I had been craving a good slice of pizza for weeks and was frustrated by how many calories can be in a single slice. I came across this recipe online and was extremely intrigued. The next night for dinner I took to the kitchen to try this out but tweaked the recipe and put my own spin on it.
This pizza is not going to give you a crispy, stiff crust; it’s going to be slightly floppy, and I find that eating with a fork and knife is easiest. But this recipe sure did satisfy my pizza cravings. Yum! So delicious!
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
- 2 cups riced cauliflower (see instructions below for how to rice cauliflower)
- 3/4 cups fat-free shredded mozzarella
- 2 egg whites, beaten
- 1/4 cup whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs (optional)
- Olive oil (optional)
- Italian spices, to taste (i.e., garlic powder, oregano, rosemary–whatever flavors you prefer)
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. To rice cauliflower, remove stems and leaves and grate florets by hand. Or, you can put the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until it looks like rice. Be careful not to over pulse, or you’ll end up with cauliflower purée.
3. Place cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. (Some microwaves are more powerful than others, so you might need to reduce this cooking time.)
4. Spray a cookie sheet with a nonstick cooking spray. I like to put parchment paper on the sheet pan first and spray it just to be safe.
5. In a medium bowl, stir together cauliflower, shredded cheese, spices, egg whites, and bread crumbs if you choose to include them (you might only need one egg white if breadcrumbs are left out).
6. Transfer mixture from bowl to cookie sheet and pat out into 3 round crusts, each 7-8 inches in diameter.
7. Brush the crusts with olive oil to help with browning. Alternatively, you can spray them with cooking spray.
8. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes.
9. Remove from oven. To the crusts, add your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings* of your choosing.
10. Place pizzas under broiler at high heat until cheese is melted.
*Notes: toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes.
Nutritional info: Each 7-inch crust contains 144 calories, 5.05 g fat, 8.84 g carbs, 12.15 g protein. (Does not include toppings.)
Recipes and photos by Allyson Floria, member of Lucille Roberts Bayshore.
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