on the foil and I was unable to pick up the pizza in my hand. However, it was tasty and I am hoping that the failure with the crust might be due to the fact that I don't have a non-stick cookie sheet and on my husbands advisement I used foil. Next time I am just going to do the cookie sheet alone and perhaps the
crust will be more crusty. Overall I really enjoyed the taste and this is a great option, particularly if you are on a wheat-free, gluten-free or low-carb diet. This pizza is surprisingly low in calories so it is a guiltless pleasure.

Here is my entire recipe with nutritional information based on the ingredients that I used.

Pizza made with cauliflower dough

1 cup of cauliflower
1 cup of shredded 2% reduced fat mozzarella
1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 450.
Cook the cauliflower (I steamed mine but you can cook it any way you choose to) and once soft mash. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and spread on a cookie sheet covered with non-stick spray(Pam). Bake for 12-15 minutes.

2 oz gourmet mushroom mix - portobello, shiitake, oyster
.25 sliced onion
1.5 cups raw spinach
Italian spice mix
.25 cup pasta sauce (I used Ragu veggie mix)
Sprinkle of mozzarella

Saute mushrooms and onion add dash of Italian spice. Remove from heat and saute spinach.
Remove crust from oven top with pasta sauce, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. Top with cheese.
Return to oven until cheese melts. (In the original recipe it indicated place in grill, I suppose I should have up'd the heat to broil which might have made the crust crispy)


Nutritional Info per slice (pizza makes 4 slices)
116 calories
6.5 carbs
5.7 gram of fat
12.5 protein

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Muthering Heights said...

That looks and sounds SO delicious!!

MoreThanMommy said...

If you're going to be doing a lot of this type of baking, get a Silpat sheet. They're phenomenal and make stuff like this (and cleanup) a breeze. Great for cookies, pizza, rolls, etc.

Tamona said...

Your pizza looks amazing! GOD you are fast lol!I have found that if I bake just the cauliflower itself for a small amount of time to dry it out a bit its a little stiffer. I have even found a recipe that adds 1/2 cup of coconut flour and it looks like plain pizza dough. I have yet to remember to look for coconut flour (I know make your own Tamona)but I love this cheat and yours looks way better than mine! Deeeeeelicious!

Momstart said...

That look so good, I was just thinking of putting cauliflower in the lasagna.

Alysha (Supermom) said...

oh my... I am hungry now. So yummy!!! thanks for sharing, I will definitely be trying this one out!!!

Cecily R said...

That healthy food actually looks good enough to eat!!! Amazing!

Jennifer said...

Oh that looks so yummy!

debi9kids said...

It sounds wonderful and looked yummy! (maybe use a pizza stone?)

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

It sounds pretty good. I wonder if it would crisp up in a grill pan.

Amber said...

That sounds really good. I'm not brave enough in the kitchen for that. I'm barely going to try the cauliflower faked mashed potatoes.

Miz said...

I wonder if my husband would eat it??

Trish said...

That sounds really good Renee, though not sure the crust will "crust" up as cauliflower is a pretty water retaining veggie. I would love to know if it does though, would be a great pizza option for sure!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

It looks great. I'm going to have to try this.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great way to sneak in veggies.

Pam Ponder said...

my first thought was how disgusting but it really looks good I am going to have to try it but I won't tell anyone till after they try it, thanks

Upstatemomof3 said...

Huh! Sounds kind of interesting!!

Allison said...

I had no idea you could make a pizza crust like this. Sounds good!

Awake In Rochester said...

It sounds interesting, but unfortunately I don’t like cauliflower. lol

Brittney said...

This looks awesome! I will definitely be trying it out!

Kathleen said...

What a wonderful idea! It looks delicious!

I actually made cauliflower "mashed potatoes" two nights ago and got rave reviews. I baked the cauliflower until soft, then mashed them with a little olive oil, soy milk, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Then I sprinkled the top with bread crumbs, spritzed it with oil, and put it under the broiler until the topping was crunchy. It was so good!

Life Is A SandCastle said...

Learn something new everyday:)

MyBusyMind said...

Goodness that looks GOD! I am going to try this.

Adie said...

That looks amazing! Could you cook it on a pizza stone or would it stick?

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